American Crime

8 Muslim Characters…

This was, unfortunately, a much harder list to put together than my lists of Jewish and Christian characters. While we have started to slowly move away from the stereotype of Muslim characters only being depicted as terrorists, there still are not very many who are lead or recurring characters on mainstream television shows. I will preface this by saying I do not watch all of these shows, so I apologize if my descriptions of any of the characters is wrong.

1. Nasir Khan – The Night Of, played by Riz Ahmed
Nasir is Pakistani-American college student, born and raised in Queens, NY, who is accused of murdering a girl on the Upper West Side. He is denied bail when the District Attorney uses his Pakistani background to claim that he is a “flight risk.”

2. Nimah and Raina Amin – Quantico, played by Yasmine Al Massri
Arab-American twin sisters from Michigan who begin training for the FBI as one person to see if they could do the same while undercover in the field. Raina is the more conservative of the two, and the one that wears a hijab.

3. Arastoo Vaziri – Bones, played by Pej Vahdat
One of the Squinterns working at the Jeffersonian, he is originally from Iran but was exiled for his political views. His family still resides in the country, and Arastoo is allowed to visit Tehran when his brother is diagnosed with a brain tumor.

4. Aliyah Shadeed – American Crime, played by Regina King
The sister of drug addict Carter Nix, who has been accused of murder, she is relentless in trying to prove her brother’s innocence. She is American-born and a convert to Islam.

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8 New Mid-Season Shows…

Christmas is over and the New Year has begun, which means one very important thing: TV is back! This is my list of the new shows that are starting over the next few months that I am most excited about checking out.

1. Agent Carter premieres Janurary 6 on ABC, stars Hayley Atwell, Chad Michael Murray, James D’Arcy, Enver Gjokai and Shea Whigham. This show was inspired by Captain America: The First Avenger, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and a Marvel One-Shot short film of the same name. It takes place in the Marvel Universe and features Peggy Carter and her work with the Strategic Scientific Reserve, as well as her secret dealings with Howard Stark. The Cap movies have been my favorite from Marvel and I already love Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., so watching this show seems like a no-brainer.



2. Empire premieres January 7 on Fox, stars Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Trai Byers, Jussie Smollett and Bryshere Gray. Howard plays Lucious Lyon, the head of a music empire who finds out that he has ALS. He must decide which one of his sons will take over his company after he is gone. Executive Producer Danny Strong is my main reason for wanting to watch this show. I loved him as an actor on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Gilmore Girls and he is an even better writer, as proved by his work on Recount, Game Change and the most recent Hunger Games movie.



3. 12 Monkeys premieres January 16 on Syfy, stars Aaron Stanford, Amanda Schull, Kirk Acevedo, Noah Bean, Emily Hampshire, Barbara Sukowa and Tom Noonan. Based on the movie of the same name, this show is about a time traveler who comes to the present day from 2043 in order to stop the release of a virus that will cause the death of 93.6% of the world’s population. I did not really like the film, so I am not sure why I am so excited about this series. The cast intrigues me and I am trying to watch more science fiction, so I will give it a go.



4. Sons of Liberty premieres January 25 on History, stars Ben Barnes, Rafe Spall, Henry Thomas, Michael Raymond-James, Ryan Eggold, Marton Csokas, Dean Norris, Jason O’Mara and Emily Berrington. This is a mini-series about the start of the American Revolution. It focuses on Sam Adams, John Adams, Paul Revere, John Hancock and Dr. Joseph Warren as they set out to change the course of history. Mostly, it just looks like a lot of fun!

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