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'Single Ladies' Returns Tonight to a Rebranded Centric - "The First Network Designed for Black Women"

18 March 2015 7:50 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Announced early last year, Centric, formerly known as Bet on Jazz, Bet Jazz, and Bet J, and launched in September 1996 as a spin-off cable television channel of Bet, is being rebranded, yet again - this time as a specifically black woman-focused network, calling itself "the first network designed for black women." Those rebranding efforts continue to take shape in 2015, starting with the relaunch of the network's pickup of the canceled VH1 drama series "Single Ladies," which premieres tonight, March 18, 2015, which will air on both Centric and Bet (for those without Centric). Centric also previously announced an exclusive co-production deal with Queen Latifah’s Flavor Unit Entertainment to produce new content for the network. Also, Flavor Unit Entertainment’s talk show, "The Queen Latifah Show," which was just canceled by CBS, will also be airing in primetime on Centric. “We are thrilled to be working once again with...


- Tambay A. Obenson

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Why Can’t Queen Latifah Keep a Daytime Talk Show?

18 March 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Queen Latifah turns 45 today, and she certainly has a lot to celebrate. She’s a beautiful, talented, and award-winning entertainer (two Screen Actors Guild Awards, a Grammy, plus an Oscar nomination for her role in Chicago) with a wicked sense of humor. She’s getting some early awards buzz for her portrayal of Bessie Smith in the upcoming HBO film Bessie (due May 16), so her acting return is on the horizon. However, with Latifah’s second self-titled talk show getting canceled in November — the last episode aired March 6 — it seems like she can’t quite conquer the couch-and-coffee world. She has all the equipment, so what gives?

The Queen Latifah Show’s first run lasted a little more than two years (1999-2001), and its recent reboot barely scraped the 15-month mark. Now, it’s not like the show didn’t have promise: the September 2013 premiere was the highest rated talk »

- Christopher Rosa

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Talkshow Host Race Heats Up 2015 Daytime Emmys

25 February 2015 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Last year, there was a tie in the 41st annual Daytime Emmy Awards’ talkshow host category, between Katie CouricKatie” and Dr. Mehmet Oz of “The Dr. Oz Show.”

It’s a dead certainty that double honor won’t be repeated, since “Katie” was canceled. Also, while Oz is still on the air, he spent his summer being grilled before a Senate committee over the promotion of questionable diet aids on his show. How voters handle the scandal remains to be seen.

As for the rest of last year’s nominees, syndication’s “The Rachael Ray Show” continues — with Ray often nominated but winless in the host category — along with “The Talk” on CBS.

ABC’s “The View” is a wildcard for a repeat nom after a rollercoaster year saw the retirement of Barbara Walters, exits of Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy, introductions of Rosie Perez and Nicolle Wallace, and »

- Kate O'Hare

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NAACP Image Awards: black-ish, Trip to Bountiful, Murder and Scandal Win Big

6 February 2015 8:52 PM, PST | | See recent news »

ABC’s black-ish was TV’s big winner Friday evening at the NAACP Image Awards — which celebrate the achievements and performances of people of color in the arts, as well as those who promote social justice through creative endeavors — by topping five comedy categories, including collecting acting kudos for leads Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross.

RelatedSAG Awards 2015: Oitnb, Downton, Viola Davis, William H. Macy Win Big

On the drama side, Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder picked up a pair of wins each, while Lifetime’s The Trip to Bountiful TV-movie amassed four wins, including for »

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Tyra Banks’ New Daytime Talker ‘The Fab Life’ Set to Air in Majority of Us

20 January 2015 1:00 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Seventy percent of the country will syndicate the show, which will be co-hosted by Chrissy Teigen and Joe Zee, among others

Tyra Banks‘ return to daytime has certainly captivated the nation’s affiliates as the syndicated talk show has sold to nearly 70 percent of television stations in the country.

“The Fab Life,” a lifestyle chat show with the former supermodel at the helm,  has sold to 24 out of the top 25 markets according to Disney/ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution.

“Local station interest and resulting sales for ‘The Fab Life’ have been outstanding,” Disney/ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution president, »

- Matt Donnelly

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