Shadow and Act has learned that a series based on the 1991 film Soapdish, starring Whoopi Goldberg, is in development at Paramount+ with Goldberg attached to star. It is from CBS Studios via a partnership with the NAACP that was set last year.

The logline: Based on the 1991 feature, Whoopi Goldberg reprises her role as Rose, Head Writer for the venerable soap The Sun Also Sets, in a juicy, soapy, and twisty dramedy ensemble.

Goldberg is also executive producing the project, with Jennie Snyder Urman and Asha Michelle Wilson as the writers. They are also executive producing, with Snyder Urman producing through Sutton Street.

Other executive producers are Joanna Klein for Sutton Street, Sheila Ducksworth under the CBS/NAACP partnership and Tom Leonardis.

The other 3 CBS/NAACP partnership projects in the works, not counting the D.L. Hughley comedy series (find out more on that here), are;


A drama series at Paramount+ from the CBS Studios/NAACP partnership. 

Logline: Inspired by Cheryl McKissack, fifth-generation owner of the oldest minority and female construction company in America, it’s Dynasty meets Succession in a high stakes family saga, of a 5th generation Black, NYC female construction magnate in the hard-knuckled male-dominated world of a trillion-dollar industry in which she navigates big money; city and state politics; and above all else, family.

Written and executive produced by Davita Scarlett. Executive produced by Shelia Ducksworth under the CBS/NAACP partnership and Cheryl McKissack. Chandra McQueen also produces.un

Untitled Earthquake Project

A comedy series at CBS from the CBS Studios/NAACP partnership.

Logline: Single dad-and-dating comedian Quake goes from good-time dad to full-time dad when his two kids move in with him, forcing him to juggle his career as a standup comedian and a D.C. comedy club owner, which includes him taking back the reins of the club’s management from his free-wheeling childhood friend.

Nathaniel Martin Stroman aka Earthquake stars, executive produced and co-created the project. Robb Chavis is the writer and exec produces. Other executive producers are Shelia Ducksworth under the CBS/NAACP partnership, Erika Connor and Jermaine Smith

Little Rock Nine

Eight-part series at Apple TV from Kapital through the NAACP via the CBS Studios/NAACP partnership.

Logline: On this 65th anniversary of one of the most seminal events in American history, we take a deep dive into the 1957-1958 school year of Little Rock 9, and the showdown that rocked the nation.

Gwen Parker is the writer and executive producer. Also executive producing are Aaron Kaplan through Kapital and Sheila Ducksworth under the CBS/NAACP partnership.

Unrelated to this project.