It’s argued that too much television can rot your brain. While research does reveal that television should be watched in moderation, it can provide not only entertaining, but thought-provoking and educational material as well. I’ve always been more of a fan of scripted tv shows rather than “reality shows,” although many believe that reality shows are scripted as well. In my opinion, scripted shows (whether comedy or drama) gives the viewer a more comprehensive experience. They are entertained on various levels beyond who was fighting whom or who wore what outfit better.
The summer is obviously the optimum time for relaxation and fun, but it’s also a prime time for television stations to premiere new shows and return hit-makers. From crime dramas to comedy series, major networks are premiering some pretty exciting programs for viewers to look forward to seeing.
The 2nd season of this Netflix original series is set in a woman’s prison. Lead character, Piper Chapman’s, wild past comes back to haunt her, resulting in her arrest and detention in a federal penitentiary. To pay her debt to society, Piper trades her comfortable New York life for an orange prison jumpsuit and finds unexpected conflict and camaraderie amidst an eccentric group of inmates.
Starring: Taylor Schilling, Uzo Aduba, Jason Biggs
In its 7th and final season, “True Blood” is a smart, sexy vampire thriller that follows a trio of star-crossed lovers dealing with a suddenly changed world. With the invention of synthetic blood, vampires have progressed from legendary monsters to fellow citizens overnight. And while humans have been safely removed from the menu, many remain apprehensive about these creatures “coming out of the coffin.”
Starring: Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Nelsan Ellis, Alexander Skarsgard
Two Chicago lawyers from vastly different backgrounds cross paths as they each face a personal crisis. Marcus Jackson, a community activist going through a divorce when he meets Allen Braddock, an elitist lawyer who has just been fired from his father’s firm. And as luck would have it, they become partners!
The show takes a tongue-in-cheek look behind-the-scenes as world-renowned recording artist CeeLo Green goes into the next stage of his career. The series focuses on CeeLo’s creative partnership with his longtime best friends as they prepare to bring their legendary hip-hop group Goodie Mob to the world stage.
This thrilling drama centers around an astronaut who returns home from a year-long solo mission in space and tries to reconnect with her husband and son in their everyday life. Her experiences in space and home lead to events that will ultimately change the course of human history.
From Executive Producer Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, “Power” is a visionary crime drama set in two different worlds – the glamorous New York club scene and the brutal drug trade. As lead character, “Ghost,” is seduced by the prospect of a legitimate life, everything precious to him becomes unknowingly threatened.
In this gritty new action drama, “Gang Related” is about a rising star in an elite Los Angeles Gang Task Force. What the world doesn’t know is that before he was an officer, he pledged allegiance to a powerful Latino gang called Los Angelicos.
When 2% of the world’s population abruptly disappears without explanation, the world struggles to come to terms with what happened. Three years later, the HBO drama series, ‘The Leftovers’ is the story of the people who didn’t make the cut.
“Murder in the First” follows homicide detectives Terry English and Hildy Mulligan as they investigate two seemingly unrelated murders. The mystery deepens, however, when they find both murders have a common denominator in a Silicon Valley wunderkind.
Each week, “Funniest Wins” competitors – both professionals and amateurs – will learn a different comedy style, guided by Marlon Wayans and guests who will include Wayans’ comedian friends or family members. The aspiring comedians will test what they’ve been shown in front of an audience, with one person being eliminated until only one remains. The winner will receive a cash prize and an online series for Wayans’ site WhatTheFunny.com.
Starring: Marlon Wayans, Orlando Jones, David Alan Grier
The brilliant, charismatic and seductive Professor Annalise Keating gets entangled with four law students from her class “How to Get Away with Murder.” Little do they know that they will have to apply what they learned to real life, in this masterful, sexy, suspense-driven legal thriller.
Starring: Viola Davis
*Each show’s synopsis provided via network’s website.*
Baton Rouge native, Letrece Griffin, lights up every room she enters. With a flair for high fashion, bright colors, a golden smile, and a positive attitude, Griffin offers a welcoming sense of genuine openness and experience beyond her years. She is a mentor, a writer of many trades, and a marketing and branding expert who serves in a variety of roles, including a few independent ventures, passion projects, contracts, and a full-time career in marketing. She is currently the Chief of Communications & Family Engagement for the East Baton Rouge Parish School System where she leads a team that produces all district-wide marketing collateral, events, and community engagement efforts.
Griffin also previously served as the Marketing Specialist for the extremely popular Knock Knock Children’s Museum, where she was responsible for day-to-day operations, including developing and increasing awareness about programming, creative content, and managing an internship program for which she is lauded as bringing to the museum. A child at heart, she is also a part of the reason why adults have the special opportunity to attend the museum childfree and play during Grown-ups at Play – an idea she wholeheartedly supports and expertly markets to sell-out runs each time. Her innovative ideas, ability to dream big, and work hard have all been attributed to the museum’s continued success.
She also flexes her media muscle as an Executive Producer for Melanin3 Media. In this work, she has produced the documentaries “Shades of Her: A Commentary on Colorism” and “The Side Effect: The Kirt Thibodeaux Story,” as well as music videos for PJ Morton and Michael Dixon. She has secured shooting locations, cast, dancers, interviewees, makeup artists, wardrobe specialists, set production/filming schedule, and hosted relevant events to complement projects, such as a run of free screenings and discussion groups for “Shades of Her,” throughout East Baton Rouge Parish libraries. She has also worked for the past three years as the Director of Operations for the IRAA Awards – a Baton Rouge-based awards ceremony weekend set to honor independent gospel artists. She also lends her services as the social media and marketing consultant for Southern University’s Human Jukebox.
But Griffin’s work doesn’t stop there. In her spare time, she is a creative mastermind seeking to change the world one market at a time. She has certainly exceeded some pretty lofty goals and collected lots of accolades in the process. She has been featured in a variety of publications highlighting her work as an independent marketing and branding consultant and author, including , Greater Baton Rouge Business Report, and The Rouge Collection. She has been an honoree, both nationally and locally, of several noteworthy awards, including Women Doing It Big (2022, Newark, NJ), Greater Baton Rouge Business Report 40 Under 40 (2019, Baton Rouge, LA), Woman of Wonder (2019, Houston, TX), which celebrates women in the southern region who excel in their respective fields; Baton Rouge Black Professionals 40 Under 40 (2015, Baton Rouge); Top Branding Experts on Twitter (2014, EC Branding); and Manager of the Year (2013, One Accord DJ Alliance), among countless other honors.
She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., in which she has served as a Regional Leadership Team Member, Journalist for the Southwest Region, and volunteers through the sorority’s many community efforts that advocate for mentorship, health and wellness, and social activism. Griffin is also a charter member of The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. – Metropolitan Baton Rouge Chapter, in which she served as Director of Publicity and Communications from 2016 to 2018. She has volunteered extensively in the civic organization’s community efforts, including hurricane relief, and mentoring through the BR Grow Girls initiative – which was recognized by Essence Magazine in the summer of 2019. Outside of organizational volunteer work, Griffin has given of herself to Outstanding Mature Girlz – also recognized by Essence Magazine this past summer – where she has facilitated workshops on self-esteem and youth entrepreneurship at the program’s annual conference. Griffin’s other outreach efforts include assisting communities with food insecurity through Top Box Foods, venue and participant coordination for a concert to benefit It Takes a Village, and hosting a women’s entrepreneur showcase for The Write Philosofher.
Griffin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication from Loyola University and a Master of Science degree in Entertainment Business from Full Sail University. And while she is one busy woman, she always makes time to continue working towards the things she loves, which includes sharing her knowledge and experiences to help grow a giving and learning community. She is the author of two books, “The Write Way: A 21-Day Interactive Journey to Self-Love and Awareness” (2017) and “The G Code: 15 Keys to Successful Marketing & Branding” (2019), and one workbook, “The G Code Glow-Up: A Marketing & Branding Workbook” (2020). Her writing has been awarded both internationally and locally. Griffin’s “G Code” book series was acknowledged as a 2022 Book Fest Award winner and 2020 International Book Award finalist. She was also recognized as BR Parent Magazine’s 2020 Favorite Local Author. Griffin is excited to experience continued growth, leadership training, opportunities, and invaluable experiences that she can extend to others.