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ABC has announced the release date for its upcoming Hip Hop musical drama, “Queens,” starring Eve, Brandy, Naturi Naughton and Nadine Valazquez.
“Queens” premieres on Oct. 19 at 10 p.m. ET.
In the series, Eve stars as Brianna aka Professor Sex, Naughton stars as Jill aka Da Thrill, Velazquez is Valeria aka Butter Pecan, while Brandy stars as Naomi aka Xplicit Lyrics.
According to Deadline, “Queens” centers on four estranged and out-of-touch women in their 40s who reunite for a chance to “recapture their fame and regain the swagger they had as the Nasty B—ches – their ’90s group that made them legends in the hip-hop world.”
“We just want to be as authentic as we should be,” Eve said during the show’s TCA panel per the outlet. “We’ve lived that time and we come from that time so it was something that was important to us. There will be moments from then like when people are listening to the music and they see our outfits, our hair, everything— we want them to be taken back to that time. It’s all about the authenticity.”
In the series, Taylor Sele portrays Eric Jones, who made it big as the manager of the Nasty B—ches in the 90s. Touted as “handsome playboy with a magnetic smile,” — it’s reported that Eric’s toyings with women were partly responsible for the demise of the group. The reconciliation is his idea — but how will it all work out?
“Queens” will premiere on ABC this fall.
Brandy became a household name in the 90s when her comedy series, “Moesha,” became a global hit. Since her time in 3LW, Naughton has landed several notable roles — but her most loved character is Natasha in the 50 Cent produced STARZ series, “Power.” Valazquez has starred in several popular television series, including “Major Crimes,” My Name Is Earl” and “Prison Break.”
Eve first got her major acting break in the 2002 comedy “Barbershop.” During an interview with Stereogum, she opened up about the beginnings of her acting career.
“That’s the first role I ever got an offer to do. I went on a full audition, all of that. xXx was by chance,” she said. “It was supposed to be another rapper, someone else in that movie, but they couldn’t make it to set, and I happened to be in LA at that time and they called my manager like, “Yo, will she come and do this?” And I was like, “Okay.” So yeah, that’s how that came about, that was a pure mistake,” she shared.
“I had no idea what Vin Diesel was, I had no idea what the movie was about. Literally it happened, I got a phone call and the afternoon was on set that night and it was hilarious because I kept cursing and they kept saying, “You can’t curse.” And I’m like, “Why not?” It was weird, I’d never been on a movie set before then. But with Barbershop, I studied and I worked with my acting coach and all this stuff and yeah, it’s crazy.”