Saturday, June 15, 2024

“Ozark,” A Show with One Black Character, Wins Best Drama from African American Critics, “This is Us” Snubbed


“Ozark,” a Netflix show with one Black character, has won Best Drama from the African American Critics Association.

“Pachinko,” an Asian show on Apple TV Plus, won Best International Drama.

The shows are certainly of quality, but they have nothing to do with the Black community.

The AAFCA basically has ignored the best Black shows on television. There are plenty of all-Black dramas across TV, cable and streaming. For example, “This is Us” has a strong Black cast and could easily have been celebrated. Instead of “Pachinko,” there are several Black international series like the fantastic, “Lupin.”

Jessica Frances Dukes played FBI agent Maya on “Ozark.” She was wonderful on the show, but she was a secondary character at best. And Dukes didn’t even get her own award from AAFCA!

Some of these winners are ridiculous and laughable.

  • BEST TV COMEDY – Abbott Elementary (ABC)
  • BEST TV DRAMA – Ozark (Netflix)
  • BEST NEW SHOW – Bel-Air (Peacock)
  • BEST DOCUMENTARY – Black and Missing  (HBO)
  • BEST LIMITED SERIES/SPECIAL – Women of the Movement (ABC) 
  • BREAKOUT STAR – Quinta Brunson 
  • BEST ENSEMBLE – Swagger (Apple TV+) & Winning Time: the rise of the Lakers dynasty (HBO) 
  • BEST WRITING – A Black Lady Sketch Show (HBO)
  • BEST TV DIRECTING – Salli Richardson, The Gilded Age (HBO) 
  • BEST TV ACTING (Female) – Patina Miller, Power Book III: Raising Kanan  (Starz) 
  • BEST TV ACTING (Male) – Courtney B. Vance, 61st Street (AMC)
  • IMPACT AWARD – Insecure (HBO)
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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