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CBS orders daytime drama ‘The Gates’

By Greg Braxton, Los Angeles Times
Published: April 20, 2024, 6:04am

LOS ANGELES — CBS Television Studios has ordered a new daytime drama developed under its partnership with the NAACP, the network announced on Monday.

“The Gates,” which is scheduled to premiere in January 2025, is the first greenlighted project to come out of the pact, which was formed in response to the national outcry following the 2020 murder of George Floyd.

The specific time period, launch date and other details will be announced at a later date.

The show will revolve around a wealthy Black family living in a posh, gated community. Michele Val Jean, a veteran of daytime dramas who has won multiple Daytime Emmy and Writers Guild of America awards for her work on “The Bold & the Beautiful,” will be the showrunner, as well as an executive producer and writer.

At the time CBS Television Studios and the NAACP announced their alliance to develop scripted, unscripted and documentary programs for television networks and streaming platforms, the five-year deal was the most prominent agreement ever initiated between a major television studio and an organization outside Hollywood to create entertainment content.

Despite announcing a number of projects in development under the agreement, however, none have yet managed to complete the move from boardroom to living room.