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BLACK TV Sitcom Stuff Pt.2

In News on May 30, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Entertainment Weekly pressed a great read
that Qui Entertainment couldn’t refuse to transcribe & feed::

“The Rise & Fall and Rise Again of Black TV”

Entertainment Weekly — Part 2. Let’s Stay Together debuted in January to 4.4 million viewers, and Perry’s shows consistently hover near the 3 million mark. Even the competition has taken notice of The Game’s blockbuster debut: “Those numbers were wildly impressive to everybody,” says Michael Wright, TBS’ head of programming. “We’ve done really, really well with Tyler’s shows, but [The Game] surpassed even Tyler’s ratings. That premiere number should’ve made everyone think, “that’s a rating anyone would be happy to have.'”

So far, the broadcast networks have yet to act on the trend. While ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and The CW have made progress the past few seasons when it comes to casting diverse ensembles, the selection of shows in the pipeline for this fall once again lacks series with predominantly African American (or Latino or Asian) casts. “The world on television should look like the world I see when I walk outside my door,” says Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes, developing of the fall season’s strongest contenders with a black lead, ABC’s Damage Control starring Kerry Washington as PR guru. And Queen Latifah, who starred for five seasons on Fox’s Living Single, sees African-American series as a way to represent a point of view sorely missing on television: “People live in bubbles and they perpetuate racism and classism. There’s still plenty of places they can go [on TV] that are as un-diverse as they could possibly be,” says the Ladies producer. “It’s just something that’s going to be a continuing fight, to try to keep making these things happen.”

Regardless of why the networks program for black audiences, viewers are clearly hungry for these shows: Not only are the few shoes doing well, reruns of long-cancelled series like My Wife and Kids and Everybody Hates Chris still top cable charts among African-American viewers. Says Charlie Jordan Brookins, senior vice president of programming for BET: “We’re not necessarily trying to say this is the new frontier. We'[re trying to super-serve an audience who has been underserved.” Adds Malcolm-Jamal Warner, “The black viewership is important. Black shows do make money. It seems like a no brainer.

[Entertainment Weekly Columnist: Jennifer Armstrong; Additional reporting by Archana Ram and Tim Stack]

How do you feel about BLACK TV?
I rather dig
those multi-ethnic gigs
that are reflective of you and me.

Who am I,
I am Qui
and I’m duly watching BLACK TV.
Oui! Oui!
Join Me.

BLACK TV Sitcom Stuff Pt. 1

In Griot, News, Self Improvement, TV Shows on May 30, 2011 at 1:03 pm

Recently I read a great article in Entertainment Weekly called:

“The Rise & Fall and Rise Again of Black TV”

Such a befitting title. Isn’t it? So good, I had to re-type it for peeps that don’t receive the monthly magazine in print. READING is fundamental and KNOWLEDGE is golden::

Entertainment Weekly — Two years ago broadcast TV officially got out of the African-American sitcom business. The CW canceled the long-running Girlfriends in 2008, and the following year it yanked both Everybody Hates Chris and The Girlfriends spin off, The Game— also known as the last two successful black-eccentric shows on network television. ••►But today something is saving black TV from becoming as outmoded as Bill Cosby’s acrylic sweaters: basic cable, where scripted programming is experiencing explosive growth. In January, BET revived The Game to a record-breaking 7.7 million viewers–which is three times the audience it got on The CW and, in fact, twice the size of anything on the teen-skewing network now. (Sorry Gossip Girl.) The success of The Game and BET’s Queen Latifah produced romantic comedy Let’s Stay Together, which also premiered in January, has spurred the network to develop Reed Between the Lines, a new fall sitcom starring Girlfriends Tracy Ellis Ross and The Cosby’s Show’s Malcolm-Jamal Warner. Meanwhile, VH1 has joined up with Queen Latifah, who will be exec-producing its new dramedy Single Ladies (debuting in May 30), starring Clueless’ Stacy Dash.

In reality, this new generation of African-American-focused scripted TV can be traced to TBS’ success in 2007 when it acquired House of Payne from the proven brand of Tyler Perry. (Some 222 episodes later, the network recently announced it would be ending Payne but staying in the Perry business with For Better or Worse, an adaptation of his film Why Did I Get Married?) The reason for the big ratings and latest development rush is simple: pent-up demand. “I’ve had plenty of people say to me that it’s great to see something on TV that represents them”, says Jacque Edmonds-Cofer, exec producer of Let’s Stay Together”. “It’s also important for people to see that every African American woman is not a Real Housewife”. Adds VH1’s exec VP of original programming, Jeff Olde, “I think our shows should reflect the country we’re living in– go, Barack and Michelle! We’re thrilled that we have a large number of African-American women who watch us, and quite frankly, we’re always looking for new stories to tell.

Both BET and VH1 set their programming in response to direct viewer demands. BET first ran The Game in reruns, which sparked an onslaught of fans begging for the network to revive the show. VH1 initially shot Single Ladies as a TV movie, but market testing on the project garnered a “crazy ridiculous response,” Olde says. “[The marketers] SAID, ‘Not only do they want you to make this a series but the audience will actually be mad at you if they don’t see where these characters go next’.”

The ratings for the black-centric shows that have already premiered bear this out.

This concludes Part 1.and wouldn’t you know,
you don’t want to miss the conclusion — because it’s good to go…

If it’s FOR FREE – It’s for me!

In Communication, Griot, Self Improvement on May 26, 2011 at 6:48 am

If it's FOR FREE - it's for me

Now that absolutely does not include opinions, sphincters or hard times, but FREE as it pertains to valuable merchandise and good wisdom. I’m always down for sitting under some good wisdom (on the receiving end) and I don’t mind sharing wisdom when I am sought out. And of course because I’m no self proclaimed guru or crystal ball reader – so I share my wisdom FOR FREE. lol!

FREE and I work well together — all day long. I literally drive around Arlington, TX all day long giving away FREE STUFF. Okay not “stuff”, I actually drop in on small businesses and offer them a FREE :30 second video to be used for an onlineE video directory listing. I (with my panasonic hvx) shoot the footage to be used in the video directory listing clip.

Have you seen them, (video directory listings)? They’re pretty cool. Imagine searching a neighborhood business online and being able to not only see their address, phone number and/or website link, but also able to see a :30 second video byte of the outside and the inside of the establishment, (often starring the small business owner himself). Well no need to imagine – that day is here.

CitySquares is already in play and I’ve got my feet on the concrete reeling your face to represent your small business place.

Besides working for myself – I am pretty pleased with the contract videographer work that I am doing. You should see the smiles on the faces of the small business owners (and managers) when I say, I’m here to film you for your FREE 30 second online video directory listing. Most of them initially react as if I were with a part of candid camera crew, but once I show them the paper work and a video directory listing example or two (on my handly iPhone4), they are all in & ready for their business close up. I’m generally in and out within 20-30 minutes – not to mention I have the awesome opportunity to give something away FOR FREE. Of course in return I get paid…so, yeah – it’s a win win everyday. lol!

I do love the small business man – for I am him myself.
There’s nothing more rewarding: Happiness over wealth.

There are no ulcers here – I’m not doing anything I don’t like.
The only thing is — filming takes time away from ‘the write’.

So I stay up late at night…duly thinking about you
and what we have between us. Yes — just us two.

I mean, if you’re reading this, then it’s personal all the same.
And if you’re a small business in Arlington: I want to know your name.

As long as the service is FREE and asks no financial info of thee
I suggest taking free advertisement while you can – for tomorrow it may have a fee.

Remember when water was free at any establishment all day everyday?
Well today they’ll kindly serve you agua but only after you pay.

Again, If it’s FOR FREE – It’s for me,
I’m Qui

I’m positively energized and ready to hit the streets.

H a p p y Friday [pre] 😉