Ambitions (TV series)

Ambitions is an American drama television series created by Jamey Giddens and Will Packer, and executive produced by Will Packer Productions and Lionsgate Television.[1] The series stars Robin Givens as the glamorous and powerful Stephanie Carlisle, the wife of Atlanta Mayor Evan Lancaster (Brian J. White) and Essence Atkins as Amara Hughes, a lawyer in the U.S. Attorney's Office, who recently relocated to Atlanta. The series premiered on June 18, 2019 on the Oprah Winfrey Network.[2] The second half of the first season debuted on OWN, November 12, 2019. In January 2020, OWN canceled the series after one season.[3]

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GenreSoap opera
Family drama
Created by
ComposerAkira Kosemura
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes18 (list of episodes)
Executive producers
  • Will Packer
  • Kevin Arkadie
  • Jamey Giddens
  • Sheila Ducksworth
Running time42 minutes
Production companies
Original networkOprah Winfrey Network
Picture format
Original releaseJune 18 (2019-06-18) –
December 17, 2019 (2019-12-17)
External links
Official website


Ambitions explores the sexy, deceitful machinations of love, power and politics in America's hottest urban mecca, Atlanta, Georgia. The action revolves around two intense rivalries. The first has formidable legal eagles Stephanie Carlisle (Robin Givens) and Amara Hughes (Essence Atkins), former best friends from Spelman College, as adversaries in both their personal and professional lives. At the story's inception, Amara and her husband, Titus Hughes (Kendrick Cross), move to Atlanta for a fresh start. Stephanie, who is married to Evan Lancaster (Brian J. White), the city mayor, is driven to ruin Amara's marriage over an old conflict over who would become Titus's long-term love interest. The second is between two powerful families—the Carlisles (who own a major law firm) and the Purifoys (who own a large pharmaceutical corporation). The series features themes such as infidelity, blackmail, stalking, murder, gentrification, racism, intra-racial class stratification and the American opioid crisis, which ground the show in contemporary issues. Unforgettable strivers like Mayor Lancaster's sister and round-the-way diner owner Rondell Lancaster (Brely Evans) and his mistress Mexican-American fashion designer Bella Tru (Erica Page) round out the ensemble cast of regulars.

Cast and charactersEdit



  • Christina Kirkman as Lori Purifoy, daughter of Hunter Purifoy
  • Steven Williams as Stephen Carlisle, a powerful attorney and father of Stephanie
  • Brian Bosworth as Hunter Purifoy, a pharmaceutical magnate
  • Deena Dill as Juniper Purifoy, Hunter's wife
  • Gino Anthony Pesi as Greg Peters
  • Alexander Mulzac as Damian Collins
  • Kayla Smith as Carly Lancaster, Stephanie and Evan's daughter
  • Donna Biscoe as Irene Perkins Carlisle, Stephanie's mother
  • Tony Vaughn as Evan "Senior" Lancaster, Sr., Evan and Rondell's father who founded Thelma's Place
  • Lana Young as Inez Trujillo, Bella's mother who works at Thelma's Place
  • Brianne Cordaro as Daphne Manning, a member of Evan Lancaster's city administration and mistress
  • Andrew Rush as Alix, Evan Lancaster personal security detail.
  • Felisha Terrell as Marylin Barnes, Stephanie and Amara's sorority sister, a philanthropist
  • E. Roger Mitchell as Marvin Barnes, Marilyn's husband and owner of Beta New Electric
  • Maria Legarda as Perla, Bella's jealous friend


No.Title [4]Directed byWritten byOriginal air date [4]U.S. viewers
1"Friends & Lovers"Benny BoomJamey GiddensJune 18, 2019 (2019-06-18)1.18[5]
Titus and Amara contend with issues from their past; Stephanie takes her relationship with Evan to the point of no return; The Carlisles and Purifoys take their generational feud to another level; Rondell and Evan seek to tamp down a common threat.
2"Woman to Woman"Larry ShawKevin ArkadieJune 25, 2019 (2019-06-25)1.14[6]
Amara puts Stephanie on notice. Atlanta's first lady learns a shocking secret about a rival. Bella makes a bold play to get what she wants. Rondell finds an ally in her fight to save her restaurant.
3"Welcome to Birmingham"Larry ShawSusan DansbyJuly 2, 2019 (2019-07-02)1.09[7]
Stephanie looks for a way to repay Amara. Rondell falls out of favor with Senior. Bella looks to exploit her connection to the mayor.
4"Reap What You Sew"Benny BoomMichele Val JeanJuly 9, 2019 (2019-07-09)0.75[8]
Stephanie and Evan join forces to pursue mutual self-interests. Titus undertakes a risky mission that could destroy his career.
5"Killing Me Softly"Benny BoomTrey AnthonyJuly 16, 2019 (2019-07-16)0.59[9]
Titus and Amara are surprised by a blast from their past who blows into town; Stephanie comes up with a diabolical plan to retain the firm's most prized client; Rondell's relationship takes a turn; Bella figures out a way to resume her livelihood; Carly gives Lori an ultimatum.
6"What About Your Friends"Angela GomesJamey GiddensJuly 23, 2019 (2019-07-23)0.71[10]
Stephanie is a force to be reckoned with at a Women's Empowerment Summit; Bella forges an alliance with Rod; Evan attempts to bargain with Greg Peters; Carly is taken off-guard by Stephanie's perfect timing.
7"Poison and Wine"Angela GomesJazmen Darnell BrownJuly 30, 2019 (2019-07-30)0.68[11]
Stephanie makes an accusation and vows to get revenge; Bella navigates Rod and Evan; Amara forms an unlikely partnership that compels Titus to make questionable moves; Senior suffers a health setback; Carly takes a leap of faith with Lori.
8"Backstabbers"Neema BarnetteSusan DansbyAugust 6, 2019 (2019-08-06)0.71[12]
Stephanie and Irene conspire against Rondell; Titus takes matters into his own hands; Rondell makes personal and professional moves; Greg's family means business.
9"Giving Up"Neema BarnetteMichele Val JeanAugust 13, 2019 (2019-08-13)0.66[13]
Rondell loses in a big way; Stephanie exacts revenge on Lori; The highly anticipated Anniversary Celebration at Thelma's Place ends sooner than expected; Damian continues to wreak havoc in the lives of Titus and Amara.
10"Ex-Factor"Benny BoomGabrielle Fulton PonderAugust 20, 2019 (2019-08-20)0.74[14]
The Barnes have a big surprise for the Carlisles, forcing Stephanie and Evan to fight fire with fire; Amara receives backlash at work for her prior indiscretions; Bella makes a bold move with Stephanie; Titus' win for Rondell is eclipsed by the loss he suffers from Damian; Greg tells Stephanie she's run out of time.
11"A Change is Gonna Come"Benny BoomKevin ArkadieAugust 27, 2019 (2019-08-27)0.79[15]
Stephanie has the ultimate trump card against Amara. Bella is giving love another chance, only to be hurt again. Rondell and Evan are blind-sided.
12"The Thrill Is Gone"Kenny LeonJazmen Darnell BrownNovember 12, 2019 (2019-11-12)0.59[16]
Evan and Rondell demand justice from Greg; Bella's best friend Perla dispenses advice; Amara's suspicions are confirmed; Evan finds a new rival in Kent; Titus and Amara work to reconcile; Stephanie pushes back against Greg's cousin Natasha.
13"Since I Lost My Baby"Kenny LeonJacqueline McKinley & Antonia MarchNovember 19, 2019 (2019-11-19)0.54[17]
Evan and Bell endure the worst day of their lives. A blast from the past haunt Evan and Rondell.
14"You Owe Me"Crystle RobersonGabrielle Fulton PonderNovember 26, 2019 (2019-11-26)0.54[18]
Amara sets a trap; Stephanie reveals a painful secret; Hunter teeters on the brink of disaster; Cousin Darcia dispenses life-changing news; Perla feels the heat.
15"Blood on the Dance Floor"Crystle RobersonJazmen Darnell BrownDecember 3, 2019 (2019-12-03)0.60[19]
Carlisle matriarch Irene shows her mettle; A new foe walks into Amara's life; Stephanie issues an ultimatum; Evan betrays an ally; Titus becomes a target; Damian takes a stand.
16"Hit 'em Up"TBATBADecember 10, 2019 (2019-12-10)0.48[20]
Rondell and Evan join forces to save Thelma's Place; Stephanie seeks payback; An unlikely suspect comes forth as Senior's killer; Hunter presses Titus to follow his lead; Bella scrutinizes her inner circle; Amara is taken off guard; Stephen and Hunter release their fury; Perla gets revenge.
17"Through the Wire"TBATBADecember 10, 2019 (2019-12-10)0.54[20]
Stephanie closes in on the corner office; Bella is overwhelmed; Rondell discovers Darcia's dirty secret; Lori grows suspicious of Titus; Stephanie confronts Bella; Damian likes the hand he's dealt himself.
18"Save the Best for Last"TBATBADecember 17, 2019 (2019-12-17)0.57[21]
Stephanie plays a deadly game with Evan; Titus faces unforeseen circumstances; Stephen has a surprise for Stephanie; Bella loosens Stephanie's grip; Rondell and Evan are pushed to their limits with Darcia; Stephanie and Amara keep their friends close and enemies closer.



On April 17, 2018, it was announced that Oprah Winfrey Network ordered straight-to-series new scripted drama Ambitions from producer Will Packer and Lionsgate Television.[1] The series was created by Jamey Giddens.[22] Kevin Arkadie later joined as showrunner and Benny Boom directed the pilot episode.[23] On January 23, 2020, the series was canceled after one season.[3]


On November 13, 2018, it was announced that Givens will play the leading role, along with Atkins, White, Cross, Evans and Page.[24] On December 4, 2018, Steven Williams and Christina Kirkman have joined the cast.[25] In January 2019, Brian Bosworth, Deena Dill, Gino Anthony Pesi and Kayla Smith were cast in recurring roles for the first season.[26]


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