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Disney’s The Little Mermaid is hands down one of the beloved in animated movies in history, thus it is no surprise it has been adapted into a live musical for television audiences. All of our favorite singles from the movie were there including “Part Of Your World,” “Under The Sea,” and “Kiss The Girl,” but it was Queen Latifah as Ursula giving life to her signature song, “Poor, Unfortunate Souls” that took–and saved–the show!

Queen Latifah really brought it with this role. We actually would prefer to see her reprise this role in the live action adaptation set for 2021 alongside Halle Bailey. All too often we forget that not only is the Queen an amazing actress, but a songstress as well. As you recall she was amazing in Chicago (2002) as “Mama Morton,” and she shows her range in a previous album, Dana Owens (2004). Without her performance in the show it would have been otherwise drab and disappointing. Every move, sashay, and evil laugh screamed diva/sea witch in control!

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The other actors gave it their best shot, but truthfully we were disappointed with Shaggy and Auliʻi Cravalho’s (Sebastian and Ariel, respectively). Both were lackluster and bland. Auli’i’s voice lacked the warmth and strength we love from Ariel of a curious [mer]girl determined to be her true self, and Shaggy—well–he clearly missed some rehearsals. His timing was off and his costume was terrible. The only thing he and Sebastian had in common were the color he was wearing and a Jamaican accent. To put it plainly, thank God for Queen Latifah!

You can catch encore presentations of Disney’s The Little Mermaid LIVE by checking your local listings and showtimes. Happy viewing!

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Clips | OWN’s Unscripted Relationship Series “Love Goals” Off To a “Spicy” Start!

There is no better time to reflect and work on your relationship than while you “#QuarantineAndChill!” If you need a few examples of what to do–and not do–check out OWN’s newest reality series, “Love Goals!” As you may already know the show centers on five couples with various issues working together to fix their relationship issues.

The first season is already off to a spicy start and we have a few clips to share with you! Check them out below ahead of this Saturday’s latest episode:

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There is no better time to reflect and work on your relationship than while you “#QuarantineAndChill!” If you need a few examples of what to do–and not do–check out OWN’s newest reality series, “Love Goals!” As you may already know the show centers on five couples with various issues working together to fix their relationship issues.

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The first season is already off to a spicy start and we have a few clips to share with you! Check them out below ahead of this Saturday’s latest episode:

(P) Saturday, March 21 (9 p.m. – 10 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: All Buttoned Up

Spirit tries to help Breyon and Sundy through some of the difficulty facing their relationship. Breyon struggles to come to grips with the idea of ending things with his other girlfriends, but Sundy’s hardened exterior makes it hard for him to fully commit.

Theresa And Spinderella Bond Over Their Relationships | Love Goals | Oprah Winfrey Network

Breyon Struggles With Sundy’s New Expectations | Love Goals | Oprah Winfrey Network

Can Spirit Get Through To Sundy? | Love Goals | Oprah Winfrey Network

Breyon Brings Receipts To The Therapy Session | Love Goals | Oprah Winfrey Network

We have to say we are really rooting for all of these couples. We recently had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing Dwayne and Theresa Bowe, and we are convinced Spirit is working some magic over there. This series is definitely off to a fiery start. From the looks of it Sundy and Breyon have a lot to sort through. Sundy’s stance is a bit tough, but we have to admit the infidelity on Breyon’s part seems intolerable. Multiple girlfriends?  Theresa and Spinderella seem to be bonding and relate well to each other. They definitely seem to have it more “together” than some of the other ladies involved in the show.

You all just be sure to check out “Love Goals” this Saturday night only on OWN, at 9/8 PM EST, check your local listing for showtimes.

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BET+ & Tyler Perry Studios New Original Drama, “Tyler Perry’s Ruthless” Available NOW on BET+

The BET+ new original drama from Tyler Perry, “Tyler Perry’s Ruthless,” is available today exclusively across all platforms the service is available. The first three episodes, of the one-hour drama, are available now with new episodes launching every Thursday. 

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The BET+ new original drama from Tyler Perry“Tyler Perry’s Ruthless,” is available today exclusively across all platforms the service is available. The first three episodes, of the one-hour drama, are available now with new episodes launching every Thursday.

“Tyler Perry’s Ruthless” is the first new original series from Tyler Perry to stream on BET+, a joint venture between BET Networks and Tyler Perry Studios.

“Tyler Perry’s Ruthless,” a spin-off of the hit television series “Tyler Perry’s The Oval,” tells the riveting story of a woman named Ruth who kidnaps her young daughter to join her in the dark underworld of a fanatical religious cult. “Tyler Perry’s Ruthless” stars Melissa L. WilliamsMatt Cedeño, Lenny D. Thomas, Yvonne Senat JonesBaadja-Lyne Odums, Jaime Callica, Nirine S. BrownBlue Kimble, Stephanie CharlesHervé Clermont, Anthony Bless, and Bobbi Baker.

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Melissa L. Williams as “Ruth”

“Tyler Perry’s Ruthless” is executive produced, written, and directed by Tyler Perry. Michelle Sneed will also serve as Executive Producer of the series for Tyler Perry Studios.

We have to say Tyler Perry is really making moves in 2020 with all of his new series and films being released. He is the epitome of “Never Not Working,” as we like to say on our various social media accounts. “Ruthless” definitely deserves a chance! We definitely want to learn more about this cult Ruth is a part and how, or if, she and her daughter can be liberated from it. Furthermore, how will this affect the story lines of “The Oval” at large?

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What do you guys think of Tyler Perry’s newest series? Sound off in the comments’ section below! Happy viewing! #QuarantineAndChill!

For more information about “Tyler Perry’s Ruthless and BET+ visit the network’s official page at BET.com, and join the conversation on social on the show’s official channels @JoinTheHighest  (Instagram:Twitter).

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Check It Out! Netflix Reveals Cast & Key Art for “The Babysitter’s Club!”

Netflix’s new series THE BABY-SITTERS CLUB is based on the best-selling book series, that follows the friendship and adventures of Kristy Thomas (Sophie Grace), Mary-Anne Spier (Malia Baker), Claudia Kishi (Momona Tamada), Stacey McGill (Shay Rudolph), and Dawn Schafer (Xochitl Gomez) as the middle-schoolers start their babysitting business in the town of Stoneybrook, Connecticut. Rounding out the cast, Alicia Silverstone plays Elizabeth Thomas-Brewer, the selfless single-mother of Kristy Thomas and love interest of all around good guy Watson Brewer, played by Mark Feuerstein.

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Netflix’s new series THE BABY-SITTERS CLUB is based on the best-selling book series, that follows the friendship and adventures of Kristy Thomas (Sophie Grace), Mary-Anne Spier (Malia Baker), Claudia Kishi (Momona Tamada), Stacey McGill (Shay Rudolph), and Dawn Schafer (Xochitl Gomez) as the middle-schoolers start their babysitting business in the town of Stoneybrook, Connecticut. Rounding out the cast, Alicia Silverstone plays Elizabeth Thomas-Brewer, the selfless single-mother of Kristy Thomas and love interest of all around good guy Watson Brewer, played by Mark Feuerstein.

The Baby-Sitters Club

Ann M. Martin, the beloved series author and producer on the new series, was the first to conceive the idea of these inspiring young girls with different backgrounds, personalities and opinions that were brought together by a business venture they conceived and bonded through the friendships they forged. The adaptation of the contemporary dramedy that continues to champion friendship, female empowerment and entrepreneurship was led by Rachel Shukert (Glow) as showrunner and Lucia Aniello (Broad City) as executive producer and director.

We are really excited about the release of “The Babysitter’s Club!” Growing up it was one of our favorite books to read in grade school. Netflix has been running low on family friendly shows as of late with the surprising cancellation of popular series like Fuller House and One Day At A Time. This reboot, hopefully, will be as heartwarming as the book and the series from 1990; but updated for a new generation!

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