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"Whenever I use BLACK it relates to some history of Africans in that particular place. It’s the idea of the color BLACK as a metaphor, or as a representation of African-Americans. It’s the notion of BLACK- BLACKNESS - and all its other meanings in relation to the history of race..."

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Sunday, August 29, 2010

THE EVENT Full Length Trailer
New NBC TV Series Starring Blair Underwood As U.S. President Elias Martinez Premiering Monday, September 20th, 2010

THE EVENT, a new NBC tv series premiering September 20th, 2010 looks rather interesting - I like tv dramas. And because I like Blair Underwood going all the way back to the young, hip (always dressed to the max in double-breasted suits) and professional Black lawyer on the NBC tv series L.A. Law, this new THE EVENT series peaked my interest. What's especially compelling about this show for me is that Blair Underwood plays the president of the United States and he's of Afro-Cuban descent from Florida.

Other supporting actors worth mentioning are Lisa Vidal, who plays the 1st lady and worked with Blair Underwood on the incredibly well-written ABC TV series crime/drama cop show High Incident (1996-1997); then there's venerable African-American actor Tony Todd playing one of the President's advisors - he's so qool; and lastly there's actor Zeljko Ivanek (Governor James Devlin from HBO's "Oz" and he recurred on Homicide: Life On The Street). This guy is a great character actor and fits THE EVENT show so well with its intricate conspiracy plots.

Also, this show looks pretty ambitious with a meticulous storyline and plot. It's a really welcomed addition since similar shows like "24" just finished a successful 8-year run is now off the air; and and last season's most excellent ABC show "FlashForward" got canceled after one season and wasn't allowed to get its legs under itself and find an audience.

Below is the 4 minutes trailer plus some real life and fictitious biographies of Blair Underwood/Elias Martinez...

President Alias Martinez (Character Bio):
Moral and idealistic. Hugely popular with the American people and around the world, President Martinez wants to be a new kind of President, working toward a new America. He's committed to honesty and runs the first truly bipartisan administration in recent history, with Vice President Raymond Jarvis at his side. Two parties, one purpose. Before becoming President, Born to Cuban refugees in Miami, Florida, President Martinez is very proud of his Afro-Cuban roots. He is a graduate of Yale University.

The now happily married Elias and Christina have a seven-year-old son named David.

President Martinez is immersed in the typical duties befitting the President of the United States, when he is handed a top secret file that will change the course of his presidency from that moment on.

A secret informant has recently led him to discover that 97 detainees...

Blair Underwood (Biography):
Blair Underwood stars as President Elias Martinez, the recently elected President of the United States, who's stunned to learn that his own government is keeping secrets from him in NBC's new high-octane conspiracy thriller The Event. As he tries to do right by the public, he soon finds himself in the midst of a huge cover-up, and the target of a spectacular assassination attempt.

Underwood has distinguished himself as an award-winning actor/director/producer, who continues to showcase his multitude of talents in the world of film, television, theater and literature.

In 2008, Underwood was seen in three high-profile television projects: he was a Golden Globe nominee for his performance as a Navy fighter pilot in HBO's critically acclaimed "In Treatment"; he starred in the hit drama "Dirty Sexy Money"; and he reprised his recurring role of Mr. Harris in "The New Adventures of Old Christine." Underwood's past television credits include TV series and movies such as, "Sex and the City," "LAX," "City of Angels," "Mama Flora's Family," "Murder in Mississippi," "Soul of the Game," "The Wishing Tree," and "Heat Wave."

Underwood's feature film credits include "Something New," "Madea's Family Reunion," "Malibu's Most Wanted," "Full Frontal," "Rules of Engagement," "Gattaca," "Asunder," "Deep Impact," "Just Cause," "Set It Off" and "Posse." In 2007, Underwood made his feature directorial debut in the independent drama "Bridge to Nowhere." He recently completed production on the independent drama "Homework," opposite Emma Roberts and Freddy Highmore.

Underwood produced the TLC series "Million Dollar Christmas" with his producing partner Tommy Morgan Jr. for their Intrepid Inc. production company. The first order of the series followed a group of lottery winners in St. Louis, Missouri. Intrepid Inc. has several projects in development, including a documentary on the history of African-Americans in entertainment for Associated Television International.

Underwood is also an established author, having penned several works including the non-fiction book "Before I Got Here," the Tennyson Hardwick detective series "Casanegra," "In the Night of the Heat," and most recently "From Cape Town with Love" with Tananarive Due and Steven Barnes (all published by Atria Books/Simon & Schuster, Inc.). He also starred in and directed a series of video vignettes from the pages of "From Cape Town with Love" for Vook.com as a visual book.

In 2009, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, the United States' largest non-profit HIV/AIDS healthcare provider held the grand opening of its first AIDS treatment center in Washington, D.C. - named after Underwood in recognition of his longtime advocacy. The AHF Blair Underwood Clinic includes a state-of-the-art, full-service HIV/AIDS treatment clinic as well as an on-site AHF Pharmacy. Underwood is also co-founder of Artists for a New South Africa (ANSA).