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In its first foray into "off-network" series acquisition, Bounce TV has landed the television rights to 4 shows in individual, multi-year licensing agreements, announced today. In the deals, the nation's first-ever and rapidly-expanding broadcast television network for African Americans acquires "Roc" (72 episodes) and "The Parent 'Hood" (90 episodes) from Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution; "A Different World" (144 episodes) from Carsey-Werner Distribution; and "The Hughleys" (89 episodes) from Twentieth Television. The 4 popular series will be scheduled together to create a new line-up »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Amid sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby, Spelman College has suspended a program created after the comedian's family gifted $20 million to the school in the late '80s. "The William and Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby Endowed Professorship was established to bring positive attention and accomplished visiting scholars to Spelman College in order to enhance our intellectual, cultural and creative life," the college said in a statement. "However, the current context prevents us from continuing to meet these objectives fully. Consequently, we will suspend the program until such time that the original goals can again be met." The Cosby family's donation also funded an academic center, »
- Mariah Haas
Amidst the sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby, Spelman College has suspended a program created after the comedian's family gifted $20 million to the school in the late '80s. "The William and Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby Endowed Professorship was established to bring positive attention and accomplished visiting scholars to Spelman College in order to enhance our intellectual, cultural and creative life," the college said in a statement. "However, the current context prevents us from continuing to meet these objectives fully. Consequently, we will suspend the program until such time that the original goals can again be met." The Cosby family's »
- Mariah Haas
That’s the broadcast premiere date for K.C. Undercover, her new espionage-tinged comedy series, the actress/recording artist announced Wednesday — and TVLine’s got your first look at a fresh trailer, in which the titular teen-agent learns a lesson about texting while spying.
K.C. Undercover stars Zendaya, also a co-producer on the project, as K.C. Cooper, a high school math whiz and karate black-belt who learns that her parents (A Different World‘s Kadeem Hardison and The Client List‘s Tammy Townsend) are spies when »
Christmas just wouldn't be Christmas without a heavily tinseled tree, a tipple before midday and Gremlins on the telly at some point during the day.
The Joe Dante-directed black cult comedy sees protagonist Billy Peltzer being gifted with Gizmo, a cute furry Mogwai discovered by his inventor father in a mysterious Chinatown antique store.
Of course the creature comes with three special instructions which, if not adhered to, result in the spawning of grizzly Gremlins hell-bent on havoc.
The Steven Spielberg-produced movie - which is
currently being fast-tracked by Warner Bros for a remake - celebrated its 30th anniversary earlier this year, and here's what the main cast members got up to after the movie's success:
Zach Galligan plays William 'Billy' Peltzer who becomes enthralled by his unusual Christmas gift - yet careless with the three golden Gizmo rules.
Galligan's notable film roles following the success »
If you have anything resembling a beating heart in your cold, stupid body, you will love "RuPaul's Drag Race." It's a bold, cool, petty, soulful, and sickeningly sickening competition for drag queens that gives us incredible runway shows, hysterical lip-sync battles, and the occasional vomiting fit. The new season premieres January 26, but Logo has just revealed the identities and Bmi percentages of its new cast. We rank the potential of the 14 new candidates below from worst to first. Gentlemen, start your engines -- and may the best (and most ruthlessly tacky) woman win! 14. Violet Chachki Get More: RuPaul's Drag Race Full Episodes, RuPaul, Logo TV Trust me, I appreciate that her name is lifted from a Jennifer Tilly movie, but there is just nothing else going on here. She's the kind of person who says, "It's so true if you really think about it." Right. 13. Mrs. Kasha Davis Get »
- Louis Virtel
Initially, Seinfeld met with a lukewarm response, a baffled network, low ratings and a volatile creator. So how did it become such a hit?
“Pilot performance: Weak”. That was the research report verdict on the 1989 pilot of new NBC sitcom Stand Up, written by Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld. The episode had excited “lukewarm reactions among adults and teens and very low reactions among kids”. The audience found it annoying that the main character, a fictionalised version of comedian Jerry Seinfeld, “needed things to be explained to him”. The lead was too wimpy, the show was “too New York” (and therefore too Jewish) and worst of all, nothing happened in it. “You can’t get too excited about going to the Laundromat”, as one respondent put it. The report’s conclusion was stark: “no viewer was eager to watch the show again.”
Why TLC quickly ditched “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” Quick and decisive action was the only choice TLC had to make, says Josef Adalian, because it’s better to be safe than sorry. Plus, if the facts of the situation change, TLC could easily un-cancel the show. Still, “Honey Boo Boo’s” ratings have declined recently, and its loss won’t really hurt TLC. Mama June’s 20-year-old daughter Chickadee claims she was also victimized by the same child molester TMZ reports that Anna Cardwell, Aka Chickadee, who is married with a child, says she was also molested, at age 8, by the child molester whom Mama June is allegedly dating. Rainn Wilson drops the Vine star who was accused of raping his ex-girlfriend Vine star Curtis Lepore was announced earlier this week as starring in Wilson’s Vine-inspired scripted series “Hollywood and Vine.” Click Read Full Post For More Watch »
- Norman Weiss
Bad news, Braverman fans. Monica Potter says that this really, really is the last season of Parenthood. When the actress stopped by EW Radio, she said Jason Katims and the writers want to end on "a high note" (which is hard to do when each episode sends fans headfirst into a box of Kleenex). But if EW senior writer Sara Vilkomerson has come to terms with this news, we will too. What we won't be on board with is the fact that Zeek and Camille's house is now the Bad Judge set. Potter described her and costar Craig T. Nelson »
- Kathryn Luttner
In an all-new episode of "Oprah: Where Are They Now?" this Sunday, October 26, at 9/8c, on the Own network, the cast of "A Different World" reunites in a sit-down with Oprah Winfrey - an episode that I'm sure a lot of you will be watching! It's been more than two decades since the hit sitcom - the first television show about campus life at a historically black college - went off the air. Now, Oprah reunites members of the beloved cast and discovers how the show has impacted its stars and the audience who watched them. For example, Cree Summer, the actress who played Winifred "Freddie" Brooks, says she hears from fans who credit »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Netflix announced yesterday that all of Friends will finally be available for streaming come January 2015. It's a treat for those of us tired of the distorted, sped-up, syndicated versions and also tired of the truly laborious chore of putting in and taking out DVDs. But there are so many other '90s shows that are still not streaming! The fight is not over! Here is an incomplete list of other shows from back in the day that we are eager to see join (or rejoin) the streaming library. It's not that all these shows are so excellent or occupy the same kind of heart-space that Friends does, but they still deserve a chance to be revisited.A Different World, 1987–93 In many ways, A Different World feels like more of an '80s show than a '90s show, but the point remains that people should be able to (legally) watch »
- Margaret Lyons
Projects range from a film about centenarians to documentaries about renowned hunger striker Bobby Sands, Winnie Mandela, Ratko Mladic and Madonna’s backing dancers.Scroll down for full list of projects
Idfa (International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam) has unveiled the 50 titles that will be presented at its international co-finance and production market, the Idfa Forum (Nov 24-26).
At the market, filmmakers and producers will present their documentary projects to commissioning editors from international television stations and other financiers with the aim of completing finance for their documentary projects.
The Idfa 2014 programme contains 17 documentaries that were presented as projects at previous editions of the Idfa Forum.
Projects selected for this year’s Idfa Forum will be pitched in a variety of settings: the central pitches in the main auditorium of the Compagnietheater, the round table »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
It’ll be a different world for a few New Girl characters when Lisa Bonet guest-stars later this season.
The Cosby Show alum will play an education guru in an upcoming episode, TVLine has learned exclusively.
Photos New Girl Exclusive: Jess Gets a Look at Her New Man’s, Er, Shortcomings
Bonet’s character will show up when Jess and Coach attend a teachers’ conference also attended by Ryan, the studly new science teacher at Jess’ school (played by Julian Morris, who debuts on Oct. 14).
The guru’s hands-on approach to learning forces Jess and Ryan to pair up during a session, »
Zoë Kravitz hit the town with her mom, Lisa Bonet, in La on Thursday night, and the two looked more alike than ever. Zoë shared a cute photo of the two at a book launch hosted by Michael Kors via Instagram, writing, "Night out with my best gal." Though Zoë has clearly inherited her mom's good genes (not to mention those of her equally-hot dad, Lenny Kravitz), she and Lisa have been looking even more identical since the Divergent actress recently began showing off a new appearance. Late last month, Zoe was spotted shopping in La rocking a cropped sweater, ripped jeans, and the waist-length box braids that her mother helped make famous in the early '90s; almost 30 years ago, Lisa starred as the free-spirited Denise Huxtable on The Cosby Show (and later A Different World). Since then, Lisa - who is now married to Game of Thrones star »
Goooooood evening, boys and girls! Before we get on with today’s column, let us have a moment of silence (because we’ve all fainted from excitement) to celebrate that a Deadpool movie is really, truly, finally in the works. For real this time. Like, totally.
(Obligatory Nsfw test footage shot)
Aaaaaand, we’re back. Everyone have time to get up off the floor? Yes? Excellent. And don’t be ashamed of fainting. I’m that excited, too! Now, we just have to hope that they don’t screw it up.
And now on with the column. The convention season has been just flying by, it seems. Barely did I return from Sdcc before it was time to start finalizing my costumes and setting my meet-up plans for Dragon Con; and of course after Dragon Con, Baltimore Comic Con was literally right around the corner, being the next weekend. And »
- Emily S. Whitten
Like mother, like daughter!Zoe Kravitz traded in her smooth brunette 'do for waist-length braids -- and she looks just like her mother Lisa Bonet with her new bohemian hairstyle.The actress was spotted with a friend in New York City on Monday, sporting distressed jeans, a long-sleeved black crop top and oversized sunnies. We did a double take when we saw this pic of Zoe, who is rocking the same look as her mom when she played Denise Huxtable on "The Cosby Show" and "A Different World" ... and continued to sport for years.The "Divergent" star is no stranger to taking risks with her personal style. "In high school, I was very eccentric…trying things out and wearing a lot of weird sh*t," she recently told Asos. "Now I’m into t-shirts and jeans, dresses and floral prints. White t-shirts are my thing – vintage or ex boyfriends’ – love ‘em and take their shirts! »
- tooFab Staff
Up presents the Up Original Movie "My Other Mother," an emotional, heartwarming drama about a demanding national TV news anchor who reconnects with her equally-demanding birth mother. Starring Essence Atkins (Haunted House 2, "Half & Half"), Lynn Whitfield (The Josephine Baker Story, Up’s The Dempsey Sisters and Somebody’s Child) and Jasmine Guy (“The Vampire Diaries,” “A Different World”), My Other Mother will make its world television premiere on Up on Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 7 p.m. Edt / 6 p.m. Pdt. Produced by Swirl Films, the film is directed by Stan Foster (Peacher’s Kid, “Tour of Duty”). The ensemble cast also includes GregAlan »
- Press Release
All-new episodes of "Oprah: Where Are They Now?" return to the Own network, starting Sunday, October 5, at 9/8c. Here's a tease of one of them in the video below. It's been more than two decades since the hit sitcom "A Different World," the first television show about campus life at a historically black college, went off the air. Now, Oprah reunites members of the beloved cast and discovers how the show has impacted its audience. To this day, Cree Summer, the actress who played Winifred "Freddie" Brooks, says she hears from fans who credit "A Different World" for inspiring them to go to college. Jasmine Guy - best known as Southern »
- Tambay A. Obenson
In 1987, A Different World debuted as simply a Cosby Show spinoff. But by 1991, the show starring Jasmine Guy and Kadeem Hardison had surpassed Cosby in the ratings and earned an EW cover story touting it as “an ensemble comedy about black college life that’s brightly acted, politically and socially attuned, idiosyncratic, and yes, even funny.”
The cast members are reuniting for the Oct. 26 episode of Oprah: Where Are They Now?, which returns with new installments on Oct. 5. Watch a sneak peek below, in which they talk about inspiring a generation to attend college and fondly recall how creator Bill Cosby ends conversations. »
- Mandi Bierly
Growing up in Chicago during the early ’90s, Lena Waithe watched “A Different World,” which depicted the highs and lows of students attending a black college, and told herself that one day, she too would find a way to share relatable humor on a large platform.
Though her post-college, pop-culture-infused storylines often get her compared to name-twin Lena Dunham — albeit an African-American, lesbian version of the “Girls” creator — the 30-year-old Waithe has found it takes some serious ingenuity to be heard in an industry dominated by white-centric comedy.
“I want to tell stories that aren’t being told in an authentic way, so basically the way to be part of the conversation is really to use all platforms,” says Waithe.
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- Jordyn Holman
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