HBO sets ‘Black and Missing’ release date; Kirby Howell-Baptiste joins cast of ‘Mr. Harrigan’s Phone’; and more

HBO has set a release date for their upcoming docu-series Black and Missing, a program which discusses how systemic behaviors stem from “centuries of deeply rooted racism.”

The four-part series, which comes from Emmy winner Geeta Gandbhir and journalist Soledad O’Brien, will debut on HBO with back-to-back episodes on Tuesday, November 23 at 8 p.m ET. The final two episodes will air the next day on November 24 at the same time. In addition to exploring crime-related stories and the issues surrounding them, the anthology is said to “expose the stark disparity in the media coverage of white and Black missing persons.”

In other news, Kirby Howell-Baptiste has been added to the cast of Mr. Harrigan’s Phone, the forthcoming Netflix film adaptation of the short story by Stephen King, Deadline has learned. She joins Jaeden Martell, Donald Sutherland and Joe Tippett, who were previously announced. Like the story by King, the film will center on Craig, a young boy who bonds with an elderly reclusive billionaire and discovers that he can communicate with him after passes via an iPhone. Howell-Baptiste will play Craig’s caring and concerned teacher, Ms. Hart. A release date for Mr. Harrigan’s Phone has not yet been announced.

Finally, Nicole Ari Parker, who will star in the upcoming Sex and the City HBO Max reboot, And Just Like That…, says the new series will tackle issues around race. In an interview with Variety, Parker says “some of [their storylines] will deal with race and deal with real experiences.” As previously reported, And Just Like That… will follow Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis‘ characters “as they navigate their friendship in their 50s. It hits HBO Max in December.

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