*Naturi Naughton has been tapped to co-star opposite Eve in ABC’s hourlong pilot “Queens”.
We previously reported, the series per Deadline, tells the story of four estranged women who reunite to recapture their fame as a ’90s hip-hop group. Eve will play Brianna, a member of the Nasty Bitches who is now a wife and mother to five children.
Naughton plays Jill, aka Da Thrill, a founding member of the Nasty Bitches. Deadline describes her as having lived a fast life and “had rugged rhymes and a troubling drug habit.” Jill is now “a devout Catholic living a quiet life in Montana with her husband. But everything isn’t as idyllic as it seems. Jill is haunted by past secrets,” the publication writes.
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Here’s the synopsis, per the report: “Twenty years ago, Brianna was Professor Sex — one-fourth of the iconic 90s hip-hop group, the Nasty Bitches — rapping about money, sex and her all-around glamorous lifestyle. Today, Brianna is a proud wife and mother of five — in a stained sweatsuit who barely has a second to breathe. Not glamorous. But Brianna loves her life. The Nasty Bitches are a distant, distant memory. But when an opportunity arises for the group to reunite, Brianna will grapple with whether or not she still has the swagger and confidence that made her an icon decades ago.”
Eve is expected to record her own songs as her character.
The pilot is written by Zahir McGhee, known for his work on “Scandal.” McGhee and Sabrina Wind will executive produce “Queens” along with ABC Signature.
Naughton is fresh off six seasons of Starz’s hit drama “Power” and the spinoff “Power Book II: Ghost”.
We previously reported that Eve exited “The Talk” last December after four seasons co-hosting the show.
“I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again. I’ve said it a few times that I truly, genuinely, for real, love you,” Eve told her co-hosts, Sharon Osbourne, Sheryl Underwood and Carrie Ann Inaba at the time. She also announced that was leaving to focus on “expanding her family,” Deadline reported.
“It’s been a crazy year, obviously for all of us,” she said. “And I’m so grateful that I’m able to stay here in London and do the show, but I can’t see for me, the foreseeable future of traveling back at the moment, and have decided that at the end of December, this will probably be my last time on the show, in this capacity as a host.”