TALK TO ME/ABC/2000
**(Michael J. Estime) Cam, black producer of radio talk show at station WSJB.
Cam’s character is sharp and witty.
**(J. Alan Thomas) Jeff Bennett, African-American employee of a Sunshine Cab
Company in New York City who assisted with taxi dispatch operations. Jeff worked
in an elevated cage area inside the garage area along side his supervisor, a
lecherous, pint-sized Italian-American.
TEAM KNIGHT RIDER/SYN/1997-98
**(Duane Davis) Duke DePalma, member of the Foundation of Law and government,
which employs a collection of highly skilled operatives paired with most
advanced, state-of-the-art vehicles who battle crime as Team Knight Rider! Duke
drives a rugged all-terrain vehicle called “Beast.”
*(Phill Lewis) David Gibson, a black music instructor who taught pupils at the
Winthrop Academy, an all white private school near Philadelphia. B. B. King
performed the theme song.
*(Eugene Clark/costar) Sid Gomez, black private detective hired by the Cosmo
Detective agency, a state-of-the-art private detective agency based in the year
2044. Sid’s reunites with his old white partner, Jake Cardigan (the series main
character) to battle Tek Lords, the pushers of an illegal drug known as Tek.
*(Cleavon Little) Dr. Jerry Noland, a black physician at Capital General
Hospital in Washington, D.C. whose work activities included being in-house
bookie and thorn-in-the-side of very straight laced, conservative chief of staff
of surgery. The series was revised under the title THE NEW TEMPERATURES
*(James McEachin) Harry Tenafly, a happily married black Los Angeles private
detective. The series was part of the NBC TUESDAY/WEDNESDAY MYSTERY MOVIE. Also
featured were Lillian Lehman as his wife, Ruth and Paul Jackson, as his son,
TENSPEED AND BROWN SHOE/ABC/1980
*(Ben Vereen/costar) E. L. Turner, aka "Tenspeed" a black ex-con hustler on
parole who became a partner in a private detective agency. Vereen reprised his
role of Tenspeed in the hour adventure series J. J. STARBUCK/NBC/1987-88 as the
sidekick of Jerome Jeremiah Starbuck, a San Antonio billionaire.
THAT'S MY MAMA/ABC/1974-75
*(Clifton Davis) Clifton Curtis, a hip, young black who inherited the family
Washington, D.C. barbershop. He lived with his mama, Eloise (Theresa Merritt) in
living quarters attached to the shop. Ted Lange who played one of the regulars
on the show later starred as bartender Isaac Washington on the comedy series THE
LOVE BOAT/ABC/1977-86. (Theresa Merritt died on June 22, 1998. She originated
the role of Ma Rainey in Broadway's acclaimed "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom.")
*(Thea Vidale) Thea Turrell, black portly widow with four lively children who
worked as a supermarket clerk and ran a beauty shop from her home to make ends
meet. Other cast included Adam Jeffries as her sixteen-year-old son Jarvis, Jr.;
Jason Weaver as her fourteen-year-old son, Jerome; Brenden Jefferson as youngest
son, James; Brandy Norwood as her thirteen-year-old daughter, Danesha; Yvette
Wilson as Thea's sister, Lynette; Cleavant Derricks as Lynette's husband
Charles; and Kenny Ford, Jr. as Danesha's boyfriend.
3RD ROCK FROM THE SUN/NBC/1996-2001
**(Simbi Khali) Nina Campbell, sassy black office assistant and often referee
for college professors Mary Albright and Dick Solomon (who is an outer space
alien disguised as an Earthling). Khali was born in Jackson, Mississippi in 1971
and raised in Chicago. .
*(Michael Beach/costar) Monte "Doc" Parker, emergency medical technician based
in New York City. Beach also had a recurring role on NBC’s award-winning drama
"ER" as Jeanie Boulet’s (played by Gloria Reuben) husband who had contracted the
HIV virus and passed it on to her. Other black “Third Watch” characters include
Corey Bell as rookie police officer Ty Davis. Bell is an honors graduate of San
Jose State University.
THE THREE FLAMES SHOW/NBC/1949
*(Tiger Haynes, Roy Testamark, Bill Pollard) The Three Flames, a popular black
vocal group who performed to a backdrop of flickering flames hosted this live
summer musical variety series. They were among the first black performers to
have a regular network series. The group consisted of guitarist Tiger Haynes,
pianist Roy Testamark and bass player Bill Pollard.
**(Richard Cummings, Jr.) Phil Gaines, a black employee of a small New York City
record company called Throb.
TIME OF YOUR LIFE/FOX/1999-2000
**(Gina Ravera) Jocelyn 'Joss' House, a pretty black female who befriends a
young white girl (series star Jennifer Love-Hewitt as Sarah Reeves Merrin)
recently moved from San Francisco to a East Village apartment in New York City.
The series is a spin-off of Fox’s “Party of Five.”
TODAY'S BLACK WOMAN/SYN/1981
*(Freda Payne) Freda Payne, hosted this on-the-air newsmagazine for black women.
**(Harold Sylvester) Dwayne Thompson, a former black Marine intelligence officer
working for the Federal Bureau of Investigation working in Washington, D.C.
THE TOM SHOW/WB/1997-98
*(Tasha Smith/costar) Tanya Cole, sassy black female TV station worker working
with a recently divorced white man who is struggling to keep his job as program
TOGETHER WE STAND/CBS/1986-87
**(Natasha Bobo) Sally Pandall, an adorable six-year-old black girl adopted by a
TONY BROWN'S JOURNAL/SYN/1976-81/PBS/1982+
*(Tony Brown) Tony Brown, host of public affairs program aimed chiefly at black
viewers. The program was formerly seen on PBS in the 1970's as BLACK JOURNAL.
TONY ORLANDO AND DAWN/CBS/1974-76
*(Telma Hopkins, Joyce Vincent Wilson/costars) Dawn, a group of two black
singers, Telma Hopkins & Joyce Vincent Wilson, who were Tony Orlando's back-up
singers and co-hosts on this musical variety program.
TOTAL RECALL 2070: THE SERIES/SHO/1999
**(Michael Anthony Rawlins) Martin Ehrenthal, black police detective who
supervises detective David Hume and his android partner as they investigate for
the Citizens Protection Bureau in the year 2070. Michael Anthony Rawlins is also
known for his recurring role on hugely popular BEVERLY HILLS 90210 and numerous
television appearances on such shows as NYPD BLUE, ROSEANNE, THE TRIALS OF ROSIE
O’NEILL and FULL HOUSE.
**(Flex) Neville Watson, a black operative working for Total Security, a private
security firm based in Los Angeles.
TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL/CBS/1994-2003
*(Della Reese/costar) Tess, an African-American angel who supervised a beautiful
Irish-accented angel named Monica responsible for helping mortals with problems.
TOUR OF DUTY/CBS/1987-90
**(Stan Foster) Pvt. Marvin Johnson, a black soldier from Kansas City assigned
to fight in the jungles of Vietnam with the men of Bravo Company during the late
1960's. Carl Weathers as Colonel Brewster, a veteran black combat officer
appeared later in the series.
TRACY GOES ON/HBO/1996-99
*(Tracy Ullman) Sheneesha Turner, a black airport security guard and one of many
characters created by white British comedian and impressionist Tracy Ullman.
TRAPPER JOHN, M.D./CBS/1979-86
**(Brian Mitchell) Dr. Justin Jackson, aka, "Jackpot", a young black surgeon on
the staff of San Francisco Memorial Hospital. Madge Sinclair appeared as
Ernestine Shoop, the trustworthy nursing supervisor.
*(Dorian Harewood/costar) Dr. Nate "Skate" Baylor, a black emergency physician
from McKee Hospital Trauma Center in Los Angeles who worked with a dedicated
staff of medical personnel saving peoples lives.
TRIALS OF ROSIE O'NEILL/CBS/1990-91
*(Dorian Harewood/costar) Hank Mitchell, black ghetto-raised attorney who worked
in the Los Angeles Public Defenders Office with fellow lawyer Rosie O'Neill.
*(Frankie Faison/costar) Ron Freeman, a widowed black dentist with two teenage
sons Terry (Claude Brooks) and Lester (Adam Jeffries) who married a widowed
white kindergarten teacher who had a teenage daughter and a mouthy
mother-in-law. In the fall of 1991, Cleavon Little replaced Frankie Faison in
the lead role.
**(Alex Desert) Holden Hines, a black teenager enrolled in the journalism
program at Roosevelt High School where he helped produce the school newspaper
and video news segments. Stacey Dash also appeared as Monique, a journalism
*(Dennis Haysbert/costar) Senator David Palmer, the first African-American to be
elected United States President. David is divorced from Sherry Palmer (Jenny
Johnson Jerald). They have two children: Son, Keith and daughter Nicole. David
received his Juris Doctorate at the University of Maryland, School of Law and
his Bachelor of Arts in Political Economy from Georgetown University. His career
path included a stint at the law firm of Fidley, Barrow and Bain; Maryland State
Congress Representative, (Baltimore); US Congress Representative (Maryland);
House Ethics Committee Chairman; House Ways and Means Committee Member; House
National Subcommittee member; United States Congress Senator; Senate
Appropriations Committee Member, Senate Commerce Subcommittee Member. His
athletic experience includes being NCAA All-American Men's Basketball; Big East
Conference Defensive Player of the Year; Sporting News College Player of the
Year; and the Wooden Award for Player of the Year. During his run for President,
David was involved in an assassination plot and in his forts year in the White
House he had to handle a terrorist plot to explode an atomic bomb in the Los
Angles Basin. His ex-wife Sherry was implicated in a power-play to bring down
his administration. Through all the rumor, and political rancor, David's most
trusted ally has been a white CIA agent named Jack Bauer. After David died, his
brother was elected President.
21 JUMP STREET/FOX/SYN/1987-91
*(Holly Robinson/costar) Judy Hoffs, a young black police woman assigned to a
special squad of baby-faced cops who posed as high school students to
infiltrate/battle juvenile crime. Steven Williams starred as Captain Adam
Fuller, their commander.
*(Marla Gibbs) Mary Jenkins, a sharp-tongued busybody who lived at No. 227 in an
unidentified apartment house in Washington, D.C. Also featured were Hal Williams
as Lester, her husband; Regina King as Brenda, their teenage daughter; Jackée
Harry, as Sandra Clark, a flirtatious neighbor; Alaina Reed Hall as Rose Lee
Holloway, the building's owner and Mary's close friend; Kia Goodwin as Tiffany
Holloway, Rose's daughter; Helen Martin as Pearl Shay, the building busybody;
Curtis Baldwin as Calvin Dobbs, Pearl's grandson; and Paul Winfield as an
effeminate entrepreneur who bought 227 and became its landlord.
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