Time to set your calendar and DVR for a must see new show full of Black Girl Magic! Katori Hall, is bringing sizzle to the screen in her latest work “P-Valley”. Based on her play Pussy Valley, Katori (The Mountaintop, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical) is the creator and serves as showrunner and executive producer.
Originally from the South, Hall takes us down deep in the Mississippi Delta where lies an oasis of grit and glitter in a rough patch of human existence where beauty can be hard to find. This southern-fried, hour-long drama tells the kaleidoscopic story of a little-strip-club-that-could and the big characters that come through its doors—the hopeful, the lost, the broken, the ballers, the beautiful, and the damned. Trap music meets film noir in this lyrical and atmospheric series that dares to ask what happens when small-town folk dream beyond the boundaries of the Piggly Wiggly and the pawnshop.
“P-Valley” stars Brandee Evans (“The Bobby Brown Story”) as Mercedes, Nicco Annan (“This is Us”) as Uncle Clifford, Shannon Thornton (“Power”) as Miss Mississippi, Elarica Johnson (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) as Autumn Night, Skyler Joy (Ma) as Gidget, J. Alphonse Nicholson (“Just Mercy”) as Lil’ Murda, Parker Sawyers (Southside With You) as Andre, Harriett D. Foy (“Elementary”) as Pastor Woodbine, Tyler Lepley (“The Haves and the Have Nots”) as Diamond, and Dan J. Johnson (“Underemployed”) as Corbin. Chernin Entertainment also serves as Executive Producer.
The series proudly features the work of all-women directors, including award-winning music video director Karena Evans (Drake: Nice for What, SZA: Garden), who directed the premiere episode, as well as Tasha Smith (“Black Lightning”), Millicent Shelton (“30 Rock”), Geeta V. Patel (“Superstore”), Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry), Tamra Davis (“Single Ladies”), Sydney Freeland (“Grey’s Anatomy”) and Barbara Brown (“Scream Queens”).
Katori graduated from Columbia University in 2003 with a major in African-American Studies and Creative Writing. She was awarded top departmental honors from the university's Institute for Research in African-American Studies (IRAAS). In 2005, she graduated with a Masters Degree in Fine arts from Harvard University’s American Repertory Theater Institute for Advanced Theater Training and graduated from the Juilliard School’s Lila Acheson Wallace playwriting program in 2009.
The series will premiere on Sunday, July 12th at 9:00 PM ET/PT, following the season finale of “Hightown,” then move to its regular timeslot at 8:00 PM ET/PT starting on Sunday, July 19th on STARZ. Be sure to tune in and support Katori!