Academy Award winner Viola Davis is known for her riveting roles on television and in films. Now, the How to Get Away with Murder star is serving as producer, along with her husband, Julius Tennon, of the second season of American Koko, which just premiered the on ABC Digital.
Created by Diarra Kilpatrick, who also stars in the series, American Koko is described as a satirical comedy that follows Akosua “Koko” Millard as she investigates and solves race problems in a post-post-racial America. As a member of the Everybody’s a Little Bit Racist Agency, her team of specialists will tackle any case, but for Koko, the hardest case of all may be her own. She was recently cured of “Angry Black Woman Syndrome.”
During the first season of the series, Milliard followed the case of a high school drama teacher who wrote a stirring gospel musical about Harriet Tubman, only to find out that the sole Black girl in his class cannot sing. During Season Two, the agency will follow a chef, John Williamson, who hires the agency after he’s accused of killing an unarmed Black teen. Williamson swears he’s not racist and asks for a certification to prove it.
In 2016, Davis said in a statement about Kilpatrick and American Koko, “She has a unique voice that transcends her generation. American Koko is brutally honest about race relations but avoids the trap of being an indictment. Rather it is a bold, brave cultural reveal handled with sensitivity, vulnerability, honesty and humor. JuVee Productions continues our mission to be inclusive, and this project fits perfectly with our vision.”
The series was originally produced for Kilpatrick’s YouTube channel.
You can watch Seasons One and Two of American Koko on ABC Digital.