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NGC Orders Pilot Script for ‘The Black 22s’

The Focus is On the First All-Black Police Squad in America

National Geographic Channel has ordered a pilot script for a potential new scripted drama tentatively called “The Black 22s,” which is described as the untold true story of a brilliant African-American detective in St. Louis and the first all-black police squad in America. The logline: Battling the gangland killers of Prohibition and set up to fail by their own bosses, they fought for justice during one of the most racially charged times in history, in a city that to this day is a flashpoint for racism and police brutality.

The drama will be executive produced by David Oyelowo (“Selma”); Paul Guyot (“The Librarians”); John Rogers (“The Librarians”) and Jennifer Court of Kung Fu Monkey; and Bharat Nalluri (“Life on Mars”; “MI5”), also attached as director. Paul Guyot will pen the pilot script and serve as showrunner for proposed series.

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US ( Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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