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American Soul

American Soul

  • Premiered: 
    February 5, 2019
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  • Network: BET
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Drama
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Created by Jonathan Prince & Devon Greggory 
  • Subject Matter: Historical
  • Tags: musical

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Plot Synopsis

AMERICAN SOUL is a one-hour drama series that chronicles the history of SOUL TRAIN by blending fictional and real-life characters and moments. Set in the early '70s -- filled with music, dance, fashion and glamour -- the series reveals what it took to launch the first nationally-syndicated Black music show and what happened when the music stopped. Battles with record labels for top talent, off-camera drama as young dancers vie for the spotlight, stand in the way of a 30-something Don Cornelius who is sacrificing all that he loves to follow his dream. The journeys of these characters collide in a racially charged LA with the odds stacked against them. As one of the first performers young Don Cornelius books for SOUL TRAIN, Gladys Knight proves instrumental in the national syndicated launch of the program. Don impresses Gladys with his groundbreaking vision, and turns a would-be business transaction into a true friendship. Kelly Rowland, who guest stars as Knight, recorded an original version of the Soul legend's classic hit, "Midnight Train to Georgia." AMERICAN SOUL premiered on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 from 9-11pm ET/PT on BET, as the cable network debuted back-to-back new episodes:

"Man Is First Destiny" (9pm on BET, with simulcast on BET Her, TV Land): Don risks everything to land an A-List performer in order to take SOUL TRAIN nationwide. While Tessa struggles to live up to Don's expectations, she discovers a new act that could be the next big thing.

"Continuous Revolution in Progress" (10pm on BET, with simulcast on BET Her): To save his Southern syndication, Don teams with an unlikely partner. The Clarke family prepares for Joseph's homecoming from Vietnam. JT finds himself in a bad spot after running into an old friend.
On Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at 9pm ET/PT, BET premiered the season finale of AMERICAN SOUL. In the season ender, "Proceed with Caution," as Encore achieves its greatest success, opening for Ike & Tina Turner at Guys & Dolls, Simone, Kendall, and JT must reconcile their own lives before committing to the group. As Don secures a second season for SOUL TRAIN, he focuses on his family.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Jesse Collins Entertainment