TV ONE EXPANDS AWARD-WINNING "UNSUNG" FRANCHISE WITH LAUNCH OF "UNSUNG HOLLYWOOD," PREMIERING WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 10 PM/ET
Debut Season to Profile Trailblazing Artists, Entertainers and Programs Including
Pam Grier, Robin Harris, 'What's Happening!!,' Dick Gregory, Flip Wilson, 'Cooley High,' Bill Duke, The Harlem Globetrotters
Hit Series 'Unsung' to Return with Four New Episodes Featuring Too $hort, The Manhattans, Gil Scott Heron, and Nile Rodgers and Chic, Beginning Wednesday, January 29
SILVER SPRING, MD - January 9, 2013 - TV One is expanding its NAACP Image Award-winning Unsung franchise with new series Unsung Hollywood, premiering Wednesday, February 26 at 10PM/ET. From revealing portraits of beloved stars of film and television, including feminist film icon Pam Grier and politically charged comic Dick Gregory, to in-depth stories behind the making (and breaking) of influential films and TV series such as Cooley High and What's Happening!!, Unsung Hollywood shines a spotlight on subjects and stories that have rarely or never been told. Preceding Unsung Hollywood's debut in February, flagship series Unsung will return with all-new episodes beginning Wednesday, January 29 at 10PM/ET.
"Taking a cue from the original, music-centric Unsung series, Unsung Hollywood fosters TV One's overarching mission to highlight black artists, entertainers and programming," said D'Angela Proctor, SVP of Programming and Production for TV One. "Unsung Hollywood recounts the achievements of some of the most beloved and groundbreaking artists in the African American creative community - all of whom have devoted their lives to making their mark in movies, television, comedy and sports - and in the process, have helped elevate and transform the entertainment experience."
Unsung Hollywood will share rare stories from film, television, comedy and sports stars through clips, archival and contemporary performances, and exclusively shot, behind-the-scenes footage. As with Unsung, Unsung Hollywood also features in-depth personal interviews with the talent as well as their family members, friends, industry associates, fellow entertainers and various cultural commentators.
Unsung episodes include:
· WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29, 10PM/ET - Too $hort
· WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 10PM/ET - The Manhattans
· WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 10 PM/ET - Gil Scott Heron
· WEDNESDAY, FEB 19, 10PM/ET - Nile Rodgers and Chic
Unsung Hollywood episodes include:
· WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 10 PM/ET - Pam Grier
· WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5, 10PM/ET - Robin Harris
· WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12, 10PM/ET - What's Happening!!
· WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19, 10PM/ET - Dick Gregory
· WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26, 10PM/ET - Flip Wilson
· WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2, 10PM/ET - Cooley High
· WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9, 10PM/ET - Bill Duke
· WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16, 10PM/ET - The Harlem Globetrotters
Unsung Hollywood is narrated by Gary Anthony Williams and is executive produced by Arthur Smith, Kent Weed, Mark Rowland and Frank Sinton of A. Smith & Co. Productions for TV One. Henry Schipper is Co-Executive Producer. Executive in charge of production for TV One is Robyn Greene Arrington, and producer for TV One is Lamar Chase.
About TV One
Launched in January 2004, TV One (www.tvone.tv) serves 57.4 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 Black 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 Black 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.