CBS has teamed with the NAACP to develop, “The Gates,” the first Black daytime soap opera in 35 years. 

The Gates” follows the lives of a wealthy Black family living in a posh, gated community.

Emmy-winning daytime veteran Michele Val Jean (“The Bold & The Beautiful”) will write and serve as showrunner for the soap opera produced by a CBS Studios/NAACP production venture in partnership with P&G Studios, a division of Procter & Gamble.

Sheila Ducksworth, president of the CBS Studios NAACP venture, shared her excitement about the project saying:

‘The Gate’s will be everything we love about daytime drama, from a new and fresh perspective.

This series will salute an audience that has been traditionally underserved, with the potential to be a groundbreaking moment for broadcast television.

With multi-dimensional characters, juicy storylines and Black culture front and center, ‘The Gates’ will have impactful representation, one of the key touchstones of the venture.

I’m excited to develop this project with CBS and P&G, two of the longest and most passionate champions of broadcast and daytime television, and the NAACP, whose enduring commitment to Black voices and artists is both powerful and inspiring.

The last daytime soap with a Black-centered family was NBC’s short-lived “Generations” in 1989. 

Fox’s 2015 drama “Empire,” though not a daytime soap, was considered by some as one due to its primetime airing.

I will keep you updated on “The Gates” as more scoop becomes available.

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Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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