Last week we shared Robert L. Johnson's Urban Movie Channel would be airing six-part soap opera spoof The Rich & The Ruthless this July. Now we can share the exact airdate. Victoria Rowell's passion project will air July 28 on the streaming platform!
The Rich & The Ruthless (which I co-wrote with Rowell) is the sudsy saga of the Barringers — America's premier black soap opera dynasty. There's patriarch Augustus (Being Mary Jane's Richard Brooks), creator of the long-running sudser; Kitty (Rowell), Augustus's wife and former leading lady; Veronica (Valencia Algarin), the Barringers' adopted daughter and president of their production company; and Max (Chocolate City's Robert Ri' chard), Augustus and Kitty's bad seed son.
The half-hour comedy also features Alesha Renee (MTV's Girl Code) as plucky soap heroine Calysta Jeffries, Mykel Shannon Jenkins (The Bold and the Beautiful) as prototypical suds heartthrob Derrick Taylor, Chrystale Wilson (The Players Club) as temperamental soap diva Alison Fairchild Roberts, Brenda Epperson (The Young and the Restless) as scheming network executive Edith Norman and Kimberlin Brown (The Bold and the Beautiful) as Dr. Maya Cooper.