Moonlight writer McCraney Makes Man for OWN
David Makes Man is the name of a series from OWN, currently in production, a coming-of-age drama from Academy Award-winning Moonlight writer Tarell Alvin McCraney. This will be his scripted television debut and there’s an impressive cast led by Phylicia Rashad and young actor Akili McDowell.
Set in South Florida and inspired by McCraney’s own life, Man will revolve around teenage David (McDowell), living in poverty with a single mother, finding his way toward adulthood, attending a magnet school for academically gifted students, and trying to survive. Rashad will play a teacher who takes an interest in David and becomes his advocate. No word on whether or not this young man will be a queer character, but a supporting role will involve a gender non-binary neighbor who helps David’s mother watch and raise him. Keep this one in mind for its eventual 2019 bow.
Pose star Indya Moore will serve Frankenstein realness
Che Grayson is a young black filmmaker from New York, whose short films have picked up numerous awards and whose self-published comic book series, Rigamo, is about a young black female superhero whose tears bring people back to life. But that’s not why she’s news right now. She is also the driving force behind a new, currently untitled, anthology series, the pilot for which, called Magic Hour will star Pose’s Indya Moore as a Frankenstein-like creature in search of her humanity and possibly love.
Now, usually, pilots are only memorable when they become actual shows. But this one feels special, mostly because Moore’s star is currently on the rise. The Vogue model-turned-actress is one of the breakout stars of the series (recently renewed for a second season – watch it now, it’s great, seriously), and her acting talent has made for some of that show’s most moving, resonant moments. She’ll serve as a producer on Magic Hour, as well, so we hope that whatever clout she’s currently earning will get this fresh idea of a series looked at and placed. We are rooting for more queer TV, and we’d be thrilled if Moore were on our screens regularly.