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The verdict is in and Tyler Perry’s “The Oval” is a “no go” with viewers! In fact, BET has opted no to renew the series after its first season due to complaints about the series including its acting, scenes of domestic violence, and alleged poor lighting. As you may already know, the series premiered last week to amazing ratings, and was paired with another series Tyler Perry series, “Sista.” “The Oval” is expected to be replaced by “Bruh,” a series that is apparently already in the works.

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The Oval opened with Hunter Franklin (Ed Quinn), the newly elected president of the United States, and his handsome wife Victoria (Kron Moore) fighting like cats and dogs in the private residence of the White House. The scene was a literal slap in the face to Black women who tuned in to see a regal Black First Lady represented in Tyler’s White House drama.

The Oval premiered with strong ratings. But the viewer complaints were plentiful. Many complained about the acting, the domestic violence scenes, the sparsely decorated sets, and the poor lighting.

The latter is probably due to Tyler’s ongoing disagreements with local motion picture and TV electrical lighting unions.

Tyler reportedly won’t employ union workers on his sets because they demand too much money. So he makes do without paying high union dues. The result are shadowy sets that look like they were illuminated with flashlights and an open refrigerator door.

People in the know say Tyler shelled out millions for his star-studded studio opening extravaganza earlier this month – which left little money in the budget for his shows.

Tyler probably isn’t worried about this current failure. He knows he has enough faithful fans to keep the lights on – even if he doesn’t have enough technicians to work those lights.

Yikes! We really hope Tyler’s future shows fare better. “Sistas,” however does deserve a chance. It very well could be “Girlfriends” (2000) for millenials. We wish the cast and crew the best of luck on future endeavors. What do you all think of the cancellation of “The Oval?” Sound off in the comments section below!

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It Continues…”Lifetime” Prepares “Surviving Jeffrey Epstein!”

Lifetime definitely scored mega ratings with its hit docu-series, “Surviving R. Kelly.” The series has been praised and criticized for taking down the R&B singer and building a case against him for the sexual exploitation of dozens of women across the country. However, many feel like the series and R. Kelly’s subsequent indictments were just low hanging fruit, and other, more prolific predators need to be taken down. Thus Lifetime’s next docuseries is “Surviving Jeffrey Epstein!”

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Lifetime definitely scored mega ratings with its hit docu-series, “Surviving R. Kelly.” The series has been praised and criticized for taking down the R&B singer and building a case against him for the sexual exploitation of dozens of women across the country. However, many feel like the series and R. Kelly’s subsequent indictments were just low hanging fruit, and other, more prolific predators need to be taken down. Thus Lifetime’s next docuseries is “Surviving Jeffrey Epstein!”

Jeffrey Epstein, as you may recall, is a financier and convicted sex offender who attained young women, many of them underage, for himself and his elite social circle to sexually abuse.

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Variety writes that the announcement was shared at the Television Critics Association winter press tour on Saturday. The docuseries was initially declared to be in development last summer and is expected to air on Lifetime this summer.

Epstein was arrested in 2019 and accused of sexually assaulting and trafficking multiple underage girls. A lot of eyes were on the case due to the fact that he mingled with a number of powerful people in Washington D.C. and beyond.

He had been charged with such crimes before, receiving a soft plea deal in 2008 from former U.S. Attorney Alexander Acosta, who resigned as the U.S. Labor Secretary when the specifics behind the deal surfaced during Epstein’s new arrest.

In August, Epstein died in his cell in a New York detention center in an alleged suicide, though many have theorized that he was murdered.

Surviving Jeffrey Epstein will come from Emmy-winner Robert Friedman’s Bungalow Media + Entertainment and will be directed by Anne Sundberg and Ricki Stern. Christopher Mason—a contributor to The New York Times, New York Magazine, Town & Country and Architectural Digest—is also attached to the project. Shura Davidson and Gena McCarthy will executive produce.

We wonder what celebrities, if any, are involved with this documentary. Being that he committed suicide, and his connections, run deep, we hope they are operating with the utmost caution!

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Check It Out! Kerry Washington & Reese Witherspoon in LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE Official Trailer

Today, Hulu unveiled its full trailer for LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE, the highly-anticipated upcoming series adaptation of Celeste Ng’s 2017 bestseller starring Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington!

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Today, Hulu unveiled its full trailer for LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE, the highly-anticipated upcoming series adaptation of Celeste Ng’s 2017 bestseller starring Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington!

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During the Television Critics Association (TCA) Presentation, Witherspoon expressed, ““we had been looking for a project to do with Kerry for a long time.” She continued by saying, “when I read the book, it just had so many themes that were very complex and I knew whoever was going to be my partner… who was going to show up to do the work because it’s a lot of work. The first person who I thought was perfect was Kerry. She deepens the conversation and I knew I wanted to go on this journey with her. It just made sense that we were representing completely different kinds of women and different kinds of mothering but both with dignity and respect.”

Kerry added by saying that, “adding the layer of race to that really enriches the storytelling.” “The book also deals with race and does a great job of stepping away from the binary idea of race.”

The limited series’ cast also includes Jesse Williams, Anika Noni Rose, Lexi Underwood, among others.

We have to say this looks amazing! Hulu is really diversifying its content and upping the ante with the star quality of its content. We are really looking forward to checking this project out. Reese and Kerry are amazing actresses

LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE

On Hulu Wednesday, March 18 

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The CW Renews 13 of It’s Series, Orders Additional 13 Episodes of “Katy Keene!”

The CW’s series are all winning, thanks in large part to all of them being renewed for the 2020 to 2021 television season!  This includes the remaining Arrowverse series The Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, Black Lightning, and new addition Batwoman, plus Riverdale, The Vampire Diaries spinoff Legacies, Dynasty, All American, Charmed, Roswell, New Mexico, In the Dark, and new series Nancy Drew. Also, a month ahead of its midseason series premiere, Riverdale spinoff Katy Keene has received an order for 13 additional scripts!

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The CW’s series are all winning, thanks in large part to all of them being renewed for the 2020 to 2021 television season!  This includes the remaining Arrowverse series The FlashSupergirlLegends of TomorrowBlack Lightning, and new addition Batwoman, plus RiverdaleThe Vampire Diaries spinoff LegaciesDynastyAll AmericanCharmedRoswell, New MexicoIn the Dark, and new series Nancy Drew. Also, a month ahead of its midseason series premiere, Riverdale spinoff Katy Keene has received an order for 13 additional scripts!

The CW’s renewals are all early and surprising. Most networks do not announce series’ renewals–and cancellations–until around late Spring annually. The network alleges the early renewals will allow them to get a jump-start on production for the upcoming season.

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“These early orders for next season give our production teams a head start in plotting out story arcs and a jump on hiring staff, and this also provides us with a strong foundation of established, fan-favorite CW shows to build on for next season,” CW boss Mark Pedowitz said in a statement. “We’ve been thrilled with the creative direction of all three new series, and even though we are in the very early stages of our new full stack streaming strategy, which allows viewers to catch up on our new shows from the beginning, we’re already seeing incredibly positive results from our multiplatform viewership for Nancy Drew and Batwoman.”

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The Flash is returning for season 7, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl are returning for season 6, Riverdale will be returning for season 5, Black Lightning and Dynasty are returning for season 4, Legacies, Roswell, New Mexico, Charmed, All American, and In the Dark will all return for season 3, and Batwoman and Nancy Drew will return for season 2. Each series’ specific premiere dates will be announced at a later time. The midseason debut of new Archie Comics series Katy Keene airs Feb. 6 at 8 p.m. on The CW.

Are you guys excited about The CW’s renewals? Sound off in the comments’ section below!

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