NEW ENTERTAINMENT NETWORK CLEO TV DEBUTS ON SATURDAY, JANUARY 19 WITH ASPIRATIONAL LIFESTYLE PROGRAMMING FOR MILLENNIAL WOMEN OF COLOR
Renowned Harlem-Based Chef JJ Johnson Delights with his Culinary Creations; Food Superstars Chef Jernard Wells and Vegan Chef Porsche Thomas Deliver Soul Food Recipes with a Healthy Twist
Jake & Jazz Smollett Turn Design Dreams into Reality; Influential Women Share Their Personal Successes; and a Host of Digital Series Offerings Reflect the Dynamic Experiences of Black Millennials
CLEO TV Launches: A Network For Women of Color
(SILVER SPRING, MD) - January 18, 2019 - TV One's official launch of CLEO TV, a new aspirational lifestyle and entertainment cable network serving Millennial and Gen X women of color, will kick off this weekend with a robust lineup of short and long-form lifestyle programming centered on cooking, home design, docu-series, relationships, movies and much more. As previously announced, CLEO TV will be broadly distributed on Comcast Xfinity, and it will also launch on Spectrum beginning Saturday, January 19. Additional distribution partners will be announced in the coming months.
The hot new cooking show JUST EATS WITH CHEF JJ kicks off the network's debut with back-to-back premiere episodes on Saturday, January 19 at 12 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. ET. Viewers get to hang out with Harlem's own culinary wiz, Chef JJ Johnson, as he prepares meals from his kitchen and entertains his celebrity friends. TOUGH LOVE, the popular digital series acquired for CLEO TV, centers on the dating encounters and struggles of six millennials living in New York City and will air on Sunday, January 20 at 9 a.m. ET. The network's signature series CLEO SPEAKS, which features the voices of influential women of color, premieres on Saturday, February 9 at 9 a.m. ET. Get ready to relive early adulthood angst with the acquired program EVERYTHING I DID WRONG IN MY 20'S. Debuting on Sunday, February 17 at 9 a.m. ET, this series tracks the journey of a woman in her mid-thirties who's in search of happiness and determined to learn from the mistakes of her past.
Culinary superstar Chef Jernard Wells and vegan guru Porsche Thomas mix it up in the kitchen, bringing CLEO TV viewers exciting, fresh recipes transforming your favorite comfort foods into healthy and delicious alternatives on NEW SOUL KITCHEN premiering Saturday, March 16 at 12:30 p.m. ET. The multi-Daytime Emmy-Award nominated digital series GIANTS, a coming-of-adulthood drama, airs on Sunday, April 7 at 9 a.m. ET. Brother and sister duo Jake and Jazz Smollett team up to transform the living, work, and play spaces of millennial families in LIVING BY DESIGN WITH JAKE AND JAZZ debuting on Saturday, May 4 at 12 p.m. ET. Rounding out the acquired series lineup on Sunday, July 7 at 9 a.m. ET is THE UNWRITTEN RULES, a hilarious series based on the book "40 Hours and an Unwritten Rule" chronicling the work life of a young, aspiring professional who arrives at her new job only to discover she is the sole Black employee.
An Overview of CLEO TV's Programming
Just Eats With Chef JJ
Premiere: Saturday,January 19 at 12 p.m. ET; Airs weekly on Saturdays at 12 p.m. ET
Encores: Saturday, January 19 at 1 p.m. ET, 10 p.m. ET and 11 p.m. ET; Sunday, January 20 at 1 p.m. ET and 11 p.m. ET
Show Length: 30 minutes
Set in a hip, New York City loft, Chef JJ cooks, entertains and invites his celebrity friends over for the perfect meal - with a little cocktail, conversation, and entertainment. JJ's place is where it's at, and everybody will be talking about how delicious it is. In the premiere episodes, Chef JJ welcomes TV Personality Yandy Smith and Celebrity Trainer Robert Brace as they prepare Cast Iron Shrimp with Chipotle Butter and a Lobster Pot, followed by another all-new episode with Actor Laz Alonso and Celebrity Chef Samantha Davis cooking up Short Rib Rangoons with Thai Peanut Sauce and JJ's Crispy Fried Chicken Sandwich.
Premiere: Saturday, February 9 at 9 a.m. ET; Airs quarterly
Encore: Saturday, February 9 at 7 p.m. ET
Show Length: 10 minutes, 30 seconds
CLEO TV's signature new series gives dynamic women a platform to share their unique experiences and perspectives on issues facing Millennial and Gen X women of color today. Selected for their impact on the world, true modern leaders, from CEOs and activists to entrepreneurs, share their truths in intimate settings. Women such as Activist Tamika Mallory, CURLS Beauty Brands CEO/Founder Mahisha Dellinger and Tracy Garraud, Co-Host, Sway in The Morning and Founder, She's Beauty and The Beastare among the newsmakers who sound off on a variety of topics in this inspiring series.
New Soul Kitchen
Premiere: Saturday, March 16 at 12:30 p.m. ET; Airs weekly on Saturdays at 12:30 p.m. ET
Encores: Saturday, March 16 at 1 p.m. ET, 10:30 p.m. ET and 11 p.m. ET
Show Length: 10 minutes, 30 seconds
Chef Jernard Wells is known for his down home fare with a healthy twist, while Porsche Thomas is one of today's most sought-after vegan cooks. Together, they will serve up healthy alternatives to Southern inspired dishes. In the series premiere, the two team up and prepare Jernard's Pan Seared Filet Mignon with bourbon butter Prawns and Porsche's Vegan Breakfast Burrito.
Living By Design with Jake and Jazz
Premiere: Saturday, May 4 at 12 p.m. ET; Airs weekly on Saturdays at 12 p.m. ET
Encores: Saturday, May 4 at 1 p.m. ET, 10 p.m. ET and 11 p.m. ET
Show Length: 30 minutes
Jake and Jazz Smollett know how to hold it down in food and design! Thesibling duo will team up to transform living, work, and play spaces of millennial families in this new lifestyle series.
ACQUIRED SCRIPTED DIGITAL SERIES
Premiere: Sunday, January 20 at 9 a.m. ET; Airs Sundays at 9 a.m. ET
Encore: Sunday, January 20 at 7 p.m. ET
Cast: Jordan Barton, Ebony Obsidian, Natalie Jacobs, Verina Banks, Devin Coleman and Malik Rashad
Get your binge on with a Season One marathon premiere of this series, which follows six millennials living in New York City. Watch as they confront their true feelings about prospects in the modern dating world, while also dealing with day-to-day life struggles.
Everything I Did Wrong In My 20's
Premiere: Sunday, February 17 at 9 a.m. ET; Airs Sundays at 9 a.m. ET
Encore: Sunday, February 17 at 7 p.m. ET
Cast: Tiffany Snow, Kaira Akita, Malika Williams, Welton Thomas Pitchford, Nia Fairweather and Jerrell Pippens
Catch the first six episodes of this web series debut which charts the journey of 35-year-old Stephanie, who's in search of happiness after a major epiphany that sharpens her focus. Stephanie has a new lease on life and now approaches each day determined to learn from the mistakes she made in her past. She soon learns, however, that personal growth is not an easy task.
Premiere: Sunday, April 7 at 9 a.m. ET; Airs Sundays at 9 a.m. ET
Encore: Sunday, April 7 at 7 pm. ET
Cast:James Bland, Vanessa Baden and Sean Samuels
Created by actor, writer and director James Bland, this series is a coming-of-adulthood drama originally streamed on "Insecure" creator Issa Rae's YouTube channel. Watch the CLEO TV series premiere and follow the lives of three Black millennials each battling their own inner giants as they approach the age of 30.
The Unwritten Rules
Premiere: Sunday, July 7 at 9 a.m. ET
Encore: Sunday, July 7 at 7 p.m. ET
Cast: Aasha Davis, Sara Finley, David Lowe, Kayla Ibarra, Ebenezer Quaye, Antonio Ramirez, Gabrielle Christian, Adam Muth, Lyn Ross and Balbinka Korzeniowska
Based on the book "40 Hours and an Unwritten Rule," this hilarious new series chronicles the work life of Racey, a young, opinionated aspiring professional who arrives at her new job only to discover she is the sole Black employee. Watch the series debut and capture a glimpse into Racey's workplace journey with real situations, truthful thoughts and honest reactions.
In addition to its original programs and acquired series, CLEO TV's programming slate will include daily talk show SISTER CIRCLE LIVE and syndicated sitcoms that appeal to young women of color such as "Girlfriends" and "Eve." CLEO TV will also feature some of TV One's breakout original movies, such as BOBBI KRISTINA, JEAN OF THE JONESES and LOVE UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT: THE MIKI HOWARD STORY.
For more information about CLEO TV and its upcoming programming, visit the network's companion website at www.mycleo.tv. CLEO TV viewers can subscribe to our Youtube Channel for exclusive content and more. Join the conversation by connecting via social media on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (@mycleotv) using the hashtag #CLEOTV.
ABOUT CLEO TV
Launching in January 2019, CLEO TV is a lifestyle and entertainment network targeting Millennial and Gen X women of color. Derived from the name Cleopatra, one of the most powerful, trendsetting, rule-breaking and iconic women in history, CLEO TV will offer quality content that defies negative and cultural stereotypes of today's modern women. The network promises a unique and diverse offering of short-form and long-form content including travel, home design, cooking, talk shows, movies, docu-series, sitcoms and much more. CLEO TV is fully owned by TV One, LLC, a brand of Urban One, Inc., formerly known as Radio One, Inc. [NASDAQ: UONE and UONEK, www.urban1.com], the largest African-American owned multi-media company primarily targeting Black and urban audiences. CLEO TV will join the roster of Urban One, Inc.'s brands including TV One, Radio One, Reach Media, iOne Digital, One Solution and R1 Digital. Visit www.mycleo.tv for more information.
ABOUT TV ONE
Launched in January 2004, TV One serves 59 million households, offering a broad range of real-life and entertainment-focused original programming, classic series, movies and music designed to entertain and inform a diverse audience of adult black viewers. The network represents the best in black culture and entertainment with fan favorite shows Uncensored, Unsung, Rickey Smiley For Real, Fatal Attraction and The NAACP Image Awards. In addition, TV One is the cable home of blockbuster drama Empire. TV One is solely owned by Urban One, Inc., formerly known as Radio One, Inc. [NASDAQ: UONE and UONEK, www.urban1.com], the largest African-American owned multi-media company primarily targeting Black and urban audiences.
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