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Still Star-Crossed 

Review of "Still Star-Crossed" 6/14/17 by Suzanne
Airs Mondays 10/9c on ABC

The show speculates about what happened in Verona after Romeo and Juliet committed suicide.  It starts right before that tragedy and follows afterwards.  The main focus of the show is Juliet's good friend and adopted sister Rosaline (Lashana Lynch) and Romeo's friend and cousin Benvolio (Wade Briggs).

Violence breaks out between the Capulet and Montague families, so Prince Escalus decrees that Benvolio and Rosaline should marry, to keep the peace. The problem is that Rosaline and Escalus are already in love. Also, Benvolio and Rosaline despise each other.

The acting in the show is very good. from "Reign" plays Count Paris, who was supposed to marry Juliet. from "Defiance" plays Romeo's father, Damiano. Juliet's father is played by (from many fantasy and scifi series).  The dialogue is a little strange at times, as if they can't quite figure out if the show should have modern dialogue or sound more like The Bard.

The show has blind casting, which means some actors are white, and some are not, and it doesn't seem to matter who's playing who in terms of ethnicity. For instance, Romeo and Rosaline are black. Juliet's mother is played by an Iranian woman. There are Latinos and other ethnic groups represented as well. It was a bit surprising to me at first, but when you consider that in Shakespeare's time, men played all of the women's parts, then it's not that different of an idea. There are many "modern" stagings of Shakespeares plays. This is just one on TV.

It's created by Shonda Rimes, so it's exciting, much like "Scandal" and her other shows. I think it's a fun summer show with drama, action, romance, politics and more.  It's filmed beautifully in Spain.  Check it out!


about Still Star-Crossed

A one-hour period drama from Shondaland and ABC Studios, "Still Star-Crossed" picks up where the famous story of Romeo and Juliet ends, charting the treachery, fight for power and ill-fated romances of the Montagues and Capulets in the wake of the young lovers' tragic fate. The series is based on the eponymous book by Melinda Taub.

In the wake of Romeo and Juliet's tragic deaths, the Montague and Capulet rivalry escalates. A new royal takes the throne and struggles to determine what is best for his city when Verona as an epicenter of mayhem.

"Still Star-Crossed" stars Grant Bowler as Lord Damiano Montague, Wade Briggs as Benvolio Montague, Torrance Coombs as Count Paris, Dan Hildebrand as Friar Lawrence, Lashana Lynch as Rosaline Capulet, Ebonee Noel as Livia Capulet, Medalion Rahimi as Princess Isabella, Zuleikha Robinson as Lady Guiliana Capulet, Sterling Sulieman as Prince Escalus, Susan Wooldridge as Nurse and Anthony Head as Lord Silvestro Capulet.

The series was developed for television by Heather Mitchell, who is writer and executive producer. Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers, Mark Wilding and Michael Goldstein are executive producers. Michael Offer is executive producer and director of the pilot.

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