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 Today TV One announced production of the original film, Down For Whatever, the 2017 American Black Film Festival (ABFF) Screenplay winning project written by Tim Folsome who will also direct.

(l-r) LeToya Luckett (Greenleaf), Hosea Chanchez (The Game), Bre-Z (Empire) and Imani Hakim (Everybody Hates Chris)

Production will take place in Atlanta, Georgia. The film, starring LeToya Luckett (Greenleaf), Hosea Chanchez (The Game), Bre-Z (Empire) and Imani Hakim (Everybody Hates Chris), is slated to premiere at the 2018 ABFF in June and will premiere on TV One in July.

“The production of the ABFF Screenplay Competition winning selection is one of our favorite projects of the year because it is when we get to see a young writer’s vision literally come to life,” says D’Angela ProctorTV One Head of Programming. “Our team reads hundreds of scripts during the competition process and Tim’s gift for storytelling resulted in a compelling page-turner. We look forward to sharing the final product with TV One’s viewers next summer.”

In the network’s first original movie production representing the fast-pace action genre, Down For Whatever chronicles Tracy, a young successful doctor and her detective husband, Mike. Although happily married, one thing has always been missing in their relationship – a sense of family. Tracy grew up in foster care and longs for the traditional family environment that she never had. When Mike suddenly loses his partner in a senseless cop-killing, Tracy is there to support him. That is, until she receives an unexpected visit from a social worker who informs her that the ruthless killers suspected in the murder are her biological sisters, Denise and Sonya. Tracy is overwhelmed and in disbelief by the news, but before telling her husband, she decides to track her sisters down herself. Will she make it to them before the cops do?

Down For Whatever cast announced today:

  • LeToya Luckett as Tracy
  • Hosea Chanchez as Mike
  • Bre-Z as Denise Brown
  • Imani Hakim as Sonya Brown

Down For Whatever is written and directed by Tim Folsome. The film is produced for TV One by Eric Tomosunas, Keith Neal, James Seppelfrick and Darien Baldwin for Swirl Films. Casting was provided by Leah Daniels Butler (Empire and When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely Story). For TV One, Jubba Seyyid is Executive in Charge of Production and Sr. Director of Original Programming & Production.  Donyell McCullough is Senior Director of Talent & Casting; Robyn Greene Arrington is VP of Original Programming, and D’Angela Proctor is Head of Original Programming and Production.

For more information about TV One’s upcoming programming, including original movies, visit the network’s companion website at www.tvone.tvTV One viewers can also join the conversation by connecting via social media on TwitterInstagram  and Facebook (@tvonetv) using the hash tags #DOWNFORWHATEVER and #REPRESENT.

 

 

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Lionsgates’ Debmar-Mercury & Will Packer Debut Entertainment &Pop Culture Magazine Show Central Ave This Weekend in Over 200 Markets Nationwide!

Lionsgate’s Debmar-Mercury and record-breaking producer Will Packer (Night School, Girls Trip) will bring back the nationally syndicated, multicultural, investigative entertainment & pop culture magazine show CENTRAL AVE for the full 2020-21 season on Saturday, September 26, with two original weekly half-hour episodes. 

Following a limited run last year, the half-hour series will air in 210 markets including on FOX Television Stations, Sinclair, CBS and The CW-Plus, delivering relevant entertainment and pop culture stories through a provocative, socially conscious and diverse lens. 

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Lionsgate’s Debmar-Mercury and record-breaking producer Will Packer (Night SchoolGirls Trip) will bring back the nationally syndicated, multicultural, investigative entertainment & pop culture magazine show CENTRAL AVE for the full 2020-21 season on Saturday, September 26, with two original weekly half-hour episodes. 

Following a limited run last year, the half-hour series will air in 210 markets including on FOX Television Stations, Sinclair, CBS and The CW-Plus, delivering relevant entertainment and pop culture stories through a provocative, socially conscious and diverse lens. 

Veteran entertainment reporter Julissa Bermudez (BET’s 106 & Park, Empire Girls) and four-time Olympic gold medalist Sanya Richards-Ross return to their historic roles as the first two women of color to host an entertainment magazine show.  

Central Ave has changed the way audiences view and relate to pop culture and the entertainment world,” said Will Packer. “The diverse and powerful stories featured on this show are meant to provoke, infuriate and inspire people to make positive changes that will impact our society and the world around us.”  

Co-Creator Monique Chenault will serve as showrunner of Central Ave and, together with Packer and Will Packer Media’s Kelly Smith, executive producer.  

Painstakingly positioned to be an authority on what drives popular culture, Central Ave is fully committed to investigating and examining the entertainment, trends and celebrities that are making the greatest impact. The audience will get in-depth, comprehensive storytelling through a culturally diverse lens that stems from a richly diverse editorial team behind the scenes,” Chenault said about the vison of the show.  

The series also features a diverse group of skilled correspondents with different areas of expertise; Van Lathan, formerly of TMZ, along with Kennedy- Rue McCollough, Sloane Glass, Melissa McCarty, Neima Abdulaha and Zach Greenburg.  

Debmar-Mercury Co-Presidents Ira Bernstein and Mort Marcus said, “Central Ave will add a much-needed voice to this genre at such a critical juncture in our history. We’re proud to be collaborating with Will, Monique and the great team they have assembled for this breakthrough series that, above all else, we find to be informative and very entertaining.” 

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YES! “Titans” Renewed Early for Fourth Season!

Most television series typically wait for their third season to air and then based on its ratings renew it for a fourth season. However, that does not seem to be the case for “Titans.”

“Titans,” a television series based on the DC Comics superhero team consisting of former sidekicks turned adult superheroes and the teenage superheroes they mentor,  of the same name, has been renewed early for a fourth season before its third season airs in 2021.

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Most television series typically wait for their third season to air and then based on its ratings renew it for a fourth season. However, that does not seem to be the case for “Titans.”

“Titans,” a television series based on the DC Comics superhero team consisting of former sidekicks turned adult superheroes and the teenage superheroes they mentor,  of the same name, has been renewed early for a fourth season before its third season airs in 2021.

The series was initially a DC Universe original series, but beginning its third season will be exclusively shown on HBO Max alongside other DC Comics series like “Harley Quinn,” “Young Justice,” and “Doom Patrol.” The new season is set show appearances from popular superheroes and one of Batman’s scariest foes.

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In season 3, Curran Walters’ Jason Todd will finally take on the mantle of DC’s infamous anti-hero Red Hood! Titans Season 3 will also introduce Barbara Gordon and famous rogue gallery Batman villain Scarecrow!

When we meet Barbara she’ll be serving as Commissioner of the Gotham City Police Department, just like her father Jim Gordon, and she’ll be wary of the Titans’ presence as they decide to make a big move from San Francisco to Gotham City to face “a whole new set of challenges”. Scarecrow will be introduced as an inmate at Arkham Asylum but he’ll also have a second career as a profiler for the GCPD. As of now, there is no casting news on either character.

Despite the character’s death, we first revealed Donna Troy will also be returning to the series. This is good news for fans of the superheroine, who were upset by the seemingly unnecessary death.

We are here for these new plot developments in Season 3 of “Titans!” We see they are really beginning to focus on The Batman Family more with the addition of Barbara Gordon aka “Batgirl” and The Red Hood. Adding Scarecrow in the mix was definitely unexpected. His use of fear toxins and gases is sure to haunt the team.

We are not sure when Season 4 will add, but it will most likely be in 2022 if “Titans” keeps with its annual scheduling for its seasons. Perhaps we will go ahead and subscribe to HBO Max soon…

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The CW Cancels “Supergirl” After Sixth & Final Upcoming Season!

The Arrowverse–or CWverse–as it is now being called just lost its heaviest hitter as The CW has announced it will be canceling “Supergirl” after its sixth upcoming season!

“Supergir,l” starring Melissa Benoist centers on Superman’s cousin, Kara Zor-El, who becomes a superhero in her own right in defense of National City and The Earth at large from primarily superhuman and extraterrestrial threats. The series originally broadcasted on CBS, but was canceled there after its first season, finding a new home on The CW alongside other DC Comics superheroes like Green Arrow and The Flash.

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The Arrowverse–or CWverse–as it is now being called just lost its heaviest hitter as The CW has announced it will be canceling “Supergirl” after its sixth upcoming season!

“Supergir,l” starring Melissa Benoist centers on Superman’s cousin, Kara Zor-El, who becomes a superhero in her own right in defense of National City and The Earth at large from primarily superhuman and extraterrestrial threats. The series originally broadcasted on CBS, but was canceled there after its first season, finding a new home on The CW alongside other DC Comics superheroes like Green Arrow and The Flash.

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Melissa Benoist and Chyler Leigh as Supergirl and Alex Danvers

Melissa posted a heartwarming salute to the show and her feelings on getting to portray such an iconic character:

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To say it has been an honor portraying this iconic character would be a massive understatement. Seeing the incredible impact the show has had on young girls around the world has always left me humbled and speechless. She’s had that impact on me, too. She’s taught me strength I didn’t know I had, to find hope in the darkest of places, and that we are stronger when we’re united. What she stands for pushes all of us to be better. She has changed my life for the better, and I’m forever grateful. I’m so excited that we get to plan our conclusion to this amazing journey, and I cannot wait for you to see what we have in store. I promise we’re going to make it one helluva final season. ♥️ el mayarah 💪 @supergirlcw

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We really hate to see Supergirl go but we are not surprised. Superman & Lois is set to begin airing next year and we guess having two Kryptonians on the network was just too much.

We would like to thank The CW and the cast of Supergirl for being so amazing and bringing so many diverse characters to life of various backgrounds, ethnicities, and sexual orientations. “The Girl of Steel” will be missed.

 

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