Ellen DeGeneres to Launch Design Competition Series

The talk show host and producer is teaming with cable network HGTV to launch a furniture design competition series, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The six-episode "Ellen's Design Challenge" marks DeGeneres' A Very Good Production banner's first foray into producing for cable. The show, which will premiere in 2015, will feature six competitors tackling challenges in sketching, designing and building furniture within 24 hours. Contestants must showcase their creativity and versatility to impress a panel of judges. The last one standing will take home a cash prize.

"I'm so excited about this show because I love finding really special pieces of furniture," DeGeneres said. "One time I found a beautiful one-of-a-kind armoire that spoke to me in a way I'd never experienced. It turned out there was a drifter living inside of it, but that's a story for another time."

The series will highlight DeGeneres' passion for furniture and house design. Contestants will be paired with expert carpenters to complete their assigned tasks. A six-part online companion series also will allow viewers to get to know the designers.

"There has been a lot of dancing in our halls since we shared that we will be collaborating with Ellen," HGTV and DIY Network president Kathleen Finch said. "When she talked to us about her love of buying and renovating homes, her personal passion for the creative process of furniture design emerged as something that she wanted to explore more.  Since HGTV is the ultimate forum in this space, and since no other network can deliver an audience who is as enthusiastic as she is about the creative process, we just had to make it happen."

DeGeneres and her A Very Good Production banner topper Jeff Kleeman, A. Smith & Co.'s Arthur Smith, Kent Weed and Jay Bienstock will executive produce the series, which hails from Warner Bros. Television's syndication division Telepictures, which also produces "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."

For DeGeneres' WBTV-based A Very Good Production, the series joins programs that include her syndicated daytime talk show; Warner Bros. Home Entertainment original movie "Sophia Grace & Rosie's Royal Adventure"; the feature "Sing You Home", based on the Jodi Picoult novel; as well as an untitled feature starring DeGeneres and Rebel Wilson. The production company also is producing NBC's lesbian comedy pilot "One Big Happy", starring Elisha Cuthbert.

At HGTV, "Ellen's Design Challenge" joins a roster that includes the House Hunters franchise, HGTV Star and Kitchen Cousins, among others.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

By Lesley Goldberg

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Hollywood Reporter Reveals 2014's Top 25 Reality Players - Arthur Smith Ranked #7

Editors of The Hollywood Reporter zeroed in on those who know this climate best: the sellers.

Arthur Smith, A veteran with Gordon Ramsay's "Hell's Kitchen" and "Kitchen Nightmares" on his lineup, Smith sees the return of NBC's ratings-dependable "American Ninja Warrior" in May and seven other cable series back on the air throughout the year.

The Reality Player sounds off on his craziest pitch, and the moment he knew when we'd pushed a contestant too far.

Craziest pitch:

It was for our ABC series I Survived a Japanese Game Show. We had a variety of videos, sketches and demonstrations featuring staff submerging their heads in icy cold water and putting nylon stockings on their head while trying to stuff their face full of marshmallows.

Moment I knew we'd pushed a contestant too far:

We brought back eliminated contestants for a reunion on Paradise Hotel. The show was happening in real time, so the eliminated contestants had seen the show and absorbed all the negative comments the remaining contestants had said about them. A war broke out, and we stopped production for 24 hours so everybody could calm down.

FULL STORY: Hollywood Reporter Reveals 2014's Top 25 Reality Players

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Fox Announces Premiere Date for Kitchen Nightmares

FOX ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL SPRING AND SUMMER PREMIERE DATES

GORDON RAMSAY'S "Kitchen Nightmares" RETURNS FRIDAY, APRIL 11;

NEW UNSCRIPTED SERIES "RIOT" SLIDES INTO TUESDAY, MAY 13;

SEASON FIVE OF "MASTERCHEF" LAUNCHES MONDAY, MAY 19

NEW ACTION-DRAMA "GANG RELATED" TO PREMIERE THURSDAY, MAY 22

NEW DATING SERIES "I WANNA MARRY 'HARRY'" ROMANCES TUESDAY, MAY 27;

SEASON 11 OF "So You Think You Can Dance" DEBUTS WEDNESDAY, MAY 28

RAMSAY CHECKS INTO "Hotel Hell" MONDAY, JULY 21

FOX is announcing additional spring and summer premiere dates for 2014. FOX spices up summer with new seasons of Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares, MASTERCHEF and Hotel Hell; the debuts of event series 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY and new drama GANG RELATED; the premieres of dating show I WANNA MARRY "HARRY" and new unscripted series RIOT; and the Season 11 premiere of So You Think You Can Dance.

The Mindy Project returns for its Spring Premiere with two nights of all-new one-hour events airing at special times Tuesday, April 1 (9:00-9:30/9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) and Tuesday, April 8 (9:00-9:30/9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT). The comedy then moves into its regular time period Tuesday, April 15 (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT), following an all-new episode of New Girl (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT).

In an epic Kitchen Nightmares Season Six Premiere, Friday, April 11 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX, the fan-favorite series catches up with the most talked-about restaurant in Kitchen Nightmares history: Amy's Baking Company in Scottsdale, AZ. Find out what has happened with Amy and Samy in the past year since the original episode aired, and the media firestorm ensued. In this special edition of the show, Chef Gordon Ramsay will reveal never-before-seen footage and take the audience through the highlights of the public's reactions.

Slide into Tuesdays with the premiere of RIOT (formerly titled SLIDE SHOW) on May 13 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), following the Season Finale of Glee (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). From executive producer Steve Carell and Shine America, and hosted by Australian comedian and talk show host Rove McManus, the series features the nation's funniest celebrities and comedians facing unpredictable song, dance and sketch challenges, often while navigating the show's trademark one-of-a-kind set, tilted at a 22 degree angle.

MASTERCHEF returns for an exciting fifth season on Monday, May 19 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). MASTERCHEF gives talented home cooks from all walks of life the chance to showcase their skills, knowledge and passion in front of the show's esteemed judges: Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich and Graham Elliot.

Gritty new action-drama GANG RELATED will have its series premiere on Thursday, May 22 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), following an all-new installment of HELL'S KITCHEN (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). The series follows RYAN LOPEZ (Ramon Rodriguez, "Battle Los Angeles," "The Wire"), a rising star in Los Angeles' elite Gang Task Force - led by SAM CHAPEL (Emmy Award winner Terry O'Quinn, "Lost") - who teams up with longtime Task Force member CASSIUS GREEN (RZA, "G.I. Joe: Retaliation," "Californication") to take on the city's most dangerous gangs, including one that he swore an allegiance to as a boy. Encores of GANG RELATED will air Fridays, beginning May 23 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT).

Reality meets romance, with a little twist, in the surprising dating show I WANNA MARRY "HARRY," premiering Tuesday, May 27 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). Summer love is in the air, as an average English "bloke" is given the royal treatment and an upper crust makeover before meeting 12 single American women searching for Prince Charming. Will he be able to convince them he's regal? And if he does, will they fall for the crown, or fall in love with the real him? Join "Harry" as he courts each of the ladies, taking them on romantic dates worthy of a princess and trying to make some version of their fairytales come true.

So You Think You Can Dance soars into its 11th season with a two-hour premiere event showcasing America's most talented dancers during the audition rounds, beginning Wednesday, May 28 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). Hosted by Cat Deeley, and featuring resident judges Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy, the new season of the Emmy Award-nominated hit dance competition series once again will include awe-inspiring performances, as well as nail-biting eliminations, as the contestants compete to be named America's Favorite Dancer.

Hotel Hell opens its doors for a second season on Monday, July 21 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). Gordon Ramsay is back and hitting the road to fix some of America's most horrendous hotels, troubled inns and struggling resorts, many of which are on the brink of closure. Ramsay will travel to locations including Applegate, OR; Las Cruces, NM; Longview, WA; Murphys, CA; Pipestone, MN; Starkville, MS; West Dover, VT; and Woodbury, CT.

As previously announced, new comedy series SURVIVING JACK, starring Emmy Award nominee Chris Meloni ("True Blood," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"), premieres tomorrow,  Thursday, March 27 (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT). Also, as announced, the iconic pulse-pounding clock resets when 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY premieres with a special two-hour television event Monday, May 5 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), and makes its time period premiere the following week on Monday, May 12 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). Set and shot in London, the suspenseful event series once again will follow the exploits of heroic agent JACK BAUER (Kiefer Sutherland), as he attempts to thwart an unthinkable terrorist attack that could change the world forever. An encore of 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY's two-hour Series Premiere event will air Friday, May 9 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). Beginning the following week, Friday, May 16, encores of the highly anticipated event series will air at 8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT.

FOX finales include: Raising Hope (one-hour series finale Friday, April 4; 9:00-9:30/9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT), THE FOLLOWING (Monday, April 28; 9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), New Girl (Tuesday, May 6; 9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT), The Mindy Project (Tuesday, May 6; 9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT), BONES (Monday, May 12; 8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), Glee (Tuesday, May 13; 8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), SURVIVING JACK (Thursday, May 15; 9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT), BOB'S Burgers(Sunday, May 18; 7:00-7:30 PM ET/PT), American Dad (Sunday, May 18; 7:30-8:00 PM ET/PT), THE Simpsons(Sunday, May 18; 8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT), Family Guy (Sunday, May 18; 8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT), American Idol XIII (two-night Season Finale Tuesday, May 20; 8:00-9:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed and Wednesday, May 21; 8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) and COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY (Sunday, June 8; 9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT).

Source: tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com

Written By Amanda Kondolojy

 

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A. Smith & Co. Productions' "UFC Presents Ronda Rousey: Breaking Ground" receives a Sports Emmy® nomination.

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) today announced the nominees for the 35th Annual Sports Emmy® Awards.

UFC Presents Ronda Rousey: Breaking Ground, A. Smith & Co's one-hour documentary which aired on Fox Sports 1, profiles UFC Women's bantam weight champion Ronda Rousey's rise as the first female champion in UFC history. The documentary received its nomination in the Best Sports Documentary category.

More than 180 nominees were announced in 39 categories including Outstanding Live Sports Special, Live Series, Sports Documentary, Studio Show, Promotional Announcements, Play-by-Play Personality and Studio Analyst.  The Awards will be given out at Jazz at Lincoln Center's prestigious Frederick P. Rose Hall, located in the Time Warner Center on Tuesday, May 6th, 2014 in New York City.

Click here for the 35th Annual Sports Emmy® Awards press release.

 

 

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A. Smith & Co. Receives 10 Reality Wanted Award Nominations!

A. Smith & Co received 10 nominations in the RealityWanted Awards - where fans vote to decide the winners! 

Visit this link here to vote for your favorite A. Smith shows (a list of categories they are nominated in is below). Voting is being conducted on Facebook - "like" the page to vote and then choose your selections. You can vote once a day until the voting closes on April 5, 2014.

After you've voted, share with your friends, and get them to vote too!

The winners will be announced on Thursday April 17th at The 2014 RealityWanted Awards Ceremony held at Supperclub-LA.

A Smith & Co. Productions received nominations in the following categories:

Production Company

A. Smith & Co. Productions         

Shocking Moment

American Ninja Warrior, Kitchen Nightmares

Competition Show

American Ninja Warrior, Hell's Kitchen

Dynamic Cast - New

Hell's Kitchen

Overall Show

Hell's Kitchen                 

Docu-Series

Kitchen Nightmares

Host

Gordon Ramsay

Reality King

Gordon Ramsay

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Unsung Nominated for its 4th NAACP Award

The following is a full list of nominees for the 45th NAACP Image Awards, which celebrate the accomplishments of people of color in film, TV, music and literature.

TELEVISION

Outstanding news/information - series or special
"Justice for Trayvon" (BET)
"Mandela: Freedom's Father" (BET)
"Oprah: Where Are They Now?" (OWN)
"The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross With Henry Louis Gates Jr." (PBS)
"Unsung" (TV One)

Outstanding comedy series
"House of Lies" (Showtime)
"Modern Family" (ABC)
"Real Husbands of Hollywood" (BET)
"The Game" (BET)
"The Soul Man" (TV Land)

Outstanding actor in a comedy series
Andre Braugher - "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (Fox)
Cedric the Entertainer - "The Soul Man" (TV Land)
Don Cheadle - "House of Lies" (Showtime)
Dulé Hill - "Psych" (USA Network)
Kevin Hart - "Real Husbands of Hollywood" (BET)

Outstanding actress in a comedy series
Aisha Tyler - "Archer" (FX Networks)
Mindy Kaling - "The Mindy Project" (Fox)
Niecy Nash - "The Soul Man" (TV Land)
Tasha Smith - "Tyler Perry's for Better or Worse" (OWN)
Wendy Raquel Robinson - "The Game" (BET)

Outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series
Boris Kodjoe - "Real Husbands of Hollywood" (BET)
Jerry "J B Smoove" Brooks - "Real Husbands of Hollywood" (BET)
Morris Chestnut - "Nurse Jackie" (Showtime)
Nick Cannon - "Real Husbands of Hollywood" (BET)
Tracy Morgan - "30 Rock" (NBC)

Outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series
Anna Deavere Smith - "Nurse Jackie" (Showtime)
Brandy Norwood - "The Game" (BET)
Nia Long - "House of Lies" (Showtime)
Rashida Jones - "Parks and Recreation" (NBC)
Sofia Vergara - "Modern Family" (ABC)

Outstanding drama series
"Boardwalk Empire" (HBO)
"Grey's Anatomy" (ABC)
"Scandal" (ABC)
"The Good Wife" (CBS)
"Treme" (HBO)

Outstanding actor in a drama series
James Pickens Jr. - "Grey's Anatomy" (ABC)
LL Cool J - "NCIS: Los Angeles" (CBS)
Michael Ealy - "Almost Human" (Fox)
Shemar Moore - "Criminal Minds" (CBS)
Wendell Pierce - "Treme" (HBO)

Outstanding actress in a drama series
Chandra Wilson - "Grey's Anatomy" (ABC)
Kerry Washington - "Scandal" (ABC)
Khandi Alexander - "Treme" (HBO)
Nicole Beharie - "Sleepy Hollow" (Fox)
Regina King - "SouthLAnd" (TNT)

Outstanding supporting actor in a drama series
Columbus Short - "Scandal" (ABC)
Guillermo Diaz - "Scandal" (ABC)
Jeffrey Wright - "Boardwalk Empire" (HBO)
Joe Morton - "Scandal" (ABC)
Michael Kenneth Williams - "Boardwalk Empire" (HBO)

Outstanding supporting actress in a drama series
Archie Panjabi - "The Good Wife" (CBS)
Debbie Allen - "Grey's Anatomy" (ABC)
Diahann Carroll - "White Collar" (USA)
Taraji P. Henson - "Person of Interest" (CBS)
Vanessa L. Williams - "666 Park Avenue" (ABC)

Outstanding television movie, miniseries or dramatic special
"Being Mary Jane" (BET)
"Betty & Coretta" (Lifetime)
"CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story" (VH1)
"Luther" (BBC America)
"Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight" (HBO)

Outstanding actor in a television movie, miniseries or dramatic special
Chiwetel Ejiofor - "Dancing on the Edge" (Starz)
Danny Glover - "Muhammad Ali's Greatest" (HBO)
Idris Elba - "Luther" (BBC America)
Malik Yoba - "Betty & Coretta" (Lifetime)
Omari Hardwick - "Being Mary Jane" (BET)

Outstanding actress in a television movie, miniseries or dramatic special
Angela Bassett - "American Horror Story: Coven" (FX Networks)
Angela Bassett - "Betty & Coretta" (Lifetime)
Gabourey Sidibe - "American Horror Story: Coven" (FX Networks)
Gabrielle Union - "Being Mary Jane" (BET)
Keke Palmer - "CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story" (VH1)

Outstanding actor in a daytime drama series
Aaron D. Spears - "The Bold and the Beautiful" (CBS)
Kristoff St. John - "The Young and the Restless" (CBS)
Lawrence Saint Victor - "The Bold and the Beautiful" (CBS)
Redaric Williams - "The Young and the Restless" (CBS)
Tequan Richmond - "General Hospital" (ABC)

Outstanding actress in a daytime drama series
Angell Conwell - "The Young and the Restless" (CBS)
Christel Khalil - "The Young and the Restless" (CBS)
Karla Mosley - "The Bold and the Beautiful" (CBS)
Kristolyn Lloyd - "The Bold and the Beautiful" (CBS)
Tatyana Ali - "The Young and the Restless" (CBS)

Outstanding talk series
"Oprah's Lifeclass" (OWN)
"Oprah's Next Chapter" (OWN)
"Steve Harvey" (Syndicated)
"The Arsenio Hall Show" (Syndicated)
"The Queen Latifah Show" (Syndicated)

Outstanding reality series
"Iyanla: Fix My Life" (OWN)
"Shark Tank" (ABC)
"Sunday Best" (BET)
"The Voice" (NBC)
"Welcome to Sweetie Pie's" (OWN)

Outstanding variety series or special
"12 Years a Slave: A TV One Special with Cathy Hughes" (TV One)
"Black Girls Rock!" (BET)
"Key & Peele" (Comedy Central)
"Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth" (HBO)
"Oprah's Master Class" (OWN)

Outstanding children's program
"2013 HALO Awards" (Nickelodeon/TeenNick)
"A.N.T. Farm" (Disney Channel)
"Dora the Explorer" (Nickelodeon)
"Postcards: Mandela" (Africa Channel)
"Wynton Marsalis: A YoungArts MasterClass" (HBO)

Outstanding performance in a youth/children's program - series or special
China Anne McClain - "A.N.T. Farm" (Disney Channel)
Eric I. Keyes, III - "Live Life and Win!" (Syndicated)
Fatima Ptacek - "Dora the Explorer" (Nickelodeon)
Karan Brar - "Jessie" (Disney Channel)
Zendaya - "Shake It Up" (Disney Channel)MOTION PICTURE

Outstanding motion picture
"12 Years a Slave" (River Road/Plan B/New Regency/Fox Searchlight Pictures)
"Fruitvale Station" (Weinstein Co./Forest Whitaker's Significant Productions, OG Project)
"Lee Daniels' The Butler" (Weinstein Co./Lee Daniels Entertainment, Laura Ziskin Productions, Windy Hill Pictures, Follow Through Productions, Salamander Pictures, Pam Williams Productions)
"Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" (Weinstein Co./Distant Horizon, Origin Pictures, Pathé, Videovision Entertainment)
"The Best Man Holiday" (Universal Pictures)

Outstanding actor in a motion picture
Chadwick Boseman - "42" (Warner Bros. Pictures/Legendary Pictures)
Chiwetel Ejiofor - "12 Years a Slave" (River Road/Plan B/New Regency/Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Forest Whitaker - "Lee Daniels' The Butler" (Weinstein Co./Lee Daniels Entertainment, Laura Ziskin Productions, Windy Hill Pictures, Follow Through Productions, Salamander Pictures, Pam Williams Productions)
Idris Elba - "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" (Weinstein Co./Distant Horizon, Origin Pictures, Pathé, Videovision Entertainment)
Michael B. Jordan - "Fruitvale Station" (Weinstein Co./Forest Whitaker's Significant Productions, OG Project)

Outstanding actress in a motion picture
Angela Bassett - "Black Nativity" (Fox Searchlight Pictures/Mavin Pictures/Wonderful Films)
Halle Berry - "The Call" (TriStar Pictures)
Jennifer Hudson - "Winnie Mandela" (Ma-Afrika Films [PTY] LTD and Equinoxe Films Inc.)
Kerry Washington - "Tyler Perry Presents Peeples" (Lionsgate)
Nicole Beharie - "42" (Warner Bros. Pictures/Legendary Pictures)

Outstanding supporting actor in a motion picture
Cuba Gooding Jr. - "Lee Daniels' The Butler" (Weinstein Co./Lee Daniels Entertainment, Laura Ziskin Productions, Windy Hill Pictures, Follow Through Productions, Salamander Pictures, Pam Williams Productions)
David Oyelowo - "Lee Daniels' The Butler" (Weinstein Co./Lee Daniels Entertainment, Laura Ziskin Productions, Windy Hill Pictures, Follow Through Productions, Salamander Pictures, Pam Williams Productions)
Morris Chestnut - "The Best Man Holiday" (Universal Pictures)
Terrence Howard - "Lee Daniels' The Butler" (Weinstein Co./Lee Daniels Entertainment, Laura Ziskin Productions, Windy Hill Pictures, Follow Through Productions, Salamander Pictures, Pam Williams Productions)
Terrence Howard - "The Best Man Holiday" (Universal Pictures)

Outstanding supporting actress in a motion picture
Alfre Woodard - "12 Years a Slave" (River Road/Plan B/New Regency/Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Lupita Nyong'o - "12 Years a Slave " (River Road/Plan B/New Regency/Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Naomie Harris - "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" (Weinstein Co./Distant Horizon, Origin Pictures, Pathé, Videovision Entertainment)
Octavia Spencer - "Fruitvale Station" (Weinstein Co./Forest Whitaker's Significant Productions, OG Project)
Oprah Winfrey - "Lee Daniels' The Butler" (Weinstein Co./Lee Daniels Entertainment, Laura Ziskin Productions, Windy Hill Pictures, Follow Through Productions, Salamander Pictures, Pam Williams Productions)

Outstanding independent motion picture
"Blue Caprice" (Sundance Selects)
"Dallas Buyers Club" (Focus Features)
"Fruitvale Station" (Weinstein Co./Forest Whitaker's Significant Productions, OG Project)
"The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete" (Codeblack Films/Lionsgate/iDeal Partners/State Street)
"The Trials of Muhammad Ali" (Kartemquin Films)

Outstanding international motion picture
"Call Me Kuchu" (Lindy Hop Pictures)
"High Tech, Low Life" (Argot Pictures)
"La Playa D.C." (Burning Blue)
"Lion Ark" (ADI Films)
"War Witch" (Item 7)

DOCUMENTARY

Outstanding documentary - theatrical
"20 Feet From Stardom" (Tremolo & Gil Friesen Productions)
"Call Me Kuchu" (Lindy Hop Pictures)
"Free Angela and All Political Prisoners" (Codeblack Films/Lionsgate)
"Girl Rising" (Documentary Group)
"The New Black" (Promised Land Film)

Outstanding documentary - television
"Beyoncé: Life Is but a Dream" (HBO)
"Dark Girls" (OWN)
"Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic " (Showtime)
"Venus Vs." (ESPN)
"Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley" (HBO)

WRITING

Outstanding writing in a comedy series
Erica Montolfo-Bura - "The Game" - "In Treatment" (BET)
Karin Gist - "House of Lies" - "Sincerity Is an Easy Disguise in This Business" (Showtime)
Mara Brock Akil - "The Game" - "The Blueprint I & II" (BET)
Ralph Farquhar, Chris Spencer - "Real Husbands of Hollywood" - "Rock, Paper, Stealers" (BET)
Vincent Brown - "A.N.T. Farm" - "influANTces" (Disney Channel)

Outstanding writing in a dramatic series
Aaron Rahsaan Thomas - "SouthLAnd" - Babel (TNT)
Chitra Elizabeth Sampath, Damian Kindler - "Sleepy Hollow" - Sanctuary (Fox)
Janine Sherman Barrois - "Criminal Minds" - Strange Fruit (CBS)
Karin Gist - "Revenge" - Mercy (ABC)
Sara Hess - "Orange is the New Black" - Blood Donut (Netflix)

Outstanding writing in a motion picture - theatrical or television
Alfonso Cuarón, Jonás Cuarón - "Gravity" (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Brian Helgeland - "42" (Warner Bros. Pictures/Legendary Pictures)
Danny Strong - "Lee Daniels' The Butler" (Weinstein Co./Lee Daniels Entertainment, Laura Ziskin Productions, Windy Hill Pictures, Follow Through Productions, Salamander Pictures, Pam Williams Productions)
John Ridley - "12 Years a Slave" (River Road/Plan B/New Regency/Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Ryan Coogler - "Fruitvale Station" (Weinstein Co./Forest Whitaker's Significant Productions, OG Project)

DIRECTING

Outstanding directing in a comedy series
Anton Cropper - "House of Lies" - "Sincerity Is an Easy Disguise in This Business" (Showtime)
Eric Dean Seaton - "Mighty Med" - "Saving the People Who Save People" (Disney XD)
Millicent Shelton - "The Hustle" - "Rule 4080" (FUSE)
Paris Barclay - "Glee" - "Diva" (Fox)
Stan Lathan - "Real Husbands of Hollywood" - "Rock, Paper, Stealers" (BET)

Outstanding directing in a dramatic series
Carl Franklin - "House of Cards" - "Chapter 11" (Netflix)
Ernest Dickerson - "Treme" - "Dippermouth Blues" (HBO)
Millicent Shelton - "The Fosters" - "Clean" (ABC Family)
Regina King - "SouthLAnd" - "Off Duty" (TNT)
Rob Hardy - "Criminal Minds" - "Carbon Copy" (CBS)

Outstanding directing in a motion picture - theatrical or television
Jono Oliver - "Home" (Home Film Group)
Justin Chadwick - "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" (Weinstein Co./Distant Horizon, Origin Pictures, Pathé, Videovision Entertainment)
Lee Daniels - "Lee Daniels' The Butler" (Weinstein Co./Lee Daniels Entertainment, Laura Ziskin Productions, Windy Hill Pictures, Follow Through Productions, Salamander Pictures, Pam Williams Productions)
Malcolm D. Lee - "The Best Man Holiday" (Universal Pictures)
Steve McQueen - "12 Years a Slave" (River Road/Plan B/New Regency/Fox Searchlight Pictures)



RECORDING (Music)

Outstanding new artist
Ariana Grande (Republic Records)
Candice Glover (19 Recordings/Interscope Records)
K. Michelle (Atlantic Records)
RaVaughn Brown (Columbia Records)
Zendaya (Hollywood Records)

Outstanding male artist
Bruno Mars (Atlantic Records)
Charlie Wilson (RCA Records)
John Legend (Columbia Records)
Justin Timberlake (RCA Records)
Robin Thicke (Star Trak/Interscope)

Outstanding female artist
Beyoncé (Columbia Records)
India.Arie (Motown Records)
Janelle Monáe (Bad Boy/Atlantic)
Ledisi (Verve Records)
Mary J Blige (Verve Records/Interscope)

Outstanding duo, group or collaboration
"#Beautiful" - Mariah Carey feat. Miguel (Island Def Jam)
"Blurred Lines" - Robin Thicke feat. T.I. & Pharrell (Star Trak/Interscope)
"Fire We Make" - Alicia Keys feat. Maxwell (RCA Records)
"Hurt You" - Toni Braxton feat. Babyface (Motown Records)
"Suit & Tie" - Justin Timberlake feat. Jay-Z (RCA Records)

Outstanding jazz album
"Summer Horns" - Dave Koz, Gerald Albright, Mindi Abair, Richard Elliot (Concord Records)
"The Beat" - Boney James (Concord Records)
"The Messenger" - Kevin Eubanks (Mack Avenue Records)
"The Morning After: A Musical Love Journey" - Najee (Shanachie)
"The Songs of Stevie Wonder" - SFJAZZ Collective (SFJAZZ Records)

Outstanding gospel album - traditional or contemporary
"20 Year Celebration Volume 1 - Best for Last" - Donald Lawrence (Quietwater Entertainment/eOne Music)
"Azusa: The Next Generation" - Hezekiah Walker (RCA Inspiration)
"Best Days Deluxe Edition" - Tamela Mann (Tillymann Music)
"Good God" - Shirley Caesar (eOne Music)
"Music From the Motion Picture Black Nativity" - Various (RCA Inspiration)

Outstanding world music album
"Coming From a Lady" - Lady Ele (13 Black Records)
"Live at the Royal Albert Hall" - Emeli Sande (Capitol)
"Natalie Cole en Español" - Natalie Cole (Verve Records)
"Sing to the Moon" - Laura Mvula (Columbia Records)
"The Standards" - Gloria Estefan (Masterworks)

Outstanding music video
"Cocoa Butter" - India.Arie (Motown Records)
"Fire We Make" - Alicia Keys feat. Maxwell (RCA Records)
"Made to Love" - John Legend (Columbia Records)
"Q.U.E.E.N." - Janelle Monáe feat. Erykah Badu (Bad Boy/Atlantic)
"Treasure" - Bruno Mars (Atlantic Records)

Outstanding song
"All Of Me" - John Legend (Columbia Records)
"Blurred Lines " - Robin Thicke feat. T.I. & Pharrell (Star Trak/Interscope)
"Fire We Make" - Alicia Keys feat. Maxwell (RCA Records)
"Q.U.E.E.N." - Janelle Monáe feat. Erykah Badu (Bad Boy/Atlantic)
"Treasure" - Bruno Mars (Atlantic Records)

Outstanding album
"20/20 Experience - The Complete Experience" - Justin Timberlake (RCA Records)
"Blurred Lines" - Robin Thicke (Star Trak/Interscope)
"Love in the Future" - John Legend (Columbia Records)
"Love, Charlie" - Charlie Wilson (RCA Records)
"The Electric Lady" - Janelle Monáe (Bad Boy/Atlantic)

LITERATURE

Outstanding literary work - fiction
"A Deeper Love Inside: The Porscha Santiaga Story" - Sister Souljah (Atria/Emily Bestler Books)
"Anybody's Daughter" - Pamela Samuels Young (Goldman House Publishing)
"Little Green: An Easy Rawlins Mystery" - Walter Mosley (Doubleday)
"Never Say Never: A Novel" - Victoria Christopher Murray (Touchstone/Simon & Schuster)
"Who Asked You?" - Terry McMillan (Viking)

Outstanding literary work - nonfiction
"Bartlett's Familiar Black Quotations: 5,000 Years of Literature, Lyrics, Poems, Passages, Phrases, and Proverbs From Voices Around the World" - Retha Powers (Little, Brown)
"Envisioning Emancipation: Black Americans and the End of Slavery" - Deborah Willis, Barbara Krauthamer (Temple University Press)
"High Price: A Neuroscientist's Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society" - Carl Hart (HarperCollins, Harper)
"Letters to an Incarcerated Brother: Encouragement, Hope, and Healing for Inmates and Their Loved Ones" - Hill Harper (Gotham Books)
"The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross" - Henry Louis Gates Jr., Donald Yacovone (SmileyBooks)

Outstanding literary work - debut author
"Better Than Good Hair - The Curly Girl Guide to Healthy Gorgeous Natural Hair!" - Nikki Walton with Ernessa T. Carter (Harper Collins- Amistad)
"Ghana Must Go" - Taiye Selasi (Penguin Press)
"Nine Years Under" - Sheri Booker (Gotham Books)
"On the Come Up" - Hannah Weyer (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday)
"The Returned" - Jason Mott (Harlequin MIRA)

Outstanding literary work - biography/autobiography
"Buck: A Memoir" - MK Asante (Spiegel & Grau)
"Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington" - Terry Teachout (Gotham Books)
"Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker" - Stanley Crouch (HarperCollins, Harper)
"Mom & Me & Mom" - Maya Angelou (Random House)
"The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks" - Jeanne Theoharis (Beacon Press)

Outstanding literary work - instructional
"Do I Look Like an ATM? A Parent's Guide to Raising Financially Responsible African American Children" - Sabrina Lamb (Chicago Review Press)
"Plan D: How to Lose Weight and Beat Diabetes (Even if You Don't Have It)" - Sherri Shepherd with Billie Fitzpatrick (HarperCollins, It Books)
"Recruiting and Retaining Culturally Different Students in Gifted Education" - Donna Y. Ford (Prufrock Press Inc.)
"The Entrepreneur Mind: 100 Essential Beliefs, Characteristics, and Habits of Elite Entrepreneurs" - Kevin D. Johnson (Johnson Media Inc.)
"The Vegucation of Robin: How Real Food Saved My Life" - Robin Quivers (Avery)

Outstanding literary work - poetry
"Chasing Utopia: A Hybrid" - Nikki Giovanni (HarperCollins, William Morrow)
"Hum" - Jamaal May (Alice James Books)
"The Cineaste: Poems" - A. Van Jordan (W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.)
"The Collected Poems of Ai" - Ai (W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.)
"Turn Me Loose: The Unghosting of Medgar Evers" - Frank X Walker (University of Georgia Press)

Outstanding literary work - children
"I'm a Pretty Little Black Girl!" - Betty K. Bynum (author), Claire Armstrong-Parod (Illustrator) (Dream Title Publishing)
"Knock Knock: My Dad's Dream for Me" - Daniel Beaty (author), Bryan Collier (illustrator) (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
"Martin & Mahalia: His Words, Her Song" - Andrea Davis Pinkney (author), Brian Pinkney (illustrator) (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
"Nelson Mandela" - Kadir Nelson (HarperCollins Children's Books/Katherine Tegen Books)
"You Never Heard of Willie Mays?!" - Jonah Winter (author), Terry Widener (illustrator) (RH Childrens Books; Schwartz & Wade)

Outstanding literary work - youth/teens
"Courage Has No Color, The True Story of the Triple Nickles: America's First Black Paratroopers" - Tanya Lee  
  Stone (Candlewick Press)
"God's Graffiti: Inspiring Stories for Teens" - Romal Tune (Judson Press)
"Invasion" - Walter Dean Myers (Scholastic Press/Scholastic)
"Raising the Bar" - Gabrielle Douglas (Zondervan)
"Serafina's Promise: A Novel In Verse" - Ann E. Burg (Scholastic Press/Scholastic)

 

Source: Los Angeles Times by Staff Writers

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TV One Launches Unsung Hollywood; Subjects To Include Pam Grier & What’s Happening!!

TV One announced at today's TCA Winter Press Tour that they will be expanding their Unsungfranchise with a new series, Unsung Hollywood, featuring some of the unsung heroes of TV and movies.

Subjects will include Pam Grier and the TV seriesWhat's Happening!!

Here is a press release with more details:

 

TV ONE EXPANDS AWARD-WINNING UNSUNGFRANCHISE WITH LAUNCH OF UNSUNG HOLLYWOOD,PREMIERING WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 10 PM/ET

Debut Season to Profile Trailblazing Artists, Entertainers and Programs Including Pam Grier, Robin Harris, 'What's Happening!!,' Dick Gregory, Flip Wilson, 'Cooley High,' Bill Duke, The Harlem Globetrotters

Hit Series 'Unsung' to Return with Four New Episodes Featuring Too $hort, The Manhattans, Gil Scott Heron, and Nile Rodgers and Chic, Beginning Wednesday, January 29

SILVER SPRING, MD - January 9, 2013 - TV One is expanding its NAACP Image Award-winning Unsung franchise with new series Unsung Hollywood, premiering Wednesday, February 26 at 10PM/ET. From revealing portraits of beloved stars of film and television, including feminist film icon Pam Grier and politically charged comic Dick Gregory, to in-depth stories behind the making (and breaking) of influential films and TV series such as Cooley High and What's Happening!!, Unsung Hollywood shines a spotlight on subjects and stories that have rarely or never been told. Preceding Unsung Hollywood's debut in February, flagship series Unsung will return with all-new episodes beginning Wednesday, January 29 at 10PM/ET.

"Taking a cue from the original, music-centric Unsung series, Unsung Hollywood fosters TV One's overarching mission to highlight black artists, entertainers and programming," said D'Angela Proctor, SVP of Programming and Production for TV One. "Unsung Hollywoodrecounts the achievements of some of the most beloved and groundbreaking artists in the African American creative community---all of whom have devoted their lives to making their mark in movies, television, comedy and sports---and in the process, have helped elevate and transform the entertainment experience."

Unsung Hollywood will share rare stories from film, television, comedy and sports stars through clips, archival and contemporary performances, and exclusively shot, behind-the-scenes footage. As with Unsung, Unsung Hollywood also features in-depth personal interviews with the talent as well as their family members, friends, industry associates, fellow entertainers and various cultural commentators.

Unsung episodes include:

·         WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29, 10PM/ET - Too $hort

·         WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 10PM/ET - The Manhattans

·         WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 10 PM/ET - Gil Scott Heron

·         WEDNESDAY, FEB 19, 10PM/ET - Nile Rodgers and Chic

Unsung Hollywood episodes include:

·         WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 10 PM/ET - Pam Grier

·         WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5, 10PM/ET - Robin Harris

·         WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12, 10PM/ET - What's Happening!!

·         WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19, 10PM/ET - Dick Gregory

·         WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26, 10PM/ET - Flip Wilson

·         WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2, 10PM/ET - Cooley High

·         WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9, 10PM/ET - Bill Duke

·         WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16, 10PM/ET - The Harlem Globetrotters

Unsung Hollywood is narrated by Gary Anthony Williams and is executive produced by Arthur Smith, Kent Weed, Mark Rowland and Frank Sinton of A. Smith & Co. Productions for TV One. Henry Schipper is Co-Executive Producer. Executive in charge of production for TV One is Robyn Greene Arrington, and producer for TV One is Lamar Chase.

About TV One

Launched in January 2004, TV One (www.tvone.tv) serves 57.4 million households, offering a broad range of real-life and entertainment-focused original programming, classic series, movies, and music designed to entertain, inform and inspire a diverse audience of adult Black viewers. In December 2008, the company launched TV One High Def, which now serves 14 million households. TV One is owned by Radio One [NASDAQ: ROIA and ROIAK; www.radio-one.com], the largest radio company that primarily targets Black and urban listeners; and Comcast Corporation [NASDAQ: CMCSA, CMCSK; www.comcast.com], one of the nation's leading providers of entertainment, information and communications products and services.

 

Source: General TV News by Craig Byrne 

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American Ninja Warrior: USA vs Japan

HIGH-STAKES TWO-HOUR SPECIAL 'AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR: USA VS. JAPAN' TO AIR MONDAY, JAN. 13

First-Ever International Competition Features Head-to-Head Battles Between Top Players from Both Countries

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. - Jan. 6, 2014 - NBC's heart-racing obstacle course competition show "American Ninja Warrior" will present the first ever international competition in a two-hour network special "American Ninja Warrior: USA vs Japan," airing Monday, Jan. 13 (8-10 p.m. ET/PT).

Five top athletes from "American Ninja Warrior" will do battle against five of the most accomplished competitors from "Sasuke," the program that inspired "American Ninja Warrior" and has run for 28 seasons in Japan. Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbaja Biamila will host and Jenn Brown will co-host.

Representing Team USA are competitors Brian Arnold, Paul Kasemir, James McGrath, Travis Rosen and Brent Steffensen. Arnold wowed audiences in the season finale of "American Ninja Warrior" in September with his breathtaking runs on the punishing finals course, "Mt. Midoriyama." Arnold very nearly completed the course in Las Vegas before a heart-breaking fall on stage three.

Team Japan will be represented by Kazuma Asa, Hitoshi Kanno, Ryo Matachi, Shingo Yamamoto and two-time "Sasuke" grand champion Yuji Urushihara. These impressive athletes have traveled across the Pacific Ocean to take on their fellow American ninjas.

Contestants will tackle all four stages of the Las Vegas finals course in a new head-to-head format that pits members from each team against one another. In the end, the championship trophy and international bragging rights will go to the victors in this inaugural USA vs. Japan contest.

"American Ninja Warrior" is executive-produced by A. Smith & Co. Productions' founders Arthur Smith and Kent Weed ("Hell's Kitchen," "I Survived a Japanese Game Show," "Pros vs. Joes").

Source: TV by the Numbers -  by By Sara Bibel

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‘Unsung’: Behind the (Black) Music

Though it seems that VH1's storied documentary-style series Behind the Music has been put out to pasture for more raunchy fare in the form of reality TV shows like Basketball Wives and Love & Hip-Hop, an audience continues to yearn for content telling the true-life stories of popular music talents.

This past summer, filmgoers flocked to art house cinemas to see the acclaimed 20 Feet From Stardom documentary, which explored the career highs and lows of Black background singers who were the literal foundation for pop and rock music's biggest songs. Muscle Shoals, another doc about the legendary Alabama recording studio where Aretha Franklin, Mick Jagger and Jimmy Cliff recorded hits, hit theaters last month. 

TV One has turned the beat around: its award-winning Unsungseries returns for a seventh season on October 30. Since November 2008, the docu-series has broken much ground telling the untold stories of some of Black music's forgotten artists, who in some cases are relatively unknown to mainstream music consumers (hence the name of the show). The first season kicked off with four episodes focusing on the tragic stories of late R&B greats Phyllis Hyman and Donny Hathaway, and the harrowing journeys of gospel trailblazers The Clark Sisters and Motown family group, DeBarge. 

Since then, 70 episodes have been produced on a multitude of musical acts that made an impact during the 1960s, '70s and '80s. From disco icon Sylvester to crossover reggae group Musical Youth; from blue-eyed soul diva Teena Marie to hip-hop's undeniable sex symbol Big Daddy Kane, Unsung has run the gamut in celebrating the achievements and giving voice to the legacy of Black music acts who never got their just due-or who never reached their potential. And in the case of some legendary Motown acts (most notably Tammi Terrell, Florence Ballard, David Ruffin and Eddie Kendricks), Unsung explores their tragic fates after mainstream notoriety. 

"A lot of these artists were very popular in the Black community… but we never knew what happened to them," explains Jubba Seyyid, TV One's senior director of programming and production. Seyyid, who's been with the network for close to five years, has shepherded Unsunginto appointment television.

"When we first started," he says, "we wanted to make sure we tackled artists who our audience would certainly be a familiar with, and that included the artists from the '60s [and] the '70s, and those were very popular. Now that we're in our seventh season, we knew that we had to grow along with our audience. Although our demo is still the same, the audience has evolved. Now what we're doing is continuing to expand into the '80s and '90s." Acts featured on the upcoming season include Heavy D & the Boyz, Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam, Geto Boys, the Delfonics and CeCe Peniston.

Working in close tandem with the show's co-executive producer Mark Rowland, of the award winning Los Angeles-based production house A. Smith & Co, Seyyid has built on the flagship show's initial success and created an NAACP Award-winning program with a loyal following.

"I believe that Unsung has resonated with audiences in a huge way because the artists featured are very much a part of our lives," says Philadelphia radio personality and Black music authority Dyana Williams, who's appeared on many Unsung episodes as a commentator. "These artists and their songs articulate the experiences of our memories. The catalogue of their songs are indeed the soundtrack to our lives."

Rowland believes the audience was hungry to get an appreciative and in-depth portrait of the subjects. "They never had this kind of approach and treatment before," he adds.

Noelle Bonham, a Washington D.C.- based administrator, says she's seen too many episodes to count and "absolutely loves the show." Aside from hearing some of her favorite music, the series offers up an unknown education about her favorite singers. "I had no idea Freddie Jackson was at one time [one of] the most popular male artists and was commanding sold out shows," she maintains. "I mean, to me he was Black radio only. And who knew that Madonna wanted to be managed by his team as well? I sure didn't until it was mentioned during the episode." 

Freddie Jackson's Unsung episode has been the most watched to date. "Freddie Jackson grabbed us a huge number, which was a surprise to a lot of us," Syyeed says. "Not that we weren't expecting him to do well. But at the time it was a huge surprise. Full Force, prior to Freddie Jackson, had gotten the highest rated number of any series that we've had. So that sort of gave us a reading of what the audience liked and what they were looking for. Both artists were popular in the '80s and Freddie Jackson's still working. I think a lot of people were curious about his life, his sexuality and those kind of things.

"We know our research will give us numbers and tell us what the audience is interested in finding out about, and sometimes we're really surprised," he continues. "One of my personal favorites and one that sort of trended on Twitter was Sylvester. Sylvester got us a very good number but that also spawned a lot of conversation on the web and in the gay community. The music itself was coming from the disco era and transitioning into dance. There was a lot of history there, and there was a lot of interest from new communities for TV One." Yet, with all of its success and accolades, there are a few challenges. And even detractors. 

In the case of Grammy Award-winning R&B legend Stephanie Mills, she's not only declined an offer to be featured on (or be the focus of) Unsung, she's blasted the series in the media. In a May 2012 interview with Brennan Williams of The Huffington Post, the pint-sized vocal powerhouse noted that her career wasn't "unsung," and that it [goes against] everything she believes in. Mark Rowland, a former music journalist turned television producer, has experienced a few challenges with some Unsung acts over the years, but was baffled by Mills's very public dis of the show. "I was only disappointed in the sense that she seemed to be angry at the fact that we asked her. I didn't think it was inherently insulting to ask someone if they'd like a show done on them. But that's her decision. She's not the only artist who has declined. Most of our offers have been accepted, and there are a few exceptions. And she's one."

Yet, the Unsung movement is still in motion. A spin-off series, Unsung Hollywood-showcasing behind-the-scenes stories of Black actors, comedians, movies and TV shows from yesteryear-has been ordered. Although a network spokesperson was squirmy when Syyed was asked details about the new show ("because it hasn't been announced"), production is currently underway on episodes about both the late TV legend Flip Wilson and the 1970s sitcom, What's Happening!!

 Source: Ebony -  By Karu F. Daniels

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Unsung Season Premiere 2013

TV One will premiere the new season of its NAACP Image Award-winning music biography series Unsung on Wednesday, October 30 at 8PM/ET, with a profile of rap and hip-hop outfit Heavy D & the Boyz. Known for its thorough portraits of singers and music acts whose success or legacy in the industry was cut short due to personal crises and transformative circumstances, UnSung will shed light on the rise-and-fall stories of a New Group of artists in each one-hour episode this season.

"A truly unique documentary experience, this series continues to profile wildly gifted acts of the last 30 years, revisiting their career trajectories and unveiling the reasons for their apparent withdrawal from the public eye," said D'Angela Proctor, SVP of Programming and Production for TV One. "With highly personal eyewitness accounts from the artists' families, friends and colleagues, as well as commentary from music industry insiders, we ensure that their stories do not go unsung."

Unsung episodes include:

· WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30, 8PM/ET - Heavy D & the Boyz

· WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 8PM/ET - Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam

· WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 8PM/ET - Geto Boys

· WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 8PM/ET - The Delfonics

· WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 8PM/ET - Cece Peniston

Unsung is narrated by Gary Anthony Williams and is executive produced by Arthur Smith, Kent Weed and Frank Sinton of A. Smith & Co. Production for TV One. Mark Rowland is Co-Executive Producer. Executive in charge of production for TV One is Jubba Seyyid and producer for TV One is Lamar Chase.

About TV One

Launched in January 2004, TV One (www.tvone.tv) serves 58.4 million households, offering a broad range of real-life and entertainment-focused original programming, classic series, movies, and music designed to entertain, inform and inspire a diverse audience of adult Black viewers. In December 2008, the company launched TV One High Def, which now serves 14 million households. TV One is owned by Radio One [NASDAQ: ROIA and ROIAK; www.radio-one.com], the largest radio company that primarily targets Black and urban listeners; and Comcast Corporation [NASDAQ: CMCSA, CMCSK; www.comcast.com], one of the nation's leading providers of entertainment, information and communications products and services.

About A. Smith & Co. Productions:

A. Smith & Co. Productions creates some of the most innovative, highly rated and high quality programming for the domestic and international television marketplace. Founded in 2000 by Arthur Smith and Kent Weed, the company has produced more than 2000 hours of award-winning programming. The company's current production slate includes such hits as "Hell's Kitchen," "Kitchen Nightmares," "American Ninja Warrior," "Divorce Hotel," "Joe Rogan Questions Everything," "Chainsaw Gang," "Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura," "Too Young to Marry?," "Save Our Business," "Full Throttle Saloon," "Unsung," "UFC Countdown" and many others. A. Smith & Co.'s library of programming includes hit shows such as "The Swan," "Skating with Celebrities," "Paradise Hotel," "Trading Spaces," "I Survived a Japanese Game Show," and "Pros vs. Joes." A. Smith & Co. has developed and produced the No. 1 show in America an astonishing 25 times and a Top 10 show more than 200 times. The company has produced programs with budgets totaling approximately one billion dollars, for more than 40 broadcast and cable networks. In 2011, A. Smith & Co. joined forces with Tinopolis Group and in doing so became the leading North American television production entity within the Tinopolis organization with the ability to tap into that company's resources on a worldwide basis. 

Source: Broadwayworld.com

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