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"'Easy' Rawlins" Returning To The Screen As A TV Series For NBC

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act September 12, 2011 at 8:26AM

Whoa! This is certainly an interesting development. A TV drama series based on Walter Mosley's fictional African American private investigator Ezekiel “Easy” Rawlins. Not a film, but a TV series.
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Whoa! This is certainly an interesting development. A TV drama series based on Walter Mosley's fictional African American private investigator Ezekiel “Easy” Rawlins. Not a film, but a TV series.

As I'm sure most of you know, the character was played by Denzel Washington in the excellent 1995 film adaptation of Devil in a Blue Dress, directed by Carl Franklin. That, by the way, has been the only on-screen appearance by Rawlins, which is unfortunate.

According to Deadline, Mosley will be directly involved, penning the series adaptation, which producer John Wells (Shameless, Mildred Pierce) just sold to NBC.

Although, quite frankly, I'd much rather see this on a cable TV channel like Showtime or HBO (as was the case for producer Wells' last 2 projects) than on NBC. Still, I'm looking forward to what comes next.

Naturally, the next question is who will be cast in the lead roles?

There are 11 books in the Easy Rawlins series. Plenty of meat to chew on there.

Stay tuned...

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