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Jesse Martin Joins New ABC Show Hallelujah


Jesse Martin Joins New ABC Show Hallelujah

Jesse L. Martin has joined the cast of ABC’s new pilot ‘Hallelujah,’ is reporting. The star, who first rose to fame after appearing in the Broadway production of ‘Rent’ and on nine seasons of ‘Law & Order,’ is the first actor to be cast in the project, which is being developed by ‘Desperate Housewives’ creator Marc Cherry.

The show, which Cherry has described as “‘Glee’ for conservative Republicans,” is set in Hallelujah, Tennessee. A stranger arrives in the town, which is being torn apart by forces of good and evil, to restore justice and faith. ‘Hallelujah’ will feature a gospel choir, which will serve as a Greek chorus. Cherry has also described ‘Hallelujah’ as a “cross between ‘Touched By An Angel’ and ‘Dallas.'”

Cherry said he feels a sense of gratitude towards the time in his life when a business manager stole his money, and credits it as his inspiration to creating ‘Hallelujah.’ He also acknowledges the 1947 film ‘The Bishop’s Wife,’ as the movie follows an angel, played by Cary Grant, who arrives in a small town.

Written by: Karen Benardello

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As a life-long fan of entertainment, particularly films, television and music, and an endless passion for writing, Karen Benardello decided to combine the two for a career. She graduated from New York's LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic. While still attending college, Karen began writing for Shockya during the summer of 2007, when she began writing horror movie reviews. Since she began writing for Shockya, Karen has been promoted to the position of Senior Movies & Television Editor. Some of her duties in the position include interviewing filmmakers and musicians, producing posts on celebrity news and contributing reviews on albums and concerts. Some of her highlights include attending such festivals and conventions as the Tribeca Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, SXSW, Toronto After Dark, the Boston Film Festival and New York Comic-Con.

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