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Review of "The Village" 3/25/19 by Eva Diaz
airs Tuesdays 10/9c on NBC

"The Village" is about the lives of the people who live in the New York Village apartments. The cast is large and headed by Frankie Faison ("The Wire") and Lorianne Toussaint ("Scandal"), who play Ron and Patricia, the owners of the building. The couple treat the residents of the building like family, and the residents help each other with their problems and feel like a family. This show proves that sometimes a family of neighbors can feel more like your family then your actual blood relations. If you like "This Is Us," you will like this show because like that show, this one has surprising cliff hangers at the end of the episodes and also gives you that warm fuzzy feeling. The show is cleverly written and intertwines the stories of each of the residents.

I give this show 5 out of 5 stars because it is worth watching on TV or adding it to your faviorites list of the streaming service of your choice. I hope that the broadcast networks realize viewers want more of these types of shows.


Welcome to the Village, an apartment building in Brooklyn that appears like any other from the outside but is quite unique inside. The people who reside here have built a bonded family of friends and neighbors. Sarah’s a nurse and single mom raising a creative teen; Gabe’s a young law student who got a much older and unexpected roommate; Ava must secure the future of her young, U.S.-born son when ICE comes knocking; Nick’s a veteran who’s returned from war; and the heart and soul of the building, Ron and Patricia, have captivating tales all their own. These are the hopeful, heartwarming and challenging stories of life that prove family is everything — even if it’s the one you make with the people around you.
The cast includes Moran Atias, Dominic Chianese, Warren Christie, Frankie Faison, Jerod Haynes, Daren Kagasoff, Michaela McManus, Lorraine Toussaint and Grace Van Dien.
Mike Daniels will write and executive produce. Minkie Spiro will direct and executive produce the pilot. Jessica Rhoades also executive produces. “The Village” is produced by Universal Television and 6107 Productions.

1st season – U.S. premiere date 19 March 2019


Moran Atias as Ava Bezhadi
Dominic Chianese as Enzo Napolitano
Warren Christie as Nick Porter
Frankie Faison as Ron Davis
Jerod Haynes as Ben Jones
Daren Kagasoff as Gabe Napolitano
Michaela McManus as Sarah Campbell
Lorraine Toussaint as Patricia Davis
Grace Van Dien as Katie Campbell

Created by:
Mike Daniels

Mike Daniels

Executive producers:    
Mike Daniels
Jessica Rhoades
Minkie Spiro (Pilot)
Terrence Coli
Regina Corrado    

Line producer:    
David DeClerque (Pilot only); )Lori Keith Douglas (series)

Director (Pilot):
Minkie Spiro

Devin Rich

Director of photography:
 William Rexer

Bjørn T. Myholt

Casting directors:
Veronica Collins Rooney, CSA; New York Casting By: Julie Tucker, CSA & Ross Meyerson, CSA

Production designer:
Ola Maslik

Veteran and Military Advisor:
Jamel Daniels

New York, NY

Series produced by:
Universal Television and 6107 Productions


Warren Christie

Nick, "The Village"

Warren Christie stars as Nick on the NBC drama “The Village.”
Christie is known for his starring role in the film “Apollo 18,” as well as lead roles in several television series, including “October Road” and “Happy Town.” Following those, he went on to a series lead on “Alphas,” opposite David Straithairn.  

Most recently, Christie co-starred in USA Network’s “Eyewitness,” followed by large guest arcs on ABC’s “The Catch” and Fox’s “The Resident.” Christie was also seen this year co-starring opposite Academy Award winner Catherine Zeta Jones in “Cocaine Godmother.”

Christie was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He immigrated to Canada with his family at a young age and now divides his time between Canada and the U.S.

Michaela McManus

Sarah, "The Village"

Michaela McManus stars as Sarah on the NBC drama “The Village.”
McManus starred as a series regular on the NBC series “Aquarius,” opposite David Duchovny. She also recurred on the CBS series “Seal Team” as well as the Seth McFarlane series “The Orville.”  
McManus began her acting career in 2008 by joining the cast of the CW series “One Tree Hill.” She starred as Chad Michael Murray’s love interest during the show’s fifth season and then went on to join the cast of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” for the show’s 10th season. Other television credits include recurring on the CW series “The Vampire Diaries,” the USA series “Necessary Roughness,” as well as starring in the NBC series “Awake,” co-starring Jason Isaacs.  
Originally from Rhode Island, McManus recently co-starred in the independent film “The Block Island Sound,” directed by her brothers, Kevin and Matthew McManus. She previously co-starred in the independent film “Into the Grizzly Maze,” opposite James Marsden, Piper Perabo and Thomas Jane, as well as “Fifty-Nothing,” an independent film starring Wendy Malick. She was also featured in “Funeral Kings,” which was an official SXSW film festival selection.

Moran Atias

Ava, "The Village"

Moran Atias stars as Ava on the new NBC drama “The Village.”

An Israeli-born actress, Atias was a household name in Italy at 22 years old after she starred in several primetime shows, including “I Raccomandati,” “Mother of Tears” and “La Rosa Del Deserto.” In Israel she was featured in the hit drama “Allenby St.” and is currently the host of “Israel’s Got Talent.”

Soon after arriving in Los Angeles in 2008, Atias co-starred in the Starz series “Crash” and then appeared on “Rules of Engagement,” “CSI: NY,” “CSI: Miami” and “White Collar.”

Atias worked with writer-director Paul Haggis in both “The Next Three Days,” opposite Russell Crowe and Elizabeth Banks, and “Third Person” where she lived the life of a gypsy for three months to prepare for the project.

Atias co-starred in FX’s “Tyrant” before landing a prominent role in Fox’s “24: Legacy.” She was most recently seen in the Fox medical drama “The Resident” and “Speed Kills,” alongside John Travolta and Kellan Lutz.

Atias, who speaks Italian, Hebrew and English, is a philanthropist, having received the Humanitarian Award from the L.A. Femme Film Festival for her work in Haiti evacuating 29 patients. She helped raise money to build the first high school in Haiti for Artists for Peace and Justice. Atias was honored with the best actress of the year award in the Ischia Film Festival and has been honored on the Belgium Walk of Fame.

Dominic Chianese

Enzo, "The Village"

Dominic Chianese stars as Enzo on the NBC drama “The Village.”

Chianese is best known for playing Corrado “Uncle Junior” Soprano on the HBO series “The Sopranos,” for which he was nominated for Emmy Awards in 2000 and 2001. He has also played the recurring role of Stuart Zedeck on the hit FX series “Damages,” made an appearance on ABC Family’s “The Secret Life of an American Teenager” and guest starred as Judge Marx on “The Good Wife.” He also portrayed Leander Whitlock on HBO’s hit series “Boardwalk Empire.”
Chianese, whose career in music, film, stage and television spans six decades, made his acting debut with “American Savoyards” in 1952 at the Off-Broadway Jan Hus Theater, leading to his first professional U.S. tour in Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Mikado” and “Patience.” He went on to act in dramas and musicals at regional theaters, including Arena Stage, Center Stage, Yale Repertory, Long Wharf Theatre, Walnut St. Theater and the New York Shakespeare Festival among others, from 1958-98.  

Chianese’s Broadway appearances include “Richard III,” David Mamet’s “Water Engine,” Archibald MacLeish’s “Scratch,” Tennessee Williams’ “The Rose Tattoo” and “Requiem for a Heavyweight” by Rod Serling. His most recent stints on the stage include Arthur Miller’s “The Price” at the Old Globe, “Irresistible Rise of Arturo Ui,” co-starring Al Pacino, John Goodman, Tony Randall, Steve Buscemi and Charles Durning; the Public Theatre’s production of “Much Ado About Nothing,” with Sam Watterston, Jimmy Smits and Kirsten Johnston under the direction of David Esbjornson; and “Second Hand Memory,” written and directed by Woody Allen.  
Chianese began his film career in 1971 with “Fuzz” and soon after landed the role of Johnny Ola in the Francis Ford Coppola masterpiece “The Godfather, Part II.” This led to three films with director Sidney Lumet: “Dog Day Afternoon,” “Q&A” and “Night Falls on Manhattan.” Other noted films include “And Justice for All,” “All the President’s Men,” “Second Sight,” “If Lucy Fell,” “The Cradle Will Rock, “Unfaithful,” “When Will I Be Loved,” “Kings of the Corner,” “The Last New Yorker” and “Adrift in Manhattan,” which was in Dramatic Competition at the Sundance Film Festival. Chianese’s television credits include “Law & Order” (a recurring role), “Kojak,” “East Side, West Side,” “Beacon Hill,” “Dark Shadows” and “Hope & Faith.”  
Besides acting, Chianese is also a singer/songwriter and has released two CDs – “Hits,” a compilation of different music styles, and “Ungrateful Heart,” a collection of Italian songs. 

Jerod Haynes

Ben, "The Village"

Jerod Haynes stars as Ben on the NBC drama “The Village.”
Haynes is an award-winning actor from Chicago who can be seen starring in “Blueprint,” which Haynes co-produced and co-wrote, directed by Daryl Wein. Inspired by a true story, this timely film tackles racial injustice and what it takes to overcome grief under difficult circumstances.

Haynes is best known for the role of Tommy in the Sundance hit “Southside With You.” Haynes has appeared in such independent films as “Consumed” and “Animals,” as well as such shows as “Empire,” “Sense 8” and “Crisis.”
Haynes was honored in 2015 with the Jeff Award for his performance in a principal role in the Chicago play “Native Son,” in which he reprised his role at Yale Rep in fall 2017. He recently starred in Netflix and Blumhouse Production’s “Benji.” He can be seen in Richard Wright’s “Native Son,” directed by Rashid Johnson, in 2019.

Daren Kagasoff

Gabe, "The Village"

Daren Kagasoff stars as Gabe on the NBC drama “The Village.”
Kagasoff is best known for his five seasons as Ricky on the acclaimed ABC Family series “The Secret Life of The American Teenager.” He also co-starred in the Fox pilot “Delirium,” guest-starred in the dark CBS series “Stalker” and recurred in the Fox series “Red Band Society.”

On the film side, Kagasoff appeared in the box office hit “Ouija,” based on the Hasbro board game.

A native of Southern California, Kagasoff enjoys golf and spending time with his canine companion, Kidy.

Grace Van Dien

Katie, "The Village"

Grace Van Dien stars as Katie on the NBC drama “The Village.”
Van Dien most recently starred as Sharon Tate in director Mary Harron’s film “Charlie’s Angels,” opposite Matt Smith, Chace Crawford and Suki Waterhouse, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival.

Previously, Van Dien recurred on “White Famous” for Showtime and was a series regular on the Netflix series “Greenhouse Academy.”

Lorraine Toussaint

Patricia, "The Village"

Lorraine Toussaint stars as Patricia on the NBC drama “The Village.”
SAG Award winner and NAACP Image Award nominee Toussaint most notably shocked audiences as the viciously seductive inmate Vee on the second season of the hit Netflix series “Orange Is the New Black.” Toussaint’s performance won her glowing reviews and a Best Supporting Actress Award from the Critics’ Choice TV Awards. Toussaint also received praise for her performances in the Academy Award-nominated feature film “Selma” and her starring role in the ABC fantasy/drama series “Forever.”  
Toussaint currently stars in season three of AMC’s “Into the Badlands.” She will also play the voice of Shadow Weaver on Netflix’s new animated series “She-Ra and The Princess of Power.” In film, she will co-star in the upcoming “Sprinter and Fast Color,” which will be released in March.
Most recently, Toussaint starred in Fox’s “Rosewood.” Among her many additional TV credits are recurring roles on “Friday Night Lights,” “Saving Grace,” “Law & Order,” and “Ugly Betty.” She has also had several guest appearances on the hit series “CSI,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and opposite Kerry Washington on “Scandal.”
Toussaint spent the first 12 years of her career acting on stage in New York City before moving to Los Angeles. Her first television appearance was in 1983 in “The Face of Rage.” Toussaint’s biggest career boost came from her co-starring role opposite Annie Potts in the TV series “Any Day Now,” which earned her an NAACP Image Award nomination for Best Actress in a Drama Series and the Wiley A. Branton Award for the National Bar Assn.  
No stranger to the silver screen, Toussaint’s first film role was opposite Burt Reynolds in the crime comedy “Breaking In.” She has also appeared in “Dangerous Minds,” “The Soloist” and Ava DuVernay’s “Middle of Nowhere,” which garnered her an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Female. Most recently she was seen in Universal Pictures’ “Girls Trip,” the Seth Rogen comedy “The Night Before,” and “Love Beats Rhyme.”
Born in Trinidad, Toussaint and her mother moved to Brooklyn, N.Y., when she was 10 years old. An early interest in acting led to her enrollment in New York’s renowned High School of Performing Arts, followed by the prestigious Julliard School’s drama division where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts. On her graduation day, she landed her first paying job as Lady MacBeth with Shakespeare & Company.

Frankie Faison

Ron, "The Village"

Frankie Faison stars as Ron on the new NBC drama “The Village.”

Faison was born in Newport News, Va., and studied drama at Illinois Wesleyan University before attending NYU’s Graduate Acting Program.

He started his acting career in 1974 in the New York Shakespeare Festival production of “King Lear,” with James Earl Jones in the title role. Faison would later appear opposite Jones in the Broadway premiere of “Fences,” for which he received a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Play.

In 1988, he appeared alongside Eddie Murphy in “Coming to America” and earned a role in the 1989 Spike Lee film “Do the Right Thing.” Faison is notable for being the most frequent actor to appear in adaptations of Thomas Harris’ “Hannibal” books. Along with “Manhunter,” he also appeared as Lector's jailer, Barney, in “The Silence of the Lambs,” the sequel “Hannibal” and the prequel “Red Dragon.”

Other film roles include Tyler Perry's “Meet the Browns,” “The Thomas Crown Affair,” “Gods and Generals,” “Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist” and John Krasinski's adaptation of “Brief Interviews With Hideous Men.”

On the television side, Faison is well known to many as Baltimore City Police Commissioner Ervin Burrell on HBO’s critically applauded drama “The Wire.” His many other credits include “Blue Bloods,” “Lie to Me,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “The Good Wife,” “Elementary,” “Banshee” and “Luke Cage.”

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