or


[11/10/10 - 10:26 AM]
Legendary Detroit Native Della Reese to Guest Star on ABC's "Detroit 1-8-7"
She'll play "an urban, working class mother in her 70s, whose son's body is found in an abandoned fallout shelter," in the December 7 episode.

[via press release from ABC]

QUICK TAKE

LEGENDARY DETROIT NATIVE DELLA REESE TO GUEST STAR ON ABC'S "DETROIT 1-8-7"

Della Reese, a multiple Grammy, Emmy and Golden Globe nominee, a seven-time NAACP Image Award-winning actress and singer - and a minister - will guest star in an upcoming episode of ABC's critically acclaimed new drama, "Detroit 1-8-7." The episode, entitled "Shelter," will air TUESDAY, DECEMBER 7 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. Ms. Reese will portray Lorraine Henderson, an urban, working class mother in her 70s, whose son's body is found in an abandoned fallout shelter. A young man when he was murdered, Richard Henderson was believed missing since 1967. Reese's casting reflects the producers' continuing effort to showcase Detroit talent.

Reese, an ordained minister in Los Angeles, is a native of Detroit, where she started in the church and on radio at the age of six. In her teens she was invited by iconic singer Mahalia Jackson to join her troupe of gospel singers, where she learned the art of communicating with song. After developing her musical style -- a unique blend of jazz, blues and gospel -- she went to New York, which eventually led to her first record contract and her first big hit, "And That Reminds Me," in 1957. A subsequent recording contract with RCA gave Reese her biggest hit, "Don't You Know," and her first Grammy Award. That success led to her performing in Las Vegas for the next nine years.

In the late 1950s and early 1960s Reese launched a successful television career, making multiple appearances on big variety shows like "The Perry Como Show," "The Jackie Gleason Show" and "The Ed Sullivan Show." Johnny Carson noticed her and had her on "The Tonight Show" numerous times. In the late 60s Reese had her own syndicated daytime variety show entitled "Della," making her the first African American woman to host her own talk-variety show. But the apex of her television career was the nine years she co-starred in the hit series "Touched By An Angel," and the additional movies she made for CBS, with her husband Franklin Lett, entitled "The Secret Path," "Anya's Bell' and "The Moving of Sophia Myles." "Touched By An Angel" is still running in syndication. On the big screen, Reese is most remembered and often mimicked for her performance in the Eddie Murphy film, "Harlem Nights."

The Reverend Dr. Della Reese Lett is founder and minister of Understanding Principles for Better Living Church in Los Angeles.

"Detroit 1-8-7" stars Michael Imperioli as Detective Louis Fitch, James McDaniel as Sergeant Jesse Longford, Aisha Hinds as Lieutenant Maureen Mason, D.J. Cotrona as Detective John Stone, Jon Michael Hill as Detective Damon Washington, Shaun Majumder as Detective Vikram Mahajan, Natalie Martinez as Detective Ariana Sanchez and Erin Cummings as Dr. Abbey Ward.

David Zabel, Jason Richman, Kevin Hooks, David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman are executive producers. "Detroit 1-8-7" is a production of ABC Studios. "Detroit 1-8-7" is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format, with 5.1-channel surround sound.

For more information on "Detroit 1-8-7," visit ABC.com.





  [november 2010]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
 


· DETROIT 187 (ABC)









[05/29/15 - 01:19 PM]
Video: TLC's "Return to Amish" and "Gypsy Sisters" Season Premieres Sunday, May 31st at 9/8c
Check out the superteases for the new seasons of both series.

[05/29/15 - 12:30 PM]
Video: Get Ready for the Slime-Soaked Premiere of "Boom!," Hosted by Tom Papa
FOX's latest summer entry launches Thursday, June 25 at 8:00/7:00c.

[05/29/15 - 12:24 PM]
"The Tonight Show," "Late Night" Win May Sweep in 18-49 and Other Key Demos
NBC spins the late-night numbers for the May sweeps period.

[05/29/15 - 11:53 AM]
Showtime(R) Unveils Poster Art and Official Teaser for Season Three of the Hit Series "Ray Donovan," Starring Emmy(R) Nominee Liev Schreiber
The new season bows Sunday, July 12 at 9:00/8:00c on the pay channel.

[05/29/15 - 10:00 AM]
Video: Starz Releases New Teasers for "Ash vs Evil Dead"
"Ash vs Evil Dead," which is currently in production in New Zealand, is the long-awaited follow-up to the classic horror film franchise The Evil Dead and is set to premiere this fall.

[05/29/15 - 10:00 AM]
"Tig Notaro: Boyish Girl Interrupted" Will Debut Saturday, August 22 Exclusively on HBO
Featuring the Grammy nominee in an all-new standup performance before a live audience, Notaro's first HBO comedy special will tape in Boston this coming Sunday, May 31 at the Wilbur Theatre.

[05/29/15 - 09:44 AM]
Spike TV's Hit Original Series "Bar Rescue" Returns with New Episodes Sunday, June 21 at 9:00PM ET/PT
"Bar Rescue" is back with more all new episodes featuring bars across America in dire need of one last shot at success.

[05/29/15 - 08:38 AM]
"500 Questions" Finale Is Up to Earn 2-Year Highs for ABC in Its Thursday Slot
ABC spins the numbers for Thursday, May 28.

[05/29/15 - 08:37 AM]
USA Network Teams Up with Dubsmash to Become the First Basic Cable Network Partner with a Branded Channel for "Chrisley Knows Best"
The Chrisley family will be joining in on the fun and creating their very own Dubsmash videos throughout the course of the season, which will be shared over the show's official social media handles.

[05/29/15 - 08:34 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: FOX Tops Tight Demo Race
"Bones" and "Wayward Pines" help lead the network among adults 18-49.

[05/29/15 - 08:22 AM]
NBC Comes in #2 for the Night in the 18-49 Demo Against the Big 4 Networks
NBC spins the numbers for Thursday, May 28.

[05/29/15 - 07:57 AM]
ABC Grows by Double Digits to Its Best Late-Night Performance in 4 Weeks
ABC spins the late-night numbers for the week of May 18-22.

[05/29/15 - 07:43 AM]
American Heroes Channel Reveals "What History Forgot" in Exclusive New Series
The six-part series premieres on Tuesday, June 2 at 10:00/9:00c.

[05/29/15 - 07:02 AM]
2015 "CMT Music Awards" Will Be Pitch Perfect as Erin Andrews and Brittany Snow Host the Loudest Night in Country Music Live from Nashville on Wednesday, June 10 at 8:00 PM ET/PT
"Being a huge fan of country music, the CMT Music Awards are one of my favorite events of the season," said Andrews.

[05/28/15 - 08:49 PM]
Countdown to Everlasting Love and Marriage with Hallmark Channel with Original Movie Romances and a "Home & Family" Primetime Special
The network releases its revised programming stunt details for next month.