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Halle Berry Considering Starring In Cable TV Drama Series Titled "Higher Learning"

by Tambay A. Obenson
May 31, 2011 12:31 PM
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Per Deadline: "TV industry people are buzzing this afternoon about a hot drama spec that has Halle Berry attached to star. Word is the spec, titled Higher Learning, was sent out today to pay cable networks, with HBO and Showtime among those targeted. I hear that the project, from DreamWorks TV, is eying a quick turnaround, and a decision could come as early as tomorrow. The script, which I hear would have the Oscar winner starring as a college professor, was written by 30-year industry veteran Lee Rose. A queen of TV movies in their heyday during the 1990s, Rose segued to episodic directing over the past 10 years."

The last time I watched anything with the title Higher Learning, it left a bad taste in my mouth (I'm looking right at you Mr John Singleton); anyway... Halle heading to TV? Hmmph... she does have a number of films upcoming that are at various stages of development, most recently, her attachment to the Tom Tykwer/Wachowski adaptation of David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas. Although we still don't know what her role in that will be. She also has the shark thriller Dark Tide, which is supposed to be out some time this year; and then there are a number of other projects with "unknown" statuses.

Plus, she's a single mom, and a successful TV series would likely be more suitable to her lifestyle. And the fact that they're aiming for cable TV, instead of one of the networks is promising.

Now if only more college professors looked like Halle Berry; graduation rates would by sky-high :)

Stay tuned...

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  • Melissa | June 1, 2011 10:56 AMReply

    @james madison

    Naomie Harris, I love her too...but she's british. I'm guessing she would find it easier to break into tv in the UK than the States. I also dont like it when she has to hide her british accent(Ninja Assassin, Miami Vice).

    Though she is a great and lovely actress for sure. Could actually be my favourite.

  • Melissa | June 1, 2011 10:52 AMReply

    I dont appreciate her turns in catwoman and xmen(yeah i watch superhero flicks, what?), but happy for Ms. Halle. Maybe TV is a blessing in disguise for Black and biracial actresses.

    but why are they remaking old series and whatnot... anyways.

    we shall see.

  • Lynn | June 1, 2011 10:09 AMReply

    If this is true it will be very interesting to see her on TV like Kerry Washington.

  • roberto | June 1, 2011 6:29 AMReply

    goes to show you that no black actress has the luxury of just doing movies anymore especially if they want leading roles and dont want to play the black best friend of the white lead

  • roberto | June 1, 2011 4:18 AMReply

    WOW... amazing if true

  • Fred | June 1, 2011 2:39 AMReply

    She’s always had success on the small screen with fantastic movies such as “Introducing Dorothy Dandridge” and “Their Eyes Were Watching God” that have won her a Golden Globe;a Primetime Emmy Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Lead Actress

    By heading back to TV, Berry joins fellow Oscar-winners Helen Mirren, Kate Winslet, Holly Hunt and Judi Dench.

    Congratulations to Halle Berry

  • James Madison | June 1, 2011 1:04 AMReply

    I'm happy for Halle if it works out, but I wish that Naomie Harris, who is very beautiful and talented, could get billing in a cable series.

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