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 Today TV One announced production of the original film, Down For Whatever, the 2017 American Black Film Festival (ABFF) Screenplay winning project written by Tim Folsome who will also direct.

(l-r) LeToya Luckett (Greenleaf), Hosea Chanchez (The Game), Bre-Z (Empire) and Imani Hakim (Everybody Hates Chris)

Production will take place in Atlanta, Georgia. The film, starring LeToya Luckett (Greenleaf), Hosea Chanchez (The Game), Bre-Z (Empire) and Imani Hakim (Everybody Hates Chris), is slated to premiere at the 2018 ABFF in June and will premiere on TV One in July.

“The production of the ABFF Screenplay Competition winning selection is one of our favorite projects of the year because it is when we get to see a young writer’s vision literally come to life,” says D’Angela ProctorTV One Head of Programming. “Our team reads hundreds of scripts during the competition process and Tim’s gift for storytelling resulted in a compelling page-turner. We look forward to sharing the final product with TV One’s viewers next summer.”

In the network’s first original movie production representing the fast-pace action genre, Down For Whatever chronicles Tracy, a young successful doctor and her detective husband, Mike. Although happily married, one thing has always been missing in their relationship – a sense of family. Tracy grew up in foster care and longs for the traditional family environment that she never had. When Mike suddenly loses his partner in a senseless cop-killing, Tracy is there to support him. That is, until she receives an unexpected visit from a social worker who informs her that the ruthless killers suspected in the murder are her biological sisters, Denise and Sonya. Tracy is overwhelmed and in disbelief by the news, but before telling her husband, she decides to track her sisters down herself. Will she make it to them before the cops do?

Down For Whatever cast announced today:

  • LeToya Luckett as Tracy
  • Hosea Chanchez as Mike
  • Bre-Z as Denise Brown
  • Imani Hakim as Sonya Brown

Down For Whatever is written and directed by Tim Folsome. The film is produced for TV One by Eric Tomosunas, Keith Neal, James Seppelfrick and Darien Baldwin for Swirl Films. Casting was provided by Leah Daniels Butler (Empire and When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely Story). For TV One, Jubba Seyyid is Executive in Charge of Production and Sr. Director of Original Programming & Production.  Donyell McCullough is Senior Director of Talent & Casting; Robyn Greene Arrington is VP of Original Programming, and D’Angela Proctor is Head of Original Programming and Production.

For more information about TV One’s upcoming programming, including original movies, visit the network’s companion website at www.tvone.tvTV One viewers can also join the conversation by connecting via social media on TwitterInstagram  and Facebook (@tvonetv) using the hash tags #DOWNFORWHATEVER and #REPRESENT.

 

 

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Check It Out! “Riverdale” (@CW_Riverdale) Drops Poster for Season 3, Reveals Archie’s New Nemesis!

Summer can feel like an eternity when your favorite television series are on hiatus. Thankfully, one of our faves, The CW’s Riverdale has dropped us some new images and even greater news about Archie’s latest nemesis in its upcoming third sea

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Summer can feel like an eternity when your favorite television series are on hiatus. Thankfully, one of our faves, The CW’s Riverdale has dropped us some new images and even greater news about Archie’s latest nemesis in its upcoming third season!

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Riverdale Season 3 Poster

As you may already know, Season 2 of Riverdale ended with Archie being framed and arrested for murder by his girlfriend, Veronica Lodge’s, father, Hiram. It was a surprising end to a city that saw the denizens of Riverdale take a beating from serial killers and finally local thugs and white collar criminals claimed nearly all of the town for themselves. We do not know much about this upcoming season, but we can assure there is a new baddie on the horizon.

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Penelope Ann Miller as Ms. Wright in “Riverdale”

via Entertainment Weekly 

Archie, you in danger gurl.

This season on Riverdale, the ginger hero (KJ Apa) finds himself framed for murder by Hiram Lodge (Mark Consuelos) and dealing with the town’s prosecutor, Ms. Wright (Penelope Ann Miller). EW has your exclusive first look at Miller in her role.

Given Hiram’s control over most of the town, it feels safe to assume that he might have his hooks into Ms. Wright, too.

Archie and company have their work cut out for themselves if they’re going to save Riverdale! Tune October 10 at 9 PM EST when the new season premieres!

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The Laughs Don’t Stop! Lil Rel’s New Series “REL” (@RELOnFox) is the “Martin” of Our Times!

If there is one thing we love to do here at HeyMikeyATL is laugh; and Fox’s newest series, REL, Starring comedian, Lil Rel will make you laugh non-stop! Last night we had the chance to attend a private screening of the series at Atlantic Station. The screening was hosted by The Ricky Smiley Show’s Headkrack and followed by a Q & A with Rel star, Jordan L. Jones.

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If there is one thing we love to do here at HeyMikeyATL is laugh; and Fox’s newest series, REL, Starring comedian, Lil Rel will make you laugh non-stop! Last night we had the chance to attend a private screening of the series at Atlantic Station. The screening was hosted by The Ricky Smiley Show’s Headkrack and followed by a Q & A with Rel star, Jordan L. Jones.

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Sinbad, Lil Rel Howery, and Jordan L. Jones in Rel (2018)

The series centers on Rel a male nurse living in Chicago whose wife recently left him after he discovers she cheated on him with his barber. What should be a heartbreaking situation is tempered with laughter when his best friend Brittany (Jessica “Jess Hilarious” Moore) suggests he get back at his barber by getting with his alleged love interest, Monica, nicknamed “Loose Boots Monica.” The laughs ensue further as his younger brother–fresh out of prison–Nat (Jordan L. Jones) and his father (played by Sinbad) clown him just as hard. Rel must pull his life together and endure the ridicule of the community to move on with his life and readjust to being “Rel” again.

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Lil Rel is hands down one of the funniest comedians alive and this new series is only the latest come up in his career. From being a local Chicago celebrity, then appearing in his roles on Get Out and Insecure, and now his own self-titled series on FoxRel is easily the Martin (Lawrence) show of our times. Nostalgia is an awesome marketing tool and when you see this series you will easily feel as happy and elated as you did from the great sitcoms of the nineties and early 2000s that also include Living Single, Half & Half, and to a lesser degree All Of Us.

Lil Rel you are seriously making moves man and we love you for it. Catch Rel this Sunday, September 9th right after the football game! Happy viewing!

What do you guys think of Lil Rel’s new show? Sound off in the comments section below!

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Congrats! Niecy Nash (@NiecyNash) Lands Late-Night Show on TNT!

Niecy Nash is “clawing” her way to the top! Not only is she a beloved comedienne and actress, but her hit series, Claws has been renewed for a third season; and now TNT has ordered a new late night show from her!

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Niecy Nash is “clawing” her way to the top! Not only is she a beloved comedienne and actress, but her hit series, Claws has been renewed for a third season; and now TNT has ordered a new late night show from her!

via Variety

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TNT is expanding its relationship with “Claws” star Niecy Nash.

The cabler has ordered a pilot for a late-night series that Nash will host and executive produce. Currently titled “Naked with Niecy Nash,” the series would see Nash offer advice on love, sex, romance and relationships with everyday people.

Sue Murphy, who served as an executive producer and writer on the Netflix talk show “Chelsea” and as an executive producer on E!’s “Chelsea Lately,” will serve as an executive producer and showrunner on the pilot.

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Should the project get ordered to series, it would mark the first late-night series in TNT’s history. Nash would also be one of only two female late-night hosts on network TV, with the other being Samantha Bee, who hosts “Full Frontal” on fellow Turner network TBS.

“I’m so excited to add my voice to the late-night landscape,” said Nash. “Love is the thing we were created for but it’s also the place we struggle the most… until now! This is going to be a fun and sexy ride! TNT is the perfect partner for me in this endeavor! Adding an experienced and amazing executive producer and showrunner like Sue Murphy to this mix was the cherry on top.”

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Niecy Nash really is “living her best life” and we are super psyched to see Naked with Niecy Nash! We wonder who her guests will be. There is no doubt her Claws  cast mates will be stopping by and she is also great friends with a number of comedians, including Cedric The Entertainer. Congrats again!

 

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