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NBC Commits To Legal Drama 'Vanishing Point' w/ Angela Bassett To Star In & Exec Produce

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by Tambay A. Obenson
September 7, 2012 7:42 PM
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Interesting... Angela Bassett is attached to star and executive produce a new NBC legal drama titled Vanishing Point, created by Ben Ripley, the screenwriter of last year's time-bending thriller Source Code (directed by Duncan Jones).

The project is a described as a character-driven series revolving around two women. Bassett plays one of the women, and her character is described as follows:

A brilliant yet unsympathetic rainmaker at a powerful NYC law firm, whose world is suddenly and permanently upended by a health issue. Facing this crisis, she makes her condition public and vows to continue her practice with the help of a young brilliant attorney she chooses to be her right hand.

The actress who'll play the young brilliant attorney has yet to be cast (or has been cast, but who the actress is, has not been made public yet).

Reading that description, while not exactly the same story, I couldn't help but immediately think of another legal drama that revolves around 2 women - one older, and the other younger... Damages, with Glenn Close and Rose Byrne.

I hope this is as good, or better yet, I hope it's even stronger than Damages; it'll also be nice if the young brilliant attorney role goes to another black actress, but I seriously doubt that'll happen. You never known though.

Ben Ripley is executive producing the project alongside Bassett, as well as Deborah Spera and Maria Grasso for Sony TV.

NBC has committed to a script at this stage, so it's anyone's guess whether this will actually, eventually go to pilot, and then series.

It's exciting though; it's roles like what I imagine this one to be that I think Angela excels in. I remember when Shonda Rhimes' Scandal was first announced, Bassett's name was one of the first I thought of for the part of Olivia Pope, especially given what we knew of the real-life woman Pope is based on - Judy Smith.

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8 Comments

  • SimzBrazil | September 10, 2012 4:25 PMReply

    Yessssss!!! Go Angie!!! She more than deserves her own show. I'm definitely tuning in.

  • juliej | September 9, 2012 5:20 PMReply

    It's easier to get our faces on tv/movies when we are the ones producing. More black producers= more black leads, it's simple math. CONGRATS TO Mrs. Bassett

  • ALM | September 8, 2012 3:18 PMReply

    Yes!!! Besides the fact that she is amazingly talented, her credit as an executive producer means more control- both creative and financial control.

  • pabloski | September 8, 2012 10:55 AMReply

    This is great announcement. I look forward to this going into production. I think its become a very interesting trend re movie stars moving to smaller screen, but in very high calibre serial productions. Its a trend that could run its course or truly provide extremely good watching for viewing public as tv continues to transform.
    p.s I would say on the casting of younger actress going for some like America Ferrara would bring an audience base that would compliment Angela Bassett's. It could make for a very interesting serial drama with these two actresses on screen.

  • D.C. Kirkwood | September 8, 2012 10:14 AMReply

    I think Angela Bassett teamed up with Jurnee Smollet would be great. Jurnee did a good job on the show Defenders, which was a legal drama. Nicole Beharie appeared on the Good Wife as an attorney she would do well and so would Tessa Thompson.

  • ojie king | September 8, 2012 4:38 AMReply

    Again, it is very interesting, this new trend of Big Named African American actresses all going into television, in parts that can carry equal weights with their caucasian counterparts. See; Kerry Washington in Scandal, Taraji P. Henson in Person of Interest and now Megan Good in Infamous. I suppose things really are changing, maybe due to Obama, maybe they saw the light, who knows.

  • ojie king | September 8, 2012 4:35 AMReply

    Reading this made me think of Damages as well! If the role is along the line of what i hope and think it is as per Glen Close-esque role, and we all know she is very capable of handling such a part and if you dont, you are clearly living under a rock, that would be very exciting to watch

  • Anon | September 7, 2012 10:45 PMReply

    This is great news for Angela and those of us who LOVE her and her work. ...What would be even better is if the network took a gamble and cast the other female lead as a black, not white woman. Even Latino or Asian would be preferable. ... It will be interesting to see. My guess is they'll be cautious and reserved and try to put some fairly well known up and coming white actress who really doesn't need the publicity.

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