ADDITIONAL NOTES: a show on hiatus for longer than 12 months - without any news about its future - is assumed to be canceled
DESCRIPTION: (from TV One's web site, September 2009) When award-winning playwright David E. Talbert and savvy Hollywood producer Tracey Edmonds team up with actors Morris Chestnut and Blair Underwood, the result is an entertaining new reality series where 10 contestants (five men and five women) compete for roles in Talbert's new play Love in The Nick of Tyme, starring Morris Chestnut and R&B recording artist Avant. The winners, one man and one woman, will also win featured roles in an upcoming Talbert production and be a part of its national tour, where they will perform on some of the biggest stages in the country. But in the business of show business, it's not all fun and games. David E. Talbert Presents: Stage Black gives you a sneak peak into the wild and wacky behind-the-scenes world of what happens off the stage as these 10 contestants... 10 total strangers... sing, act, scratch and claw their way to a once-in-a-lifetime chance to make their theater dreams come true on, not just any stage, but the Black stage! This hour-long series, co-created by Lyn Talbert, will be judged each week by a star-studded panel that includes Talbert himself, Blair Underwood, Avant, Elise Neal, Deborah Cox and more. With two contestants being eliminated each week based on theater-related competitions, David E. Talbert Presents: Stage Black is your backstage pass to all of the real drama that never made it to the stage!