*She and the First Lady have more than a name in common.
As African American women, their “firsts” rank is another.
Vice Admiral Michelle Howard was nominated by President Barack Obama for a fourth star on Friday, making her the first woman in Navy history to attain the rank—assuming Senate approval—of full admiral.
*Dondre Whitfield, “Sons of Anarchy” star Merle Dandridge and Arjun Gupta of “Nurse Jackie” and have joined the CW pilot “Company Town,” reports Deadline.com.
Written by Sera Gamble and directed by Taylor Hackford, it chronicles the aftermath of a scandal at a Naval base, which touches the lives of both civilians and military personnel.
The story follows two early 20-something women — Krista (Gage Golightly) and Page — who grew up together, were once best friends, but now are on opposite sides of the Townie/Military divide.
Dandridge plays Louise, a Navy Division Director, who is suddenly promoted to Commanding Officer of Naval Service Affairs and put in charge of a group of bases and personnel that’s just become beleaguered by a terrible scandal.
Whitfield will play Don, a combat-trained trauma surgeon working at the Naval base’s hospital who is troubled by the repercussions of a terrible scandal on the base.
Gupta will play Jack, a Navy Chief Petty Officer whose priority is to take care of his jet maintenance crew, but privately he’s nursing big dreams.
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EUR MOTIVATIONAL NOTE
“You can fall, but you can rise also.” – Angelique Kidjo
Dec. 7, 1941: Doris “Dorie” Miller, a cook in the U.S. Navy, downs three Japanese planes in the attack of Pearl Harbor. (Source: www.BlackFacts.com)
That’s the predicament facing Andre Braugher’s Captain Marcus Chaplin in the pilot of new ABC drama “Last Resort.” Talk about starting off with a bang.
Premiering Thursday, Sept. 17 at 8 p.m., the series follows Chaplin’s crew on the fictional USS Colorado, which turns renegade after Chaplin defies a direct order to launch nuclear missiles towards Pakistan. The order just didn’t sound right, and Chaplin went with his gut feeling rather than kill millions of innocent lives.
When his second in command, played by Scott Speedman, also refuses to nuke Pakistan, their vessel is fired upon without warning and the crew soon realizes that they have been declared enemies of their own country and left for dead. After taking a vicious hit, the sub ends up on the fictional island of Sainte Marina, where Chaplin’s team sets up shop and declares themselves a sovereign nation with nuclear capability – thanks to their sub.
“Last Resort” stars Andre Braugher (Captain Marcus Chaplin) and Scott Speedman (XO Sam Kendal) set up shop on the island of Sainte Marina after their submarine was hit.
The show will revolve around Chaplin and his crew dealing with a drug lord on the island who doesn’t appreciate his new American occupier. We’ll also follow the crew’s season-long attempt to clear its name so they can return home to the U.S.
“Amazing things are going to happen on the island, and we’re going to be fundamentally changed,” Braugher told EURweb about the crew. “But it’s important to establish clearly and credibly who these men are, so that the changes, we can follow them step by step. I think that’s where we build up an affection for the men and women of the Colorado as well as the people on the island, so that when they’re challenged, and ultimately as they transform into something we may or may not recognize, then we understand their story.”
Below, Braugher reveals what types of transformations the viewers can expect. [Scroll down to watch the trailer.]