Jill Scott in HBO’s “The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency” screening in Philadelphia

Recently I read that HBO, which has said goodbye to several of its signature series in the past couple of years, has hired “The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency” to help find its next hit. So when I got the invite to cover the screening here in Philly I was really excited as I had never seen Jill Scott in person.

The cable channel is teaming up with The Weinstein Company and the BBC for a series based on Alexander McCall Smith’s best-selling series of novels about the only female-owned detective agency in Botswana. The two-hour pilot recently wrapped production there, and HBO has picked up 13 more hour-long episodes that will begin filming this summer.
On June 20, 2008 Jill got engaged to her drummer, Lil’ John Roberts. He asked for her hand on the stage of Carnegie Hall in NYC before she was to perform. I waited for her to arrive via the stage door that day, but when I arrived 2 hrs ahead they said she was inside already, bummer.

I thought tonight was going to be my lucky night, but it turns out she’s expecting her first child with fiancé Lil’ Jon Roberts on April 25, 2009.

She sent her mom instead, who is very excited for her only child to make her a grandmother. Jill Scott’s mom on the left, Joyce Scott and writer Alexander McCall Smith

And I did run into a few friends from the GPFO Joan Bressler, Sharon Pinkenson and Peter Leokum. This Saturday is an all day long seminar about filming in Philadelphia, advice, networking, workshops “SIP” Day at The Philadelphia Film Festival/CineFest 2009 Catering was provided by Feast Your Eyes. Lots of souther food, BBQ sandwhiches, Yum (Not on Nutrisystem, but I did go to the gym when I got home)
Darlene R. Smith and Sherry Dorsey of SWAP Productions LLC (Sisters With A Purpose). An independent film production company with a vested interest in producing films for theatrical release. One of the primary goals of SWAP is to create films that raise the consciousness of the viewers by dealing with subject matters that will not only be profitable but also entertain and educate the audiences. Look for their new documentary “Justice For All” a documentary about the juvenile justice system.
Brille Kenner, Seana Ray, Denise Beck and Elise Persico
These two just got back from a romantic trip to the Bahama’s Nicole Cashman & Justin Wineburgh
Anne-Marie Green and author Alexander McCall Smith posing in the lobby of the Prince Theater
Filmaker Makia Harper and DJ Joe Casey aka DJ Lito, who is working it at north by northwest 7165 germantown ave on Latin Night.
‘The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency’ is a poignant and passionate book series chronicling the adventures of Precious Ramotswe, the eminently sensible and wise proprietor of the only female-owned detective agency in Botswana. Aided by her highly-efficient yet rather peculiar secretary Mma Makutsi, Mma Ramotswe investigates cases, helps people solve problems in their lives, and begins a special friendship with the highly respectable owner of a local garage.

Jill Scott in The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency — Premeires on HBO Sunday March 29, 8pm”

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