An upcoming comedy pilot on American television network ABC has cast Tattiawna Jones as its lesbian lead character.
The pilot does not yet have a name but Jones, who is best known for her role in police-related TV series Flashpoint, plays Hilda.
Hilda is described as “an intelligent and seemingly confident lesbian lothario with a dry sense of humor – that she uses to hide her underlying fear of growing up, settling down and becoming conventional.”
Joining Jones in the single-camera show is Andy Riding who plays Randall, who is Hilda’s best friend.
According to Deadline which broke the news about Jones’ casting in the comedy pilot, Randall is a “neurotic straight guy” and the two friends must “navigate their dysfunctional, co-dependent friendship and the world of dating.”
Also involved in the project is Ed Weeks (The Mindy Project) and Hannah Mackay who wrote the pilot together, while Leslye Headland is set to direct.
Moreover, Deadline previously reported that out lesbian comic Julie Goldman will feature in the show as JoJo, “a fun-loving Southern biker who runs Austin’s friendliest gastropub.”
Assuming that ABC orders more episodes of the comedy following its pilot episode, the yet unnamed show will not be the only TV program to introduce a lesbian of colour. It was also recently announced that Wanda Sykes will star in ABC’s other new comedy show Dream Team, which is about a football coach who must coach a team of 8-year olds and deal with their parents.
In Dream Team, Sykes plays Leslie a “competitive ob-gyn who has a passion for sports,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. Sykes’ character is trying to help her daughter Miley land a spot on a “nationally ranked” football team but her wife, Michaela, is trying to get Miley to stop playing the sport.
We’ll keep you posted should ABC order more episodes of the two TV shows.