LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 20: Actress Nicki Micheaux arrives at Film Independent's 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival Premiere Of AFFRM & Participant Media's "Middle Of Nowhere" at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on June 20, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Valerie Macon/Getty Images)
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Actress Nicki Michaeux Discusses Extending Her Role on CW’s ‘In The Dark’

LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 18: Actress Nicki Micheaux attends “The Oxfam Party” hosted by Oxfam America and Esquire House LA held at Esquire House LA on November 18, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Esquire House)

The CW’s hit series “In The Dark” is based in Chicago, Illinois. The show is about a young blind woman named Murphy Mason, who is trying to solve her friend’s murder. Mason is played by Perry Mattfeld, who is also known for her role as Mel in Showtime’s Shameless.
Mason later figures out that who was responsible for murdering her friend Tyson Parker [Thamela Mpumlwana], a drug dealer. It turns out that Wesley shot him after Murphy recognized Wesley’s voice while she was with her boyfriend Max Parish [Casey Deidrick] at his food truck. Wesley was the one that shot Tyson, but that was after someone else strangled him first.

It was later revealed that Dean Riley was the one who strangled Tyson because he was afraid that Parker was going to disclose his connection to him to another drug dealer. Dean didn’t mean to kill Tyson, but strangled him in rage when Tyson decided to tell Riley’s competition that wanted him dead.


It was later revealed that Riley is working with Nia Bailey [Nicki Micheaux], a Chicago crime boss that Murphy Mason ended up dealing with to keep Parish alive. Nia Bailey was only booked for just a couple of episodes. However, soon after Nicki Micheaux started playing her that would quickly change.

During an interview with Corinne Kingsbury, the creator, as well as an executive producer of “In The Dark”, shared that her favorite part about playing Nia was, “It was fun to be bad,” said Micheaux.
In some of her previous work, she played many roles that involved being a mother and acting in other dramas. This role as Nia Bailey was a change a pace. When you hear the word kingpin, the part is generally for a male actor. Micheaux had to figure out how her character operated as a kingpin and how to serve in the lifestyle.

I recently spoke to Micheaux about how she was able to turn her stent on “In The Dark” from just one or two episodes to appearing in 18 episodes over the first two seasons.

“It’s a blessing. I didn’t do anything other than showing up and did the work, and they liked it,”said Micheaux on the Catching The Wave Podcast. “It has been a wonderful working relationship, and it was so much fun to be bad. So, for me, it was really fun to dig in and play a gangster-like that, and you can binge-watch it on Netflix right now.”

The filming of the third season of “In The Dark” has been delayed due COVID-19 pandemic and is slated to hit television in the mid-season meaning a spring 2021 or later premiere, according to Tvline.com’s Matt Webb Mitovich.

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Written by Landon Buford

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