"The Queen Latifah Show" Returns Monday, September 15
Reese Witherspoon, Denzel Washington, Jada Pinkett Smith and Goldie Hawn along with Little League Pitching Phenom Mo'ne Davis Headline An All-Star Line-Up of Guests Kicking off Season Two
CULVER CITY, Calif., Sept. 8, 2014 -- Sony Pictures Television's The Queen Latifah Show, hosted by global entertainment icon Queen Latifah, returns with an all new season on Monday, September 15 (visit queenlatifah.com for "Where to Watch" in your local market). This season Queen will expand her platform with more entertainment, more fun and the launch of several season-long initiatives designed to spark forward momentum in the lives of her guests and viewers through transformational, life-changing opportunities and unexpected surprises that will play out on the air.
"This show is truly the embodiment of my journey," says Queen. "Nothing makes me happier than to have the opportunity to share my experience with others and give people a chance to realize their dreams. For those viewers who have been with us from the beginning and those who may be tuning in for the first time, season two of The Queen Latifah Show is going to deliver some great surprises and a whole lot of feel-good fun."
In her season premiere, Latifah will welcome Academy Award(R)-winning actress and producer Reese Witherspoon* to discuss her upcoming role in the feature film The Good Lie, which tells the story of an American woman whose life was forever changed when she befriends three refugees who were among the Lost Boys of Sudan. This inspirational story of a woman whose simple act of kindness impacted the lives of so many others is an ideal example of someone taking their life "One Step Further" and to that end, Reese and Queen will together introduce this season-long initiative with a big surprise for a deserving guest.
The "One Step Further" initiative is designed to empower viewers to take their own lives one step further in pursuit of their dreams, with Queen Latifah as the motivating force in taking the first step on their journey. "One Step Further" will help viewers to discover possibilities for their lives they never imagined and provide them with opportunities they may not have otherwise.
Throughout the rest of week one, Queen welcomes the effervescent comedic icon Goldie Hawn, The Muppets and fun-loving, fan favorite Kristen Bell. Queen is also bringing back iconic TV games with a celebrity twist this season playing The Dating Game with Toni Braxton and taking on Kristin Bell in a round of Pyramid, complete with host John Davidson, with more to come. Plus, Queen delivers an unbelievable surprise to Mo'ne Davis, the Little League pitching phenom whose breakout performance has inspired a new generation of aspiring athletes, then the Golden Sisters are back for a sky-diving adventure and Queen presents a YouTube Daddy/Daughter Dance-off!
The week of September 22, the star power continues when two of Hollywood's biggest names make their debut on the show. Monday, Jada Pinkett Smith, who is also an executive producer on The Queen Latifah Show will make her first in-studio appearance, and on Friday, September 26 the one and only Academy Award(R)-winning Denzel Washington** of the upcoming film The Equalizer will grace Queen's "Big Sexy" stage for the first time.
Other new features on the show this season include "QUEEN SCREEN," an interactive surprise that will allow Queen Latifah to pop up where she is least expected with great prizes for unsuspecting folks and "THE HIGH NOTE," a recurring segment to wrap up the show during which Queen Latifah, a celebrity guests and/or members of the studio audience share good news, big or small to send the viewers off with a smile. The series will also feature Queen's comedic commentary and parodies of pop-culture events and happenings.
The Queen Latifah Show is a daytime talk-variety series that showcases Queen Latifah's extraordinary range of talents as a global entertainment icon. The show is produced by Flavor Unit, Overbrook Entertainment and Sony Pictures Television and is cleared on major station groups around the country, including the CBS Television Stations. Todd Yasui is Executive Producer with Co-Executive Producers Jack Mori and Ianthe Jones.
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*Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, 2006, "Walk The Line"
**Best Actor in a Leading Role, 2002, "Training Day"
ABOUT SONY PICTURES TELEVISION
Sony Pictures Television (http://www.sonypicturestelevision.com), a Sony Pictures Entertainment company, is one of the television industry's leading content providers. It produces and distributes programming in every genre, around the world and for a multitude of platforms. In addition to one of the industry's largest libraries of award-winning feature films, television shows and formats, Sony Pictures Television (SPT) boasts a current program slate that includes top-rated daytime dramas and game shows, landmark off-network series, original animated series and critically acclaimed primetime dramas, comedies and telefilms. In addition to its US production business, SPT has 18 wholly-owned or joint venture production companies in 10 countries and also maintains offices in 31 countries. SPT's worldwide television networks portfolio includes 126 channel feeds available in 168 countries, reaching more than 980 million cumulative households worldwide. SPT also creates original content for and manages SPE's premium video website, Crackle. Additionally, SPT owns US production company Embassy Row and is a part owner of cable channel Game Show Network (GSN), 3D channel 3net, and national U.S media sales company ITN Networks, Inc. SPT advertiser sales is one of the premier national advertising sales companies and handles the commercial inventory in SPT's syndicated series as well as the Rural Media Group and DoctorOz.com.
About Flavor Unit
Flavor Unit Entertainment is a production company owned and operated by Queen Latifah and her partner Shakim Compere. Flavor Unit Entertainment, which started in New Jersey and is now based in Miami, is quickly establishing itself as one of the most important production companies in the film industry. They began by executive producing Disney's box office # 1 hit Bringing Down the House, and then continued with Beauty Shop for MGM and The Perfect Holiday for Paramount. They have also produced The Cookout with Lion's Gate, as well as the film Just Wright with Fox Searchlight. On the small screen, they executive produced HBO's critically acclaimed film Life Support which garnered a number of awards including an Emmy(R) nomination and Golden Globe(R) win for Queen Latifah. Flavor Unit Entertainment made a multi-year deal with BET to create new original programming including the original movie The Cookout 2, and its first-ever scripted romantic comedy titled Let's Stay Together, which premiered with 4.4 million viewers. In 2011, Flavor Unit Entertainment's original film Single Ladies was expanded into VH1's first hour-long scripted series with approximately 3 million viewers throughout its two-season run. Flavor Unit produced Latifah's film Joyful Noise. Most recently, Flavor Unit produced Lifetime's Original Movie Steel Magnolias, which stars Queen Latifah, Phylicia Rashad, Jill Scott and Alfre Woodard. The movie premiered in October 2012 as the third most-watched telecast ever on the network, averaging 6.5 million total viewers. Flavor Unit most recently struck a multi-year licensing deal with Netflix. Their first release includes the thriller House of Bodies, which stars Terrence Howard and Peter Fonda.
About Overbrook Entertainment
Overbrook Entertainment's partners James Lassiter, Jada Pinkett Smith & Will Smith are committed to offering extraordinary entertainment art to a global audience in film and television, producing a diverse slate of both critically acclaimed and blockbuster feature films, which have generated more than $2.5 billion dollars in worldwide box office receipts.
Some of Overbrook's most successful projects include Ali, Hitch, Pursuit of Happyness, I Am Legend, Hancock, the Tony(R)-nominated FELA!, and The Karate Kid. Overbrook is also producing Queen Latifah's syndicated daytime talk show with Sony Pictures Television and recently completed production on "Annie" also in association with Sony Pictures Entertainment.