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BLACK LIGHTNING (CW)
Premieres Tuesday, January 16
BROADCAST HISTORY:
1/16/18 - ???
STATUS:
new this winter (yet to premiere)
TIME SLOT:
tuesdays from 9:00 PM-10:00 PM EST
CURRENT SEASON:
1 (13 episodes)
DESCRIPTION:
(from The CW's press release, May 2017) Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams) is a man wrestling with a secret. As the father of two daughters and principal of a charter high school that also serves as a safe haven for young people in a New Orleans neighborhood overrun by gang violence, he is a hero to his community. Nine years ago, Pierce was a hero of a different sort. Gifted with the superhuman power to harness and control electricity, he used those powers to keep his hometown streets safe as the masked vigilante Black Lightning. However, after too many nights with his life on the line, and seeing the effects of the damage and loss that his alter ego was inflicting on his family, he left his Super Hero days behind and settled into being a principal and a dad. Choosing to help his city without using his superpowers, he watched his daughters Anissa (Nafessa Williams) and Jennifer (China Anne McClain) grow into strong young women, even though his marriage to their mother, Lynn (Christine Adams), suffered. Almost a decade later, Pierce's crime-fighting days are long behind him... or so he thought. But with crime and corruption spreading like wildfire, and those he cares about in the crosshairs of the menacing local gang The One Hundred, Black Lightning returns - to save not only his family, but also the soul of his community. Based on the characters from DC, BLACK LIGHTNING is from Berlanti Productions and Akil Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti ("Arrow," "The Flash"), Salim Akil & Mara Brock Akil ("Being Mary Jane," "The Game," "Girlfriends"), and Sarah Schechter ("Arrow," "The Flash"). The Black Lightning character was created by Tony Isabella with Trevor Von Eeden.
PRINCIPAL CAST INFORMATION:
· Chantal Thuy as Grace Choi
· China Anne McClain as Jennifer Pierce
· Christine Adams as Lynn
· Cress Williams as Jefferson Pierce
· Damon Gupton as Inspector Henderson
· Edwina Findley as Tori
· James Remar as Peter Gambi
· Jill Scott as Lady Eve
· Kyanna Simone Simpson as Kiesha
· Marvin "Krondon" Jones III as Tobias Whale
· Nafessa Williams as Anissa Pierce
CREW INFORMATION:
· Greg Berlanti as EP
· Mara Brock Akil as EP
· Salim Akil as CRTR/EP/DIR (Pilot)
· Sarah Schechter as EP
GENRE(S):
· based on a comic book
· drama
STUDIO INFORMATION:
· Akil Productions
· Berlanti Productions
· DC Comics
· Warner Bros. Television