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Reed Between The Lines

In Communication, Griot, Networking, News, Self Improvement, TV Shows on February 5, 2012 at 12:46 pm

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Theo grew up and I love the way he REEDs!

I suppose Malcolm Jamal-Warner was like, “So if you didn’t like the idea of the Cosby Show…” where there was a black doctor successfully married to a beautiful black professional woman and heading up a well cultured family“…then you’re going to really take issue with two black doctors in a successful marriage, raising a family” and pretty much – cut from the same COSBY cloth.

It’s beautiful.

I used to love The Cosby Show. It opened up a world of NO LIMITS for me. I discovered the series when I was in the 9th grade [1985-86]. My kid is in the 9th grade now, and just discovered REED BETWEEN THE LINES. Ooo! Great timing & how relevant. I hope she finds NO LIMITS & Relevance in every single episode – like I did.

The cool thing is even though it’s clearly set in the 2000’s, the children of Dr. Carla (Psychiatrist) and Alex Reed (Univ. Professor) remind me a lot of the Cosby kids. The Reeds have a set of fraternal twins, (a girl and a boy) and a younger daughter. Style and individuality in wardrobe makes each one stands out and is vibrantly reminiscent of the 1980’s – something like Tempest Bledsoe, Lisa Bonet, and Malcolm J. used to dress.

RBTL is a comedy with real life social situations about being online, self-identity, self-improvement and other familial situations. Today BET channel is running a marathon of Season 1. Tune in and see yourself… tune in and see your kids. Tune in and see how nice lil’ Theo has grown up to be. He plays a great (and wise) dad. His character beyond The Cosby Show is nothing short of impressive. His physique follows suit. Ooo!

Had you seen him? Did you know?
Had you caught an RBTL episode?

Season 1 was a hit
Season 2 is coming quick.

Well actually I can’t find a date for when Season 2 begins,
But when it does, I implore you to tune in.

Don’t let Newt Gingrich go on believing
Blacks have no aspirations, beyond rapping and weeding.
Newt must be on a diet of “resin & seed” eating.

Anywho, REED BETWEEN THE LINES looks a lot like me and you,
I’m Qui
Digging the cast of ‘The Cosbys II’, because watching my reflection is what I’m into. Ooo!

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…