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Jada Pinkett-Smith’s Red Table Talk is winning! Her sit down interview with Jordyn Woods on the hit Facebook Watch series struck a record number of viewers on its first day–becoming the platform’s most watched series in that time frame!

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The episode, “Jordyn Woods Shares The Truth,” was posted at 12 p.m. ET on Friday, March 1. Within 24 hours, it had been viewed by about 7.5 million Facebook users for at least 60 seconds, according to the company. That’s a separate metric from Facebook’s public views counter, which tabulates a “view” if a video is watched for as little as three seconds.

In the segment, Woods spoke exclusively with Pinkett Smith about rumors that Woods had sex with NBA star Tristan Thompson, the father of Khloe Kardashian’s daughter, at a party over Presidents Day weekend. Woods — who has been Kylie Jenner’s best friend — admitted she kissed Thompson and grew “touchy-feely” with him, but denied sleeping with him and asserted that she wasn’t the reason he and Khloe split up.

“This is grown-woman mess on another level,” Woods told Pinkett Smith.

How exactly the 7.5 million viewers for the most recent “Red Table Talk” stacks up with the rest of Facebook’s lineup of funded content is unknown: The company did not provide comparable stats for other shows, except to say the Woods episode drew the biggest audience among all originals. Also, Facebook is citing the total number of people who viewed at least one minute of the episode rather than the average minute audience (which is the TV industry’s standard).

Meanwhile, the Woods episode of “Red Table Talk” also garnered 285,000 social and press mentions in less than a week, per Facebook — also a record for Watch originals.

In addition, within the first 72 hours, the Jordyn Woods episode of “Red Table Talk” registered over 800,000 interactions, including reactions and comments. The social engagement stats are important measures for Facebook, which is funding content for Watch with the goal of helping spur the growth of user communities and overall activity.

“Red Table Talk,” with 5.5 million followers on Facebook, has been one of the company’s leading originals since the company first rolled out Watch in the U.S. about 18 months ago. Produced by Westbrook Studios and Very Tall Productions, the talk show centers on Jada Pinkett Smith, along with her daughter Willow and mother Adrienne, in a series of candid conversations with guests that have included Gabrielle Union, Ellen Pompeo, and survivors who appeared in the Lifetime docu-series “Surviving R. Kelly.” The premiere episode featured a conversation between Pinkett Smith and Will Smith’s ex-wife, Sheree Zampino.

There’s also a companion discussion group for “Red Table Talk” with more than 477,000 members, who discuss a range of issues like addiction, loss, domestic violence, and race relations.

Meanwhile, Westbrook Studios — a short-form content company, owned by Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith and Miguel Melendez — is producing another show for Facebook Watch, from Pinkett Smith’s husband: “Will Smith’s Bucket List,” with the actor engaging in different adventures and stunts around the world. Since bowing Feb. 27 on Facebook Watch, the first episode, in which Will urges Jada to go skydiving in Dubai, has notched over 40 million views (based on the three-second standard).

Even with the relatively strong numbers for “Red Table Talk” and Will Smith’s new reality show, it’s not clear Watch is bringing in significant ad dollars for Facebook. The company generates the bulk of its revenue from ads in users’ News Feeds, but is trying to win more ad business for longer-form episodic video. Facebook is now pitching advertisers on TV-style upfront buys for Watch programming with fixed rate cards, and also is emphasizing the “brand safety” of the original and third-party content in the Watch queue.

Congratulations Jada! We wonder what other celebrities will want to air their grievances on Red Table Talk now.

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[TRAILER] Finally! “Dear White People, Vol. 3” (@DearWhitePeople) Premieres on August 2nd!

It has been a year and a half since we walked the Ivy League halls of Winchester with our faves, Coco (Antoinette Robertson), Sam (Logan Browning), Troy, (Brandon P. Bell),  Reggie (Marque Richardson), Gabe (John Patrick Amedori), Lionel (DeRon Horton), and Joelle (Ashley Blaine Featherson). Now our motley college crew is back for Dear White People, Vol. 3!

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It has been a year and a half since we walked the Ivy League halls of Winchester with our faves, Coco (Antoinette Robertson), Sam (Logan Browning), Troy, (Brandon P. Bell),  Reggie (Marque Richardson), Gabe (John Patrick Amedori), Lionel (DeRon Horton), and Joelle (Ashley Blaine Featherson). Now our motley college crew is back for Dear White People, Vol. 3!

When we last left Sam and Lionel discovered a secret organization pulling the string at Winchester, Cocoa was as power hungry as ever, Reggie and Joelle became a full-fledged couple, Troy was in a new relationship, and Sam and Gabe are still on the outs. This season so much comes to the forefront and changes when outside forces come into play, forcing the cast of characters to deal with real life, new life experiences, and possibly being puppets on a string!

Check out an additional trailer below!

We love the trailers and are glad to see other stars like Laverne Cox and Yvette Nicole Brown on board! What do you guys think of the new trailers and return of Dear White People? Sound off in the comments section below!

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No More Nola! Netflix Cancels “She’s Gotta Have It” (@shesgottahaveit) After Two Seasons

We really wish we could “Say it ain’t so,” but it is true. Netflix has opted to cancel Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It after just two seasons. The second season of the series focused on Nola Darling’s newfound success as an unwitting mainstream artist not centered on her love affair with her three suitors from the previous season.

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We really wish we could “Say it ain’t so,” but it is true. Netflix has opted to cancel Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It after just two seasons. The second season of the series focused on Nola Darling’s newfound success as an unwitting mainstream artist not centered on her love affair with her three suitors from the previous season.

via Complex

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The show’s second season premiered on the streaming service back on May 24, 2019. The show starred DeWanda Wise as Nola Darling, Anthony Ramos as Mars Blackmon, Lyriq Bent as Jamie Overstreet, Cleo Anthony as Greer Childs, Margot Bingham as Clorinda “Clo” Bradford, Chyna Layne as Shemekka Epps, and De’Adre Aziza as Raqueletta Moss.

Spike Lee is one of the greatest filmmakers of all time and we’re thrilled he brought the series She’s Gotta Have It (1986, based on his first feature film) to Netflix,” Ted Sarandos, chief content officer at Netflix, said, per Variety. “While this is our last season, we’re very proud that it will be on our service for years to come, and excited to be working with Spike on his upcoming Netflix film Da 5 Bloods.”

Lee will reportedly shop the series around in hopes of finding it another home. 

News of She’s Gotta Have It’s cancelation comes on the heels of reports that Netflix lost 130,000 subscribers in the U.S. during Q2. “Our missed forecast was across all regions, but slightly more so in regions with price increases,” Netflix said. The company pointed to their “content” as one of the reasons for the decline. “Rather, we think Q2’s content slate drove less growth in paid net adds than we anticipated.”

We hope Spike will find another network for She’s Gotta Have It. There is so much magic to this series, and it was the first that we know of to actually delve into Black art. Nola Darling we refuse to let you go!

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Netflix & Shondaland Set Cast for Upcoming “Bridgerton” Series

Based on Julia Quinn’s best-selling series of novels, BRIDGERTON, is set in the sexy, lavish and competitive world of Regency London high society.  From the glittering ballrooms of Mayfair to the aristocratic palaces of Park Lane and beyond, the series unveils a seductive, sumptuous world replete with intricate rules and dramatic power struggles, where no one is truly ever on steady ground.  At the heart of the show is the powerful Bridgerton family. Comprised of eight close-knit siblings, this funny, witty, daring and clever group must navigate the upper ten thousand’s marriage mart in search of romance, adventure and love.

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Based on Julia Quinn’s best-selling series of novels, BRIDGERTON, is set in the sexy, lavish and competitive world of Regency London high society.  From the glittering ballrooms of Mayfair to the aristocratic palaces of Park Lane and beyond, the series unveils a seductive, sumptuous world replete with intricate rules and dramatic power struggles, where no one is truly ever on steady ground.  At the heart of the show is the powerful Bridgerton family. Comprised of eight close-knit siblings, this funny, witty, daring and clever group must navigate the upper ten thousand’s marriage mart in search of romance, adventure and love.

QUOTE FROM CREATOR CHRIS VAN DUSEN:

“We could not have found a more gifted group of actors to bring Bridgerton to life.  When creating this series, the goal was to turn a very traditional genre on its head and make something fresh, smart, sexy and fun. That’s exactly what this cast embodies and I’m ridiculously excited to see them inhabit these characters and captivate viewers in their own incredibly brilliant ways.”

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PHOEBE DYNEVOR (Younger, Dickensian) will play “DAPHNE BRIDGERTON.”

The picture-perfect young debutante has been waiting her entire life to make her grand debut on the marriage mart.  Poised to be the season of 1813’s forthcoming Incomparable, Daphne’s set to take the town by storm – but not everything goes exactly as planned for this diamond of the first water, especially after she meets a certain Duke.

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REGÉ-JEAN PAGE (For The People, Roots) will play “SIMON BASSET.”

Having newly returned to London, the Duke of Hastings finds himself the primary topic of conversation amongst marriage-minded misses and ambitious mamas alike.  Yet, for reasons of his own, our devastating Duke has zero interest in his title, society, or taking a wife.

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GOLDA ROSHEUVEL (Silent Witness, Lady MacBeth) will play “QUEEN CHARLOTTE.”

The veritable tastemaker of London society, Queen Charlotte finds herself living for the sordid gossip that Lady Whistledown prints, though she’d swear she’s above such mundane musings.  It’s only when the ton’s newest gossip writer takes aim at the palace that Queen Charlotte knows she must do something about it.

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