Fall TV Roundup: Glimmers of Diversity

It's slim pickings, for sure, but there are black actors and programs to look out for.

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Michael K. Williams -- Community (NBC, Thursdays, 8 p.m., returns Sept. 22) and Boardwalk Empire (HBO, Sundays, 10 p.m., returns Sept. 25): No doubt Williams will be channeling a little bit of Omar, his iconic character from The Wire, when he shows up in a three-episode arc as ex-con biology professor Marshall Kane on the hit comedy Community. The show's producers hope that Williams will be able to do more episodes down the road, but his day job -- playing Chalky White on HBO's Prohibition-era epic Boardwalk Empire -- keeps him pretty busy.

Among the other black performers you'll see on the small screen this fall is veteran actress Jenifer Lewis (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Strong Medicine). She's in NBC's The Playboy Club, which premieres Sept. 19 at 10 p.m., and recently shared her thoughts on her role as the bunnies' seamstress, Pearl, with The Root.

Genetta M. Adams is a Brooklyn, N.Y.-based freelance writer and editor. Follow her on Twitter .

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