TVLine Items: Amazon's Alt History, Sopranos Sis to Blacklist and More

HBO has had a rough time with #NoConfederate, but it looks like Amazon’s Black America is off to a much better start.

On the heels of the controversy surrounding HBO’s upcoming series Confederate — which is set in an alternate universe where slavery has remained legal — Amazon has announced that they are developing their own alt-history series from Roots EP Will Packer and The Boondocks creator Aaron McGruder.

Black America explores a world where the newly freed African Americans have secured the Southern states of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama post-Reconstruction as reparations for slavery. Their nation, New Colonia, has a tumultuous relationship with the United States, though the two territories’ fates are inexorably tied together.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* The Sopranos alum Aida Turturro will recur on The Blacklist as a brilliant accountant who cuts a deal with the Feds to save her own skin, while The Americans‘ Michael Aronov will recur as a logistics expert who is on the run after being accused of embezzling, reports.

* Melissa & Joey‘s Joey Lawrence will guest-star in two episodes of Hawaii Five-0 as Aaron Wright, the brother of deceased hacker Ian Wright (Nick Jonas), our sister site Variety reports.

* Nick Cannon (America’s Got Talent) will host the kid-focused spinoff Lip Sync Battle Shorties on Nickelodeon.

* Apple Music has released a star-studded new trailer for Carpool Karaoke: The Series featuring Will Smith, John Legend, Miley Cyrus, Metallica, Shaq and many more. Press PLAY on the video below and then drop down to the comments to let us know if you’ll be tuning in when Carpool Karaoke: The Series premieres on Tuesday, Aug. 8 at 9/8c.

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  1. Katrinka says:

    Interesting that Joey Lawrence will be guest starring on Hawaii Five-0 & Andrew, his brother, plays a crime lab tech on the show.

  2. DryHeat says:

    Michael Aronov is an awesome actor & he’ll be a good addition to The Blacklist…if he sparks with Spader, they will be great scenes. :)

  3. Anne says:

    Well done Amazon, well done. Interesting premise *and* helmed by Black creative folk. That’s how you handle a topic like this.

  4. Kevin Tran says:

    Carpool Karaoke: The Series is going to be hysterical. One celeb that I’m dying to see in a future episode is Brie Larson dating back to her days as a teen pop star.

  5. AKH says:

    The reparations take from Amazon sounds incredibly interesting and inventive, with some actual roots in history. It does sound like it will be a period piece, what with ‘newly freed’- is that the case? Or might we see two time periods- the alternative past and the alternative present? Will there be allusions to Liberia? Will they consider the redivision of India into Hindu and Muslim nations and how some Muslim inhabitants chose (understandably) to stay where they’d lived all their lives- and represent that with Black folk staying in states like Virginia and tensions that may bring? There’s so much more to go off of with an idea like this than Confederates, and I might finally get Amazon for it.

  6. lrdslvrhnd says:

    If Joey doesn’t get at least one scene with Andrew, I’ll be sad. Also, I hope his character isn’t a hacker like his brother, I’m not sure my brain could handle the concept of Joey Lawrence as a hacker.