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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.

Are We There Yet?

In Movies, TV Shows on June 3, 2010 at 1:52 am

Ice Cube and Terry Crews
CAN’T LOSE!

Terry Crews and the rest of the cast of the new TBS comedy “Are We There Yet?” have done what many thought impossible.

Since the early days of TV, it’s been accepted that it takes a week to film a sitcom episode. That thinking might change with “Are We There Yet?” filming three episodes a week.

“For years everyone in Hollywood said this kind of schedule was impossible. But we did it. I do have to admit, it’s really not as hard as you think. But it takes a lot of coordination,” Crews says. “Our thing was ‘It’s comedy. Relax.’ We aren’t doing Shakespeare.”

If you’ve seen either of the “ARE WE THERE YET” films that Ice Cube has starred in, the TBS version follows suit. NICK (Terry Crews Character) marries a single mom SUZANNA (played by Essence Atkins) of two kids. The children like Nick enough to give him a hard time every now and then, while “the married life” encroaches on his fantasy side.

No– Nick isn’t playing off on his new wife, but he certainly isn’t shy about calling out her “bed time appearance”. The wrapped and pinned down hair do that Suzanna wears to bed is a little sobering for the newlywed husband who cracked on her saying, “In the daytime you look like Halle Berry – but at bedtime you look like Tyler Perry”. lol!

Two months ago I went to a house party around the time that Erykah Badu was under scrutiny for her “Naked Grassy Knoll” video, and as stunning as her naked body was, (mother of 3 kids), there was a guy at the party that was miffed because Erykah’s hair was covered by a rising stocking cap. Erykah was just keeping it real. But because of “the stocking cap factor” – ol’ boy at the party missed the concept & deeper message of the video. Terry Crews represented “that young mans stand” with his Halle Berry/Tyler Perry crack on his wife.

It’s a sitcom show. It’s taped on a set. Kind of like the way “MY WIFE & KIDS” show looked. What’s most impressive about this project than others before it, is the unprecedented pace at which they are taping/producing the show. ICE CUBE is a genius when it comes to “not wasting time or money”. His professional antics are catchy and his progress is on going…

Are we there yet?
I’m Qui
…and I’m on my way!

Ice Cube is a great filmmaker to study. KNOWLEDGE is KEY. WE must support WE.

“ARE WE THERE YET” comes on TBS Wednesday nights @ 9/8c