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Phylicia Rashad, Tiffany Hines Join TV Pilots (Jeckyll/Hyde Drama & Fashion Industry Soap)

by Tambay A. Obenson
March 1, 2012 10:59 AM
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Some more TV casting news... Phylicia Rashad is returning to the small screen, joining NBC's updated Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde drama pilot titled Do No Harm.

The program will revolve around a brilliant neurosurgeon and his dangerous alter-ego that disrupts his personal and processional life.

Phylicia Rashad will play Dr. Vanessa Young, the chief of surgery as well as boss to the neurosurgeon with the split personality.

Assuming the series is picked up, this will be Mrs Rashad's first small screen series starring role since CBS' 1996-2000 comedy Cosby.

Second... Tiffany Hines (Nikita) has joined the cast of ABC’s drama pilot Americana, described as a soap about a famous fashion industry clan, starring Anthony LaPaglia, as the patriarch of "a sprawling family who just welcomed a new member, Alice Clarke (Ashley Greene), a young designer whose shocking arrival turns the family and the legendary label inside out."

Hines will play a character named Shane - a beautiful medical student and Alice’s best friend who she recruits to model in a fashion show, and who later learns that her life is about to change and not necessarily for the better. 

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  • Ava | March 1, 2012 7:26 PMReply

    These days, many film actresses can be found on the 'small screen'. Holly Hunter did it and Glenn Close does it now, although Rashad has the chops to be at the helm of her own show the Hunter, Kiera Sedgewick and even Jada Pinkett Smith have all done (albeit on cable not network). I'm more concerned with the losing record NBC suddenly has with new series, particularly dramas.

  • Quentin | March 1, 2012 1:09 PMReply

    Phylicia Rashad is giving up on the big screen so soon? I'm sure there is something out their for her that is more fulfilling, even more so than a Tyler Perry film. Besides, the concept for this "TV pilot" leaves much to be desired. I can't imagine myself tuning in. She needs a new manager. Her current one (Planco) is preventing her from reaching her fullest potential as an actress.

  • Quentin | March 5, 2012 1:11 AM

    Well said, Jug. But she still should consider new management. Also, it depends on what she wants, I suppose. if she is about the money to support her long lasting standard of living then by all means, do the pilot about Jekyll and Hyde (rolling my eyes) and the next Tyler Perry movie. But if she is about making the best of the last ACT of her career, she should do such shows to a limited degree while keeping her feelers out there for the quality stuff created by those SXSW types, no matter how low budget or below her financial standard they MAY be.

  • Jug | March 1, 2012 1:30 PM

    'Fulfilling' is not a word I'd associate with the Film world right now. For anyone over the age of 35 & of color. Will & Denzel excluded. And especially not for women. Just ask Halle, Viola, Audra, Angela, Rita Moreno & soon to be on that list Eva Mendes & Selma Hayek. Unless they write a role of a middle-aged black women who wears multi-colored spandex & fights aliens, vampires or Will Smith's mom in MIB 4, TV is the best option for her to still be working AND have her theatre pursuits. A structured "season" to be able to direct & star in plays, get her rocks off & still be in the public eye. And let's not forget Phylicia's lived a while-she has a standard of living. A lot of unknown indies at SXSW ain't gonna get it. Same as Nick Nolte, Dustin Hoffman, Cuba Gooding Jr & the like. It's the landscape right now, has been for almost a decade &,unfortunately, it won't be changing anytime soon. And honestly, the pilot isn't that bad. It's just okay, so no loss on her. If it sucks, it won't be "Phylicia's show sucked".

  • Monique A. Williams | March 1, 2012 11:10 AMReply

    So glad to see Phylicia Rashad coming back to TV. Now she can leave those Tyler Perry flicks alone! #greatmove

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