A WWTD Exclusive Preview: Buppies
Every weekend I settle down in front of my Dish Network DVR-equipped television and instead of watching new programming I end up running old episodes of A Different World and Living Single. Lately I’ve been thinking that we’ve reached the end of the road when it comes to smart black entertainment. As much as I have hopes that BET’s new series Somebodies, which I reviewed last week, will age into something more palatable, I just got my hands on something new that makes me ultimately optimistic about the future of black entertainment.
One major force contributing to the tired state of black television has been the medium of television itself; black television has been constrained by the whims of white television executives who have been somehow convinced that only chicken-neckin’, finger-snappin’, and jokes about how white people don’t have butts can make appropriate advertising vehicles for the black community. Smart black shows aren’t supposed to succeed, so they don’t get funding, and Thembi gets sad. When you look at it that way, it all becomes so obvious that the web is the venue of the future when it comes to more realistic depictions of black folks, and that’s where the new web series Buppies comes in. A few of my college classmates have been working on the project so I got to check out some clips ahead of time. From what I’ve seen so far I am so very excited – Thembi seal of approval left and right. The project is wrapping post production, so I’m not allowed to say too much just yet, but thanks to a little journalistic pressure I did get permission to share the premise: “Buppies follows the misadventures of five black entertainment industry professionals mining the meaning of life in Hollywood’s social wasteland.” Directed by Julian Breece and starring Tatyana Ali (The Fresh Prince of Bel Air), Ernest Waddell (The Wire, Law & Order: SVU), and newcomer Damien Wigfall (who is so fine I’d like to take a bite out of him), Buppies has drama and comedy in that smart, multifaceted, and true-to-life vein. I’m planning on being a huge supporter of this show so I’ll provide more info in the future, but for now check out the Buppies teaser in high def or right below to get a sense of what’s to come: