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The premiere of TV One’s original film, Bobbi Kristina, premiered at #1 among African Americans on ad-supported cable in the Sunday 7pm-9pm timeslot: (HH, P25-54, W25-54, P18-49, W18-49, P2+).

The film now ranks as TV One’s third most watched original movie premiere ever, across all key demos. The three airings of Bobbi Kristina on premiere night had a combined reach of 2.2 Million Unique Viewers 2+. TV One will air an encore presentation of the highly anticipated film tonight, October 10 at 8 p.m. ET and Wednesday, October 11 at 10 p.m. ET.

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Driven by Bobbi Kristina, TV One was the #3 Rated non-sports Ad Supported Cable Net from 7pm-9pm among Adult W25-54. This was also the network’s best SundayPrimetime Performance since the record-setting debut of Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story (6/12/16). Additionally on Twitter, the #BobbiKristina premiere trended nationally, ranking as high as #3 nationally.

Beginning immediately after the passing of her mother, this poignant story delves into Bobbi Kristina’s struggle to come to terms with Houston’s sudden departure and the complexities of her own life. Starring breakout Joy Rovaris in the title role, Bobbi Kristina presents the first three-dimensional look at a story – and a life – that deserve better.  In 2012, Whitney Houston’s tragic demise put her entire family in the worldwide media spotlight, with most of the glare falling on her grieving daughter, Bobbi Kristina. Krissi became one of the main characters in the story of Houston’s death and its devastating aftermath as she struggled with her grief, her personal relationships, upholding her mother’s legacy and her plans for the future. Bobbi Kristina offers a rare glimpse into the world of this young woman whose brief life and untimely end remain shrouded in mystery.

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Opposite Rovaris, Bobbi Kristina stars Demetria McKinney who delivers an uncanny performance as she embodies the heart, flair and essence of the legendary Whitney Houston. The film also stars Nadji Jeter as Nick Gordon, Hassan Johnson as Bobby Brown, and Vivica A. Fox as Pat Houston. Le’Azionna Braden makes her screen debut as young Bobbi Kristina.

The film is directed by Ty Hodges, with screenplay by Rhonda Baraka.  Executive Producers Tracey Baker Simmons and Wanda Shelley, creators of the docu-series’ “Being Bobby Brown” and “The Houstons,” developed the underlying story.

Bobbi Kristina is produced for TV One by Eric Tomosunas (executive producer), Keith Neal and James Seppelfrick of Swirl Films. Casting was provided by Leah Daniels Butler. For TV One, Donyell McCullough is Senior Director of Talent & Casting; Robyn Greene-Arrington is VP of Original Programming and Executive in Charge of Production, and D’Angela Proctor is Head of Original Programming and Production.

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WHY!? The CW Cancels “Riverdale” Spinoff, “Katy Keene!” Star, Lucy Hale, Breaks Down…

In a last minute, and surprising decision, The CW has opted to cancel its late season series, the “Riverdale” spinoff, “Katy Keene!”

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In a last minute, and surprising decision, The CW has opted to cancel its late season series, the “Riverdale” spinoff, “Katy Keene!”

The series starred former “Pretty Little Liars” starlet, Lucy Hale as the titular character with her three friends, singer Josie McCoy (Ashleigh Murray), drag queen and performer Jorge “Ginger” Lopez (Jonny Beauchamp), and the street smart budding entrepreneur, Pepper Smith (Julia Chan) as they all pursue their dreams on the mean streets of New York City.

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The Cast of “Katy Keene,” (l-r) Lucy Hale, Ashleigh Murray, Jonny Beauchamp, and Julia Chan as Katy Keene, Josie McCoy, Jorge “Ginger” Lopez, and Pepper Smith

Lucy actually broke down over the cancellation going on to Instagram to voice her hurt.

Ashleigh and Jonny have yet to comment, but Julia Chan posted her feelings about the show as well.

Modest ratings are the alleged blame for the series’ cancellation, which unlike its parent series, “Riverdale” and Archie Comics-related show, “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” took a brighter stance with the portrayal of its characters.

The show is actually the only series on The CW not to be renewed for a new season. The creator of the show is looking for a new home for the series which we are hoping will be HBO Max–where episodes are currently in syndication. At least there the show can have a bigger budget and perhaps a little “Sex & The City” maturity added to its already amazing New York feng shui.

We are really going to miss “Katy Keene!” It had become one of our favorite shows on television. We are praying this is not the end. Where’s the petition to sign! SAVE KATY KEENE!

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“Married To Medicine” Experiences MAJOR Cast Shake Ups, Mariah Huq Accuses Bravo of Being Racist

When it comes to being “Married To Medicine” it seems the executives at Bravo want ACTUAL doctors or doctors’ wives on the cast. The show wants its full cast members to be currently married. Thus, the next season of the cast is rumored to have quite the shake up.

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When it comes to being “Married To Medicine” it seems the executives at Bravo want ACTUAL doctors or doctors’ wives on the cast. The show wants its full cast members to be currently married. Thus, the next season of the cast is rumored to have quite the shake up.

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As you may already know the cast currently consists of Doctors Jackie Walter, Simone Whitmore, Contessa Metcalfe, and Heavenly Kimes; doctors’ wives Mariah Huq, Toya Bush-Harris, and ex-doctor’s wife, Quad Webb Lunceford. Now sources close to the show are alleging Mariah Huq, who executive produced and created the franchise and was a full-time cast member on most seasons has been ousted from the show and Quad has been demoted to being a “friend of the show,” while retaining her “full cast member” salary.

Mariah and Quad were originally the heart and soul of the show, “frick and frack” if you will. We are aware that Quad’s divorce from psychiatrist, Dr. Gregory Lunceford, finalized last year disqualifying her from being “Married To Medicine;” but Mariah is still married to Dr. Aydin Huq. Earlier today Mariah went forward to say she is being ousted from the show for racist reasons, alleging Bravo is treating her differently other franchise starters.

via Atlanta Black Star

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Mariah Huq

I’m the first African-American woman to create a franchise at Bravo. I’m one of three people. It’s me, it’s Lisa Vanderpump that created Vanderpump Rules, and Whitney Sudler that did ‘Southern Charm.’ They’re still with their franchises. They’re still a part of [them]. Why would I not be?

We love both Quad and Mariah, but we understand the former’s demotion. As for Mariah, we love her on the show. Her one-liners, feuds with Dr. Heavenly, and and larger than life personality are to die for! Bravo might want to take her coming forward with these assertions seriously. This is the wrong time to be against any Black Woman trying to maintain her rightful place.

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Network Television Forced To Develop Contingency Plans for Fall Lineup

Network television faces an unprecedented event as the 2020-2021 fall television line up on most channels seems uncertain.

Coronavirus has halted or delayed nearly all television and movie production, leaving mainstream networks like ABC, Fox, NBC, and CBS with little to no shows in production to be released this fall. Each network is now forming a contingency plan to deal with the gaps in programming pending.

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Network television faces an unprecedented event as the 2020-2021 fall television line up on most channels seems uncertain.

Coronavirus has halted or delayed nearly all television and movie production, leaving mainstream networks like ABC, Fox, NBC, and CBS with little to no shows in production to be released this fall. Each network is now forming a contingency plan to deal with the gaps in programming pending.

via CNN

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The closest analogy to the current situation would be past writers strikes, which forced networks to find creative ways to program their schedules. That has included everything from acquiring existing series produced abroad to offering shows that were made for sister networks. As the Hollywood Reporter noted, for example, during the 2008 strike CBS aired edited reruns of Showtime’s “Dexter.”
In any normal year, billions are invested in the fall network-TV lineup, with the great unknown being what series might break through and which ones will flop. This year, due to the novel coronavirus, those traditional concerns have given way to new dimensions of uncertainty.
The irony of it all is that people have been watching more TV than in some time. After steadily declining ratings, stay-at-home orders have boosted network viewing, despite the competition from streaming services and other alternatives.
Even as those orders are relaxed and more people venture out, continuing anxiety about Covid-19 and the major job losses associated with the crisis likely means more people will choose to stay home and watch TV as entertainment, both for financial and safety reasons.
During its streaming presentation, NBCUniversal chief of advertising and partnerships Linda Yaccarino conceded that there is “not a lot of visibility into the future,” while promoting a variety of ways that NBC can help sponsors get their messages across.
One of the biggest challenges facing primetime TV, meanwhile, is outside of the networks’ control: NFL football, which has announced a fall schedule, but will leave gaping holes in NBC and Fox’s lineups on Sunday and Thursday nights, respectively, if it’s not able to proceed as planned.
Similarly, NBCUniversal president of ad sales Laura Molen noted that viewers were “still going to be able to cry through the next season of ‘This is Us.'” But like virtually everything surrounding industry right now, that’s a promise that NBC might not be able to keep.
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NBC’s “This Is Us” Cast

From what we have gathered, television specials and reality television may be the saving grace for programming this fall. The former only require editing and interviews, while the latter is cheaper to produce in mass and requires smaller crews. In all actuality this may be the rise of YouTube and web series adapted to television. In the meanwhile, Netflix, Prime Video, and Hulu do not seem to be lacking on any programming at all, even then they have an extensive library to pull from.
Here’s hoping Fall TV is worthwhile..

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