A summer entry, airing after the results show of the mainstay America's Got Talent, Marlon had a solid first season, averaging a 1.5 rating among adults 18-49 and 5.6 million viewers. And while that may not sound like a lot to get excited about while looking over fall's premiere-week numbers, it is a hit by scripted summer standards.
Billed as a loose adaptation of the Wayans brother's life, the multicamera sitcom also stars Essence Atkins, Bresha Webb, Diallo Riddle,...
Each week, Variety’s TV team combs through the week’s schedule, selecting our picks of what to watch and when/how to watch them. This week, the 69th Emmy Awards airs on CBS and the broadcast networks unite for a hurricane relief telethon.
“Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief Telethon,” ABC, NBC, Fox, CBS, Cmt, Tuesday 8 p.m.
A wide array of celebrities will gather for this one-hour telethon to raise money for victims of both Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. Beyonce, George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Barbra Streisand, Reese Witherspoon, and Oprah Winfrey are among the stars lined up to appear, with the special airing simultaneously on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, and cabler Cmt. Country superstar George Strait will appear on the telecast in concert from the Majestic Theater in San Antonio, Texas
Five Things You Didn’t Know About Essence Atkins
Each week, Variety’s TV team combs through the week’s schedule, selecting our picks of what to watch and when/how to watch them. This week, “Bachelor in Paradise” debuts after substantial controversy, and “The Defenders” makes its long-awaited debut on Netflix.
“Bachelor in Paradise,” ABC, Monday, 8 p.m.
Season 4 of the reality dating series kicks off this week, with a cast comprised of former “Bachelor” and “Bachelorette” fan favorites back looking for a second chance at love. This season has been dogged with controversy, however, after an incident involving contestants Corinne Olympios and DeMario Jackson, which temporarily shut down production and delayed the season premiere.
“Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath,” A&E, Tuesday, 9 p.m.
Leah Remini returns for a second season of her controversial series in which she seeks to expose what she claims
Everything else about it feels pretty standard: Wayans is a scene-stealing presence, apt to get loud and gesture wildly in his eagerness to poke fun at himself. His performance is kind of a parody of the righteously disgruntled patriarch, because
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In the promo, obtained exclusively by TVLine, the funnyman introduces us to “Marlon,” a manic Internet sensation who maintains a beyond-close relationship with his former wife, played by Essence Atkins. In fact, if they were any closer, he’d live in her garage a la The Real O’Neals’ Pat and Eileen.
Though the character’s approach to parenting suggests that maybe Father
The film had its world premiere last year at the American Black Film Festival, and will go on to play the Pan African Film Festival and Toronto Black Film Festival later this year. Breaking Glass is planning a theatrical release in Atlanta and Chicago in early May and a VOD/DVD release on May 23.
The story centers on a well-liked parole officer and a beautiful former model (Shireen Crutchfield) who enjoy a successful marriage until she gets the itch to go back to work. As the wife forms a friendship with an emerging photographer, the husband is dealing with a parolee who proves to be more than he bargained for.
Grant directed from his own script, written with co-star Lanett Tachel. The film also stars McKinley Freeman,
“Great News” and “Marlon” have been frontrunners from the very start. As previously reported, both of the projects have been at the top of the crop of NBC’s comedy pilots and were expected to land series orders. The network has struggled with comedies over the past few seasons, but is hoping to gain a presence in the genre, especially with a star in Wayans.
“Great News” stars Briga Heelan an up-and-coming news producer whose overbearing mother (Andrea Martin) re-enters the workforce with a job as an intern at the station where Katie works. Tracey Wigfield is a writer and and will serve as executive producer with Fey, Carlock and David Miner. The series is produced by Universal Television, Little Stranger and 3 Arts Entertainment.
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