In this episode I speak to Jenny Lumet, someone who I think has become one of the important Black Women in episodic franchise science fiction in Hollywood.
The daughter of legendary director Sidney Lumet and the granddaughter of the iconic Lena Horne, her love of science fiction and her contributions to television came much later in her career.
An actress before she became a writer, most people know Jenny Lumet as the writer of “Rachel Getting Married”, but her professional partnership with writer, director and producer Alex Kurtzman was what was what made her fall in love with science fiction. Not only did Lumet work on “Sleepy Hollow” with Kurtzman but she served as a producer on”Clarice” the series sequel to “Silence of the Lambs” as well as “Star Trek: Picard.” After joining the Star Trek family she went on to Co-Executive Produce “Star Trek: Discovery” and the current “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds” with Kurtzman. Then the team took on the sequel to “The Man Who Fell to Earth” and stayed on when the series moved from Paramount Plus to Showtime.
This episode is dropping on Lena Horne’s birthday. And it’s only fitting that we got to talk about what her grandmother would have thought of her resilience and her success.
Naomie Harris and Chiwetel Ejiofor in “The Man Who Fell to Earth”
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