R&B singer stars in hit HBO series

By Christina Michaluk
April 2, 2009


People crowded together from all across the Philadelphia area to the Prince Music Theater for a special preview of HBO’s newest series “No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency.”

HBO and the Weinstein Group have partnered together to bring the books to life.

A special appearance by author Alexander McCall Smith started off the evening.

Before beginning the preview, Smith explained his involvement with the show.

Smith also explained his search for the perfect strong woman to fill the shoes of his main character.

Philadelphia native Jill Scott, landed the role.

Smith extended his respect and appreciation for Scott, who couldn’t be there and honored Scott’s mother who was in attendance with the rest of the Scott family.

This is Scott’s first starring role since beginning her acting career.

Akika Noni Rose, from “Dreamgirls” plays the other starring role.

Scott will play Precious Ramotswe, the owner of the titular detective agency.

Rose plays her secretary Mma Makutsi. Lucian Msamati plays Precious’s love interest, JLB Matekoni.

Music from native Botswana fills the theater as the preview started.

The story of Ramotswe takes place in Botswana. The filming focuses on highlighting the beauty of the community in which it is being filmed. Most scenes are filled with brilliant eye-catching colors that make each shot visually appealing.

The episode begins with Ramotswe and how her search for justice and watchful eyes lead her to wanting to become a detective. She is the only female detective in her town.

Her character is charming and upbeat even when the situation looks bleak. The viewer can’t help but be on her side.

The plot is very well-written and the storyline is clever.

Some of the different scenarios that Ramotswe finds herself in have predictable endings.

The writer surprises the viewer by throwing in plot twists that are intriguing.

Hints are given, but you’re left guessing what the outcome will be.

The cases that she solves range from everyday problems such as unfaithful husbands to possible kidnappings.

Another good aspect of the show is the chemistry between the cast members.

The interactions between Ramotswe and her secretary Makutsi is enjoyable to watch.

They have many moments that you can’t help but want to laugh.

This is a show filled with laughs as well as emotional highs and lows making it a show that is easy to enjoy.

HBO has signed on for 13 more episodes, which will also be filmed in Botswana this summer.

The series officially aired on March 29. Check your local listings for information on show times.

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