The CW is expanding its DC TV line-up once more for the 2021-2022 TV season! After several months of waiting, the DC drama Naomi, starring Kaci Walfall, has officially been picked up to series! From filmmaker Ava DuVernay and Arrow’s Jill Blankenship, Naomi focuses on the teenage heroine having her life changed forever after a supernatural event hits her small town. The series is scheduled to premiere sometime in mid-season 2022.
Joining Walfall on the Naomi cast are Barry Watson as Greg, Mouzam Makkar as Jennifer, Mary-Charles Jones as Annabelle, Alexander Wraith as Dee, Cranston Johnson as Zumbado, Aidan Gemme as Jacob, Camila Moreno as Lourdes, Daniel Puig as Nathan, and Will Meyers as Anthony. Amanda Marsalis directed the pilot, which was co-written by DuVernay and Blankenship. While no trailer was released, some Naomi footage was included from The CW’s sizzle reel for their upcoming TV season.
“From Oscar® nominee/Emmy® winner Ava DuVernay and Jill Blankenship (“Arrow”), and starring Kaci Walfall (“Army Wives,” “Power,” “The Lion King” on Broadway) in the title role, the DC drama NAOMI follows the journey of a cool, confident, comic book–loving teenager as she pursues her hidden destiny. When a supernatural event shakes her small hometown of Port Oswego, Naomi sets out to uncover its origins, with a little help from her fiercely loyal best friend Annabelle (Mary-Charles Jones, “Kevin Can Wait”). She also has the support of her adoptive, doting parents, veteran military officer Greg (Barry Watson, “7th Heaven,” “The Loudest Voice”) and linguist Jennifer (Mouzam Makkar, “The Fix”). After an encounter with Zumbado (Cranston Johnson, “Filthy Rich”), the mysterious owner of a used car lot, leaves her shaken, Naomi turns to tattoo shop owner Dee (Alexander Wraith, “Orange Is the New Black”), who becomes her reluctant mentor. While unraveling the mystery of herself, Naomi also navigates her high school friendships with both military kids and local townies, including ex-boyfriend and high school jock Nathan (Daniel Puig, “The System”); Annabelle’s longtime, loyal boyfriend Jacob (Aidan Gemme, “Deliver Us From Evil”); proud “townie” Anthony (Will Meyers, “Bad Education”); and fellow comic book enthusiast Lourdes (newcomer Camila Moreno). As Naomi journeys to the heights of the Multiverse in search of answers, what she discovers will challenge everything we believe about our heroes. Based on the characters from DC, NAOMI is written and executive produced by Ava DuVernay and Jill Blankenship, and executive produced by Sarah Bremner and Paul Garnes of ARRAY Filmworks. Amanda Marsalis (“Echo Park,” “Queen Sugar”) directed and co-executive produced the pilot episode. The series is from ARRAY Filmworks in association with Warner Bros. Television.”
While DC’s Naomi will be joining the network’s DC TV line-up, there is some sad news too. As Black Lightning comes to an end, the Painkiller spinoff is officially not going forward. But hopefully, this won’t be the last time we see the Black Lightning characters in the Arrowverse.
In the mean time, stay tuned on DC TV Podcasts about the upcoming Naomi Podcast…
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