This week, Disney released the season finale of “Black Cake”, a new original drama series based on The New York Times best-selling novel by Charmaine Wilkerson.
“BlackCake” is a family drama wrapped in a murder mystery with a diverse cast of characters and a global setting, from Marissa Jo Cerar, Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Films, and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment. The story takes place in Jamaica, Italy, Scotland, England and Southern California. Cerar wrote the adaptation and serves as showrunner on the series, which spans decades.
In the late 1960s, a runaway bride named Covey disappears into the surf off the coast of Jamaica and is feared drowned or a fugitive on the run for her husband’s murder. In present-day California, a widow named Eleanor Bennett, loses her battle with cancer, leaving her two estranged children, Byron and Benny, a flash drive that holds previously untold stories of her journey from the Caribbean to America. These stories, narrated by Eleanor, shock her children and challenge everything they thought they knew about their family’s origin.
Following the release of the finale, Mia Isaac, who is the main character in the series, spoke with BET about the show and was asked about another season, to which she replied:
It would be great if there were a second season. I haven’t heard anything yet, but that would be really cool to see what happens with the kids in the future and all that kind of stuff.
During a recent interview with Washington Post, “Black Cake” creator and showrunner Marissa Jo Cerar spoke about a potential second season, as the first season only covers the book’s first part, so there are plenty more to explore in future seasons.
“Well, I just didn’t know how you would tell all of these stories in two to two and a half hours or three hours, depending on how long movies are… I wanted to tell every character story. It is not just Covey’s story, it is not just Eleanor’s story, it is Benny’s story, it is Byron’s story, it is Mabel’s story it is Bunny’s story, it is Lin’s story, Pearl’s story, Mathilda’s story. These are all the people who are in Covey’s life and I always say that Season 1 is act one of Benny, Byron, and Mabel’s stories, and Bunny’s too.”
She added, that she didn’t want to rush through the story, leaving plenty of room for another season:
“I didn’t want to rush through it, because I wanted to honor the experience that is heightened, to an extent, because not all of us get these recordings after people we love pass away. But, just the reaction to them, I wanted to be able to take our time, and to really honor the book, and the care with which Charmaine [Wilkerson] put into this building this world and these characters.”
The eight-episode series also stars Adrienne Warren, Chipo Chung, Ashley Thomas, Lashay Anderson, Faith Alabi and Glynn Turman, as well as recurring guest stars Ahmed Eljah, Simon Wan, and Sonita Henry.
From Charmaine Wilkerson’s best-selling novel “BlackCake,” Marissa Jo Cerar serves as showrunner and executive producer. The series is executive produced by Oprah Winfrey, Aaron Kaplan, Carla Gardini, Brian Morewitz, Charmaine Wilkerson, and Michael Lohmann. “BlackCake” is a Two Drifters, Harpo Films, and Kapital Entertainment production. The series is also produced by ABC Signature.
Currently, Disney hasn’t announced if a second season of “Black Cake” will happen, and while the show has received good reviews from critics and viewers, it’s unknown how well the show has performed as no viewing numbers for the show have been revealed.
With Disney cutting back on how much general entertainment content it creates, to create a more curated lineup of programming and to reduce costs, it does put a potential second season at risk. Hopefully, the show has performed well enough to warrant a second season.
“Black Cake” is available to stream now on Hulu and Disney+.
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Roger has been a Disney fan since he was a kid and this interest has grown over the years. He has visited Disney Parks around the globe and has a vast collection of Disney movies and collectibles. He is the owner of What's On Disney Plus & DisKingdom.