Our Kind of People after just one season is cancelled by the FOX Network. The network has likewise dropped its comedy series Pivoting; the two shows lasted a single season on the network.
Our Kind of People, from Lee Daniels and Karin Gist, was one of Fox’s most memorable straight to series orders – avoiding the typical pilot season process as the network endeavoured to turn away from traditional development methods.
Our Kind of People was inspired by Lawrence Otis Graham’s 1999 book Our Kind of People: Inside America’s Black Upper Class and featured Yaya DaCosta as Angela Vaughn, a single parent who set off to reclaim her family name yet found a dim mystery about her own mom’s past.
Fox requested 12 episodes of the project and aired its finale episode of season 1 in January. The show, whose cast highlights Yaya DaCosta, Morris Chestnut and Joe Morton, acquired mixed reviews from critics and obtained modest ratings. It averaged just under 2.1 million viewers for every episode in Nielsen’s seven-day ratings.
Our Kind Of People Plot
“Our Kind of People” series follows strong-willed, single mother Angela Vaughn (DaCosta) as she decides to recover her family’s name and have an impact with her progressive haircare line that features the intrinsic, natural beauty of Black ladies.
However, she soon discovers a dim mystery about her own mom’s past that flips around her reality and stirs up this local community forever.
The show is a soapy, thrilling exploration of race and class in America and a proud celebration of Black strength and accomplishment.
Our Kind Of People Cast
Alongside DaCosta (“Chicago Med,” “Whitney”), “Our Kind of People” stars Morris Chestnut (“The Resident”), Joe Morton (“Scandal”), Nadine Ellis (“Let’s Stay Together”), Lance Gross (“Hawaii 5-0”), Rhyon Nicole Brown (“Empire”), Kyle Bary (“Ginny and Georgia”) and Alana Bright.
“Our Kind of People” is made by Gist, who executive produces with Daniels, Marc Velez, Claire Brown, Ben Silverman, Rodney Ferrell, Pam Williams and Montrel McKay.
Is the series based on a book?
The show is based on Lawrence Otis Graham’s Our Kind of People: Inside America’s Black Upper Class. The book investigates the wealthy Black elite who purchase million-dollar homes and have fabricated affectionate networks in Martha’s Vineyard and other selective areas.
Rumours has it that FOX has been chipping away at spinning the book into a series for a long time. As far back as 2017, the network reportedly assembled a writer’s space to work out a script for Graham’s book, which originally turned out in 1999 after Graham committed six years to interview the most prominent Black families in the U.S.
A group of writers assembled again in 2020, and at last, FOX sent the show directly to series without a pilot.