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Here's What ABC's New Series "Georgetown" Would've Looked Like (Condola Rashad, Boris Kodjoe Starred)

by Tambay A. Obenson
January 14, 2012 10:17 AM
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If you missed my January 5th profile of up-and-comer Condola Rashad, click HERE to read it and catch up.

In that post, I noted that, among her recent previous work was a starring role in what was to be a new ABC series titled Georgetown (initially known as Inner Circle), first announced in early 2011 as a potential ABC pickup to debut during the 2011/2012 season.

In it, Condola played "an ambitious lesbian journalist reluctantly working the style segment of Website when she’d rather be covering harder news."

The ensemble cast series (which also included Boris Kodjoe) centered on a group of "young and sexy Capitol Hill staffers" – specifically, the young people behind the Washington, DC power brokers. It was described as “a sexy soap.” 

A pilot episode was apparently shot last summer, but ABC opted out, and decided NOT to order a full series; I couldn't find any specific reasons why they changed their minds, so it remains a mystery. Maybe the pilot just wasn't impressive enough for ABC execs - a pilot episode that I don't believe ever aired on the network. I couldn't find any evidence that confirms that it did; I'd think I'd remember a new primetime hour-long drama with at least 2 black leads making its debut, and I don't.

However, thanks to the fact that I now have Condola Rashad on my alert list, I came across the below 3 1/2 minute compilation of footage from that pilot episode - all featuring Condola's character of course. 

So, if Georgetown was on your list of new TV series to watch, here's what will likely be your only look at what the show would've looked like:

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  • Yinka | January 14, 2012 11:33 PMReply

    Enough is enough. Why isn't their a Gay Entertainment Television? I am so happy that this show didn't get picked up. I don't want to see all of this perverse imagery of the LGBT Community.

  • Akimbo | January 18, 2012 1:39 AM

    I love it; homosexuality is more "of the devil" than all the murder, fornication, adultery, crime, and general "unchristianliness" that occurs on TV daily. And "fuck" me? Really? Hope you enjoy Hell you sanctimonious, idiotic, hypocrite.

  • trollhunter | January 17, 2012 1:20 AM

    @YINKA -- you are more of the devil than any homosexual asshole! Just MY opinion. lol

  • Yinka | January 17, 2012 1:12 AM

    @Akimbo - Fuck you. Gay people were a part of Sodom and Gomorrah as well. I have a right to express opinion. Homosexuality is of the devil.

  • Akimbo | January 15, 2012 10:28 AM

    Dude, shut up. Gay people are a part of the world in which we live. You know what's really perverse? Kids getting raped up the butt every week on SVU.

  • Jmac | January 14, 2012 11:51 PM

    There is: LOGO - the White BET for LGBTs. The snippet looked okay to me. But they couldn't give her a black girlfriend? Not even in DC? Damn.

  • Dean | January 14, 2012 12:58 PMReply

    When I saw her name, I wondered if Phylicia Rashad was her mother. I suppose that mom wanted to protect her daughter from the ups and downs of being in the arts. I understand that it's not all sweetness and light--even for a stellar actor/actress like Phylicia Rashad. But the arts run in the family--mother, father (I think so about Amad Rashad), grandmother (at least one) and aunt (Debbie Allen).

  • K | January 14, 2012 12:11 PMReply

    She's not great, but she's dynamic on screen. I would've loved to watch this.
    Based on her IMDB profile, they've turned it into a tv movie. But I have to wonder, with the reel release, if it will ever see the light of day now.

  • K | January 15, 2012 1:37 PM

    thank you for that info. it's REALLY unfortunate, as the story looked to have some promise.

  • FYI | January 14, 2012 5:16 PM

    every tv pilot on imdb is listed as a tv movie- that's just their system as they don't have a separate category for pilots. if the show gets picked up, the classification of the pilot gets changed to tv series. and being that ABC studios passed on picking it up to series and are not keen on giving stuff they paid for away for free, it will not see the light of day... and be forever listed as a tv movie unless imdb changes their system

  • MizFilmAdic | January 14, 2012 10:43 AMReply

    Condola Rashad is known in the theatre world. She played "Sophie" in Lynn Nottage award-winning play Ruined. She also is a graduate of CalArts. I read somewhere that her mother (Phylicia Rashad) did not want her to pursue acting at first because of scrutiny and damages of the biz.

  • Fan | January 14, 2012 10:29 AMReply

    Saw the NYTimes write up, she is talented and it doesn't hurt that she's gorgeous. The lips and eyes are a deadly combo!

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