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Pam Grier will return to television early next year…and will be playing a bad guy.

Well, a bad girl.


The CW announced that the 60 year-old 1970s Blaxploitation film icon is joining the cast of the hit drama series ‘Smallville,’ which is based on the DC Comics Superman series.

The savvy casting choice is the first for the ‘Jackie Brown’ actress since Showtime’s ‘The L Word’ ended last year.

Grier will play a villainess named Agent Amanda Waller, who brought on the destruction of Smallville in one of part of the Superman mythology.

In the storyline, the character escaped the infamous Chicago Cabrini-Green housing projects with her surviving family after her family was murdered. She became a congressional aid and then a member of the elite semi-secret government agency, the Suicide Squad, where she earned the nickname ‘The Wall.’ Later, Agent Waller served as Secretary of Meta-human Affairs under President Lex Luthor.

According to TV Guide, Grier will make her debut in January and she will appear in multiple episodes throughout the season.

2008 Deaths

    Odetta Holmes
    “The Voice of the Civil Rights Movement” was a singer, actress, guitarist, songwriter and activist.
    December 31 1930 – December 2 2008.

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    Bernie Mac
    Comedian, Actor
    Oct. 5, 1957 – Aug. 9, 2008.


    Isaac Hayes
    Singer, songwriter, record producer, composer and actor.
    August 20, 1942 – August 10, 2008


    Miriam Makeba, “Mama Africa”
    South African folk singer and anti-apartheid activist.
    March 4, 1932 – November 10, 2008.


    Jennifer Hudson’s 57-year-old mother, Darnell Donerson, brother, Jason, and 7-year-old nephew, Julian King, were killed in 2008.


    Shakir Stewart
    The Island Def Jam executive who became head of the legendary rap label following Jay-Z’s departure, killed himself on Nov. 1. He was 34 years old.


    George Carlin
    Stand-up comedian, actor and author.
    May 12, 1937 – June 22, 2008

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    Madelyn Dunham
    Barack Obama’s grandmother
    October 26, 1922 – Nov 3, 2008.

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    Levi Stubbs
    Oct. 17: The iconic lead singer, second from left, who gave voice to Four Tops classics like “Reach Out I’ll Be There” and “Baby I Need Your Loving” died at 72 from complications of cancer and a stroke. Abdul Fakir, far left, is now the sole living member of the original quartet.


    Dee Dee Warwick
    Oct. 18: The soul songstress died after months of declining health. Warwick, the sister of soul legend Dionne, also achieved a great deal of success, both as a solo artist as well as with her sister.



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