The new series Black Box, set to begin on ABC on April 24 looks like something I’ll like. Will you be watching?
The series stars Kelly Reilly as Dr. Catherine Black, a neuroscientist who works on the cutting edge of brain research. Dr. Black suffers from mental illness and attempts, somewhat imperfectly according to the previews, to hide this from her scientific colleagues.
Her psychiatrist is played by Vanessa Redgrave. Any time Vanessa Redgrave wants to take a part in anything, I’m ready to watch it! Having her in something is like having the goddess herself included.
Also in the cast are Ditch Davey as Dr. Ian Bickman and David Ajala as Will, Catherine’s boyfriend.
So, let’s add this up.
- A leading character in a TV series has a mental illness. It isn’t what the story is about, it’s just who she is. Okay, Homeland has been there before, but this is network TV.
- There’s an interracial relationship. It’s just her relationship, not a big thing.
This could get interesting!
The series is written Amy Holden Jones, who wrote Indecent Proposal, Beethoven, and Mystic Pizza. It’s co-produced by Ilene Chaiken from The L Word, who also holds the title showrunner for the series.
There are some clips and previews for the show at ABC-TV.