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Oprah Winfrey’s network OWN has undergone quite a few changes lately. First came the announcement of the departure of Oprah’s friend and creative partner Tyler Perry. Oprah and Tyler had an exclusive deal where he would create original content for the OWN network. While Tyler is moving on to create original content with BET, Oprah has also moved on to sign an exclusive content deal with director and producer Will Packer.

Writer/producer Tarell Alvin McCraney

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Recently, the OWN network announced yet another change coming forth to the network. The co-writer and executive producer of “Moonlight”.

Tarell Alvin McCraney, has signed on with the OWN network.

McCraney has created a one hour drama series that will join the television line up amongst OWN’s popular hits such as “Greenleaf”, “Queen Sugar”, and “The Haves And The Have Nots”.

This television series has not been titled yet, and will be the first television project for McCraney.  The project was created, written, and produced by McCraney. Mike Kelley, Melissa Loy, and “Creed” actor Michael B. Jordan also serve as executive producers on the project. The show will be produced for the OWN network by way of Page Fright and Outlier Productions. Warner Horizon Scripted Television will also be a part of the production for this project.

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McCraney’s show will be a new coming of age drama centered around a 14 year old prodigy. The 14 year old is faced with a very important decision. Should he follow the path of the streets that call his name or should he put his education to use to find a way out of his circumstances. The series takes place in South Florida and is inspired by events that have taken place in McCarney’s own life. Oprah shared her thoughts of the new series,

“When Tarell shared his powerful story with us there wasn’t a dry eye in the room. I knew this was something special that our viewers will without a doubt connect to and feel compelled to explore with us. I am honored to be working with Tarell and the rest of the producers on this project.”

McCraney also shared his thoughts on his upcoming project.

“I wanted to explore the pivotal steps towards adulthood and identity, the ones we take when we think or feel we have no other choice.”

 

writer/producer Tarell Alvin McCraney

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So, what are your thoughts? Do you think this new project will have as much as success as McCraney’s “Moonlight”? Let me know in the comments.

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Terri J. Vaughn, DC Young Fly, & Emmanuel Hudson’s New Comedy, #DigitalLivesMatter!

Nina Holiday Entertainment is proud to announce, #DigitalLivesMatter,  will premiere on BET Saturday October 21st at 8pm.  

#DigitalLivesMatter is a comedic film that teams up the hilarious social media kings, DC Young Fly (TRL, Wild ‘N Out, Almost Christmas) and Emmanuel Hudson (Ride Along, Wild ‘N Out). 

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Nina Holiday Entertainment is proud to announce, #DigitalLivesMatter,  will premiere on BET Saturday October 21st at 8pm.

#DigitalLivesMatter is a comedic film that teams up the hilarious social media kings, DC Young Fly (TRLWild ‘N Out, Almost Christmas) and Emmanuel Hudson (Ride Along, Wild ‘N Out).

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This film serves as directorial debut from Steve Harvey Show alum Terri J. Vaughn, with David Banner and DC Young Fly serving as producers. The film also stars Ernestine Johnson, Navv Greene, and comedian Rodney Perry (Madea’s Big Happy Family) with a special appearance from Love and Hip Hop star, Stevie J.

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DC Young Fly is on top of the world with over 3 million Instagram followers, and his fame is growing with every post. However, when this social media influencer crosses the wrong computer geek, all hell breaks
loose and DC wakes up to find all his followers are gone! Immediately, DC enlists the help of his best friend Theo (Emmanuel Hudson) to help him get his followers back. Throughout the day, DC receives several direct messages from the mysterious hacker responsible for his dilemma, sending him on a variety of comical tasks that require him to do favors for his followers. With every hilarious occurrence, DC realizes the power of his social media influence and how that influence can be used to make an impact on the lives of real people.

When asked about the movie, Vaughn says “What the movie Friday was for Compton and my generation, #DigitalLivesMatter is that for Atlanta and the new generation of millennials.  We made this movie to showcase the talent based here in Atlanta. The film is produced by Atlanta based production companies,  stars all Atlanta talent, is financed by an Atlantan, and has a completely Atlanta based crew. We are very proud of what we were able to bring to life.  Many of the actors are new to acting, but have huge social media followings. We were careful to give their fans what they have grown to love about them and then some. There will be several break out stars here!”

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WTF!? BET Cancels “Being Mary Jane!” Series Will End in 2018 w/ Two Hour Movie!

Just when we thought BET could not make anymore bad programming decisions the network has announced it is cancelling Being Mary Jane after four seasons!

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Just when we thought BET could not make anymore bad programming decisions the network has announced it is cancelling Being Mary Jane after four seasons!

This comes as a shocker as the series, starring Gabrielle Union, has been met with critical acclaim and is easily the greatest original programming BET has ever created.

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“Being Mary Jane has been a landmark series not only for BET, but for African American women around the world who saw themselves in Mary Jane, her family, friends and coworkers. From the captivating storytelling, to the richly complex characters, to the powerful issues tackled on the series, we remain immensely proud,” said Connie Orlando, EVP and Head of Programming, BET Networks. “We are grateful to the cast and creators of Being Mary Jane, who have worked tirelessly to bring this world to vivid life over the past 4 seasons. We also thank the many loyal viewers whose hearts and minds were captured every week, and kept Mary Jane trending worldwide. We look forward to closing out Mary Jane’s journey with a series finale that is sure to blow fans away!”

The character of Mary Jane Paul/Pauletta Patterson is definitely someone many people could relate to. Every family or group of friends has that one overachiever or person who serves as the glue. Gabrielle Union once described her role as Mary Jane as the best work she has done in her life and we have to agree. Sure, we are use to seeing her play the alpha female role often, but this time the character was layered with successes, triumphs, insecurities, and her own demons when it came to her love life. All we can say is Tuesday nights just will not be the same. Thus far we know Gabrielle has signed on for the series finale, there is no word on the rest of the cast. Maybe we will finally see Mary Jane walk down the aisle or have that baby she wants so badly.

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TV ONE’S BOBBI KRISTINA PREMIERES #1 IN TIME SLOT AMONG AA AND RANKS AS NETWORK’S #3 ORIGINAL MOVIE PREMIERE OF ALL TIME ACROSS ALL DEMOS

The premiere of TV One’s original film, Bobbi Kristina, premiered at #1 among African Americans on ad-supported cable in the Sunday 7pm-9pm timeslot: (HH, P25-54, W25-54, P18-49, W18-49, P2+).

The film now ranks as TV One’s third most watched original movie premiere ever, across all key demos. The three airings of Bobbi Kristina on premiere night had a combined reach of 2.2 Million Unique Viewers 2+. TV One will air an encore presentation of the highly anticipated film tonight, October 10 at 8 p.m. ET and Wednesday, October 11 at 10 p.m. ET.

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The premiere of TV One’s original film, Bobbi Kristina, premiered at #1 among African Americans on ad-supported cable in the Sunday 7pm-9pm timeslot: (HH, P25-54, W25-54, P18-49, W18-49, P2+).

The film now ranks as TV One’s third most watched original movie premiere ever, across all key demos. The three airings of Bobbi Kristina on premiere night had a combined reach of 2.2 Million Unique Viewers 2+. TV One will air an encore presentation of the highly anticipated film tonight, October 10 at 8 p.m. ET and Wednesday, October 11 at 10 p.m. ET.

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Driven by Bobbi Kristina, TV One was the #3 Rated non-sports Ad Supported Cable Net from 7pm-9pm among Adult W25-54. This was also the network’s best SundayPrimetime Performance since the record-setting debut of Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story (6/12/16). Additionally on Twitter, the #BobbiKristina premiere trended nationally, ranking as high as #3 nationally.

Beginning immediately after the passing of her mother, this poignant story delves into Bobbi Kristina’s struggle to come to terms with Houston’s sudden departure and the complexities of her own life. Starring breakout Joy Rovaris in the title role, Bobbi Kristina presents the first three-dimensional look at a story – and a life – that deserve better.  In 2012, Whitney Houston’s tragic demise put her entire family in the worldwide media spotlight, with most of the glare falling on her grieving daughter, Bobbi Kristina. Krissi became one of the main characters in the story of Houston’s death and its devastating aftermath as she struggled with her grief, her personal relationships, upholding her mother’s legacy and her plans for the future. Bobbi Kristina offers a rare glimpse into the world of this young woman whose brief life and untimely end remain shrouded in mystery.

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Opposite Rovaris, Bobbi Kristina stars Demetria McKinney who delivers an uncanny performance as she embodies the heart, flair and essence of the legendary Whitney Houston. The film also stars Nadji Jeter as Nick Gordon, Hassan Johnson as Bobby Brown, and Vivica A. Fox as Pat Houston. Le’Azionna Braden makes her screen debut as young Bobbi Kristina.

The film is directed by Ty Hodges, with screenplay by Rhonda Baraka.  Executive Producers Tracey Baker Simmons and Wanda Shelley, creators of the docu-series’ “Being Bobby Brown” and “The Houstons,” developed the underlying story.

Bobbi Kristina is produced for TV One by Eric Tomosunas (executive producer), Keith Neal and James Seppelfrick of Swirl Films. Casting was provided by Leah Daniels Butler. For TV One, Donyell McCullough is Senior Director of Talent & Casting; Robyn Greene-Arrington is VP of Original Programming and Executive in Charge of Production, and D’Angela Proctor is Head of Original Programming and Production.

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