When A Different World launched in 1993, it made history for being the first black sitcom about the HBCU experience.
It focused on the lives of black students at Hillman College and perfectly blended humor, love, race, politics and real life situations. Most importantly, it was a breath of fresh air from tokenism and stereotypical images that have been shown in TV shows.
A Different World ran its season finale on July 10, 1993 and there haven’t been any other TV series about HBCU students since then. In 2015, it was added to Netflix, attracting new viewers and giving long-time fans the chance to re-watch their favorite moments.
Films like School Daze (1988), Drumline (2002) and Stomp the yard (2007) have given us our black college life fix but with limited black representation on television, viewers have been seeking more.
BET aims to fulfill what we’ve all been waiting for with its new series, The Quad.
The 3 min trailer/sneak peek introduces Georgia A&M University’s new President Dr. Eva Fletcher (Anika Noni Rose), who aims to help HBCU’s “make their climb back to the top.”
Fletcher wants to make it clear that her Ivy League background won’t get in the way of succeeding at an HBCU. The clip also reveals her clashing with the marching band director after a student is hazed and sent to the hospital.
The Quad is created by Felicia D. Henderson (Soul Food) and Charles Holland (CSI: Miami, NY Undercover), based on a concept created by Rob Hardy (How To Get Away With Murder, Power).
The cast includes Ruben Santiago-Hudson (American Gangster), Jasmine Guy (A Different World) and Sean Blakemore (General Hospital).
It will premiere on BET in January (01/17/2017)
Check out the clip below: