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‘AMERICAN KOKO’ Season 2 From Executive Producer Viola Davis

June 19, 2017

American Koko

ABC’s streaming service today launched Season 2 of Diarra Kilpratrick’s created short-form digital comedy series AMERICAN KOKO, in honor of Juneteenth. June 19, known as Juneteenth, commemorates the abolition of slavery in Texas (June 19, 1865) and producers Viola Davis and her husband Julius Tennon, felt it was appropriate to premiere the racially-themed series on this day.

Kilpatrick stars as Akosua Millard, code-named “Koko”, an investigator who solves sticky racial situations in a post-racial America as a member of the satirical E.A.R Agency (Everybody’s A little Bit Racist). As she and her team specialists tackle cases, she herself is trying to reconcile the trauma of her past that has led to outbursts of her Angry Black Woman syndrome. It gets in the way of her work and more importantly, her dating life as her latest boyfriend may be the downfall to her and the agency!

Tennon spoke to Deadline about the significance of the premiere date:

“Race has always been an issue in our country. Now, in our current political climate, a show like AMERICAN KOKO, which is about helping people navigate sticky racial situation, creates a conversation around race in an insight, funny and interesting way. The conversation around race should be as open as they can be. It can create some situations for solutions on how people view race. It’s going to be a show that addresses a lot of things people don’t talk about, so they’ll learn something.”

Originally produced independently on Kilpatrick’s YouTube channel, the series caught the eye of both Tennon and Davis, who then signed on to produce via their JuVee Productions, along with National Picture Show, a second season and a re-shoot of the first.

Tennon was asked about what’s in store for season 2:

“[The characters] lay it on top of what they did this first season and have added more cases to what they had gotten into with the first six [episodes]. It’s a continuation of the narratives about race but a little bit more filled out.”

American Koko can be streamed on abc.com and the ABC app.

 

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