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Reboots are the new original series nowadays and BET is FINALLY ready to jump on the reboot wave with one of their own–the movie, Boomerang!

As you already know, Boomerang, starring Eddie Murphy, Robin Givens, and Halle Berry is one of the most popular Black movies from the eighties, and a part of the Black Movie Canon (the collection of films all African-Americans have to see to retain their Black Cards).

via The Hollywood Reporter

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Eartha Kitt and Eddie Murphy in “Boomerang” movie

BET is doubling down on scripted programming.

Under orders from new network president Scott Mills, the Viacom-owned cable network has handed out straight-to-series orders for a half-hour comedic reboot of 1992 Eddie Murphy feature Boomerang; comedy Peachtree Place, produced by Girls Trip’s Will Packer; and a drama, American Soul, inspired by the life of Soul Train mastermind Don Cornelius.  

All three pickups are part of a push to lean into what Mills says BET viewers want most: premium scripted content. It’s the first programming mandate to come from Mills, who in December was tapped to take over for Debra Lee (with the latter remaining chairman and CEO of the Viacom-owned cable network). Mills inherited the role after serving as Viacom’s executive vp and chief administrative officer, overseeing human resources, real estate, facilities and security. He previously worked for BET Networks, serving as president and COO, where he led business operations.

“The shows that have been most successful on BET are all scripted: The Game, The New Edition Story, Being Mary Jane, Real Husbands of Hollywood. When you succeed in that space, it has a wonderful effect on the brand,” Mills tells The Hollywood Reporter as part of an exclusive interview ahead of BET’s upfront announcements.

The goal, Mills says, is to increase original programming by 21 percent, including nine original movies and new scripted series as he looks to leverage relationships with prominent African-American writers and producers and Viacom’s corporate siblings. The scripted push arrives as BET is also bringing back its signature awards shows, including the BET Awards, Soul Train Awards, Black Girls Rock and Hip-Hop Awards.

We are glad BET is finally moving towards more scripted television series. If we had to suffer through another Keyshia Cole and Family-led reality show…(zips mouth)

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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”

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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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