[03/20/12 - 10:46 AM]
TV One Announces New & Returning Shows for 2012 & 2013 Upfront Season
Returning series include "Unsung," "Life After" and "Find Our Missing."

[via press release from TV One]


-- TV One to double amount of original programming during 2012-2013 season, with plans to add 14 new series and specials and bring back eight shows -

New York, March 20, 2012 - Kicking off its first upfront season with President and CEO Wonya Lucas at the helm, TV One today unveiled ambitious plans to double the amount of original content during the 2012-2013 television year. In astar-studded presentation to advertisers at Cipriani, Ms. Lucas said the entertainment network for black adults planned to add 14 new series and specials during the upfront season, including three original sitcoms, two bio doc series that build on the legacy of its award-winning series Unsung, and nine non-fiction entertainment series.

During the presentation, Toni Judkins, TV One's EVP of original programming, outlined some of the new and returning series, including:

New series

Save My Son - is a powerful unscripted series that profiles the struggles of African American families to save their sons who have fallen victim to bad influences and bad choices. With the help of strong black male role models, these families, many of them led by single parents, will attempt to save these sons from leading a life estranged from their families and/orwith heightened chances of their becoming another black male statistic in the criminal justice system. This groundbreaking series will go to communities to rescue young men from a range of dangerous activities. While many troubled youth come from the country'smost challenged urban neighborhoods, not all sons in need of help were reared in traditionally at-risk homes. The series looks to help a diverse group of individuals from different socio-economic groups and backgrounds. Each program features an intervention staged by loved ones, a therapist and the series host, Dr. Steve Perry, renowned educator, author and TV commentator. They work together to design the best possible plan of action to get the young man in crisis back on track. The series is produced for TV One by Powerhouse Productions. Save My Son is slated to premiere in 3rd quarter 2012.

Unresolved: Celebrity Cases - This investigative series delves into controversial and sensational cases involving some of the most prominent entertainment figures of our time. Unresolved: Celebrity Cases seeks to uncover the truth behind headline-making events, such as celebrity homicides like the fatal hotel shooting of Sam Cooke or the murder of once up-and-coming R&B singer LaLa Brown; or unexplained mysteries, like the disappearance of basketball star Brian Williams aka Bison Dele and many more. Each episode introduces the case of a celebrated figure then it takes the audience through the rise of the celebrity's life to an intimate exploration of their publicized tragedy or downfall. Through dramatic recreations surrounding the events, eyewitness accounts, culture experts, family, friends and/or colleagues, a clear picture emerges of the days leading up to the fateful moment and thereafter. Created and produced by K2 Pictures. Slated to premiere in 4th quarter 2012.

The Ladies of R&B -- is an hour long series that follows the current lives of R&B singers Faith Evans, Nicci Gilbert, Keke Wyatt, Monifah Carter and Syleena Johnson. They share their pain, suffering and joy as they work hard and lean on each other to put their lives back together. The series will follow them solo, together and in different combinations as they not only fight to get their lives on track but also to pay their good fortune forward. Divorce, parenting, drugs and alcohol, physical abuse and more - these ladies have survived it all and continue to deal with life's battles each day. It is their personal mission to help other women in need. If women can learn from their mistakes, it was all worth it. They will love each other, fight with each other and celebrate with each other because there is one constant in their lives -- their friendship. This sisterhood cannot be stopped.Produced by ThinkFactory Media. Slated to premiere in 3rd quarter 2012.

In Development

Bernie Mac: A Tribute To A Comedy King -TV One has signed a development deal withUltrawave Vision to present an elegant tribute to one of the great Kings of Comedy, Bernie Mac. Plans for the special presentation include bringing together top entertainers who will revisit the comedy, the films, and the life of one of the world's greatest humorist. Family, friends, and colleagues will gather, dine and toast Bernie's most memorable film clips, comedy routines, and special appearances. Comedians old and new will perform in his honor and his favorite bands and musical performers will sing to his memory.

The Rickey Smiley Show - a sitcom starring comedian and radio personality Rickey Smiley, who plays on the show a character loosely based on his own life - a popular, local DJ based in Atlanta, who is the single father to four adopted children. The show's stories are derived from Rickey's attempt to raise his children by himself and still have a personal life, as well as the situations that occur at the radio station, which is a hot bed of office politics, back stabbing, sexual innuendo, social issues, celebrity appearances, music and, of course, humor. Produced Bobcat Films.

Destined - is a new bio-series that picks up on the popularity of TV One's Unsung series, and takes a nostalgic look back at the best, brightest and most beloved African American actors who have touched our lives in film and television. We know their names, we know their faces, and we are mesmerized by their talent. A relentless focus, drive and love for their craft set them on a journey to stardom. Through struggles and triumphs, these gifted individuals were determined to make their dreams come true by any means necessary, simply put...they were DESTINED. Witness the rise, fall and the determination of those who were Destined for stardom.

Belles-a new sitcom centered around an upscale soul food restaurant owned and operated by the widowed patriarch Big Bill Cooper. Belle, Bill's wife, passed several years ago, leaving him with his hands full: a restaurant to run and three daughters to raise.Produced bylegendary producer Ed Weinberger and Miguel Nunez.

Church Folk - a new sitcom produced in conjunction with Code Black Entertainment about The Hunters, a prestigious First Family, who are forced to leave their newly built mega-church in Los Angeles and start over back home in their native South, determined to rebuild their empire there. The last thing they would have wanted turns out to be exactly what they need, because sometimes having it all starts with having less.

Returning Series

Unsung - TV One returns with eight new episodes of its widely acclaimed and NAACP Image Award-nominated bio series Unsung in 4th quarter 2012 and 16 new episodes beginning in 1st quarter 2013.This NAACP Image Award-winning series of one-hour biography specials celebrates the lives and careers of successful artists or groups who, despite great talent, over the years have been under-recognized or under-appreciated. Unsung reveals the multiple factors that have kept these artists from achieving the iconic commercial status they deserved. And, in the process, these specials "sing" the praises and celebrate the artistry that has kept fellow artists and fans talking about them for years. TV One just completed its highest-rated season ever of Unsung on March 12, and, prior to 4th quarter, will debut eight new episodes beginning in June 2012, including Sly Stone, Gerald Levert, the Marvelettes, Kool Moe Dee, Angela Bofil, Arrested Development and Confunkshun. A. Smith & Co. produces Unsung for TV One.

Life After - TV One returns in4th quarter 2012 with 10 new episodes of its buzzed about series Life After, the real, behind-the-scenes story of how some of America's favorite celebrities have dealt with major turning points in their lives, be those moments public or private, triumphant or tragic. Part biography, part confessional and all celebration of the human spirit, each episode of Life After focuses on a well-known person or group and tells the story of a transformative event in their lives and its effects upon them ever afterward. Personalities featured in Unsung in fall 2012 will include Olympic athlete Marion Jones, singer Karyn White, actress BernNadetteStanis, and legendary recording industry executive Andre Harrell. K2 Pictures produces Life After for TV One.

Find Our Missing - TV One's docu-drama designed to put names and faces on people of color who have disappeared without a trace is hosted by Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actress S. EpathaMerkerson (Law & Order). Each episode tells the story of the missing person or persons, beginning with the day they vanished and the frantic searches by loved ones and investigators to find them. Find Our Missing provides insight into these victims' lives -their hopes and dreams, what makes them tick, and how they have touched those around them - from the people who know them best. The series also offers a call to action and is partnered by a robust, online component (tvone.tv) where viewers can learn more information and provide tips, as well as learn pointers on how to keep their families safe. Produced for TV One by Towers Productions.

Washington Watch with Roland Martin - - TV One political editor, CNN and Tom Joyner Morning Show analyst Roland Martin hosts a weekly public affairs series on TV One that focuses on issues that are critical to African Americans, through interviews with officials from the Administration, Congress and other policymakers who represent black communities, as well as discussions with journalists and commentators, and a wide range of policy experts.Washington Watch with Roland Martin also explores a wide range of timely and relevant topics including history, books, music, films, technology and black culture. Produced for TV One by Jay Feldman.

Returning Specials

TV One Night Only: Live From the Essence Music Festival - This two-hour highlights celebration captures exhilarating performances from some of the biggest names in entertainment that occur over three nights on the main stage from the country's largest annual gathering celebrating African-American music and culture. In previous years, performances have included such artists as Janet Jackson, Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Mary J. Blige, LL Cool J, Ne-Yo, John Legend, Earth, Wind & Fire, Raphael Saadiq, and Gladys Knight. And, TV One Night Only takes the viewer where no other camera is allowed, to deliver the true emotion of the talent backstage.Produced in conjunction with Essence Communications Inc.

TV One on One with Cathy Hughes - A series of specials hosted by Radio One Chairperson and former radio talk show host Catherine Hughes featuring interviews with some of the most intriguing and newsworthy public figures and celebrities in America today. Guests have included (then Senate candidate) President Barack Obama, Secretary of State (then Sen. Hillary Clinton), Minister Louis Farrakhan, Academy Award-winning actors Denzel Washington, Snoop Dogg, Beyoncé, Tyler Perry, Aretha Franklin and box office superstar Will Smith.

"Our original programming continues to resonate with the Black audience while providing an attractive environment for your brand messages," Ms. Lucas told the advertising audience. "With that in mind, we will double the original programming on our network during this Upfront season.

"Developed strategically through our brand lens, our diverse slate represents the network's mission of delivering the breadth and depth of 'true black life' in America in an entertaining and engaging way," she added.

TV One and Radio One Chief Revenue Officer Keith Bowen told the audience that black Americans are highly engaged television viewers and fiercely loyal consumers who over-index in second screens, especially smartphones, and are prodigious users of social media.

"So, what does this all mean to you?" Bowen asked. "TV One delivers a unique and desirable viewer. They are particularly savvy. They are better educated, have higher incomes and are more metropolitan than those of our competitors."

"What we offer is a riveting entertaining celebration of what matters to our community, a full depiction of how black America survives, strives and thrives" said TV One EVP of Original Programming Toni Judkins.

Launched in January 2004, TV One (www.tvone.tv) serves more than 56.6 million households, offering a broad range of real-life and entertainment-focused original programming, classic series, movies, and music designed to entertain, inform and inspire a diverse audience of adult African American viewers. In December 2008, the company launched TV One High Def, which now serves 14 million households. TV One is owned by Radio One [NASDAQ: ROIA and ROIAK; www.radio-one.com], the largest radio company that primarily targets African American and urban listeners; and Comcast Corporation [NASDAQ: CMCSA, CMCSK); www.comcast.com], one of the nation's leading providers of entertainment, information and communications products and services.

  [march 2012]  


[10/21/16 - 02:02 PM]
NLCS Game 5 Is Second Most-Watched Telecast in FS1 History
FOX Sports spins the numbers for Thursday, October 20.

[10/21/16 - 12:08 PM]
Freeform Brings Fan Favorite "Stitchers" and New Original Sci-Fi Series "Beyond" to Stan Lee's L.A. Comic Con on October 29 and 30
"Stitchers" co-stars Ritesh Rajan, Damon Dayoub and Sarah Davenport are among those scheduled to appear.

[10/21/16 - 10:05 AM]
Freeform's Annual "Countdown to 25 Days of Christmas" Starts on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24
Said offerings include the premiere "The Odd Life of Timothy Green," "Boxtrolls," and the network premiere of the fourth installment of the hit "Cinderella Story" franchise, "A Cinderella Story: If the Shoe Fits."

[10/21/16 - 10:04 AM]
Freeform's Funday Programming Event Begins November 12 and Continues Through November 13
Highlights include the network premieres of "Planes: Fire & Rescue," "How to Train Your Dragon" and "Shrek Forever After."

[10/21/16 - 10:03 AM]
"Madonna: Rebel Heart Tour" to Premiere on Showtime(R) on December 9 at 9 PM ET/PT
The film is co-directed by Danny B. Tull and Nathan Rissman, both of whom have worked extensively with Madonna on her feature films and tour movies.

[10/21/16 - 09:55 AM]
David Blaine Is Back With an Extraordinary Special, "David Blaine: Beyond Magic," Airing Tuesday, November 15, on ABC
Following his critically acclaimed ratings smash "David Blaine: Real or Magic," Blaine returns with his most revealing performance yet.

[10/21/16 - 09:35 AM]
Video: Netflix's "Haters Back Off!" Star Miranda Sings Shares Some of Her Favorite Things
Based on the character created by Colleen Ballinger, "Haters Back Off!" delves into the oddball family life of Miranda Sings.

[10/21/16 - 09:31 AM]
Video: Netflix Unveils The Ivory Game Trailer and Poster
From executive producer Leonardo DiCaprio, The Ivory Game is an epic documentary feature that goes undercover into the dark and sinister underbelly of ivory trafficking.

[10/21/16 - 09:29 AM]
Premiere Date Change - A&E Network Will Now Air Original Docu-Series "The Killing Season" on November 12
The newcomer will now roll out with back-to-back episodes one week later than previously announced.

[10/21/16 - 09:24 AM]
No One Can Hear You Scream: Investigation Discovery's All-New Series "Dead Silent" Premieres Tuesday, October 25 at 9/8C
In the six-part series, myth, urban legend, and horror movie dread collide to showcase real-life, dark and twisted tales too frightening to be imaginary.

[10/21/16 - 09:02 AM]
Oxygen Media Strikes Again with New True Crime Series "Killision Course" Premiering Saturday, November 5th at 9PM ET/PT
The four-episode, genre breaking series, recreates true stories of murder connecting the victim, accomplice and killer, on a joy ride of suspense, betrayal and obsession.

[10/21/16 - 08:47 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS Holds Off Competition with NFL
The Eye wins the night in both total viewers and adults 18-49.

[10/20/16 - 03:55 PM]
Oxygen Media Tests the Bonds of Friendship When New Competition Series "The Battle of the Ex-Besties" Premieres Tuesday, December 6 at 11PM ET/PT
Hosted by Sibley Scoles, the series follows fourteen former BFFs who are forced to confront - and hopefully forget - past differences in order to win a life-changing $100,000 grand prize.

[10/20/16 - 01:49 PM]
Investigation Discovery Delivers Nearly One Million Viewers for World Television Premiere of "Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four"
Investigation Discovery further spins the numbers for Saturday, October 15.

[10/20/16 - 01:04 PM]
Investigation Discovery Looks at When Happily Ever After Goes Horribly Wrong in All-New Series "Married with Secrets"
The new eight-part series premieres Tuesday, October 25 at 10:00/9:00c.