Shadow and Act Exclusive: Erika Alexander has joined the cast of Black Lightning for its second season.
In a recurring role on the DC Comics-based series on The CW, she’ll play Perenna, “a therapist with telepathic abilities who is trying to help Jennifer (China Anne McClain) acclimate to her manifesting powers and the emotions that go along with them.”
She will appear in three episodes. Alexander is most known for her roles as Cousin Pam on The Cosby Show and Maxine Shaw on Living Single. She has recently appeared in the television shows Queen Sugar, Beyond and Bosch. Next, she will next appear in the horror film I See You with Helen Hunt.
Alexander, along with Ben Arnon, has also launched Color Farm Media, a multi-platform content company. Color Farm Media already has a new slate of film, television and digital projects from diverse creators, which includes an untitled horror/thriller film, written by Alexander and set up at Lionsgate Entertainment.
Per the official description, in Black Lightning, Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams) is a man wrestling with a secret. As the father of two daughters and principal of a charter high school that also serves as a haven for young people in a neighborhood overrun by gang violence, he is a hero in his community. Nine years ago, Pierce was a hero of a different sort. Gifted with the superhuman power to harness and control electricity, he used those powers to keep his hometown streets safe as the masked vigilante Black Lightning. After too many nights with his life on the line, and seeing the effects of the damage and loss that his alter ego was inflicting on his family, he left his Superhero days behind and settled into being a principal and a dad.
Choosing to help his city without using his superpowers, he watched his daughters Anissa (Nafessa Williams) and Jennifer (China Anne McClain) grow into strong young women, even though his marriage to their mother, Lynn (Christine Adams), suffered. Almost a decade later, Pierce’s crime-fighting days are long behind him…or so he thought. But with crime and corruption spreading like wildfire, and those he cares about in the crosshairs of the menacing local gang The One Hundred, Black Lightning returns – to save not only his family but also the soul of his community.
Marvin Krondon Jones III, Jordan Calloway, Damon Gupton and James Remar also star.
Based on the characters from DC Comics, Black Lightning is from Berlanti Productions and Akil Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti, Salim Akil, Mara Brock Akil and Sarah Schechter. The Black Lightning character was created by Tony Isabella with Trevor Von Eeden.
The second season of Black Lightning premieres October 9 on The CW.