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Revisiting 'Tut' and 3 more historical figures who need miniseries

Let’s take a look back at 2015, when Spike was knee-deep in promotional work for its miniseries Tut. The miniseries event was something I’d been looking forward to, and after watching it, I realized it was even better than I thought it was going to be. Finally, a show about Tutankhamun I can get behind.

Why did Tut satisfy my soul so much? First of all, aside from the miniseries just being plain good entertainment, I got to see Avan Jogia outside of ABC Family’s Twisted. My sister, who had watched Twisted occasionally, would tell me how Jogia one of the best parts of the show, and just from what I could see, it seemed like he had a lot more in him than just what ABC Family (now called Freeform) was allowing him. He seemed like he had “leading man” written all over him, yet Hollywood was sleeping on him. I’d still say that Hollywood’s sleeping on him, because after his turn in Tut, he should be getting tons of leading-man roles.

The guy knows how to act against seasoned, veteran thespians like Sir Ben Kingsley. His maturity, charisma, and pure talent can (and I believe will) propel him past what glass ceilings there are in place in Hollywood. Perhaps I’m too sensitive since this article was written after the Oscar nominations release, and everyone’s talking about #OscarsSoWhite, but Hollywood has some race issues when it comes to hiring non-white actors in roles. It seems like Jogia is getting stiffed by the industry just like other non-white actors before him, and it’s truly a shame, since he’s just as good as any Theo James or Miles Teller. All he needs is a chance. Just give him a chance, Hollywood! Allow him to be great! Allow all of the cast members of Tut to be great—because Sibyilla Deen, Jogia’s Twisted costar Kylie Bunbury, Peter Gadiot, and Nonso Anozie all did great, yet all are being passed over in Hollywood.

The second reason I loved Tut so much goes in line with the first. It’s rare in Hollywood when a project about ancient Egypt actually casts non-white actors. Dating back to the iterations of Cleopatra (starting in 1917 with Theda Bara, continuing in 1934 with Claudette Colbert, and culminating in the 1963 critical atrocity starring Elizabeth Taylor) all the way up to Exodus: Gods and Kings, ancient Egypt has been—for one reason or another—portrayed as a racial falsehood. Technically speaking, Tut is also a racial falsehood, since no one in the miniseries was actually an Egyptian actor. But at the very least, Tut resembled an ancient Egypt that looked closer to reality than something like Exodus, which is just a blatant slap in the face. With that alone, Tut has changed the game for historical dramatizations, showing that cultural and racial sensitivity can be a goal for all productions if people in the industry really put their minds to it.

Third, the miniseries satisfied my Hieroglyph itch. I was so annoyed when Fox decided to pull the plug on Hieroglyph, which starred Kelsey Chow (now Kelsey Asbille), Condola Rashad, John Rhys-Davies, Max Brown, Erick Avari, Hal Ozsan, Caroline Ford, Reece Ritchie, Adetokumboh M’Cormack, Tasie Lawrence, and many others. An entire series about ancient Egypt, and that the show would be participating in television’s diversity awakening? I had already planned nights filled with live-tweeting and theorizing. Yet with a change of power in Fox’s upper management came the close of Hieroglyph’s chances at ever airing. Consider me bummed out. I’m still bummed out, to be honest. But thankfully, Tut, in a way, avenged Hieroglyph‘s death and showed that people will actually watch a story set in ancient Egypt. Now if only Fox would reconsider on Hieroglyph, then all would be corrected in my TV world.

Last year, there were tons of miniseries, such as Saints and Strangers, Texas Rising, and Sons of Liberty (coincidentally, all of these were on History). But what about this year? What stories will be told in dramatic (and dramatically untrue) fashion this year? If I had my way, I’d have at least these three historical figures up for consideration: Queen Charlotte, Chevalier de Saint George, and Nefertiti.

All three had wealth and power in their grasp; Nefertiti, as we know, ruled Egypt. As you might not know, Queen Charlotte was the queen of Britain and Ireland. And de Saint George was a musical prodigy born to a slave and a French aristocrat, and he’d go on to become a part of the Versailles royal court. And, as you might have noticed, all three are part of black history.

As a black American, these are stories I’d like to see, and I’m sure a number of other folks would like to them too, regardless of their racial and cultural background. These stories, and other stories like them, are rarely told on film or on television, and it would be amazing to learn more about these figures and how they affected our collective history. I mean, honestly, doesn’t a dramatization of any one of these figures tickle your fancy? Just for the costumes alone, you should want to tune in!

Did you like Tut? What figures would you like to have their own historical dramatizations? Give your opinions below!

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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