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Tracy Morgan Reflects on His Road to the Hollywood Walk of Fame: ‘I Just Had To Be Me’

Tracy Morgan Reflects on His Road to the Hollywood Walk of Fame: ‘I Just Had To Be Me’
Tracy Morgan’s potential star power was immediately apparent to comedy kingmaker (and soon to become one of Morgan’s closest collaborators) Lorne Michaels back in 1996 when the comedian first auditioned for “Saturday Night Live.”

“You’re looking for something that on a certain level you haven’t seen before, and also at the same time something you have seen before,” says Michaels, who has countless times before and since gone through the process of sussing out just who might one day fit within the stellar firmament of comedic giants “SNL” has launched. “You could just tell on the most
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Tisha Campbell-Martin Files for Divorce From Husband Duane Martin

Tisha Campbell-Martin Files for Divorce From Husband Duane Martin
Tisha Campbell-Martin has filed for divorce from her husband Duane Martin after more than two decades of marriage.  The actress, who rose to fame as Gina on the '90s sitcom Martin, announced in a statement Thursday, "After 27 years of being together and two amazing children, it pains me to announce that I've filed for divorce."  She added to E! News, "It's an emotional time and I graciously ask for privacy for me, our children and the rest of our family." Tisha and Duane, an actor whose onscreen credits include Real Husbands of Hollywood and Deliver Us From Eva, tied the knot after six years of dating in 1996. They went on to welcome two...
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TV One inks with WB for pics, series

TV One inks with WB for pics, series
TV One, a channel that targets black viewers, said Monday that it has signed a multiyear agreement with Warner Bros. Domestic Cable Distribution to acquire rights to a slew of theatrical titles and off-network series, including UPN's All of Us and Eve. The deal, which marks the biggest programming acquisition for the network in its two-year history, also includes rights to such series as Living Single, For Your Love, Hangin' With Mr. Cooper, The Parent 'Hood, Wanda at Large, All About the Andersons, Fastlane and A Man Called Hawk as well as recent episodes of Showtime at the Apollo. Through the agreement, TV One also is renewing rights to air the comedies Roc and Martin. In addition, TV One has snapped up rights to a range of movie titles, including windows on such films as The Color Purple, Malcolm X, Lean on Me, New Jack City, Purple Rain, Shaft and Superfly. Other movies in the deal include Round Midnight, Rosewood, Boiling Point, Uptown Saturday Night, Strictly Business, Cabin in the Sky, Krush Groove and Sparkle.

ABC's Sweeney in Caucus' Chair

Anne Sweeney, ABC Cable Networks Group/Disney Channel Worldwide president, has been named the 2004 recipient of the Chair Award from the Caucus for Television Producers, Writers and Directors. The Caucus will present the award to Sweeney at its annual fund-raising dinner, set for Jan. 16 at the Beverly Hills Hotel, according to Caucus chairman Chuck Fries. Sweeney oversees all of Disney/ABC's entertainment cable networks as well as the Disney Channel's far-flung international operations. Director-producer Stan Lathan also has been tapped to receive the Caucus' Diversity Award for his contributions to fostering racial and ethnic diversity in television programming. Lathan at present is executive producer and director of HBO's Peabody-winning series "Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry Jam" and director of the Tony-winning Def Poetry Jam on Broadway. He has directed the pilots for numerous successful sitcoms, including UPN's Moesha and The Parkers and Fox's Martin.

Uni TV, Ridley ink one-year series deal

Uni TV, Ridley ink one-year series deal
Writer-director John Ridley has signed a one-year overall deal with Universal Network Television to create series projects for the studio. "When I was approached by Universal, they'd actually already set up one show, so when people are that enthusiastic, you're like: 'This is the place where I wanna be, ' " he said. The yet-untitled drama, which was recently set up at USA Network, will not fall under the deal. Ridley described the premise of the show, which is set in the world of escort services, as "boiling relationships down to their essence." Ridley, who has worked on both drama and comedy series, said he plans to develop a wide range of projects for Universal: comedy drama, high-concept and procedural shows. On the small screen, Ridley most recently co-created and executive produced UPN's critically praised one-hour series Platinum. He also wrote for the NBC drama Third Watch and the comedies The John Larroquette Show and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air for NBC and Martin for Fox. Ridley's feature credits include Three Kings and Undercover Brother. He recently signed on to direct the thriller Let Me Take You Down from his original screenplay for Lions Gate Films (HR 5/7). Ridley is repped by ICM, the Firm and attorney Don Walerstein.

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