Monday, September 26, 2022

‘Our Kind of People,’ filmed in Wilmington, canceled after one season

“Our Kind of People” starred (left to right) Alana Bright, Debbi Morgan and Yaya DaCosta. (FOX/Brownie Harris)

WILMINGTON — The Port City will shed its fictitious role as Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts, in the drama “Our Kind Of People.” Fox announced Friday it canceled the series, which was filmed across the greater Wilmington area last spring and summer.

The first show in Fox’s straight-to-series business model — which doesn’t require a pilot — “Out Kind of People” aired 12 episodes from September through January. According to Variety, it garnered 2.1 million total viewers and scored a 0.5 average rating among 18-49-year-olds, Nielsen reported in its delayed viewing data.

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From 20th Television and Fox Entertainment, “Our Kind of People” was produced by Lee Daniels (“Empire”) and Karin Gist (“Black-ish”), and inspired by Lawrence Otis Graham’s bestselling book “Our Kind of People: Inside America’s Black Upper Class.”

A soapy drama set in an area on Martha’s Vineyard known as “the Black Hamptons,” the series followed single mom Angela Vaughn, who moves to Oak Bluffs to launch an all-natural haircare business. But fitting in with the social elite — who have ruled the dynamics of the town for 50 years — isn’t easy. Before long Vaughn is working to reclaim her family’s name after she discovers some dark secrets from the past.

“Our Kind of People” starred Yaya DaCosta (“Chicago Med,” “Whitney”), Morris Chestnut (“The Resident”), Joe Morton (“Scandal”), Nadine Ellis (“Let’s Stay Together”), Lance Gross (“Hawaii 5-0”), Rhyon Nicole Brown (“Empire”), Kyle Bary (“Ginny & Georgia”) and newcomer Alana Bright.

Season one ended in a cliffhanger with one of its characters getting shot. Gist told Deadline after the show aired — and before knowing whether the season would be renewed: “The studio and the network have been so supportive. I think they’re creatively happy with the show … I’m very, very encouraged by the possibility of continuing to tell this story.”

According to previous Port City Daily reporting, “Our Kind of People” was also the first Black-centric production to come to Wilmington since “The Sin Seer” in 2015 and “Bolden!” —  filmed from 2007 through 2015. It filmed in front of downtown’s “Black Lives Do Matter” installation, as well as at Brooklyn Arts Center, Station No. 2 event venue, Cape Fear Country Club, Carolina Bay at Autumn Hall, Carolina Apartments on Market Street, the Riverwalk and Greenfield Lake Park.

Wilmington Film Commission director Johnny Griffin told Port City Daily in March he was waiting to hear back about renewals from multiple series that set up shop in the area last year, including “Our Kind of People.” 2021 was a banner year for local film — over $300 million gained from more than a dozen productions

“Hightown” and “The Summer I Turned Pretty” have returned and will roll cameras by summer. In Southport the indie film “The Problem With Providence,” starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Lily James, is underway.

There is no word yet as to whether Netflix’s “Florida Man” and Fox’s “Welcome to Flatch” will return, both of which wrapped first seasons in Wilmington last year as well.

Other film coverage from Port City Daily in recent weeks:

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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