Octavia Spencer and Gabrielle Union star in Apple TV Plus’ Truth Be Told, which is based on Kathleen Barber’s novel While You Were Sleeping. The NAACP Image Award-winning series returns for season three on Friday, January 20.

Truth Be Told – which stars Spencer as Poppy Scoville, an investigative reporter turned true-crime podcaster – comes from writer, showrunner and executive producer Nichelle Tramble Spellman.

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In season three of the show, Scoville, frustrated by the lack of media attention for several young missing Black girls, teams with a school principal (Union) who is willing to break some rules in order to keep the victims’ names in the public sphere. Together, the two discover that the missing girls may have been linked to a sex-trafficking ring.

In addition to Union, who joins the cast in season three, the series also stars returning cast members Mekhi Phifer, David Lyons, Ron Cephas Jones, Merle Dandridge, Tracie Thoms, Haneefah Wood, Mychala Faith Lee and Tami Roman.

Truth Be Told is created and executive produced by Nichelle Tramble Spellman. Maisha Closson serves as showrunner for season three. Executive producers include Closson, Spencer, Mikkel Nørgaard, Reese Witherspoon and Lauren Neustadter for Hello Sunshine, Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping for Chernin Entertainment, and Brian Clisham for Orit Entertainment. Truth Be Told is produced for Apple by Hello Sunshine, Chernin Entertainment, Orit Entertainment and Fifth Season.

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