Power

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Power

Narrated by David Bushman, Television and Mass Media Curator for The Paley Center


Transcript

Power was the very first show ever pitched and sold by creator Courtney A. Kemp, whose previous writing experience included The Good Wife, a legal drama set in Chicago but filmed in New York. According to Kemp, who met fellow executive producer 50 Cent– a Queens native who was dealing drugs at the age of twelve– when their mutual talent agency CAA put them in a room together, the two of them wanted to create a music-driven, fast-paced drama with an African American lead who was strong, decisive, deadly; in her words “a kind of Black James Bond.” The title of the show, Kemp says, is meant to be ironic. “In reality, we are all powerless,” she says, “and any notion that we control our own destiny is merely an illusion.” Though Power is about as high-concept as it gets, Kemp says it really all comes down to character. “A really great idea,” she says, “is no match for great characters.”