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Oprah will team up with Diablo Cody to create a comedy based on Dr. Julie Holland’s new book, Moody Bitches.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the show, set to be developed by HBO, will pull directly from the pages of Dr. Holland’s own life as a psychiatrist. As the book’s extended title suggests, the upcoming series will take a closer (and funny look) at “the truth about the drugs you’re taking, the sex you’re not having, the sleep you’re missing and what’s really making you crazy.”
This sounds like it’ll be good! Read the rest over on ESSENCE.com and find out whether or not Oprah will actually be part of the cast!
It looks like Olivia and Fitz might soon have some competition in the interracial love race thanks to Whoopi Goldberg, Ben Silverman and Iman and Andy.
The talk show host/producer/actress/comedian and producer Ben Silverman have sold a 30 minute rom-com style show to ABC, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Iman & Andy will focus on the relationship between an interracial couple who are trying to keep their romance a big secret. No, not because they’re an interracial couple; you see, they work together and don’t want people all in their business (some of you know that well, I know). Their supervisor finds out and instead of it being some violation of work place ethics, he forces them to start a vlog so viewers (and their co-workers) can follow their now exposed relationship.
Well, it sounds like it could be an interesting concept. While interracial dating isn’t new on television (albeit still a bit taboo), their idea sounds a little more fun. In real life, people love checking out more personal vlogs on Youtube or other media outlets. Let’s not forget that men and women love talking relationships so if they keep it fairly genuine to everyday life, there will be situations that people can relate to and chat about at the coffee machine the next day.
Goldberg’s partner in the project Ben Silverman is also behind Sofia Vergara’s upcoming show on ABC, Raising Mom.
That title though…I don’t know. Every time I look at it, I think of Amos & Andy. Is it just me? Maybe it’s just a “working title” right now.
Anyway, there’s no debut date for Iman & Andy but we can probably keep an eye out for it Fall 2014 or Winter 2015.
Will you check it out?
Anthony Anderson is not taking his new gig as host of the Soul Train Awards lightly. “I plan on making it a party. Expect the unexpected from me,” he tells ESSENCE.com.
Keeping in line with this year’s 90s theme, Anderson reveals he may just reunite his fictional ’90s boy band. “Not too many people know I was part of a band back in the day called Lustasy,” he joked. “I’ve located some of the guys so there may be a one time performance, 20 years in the making.”
According to Anderson his group had hits such as “I Still Want It Even If Your Breath Stanks” and “Your Head On My Headboard.”
On top of getting back with his boy band, Anderson has also been busy cooking his way around the country on his AOL web series Anthony Eats America where he helps people cook their favorite meals in their home kitchens. “You don’t have to be a chef, just someone who likes to cook at home,” he explained.
You can read the rest, including info on his new show hitting NBC soon, over on ESSENCE.com.
Will you be watching the Soul Train Music Awards?
ABC knows a potential hit when it sees it. The network has snagged a new comedy by the comedian of the moment, Kevin Hart.
ABC has made a pilot commitment for a half-hour comedy project based on the Hart’s stand-up act. The series takes a candid look at the post-divorce life of a couple trying to forge a friendship for the sake of their kids, despite their differences, reports The Hollywood Reporter. Right now Hart doesn’t plan to star in the show, but will likely play a recurring role if the series goes forward.
Hart and his 3 Arts manager, Dave Becky (who works on Louie), will executive produce.
There’s no denying that Hart has become one of the most successful stand-up acts working today. “In addition to his comic timing, executives across both film and TV are drawn to his ability to connect with his fans, which includes 9 million Twitter followers. It is for that reason that Hart’s name has found itself onto a shortlist of talent who can get a movie greenlighted today,” reports THR. That’s a huge statement given the fact that names like Tom Cruise and Will Smith, who used to open movies and bring in the big box office weekend totals, have faltered this year.
Hart actually got his big break on television in a recurring role on Judd Apatow’s short-lived cult series Undeclared, which ended on Fox in 2001. Hart has since appeared on a variety of TV projects, from ABC’s Modern Family to BET’s Real Husbands of Hollywood, for which he executive produces and stars. (That show has its season premiere tonight.) And let’s not forget his successful standup career; his tours have sold out at arenas worldwide. Then there was his stand-up doc, Let Me Explain, which grossed more than $32 million.
Other film credits for Hart include Think Like a Man, This Is the End and upcoming films Ride Along and About Last Night. Obviously Hart has come a long way since Soul Plane, which was panned by critics as the worse movie ever.
As far as the new ABC comedy, we wonder who will star as the divorced couple. Any suggestions?
Need a dose of Dragonfly Jones or Wanda to brighten your day?
Let’s be honest, how many times have you DVRed an episode of your go-to sitcom only to rewind it to your favorite part 50 million times? Guilty! Sometimes we don’t even bother to watch the whole episode if we can find that one clip on Youtube. From Fresh Prince of Bel Air to Good Times, these are the funniest moments we can’t stop watching from our favorite sitcoms.
Alexis Lambright is an actress and comedienne, who created and is starring in her own one-woman show titled, The Alexis Lambright Tel-a-thon: Combating Adult Virginity. According to the NY Post, the amusing comedy show, which will be running at the International Fringe Festival in New York, was inspired by the Sunnyside, Queens resident’s journey as an adult virgin.
“They were strict with me growing up as the middle daughter between two boys. My dad’s a former Marine reservist and my mom is a teacher, and they’re both Presbyterians who wouldn’t let us go out on school nights. It was instilled in all three of us that sex was a sacred act only for married couples. This was reinforced by my Catholic high school, where we had a freshman workshop taught by nuns called “Chastity by Choice.” Everyone signed a pledge card swearing they’d wait until marriage,” Lambright told the Post of why she held onto her virginity for so long.
“I figured a promise was a promise, but my school friends had other ideas. As I watched my friends hook up with guys and talk about dating, I tried not to be judgmental, but I couldn’t help it. I had normal desires but I didn’t put out.”
When she finally did lose her virginity to a guy she was dating at age 27, she admits that the experience was horrible.
“Everyone was telling me sex would be bad the first time (another reason I put it off), but it was worse than I thought it would be. He wasn’t affectionate or attentive. The rest of the trip was just awkward. We only did it once.”
Although the conclusion of her virgin-hood wasn’t a pleasant encounter, she’s able to use her experiences to make people laugh (and smile) through her comedic act.
“Today I look back and I admit I’ve had regrets — about waiting so many years, about doing it with him — but no more. I believe it was supposed to happen that way, with him, at that time. Now I’ve got my groove on — and there are no more labels to hold me back.”
Check out one of her skits below
If you live in a city with an active subway system, you’ve probably heard every possible story – whether true or not – from homeless people who are trying to make some money. Nowadays, the stories almost always sound the same so many people choose to just turn their music up, pretend like they’re sleep or keep their heads down as a means of ignoring it.
Recently, on a SEPTA train in Pennsylvania, a “panhandler” entered a subway car and immediately proceeded to begin his speech with the usual, “Excuse me, ladies and gentlemen” greeting that’s often met with eye rolls. But this would not be your everyday speech.
As you can see from the video posted by College Humor, the unidentified man goes on to tell his story, saying that he and his family were forced out of their two bedroom apartment because they wanted space. So what happened next? They bought a big house!
The hilarious story goes and by the end, the only thing the man actually wanted was a congratulations from the commuters on the recent positive things that have happened for him!
There’s no telling if the story the man told is actually true but as it looks to be part of Vitamin Water’s “#makeboringbrilliant” campaign, he could just be a comedian.
Check it out and watch the lady to the left at about 1:47 – she still doesn’t seem to be amused!
Following the success of Tyler Perry’s shows on OWN, Wanda Sykes is hoping for the same results.
Sykes, along with her business partner Paige Horowitz (they own Push It Productions) has teamed up with Harpo Studios to bring two comedy specials to OWN this summer.
According to EURweb, “Wanda Sykes Presents HERLARIOUS” will be a one hour comedy special that will air twice this July on OWN. The show will feature many up and coming comedians such as Dominique Witten and Andi Smith.
Celebrity comedians will also appear on the show. So far, Kym Whitley, who also has her own reality show – Raising Whitley - on OWN, has been announced as one of the guests. Wanda Sykes will also make appearances in short sketches that will air during each show.
Wanda Sykes stays busy. In addition to HERLARIOUS, Sykes seems to always pop up – whether in the physical sense or in a voice-over role – in a movie or television show. She also continues to do standup; she recently performed at a music and comedy festival in the Dominican Republic.
This could be a great look for her as OWN is in the midst of happier times with the success of The Haves and The Have Nots. Hopefully, this show will give women in comedy a better platform to gain exposure because as we know, women aren’t as publicly celebrated in that field as their male counterparts.
HERLARIOUS will air on OWN Saturday, July 13th and Saturday, July 20th at 10pm.
Will you be watching?
Fox Television is gearing up for a fun summer of talk show test runs.
Deadline.com revealed on Friday that Fox has signed a panel of hosts for a new daytime talk show. The Real will be hosted by Tamar Braxton, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Adrienne Bailon, comedienne Loni Love and TV personality Jeannie Mal.
The Real is looking to skew a younger audience than both The View and The Talk but still with the same roundtable vibe. All of the hosts are under 40 years old so the idea is that they’ll likely be talking about things that are more relevant to a younger crowd.
Tamar and Tamera are both pretty busy with other things going on in their lives. Tamar, of course, is pregnant with her first child. We’re still not sure when she’s due but it might be safe to assume it’ll be after The Real is done with its summer run. She’s also still promoting new music (most recently with “The One”) and has the other reality shows she’s involved in (Braxton Family Values and Tamar & Vince). Tamera, for her part, also has her reality show, Tia and Tamera, with sister Tia Mowry-Hardrict, and is promoting her new mom product, Milky, again with sister Tia.
While the logistics are still being worked out, there is hope that the show will premiere on July 8th. Fox also has another talk show test run set to start July 15th starring Kris Jenner.
Good for them! Would you watch?
Fight The Power! Don Cheadle Talks About His Super Hero Role In “Iron Man 3″ And What He’s Got Coming Up!
“I had a great time in this movie being outside of the suit and getting to really be a part of the action as a regular guy,” says Don Cheadle on starring in the colossal blockbuster, Iron Man 3. Cheadle spoke with ESSENCE.com about playing an action hero, his experience filming the movie and who his real-life superheroes are.
How he prepared for his role as War Machine:
I bought a cape and tried to fight a human size tuna can. [Laughs] No, I really just read the comic, got involved with the script and really tried to make him what he was in the second movie but even more beefed up.
His real life superheroes:
The people around me and my parents. Especially my dad, knowing what it takes as a father myself to raise a family.
What other projects he’s working on this year:
I’m going to take the rest of 2013 off. I’m doing a lot of things with my production company, developing shows, movies and plays. I won’t be going back to work until August when House of Lies starts up again.
Now who told Don he could take the rest of the year off? Did he get permission from his fans? Just kidding…good for him! You can check the rest of the interview out (and he’s a really funny guy) over on Essence.com.
Have you checked out Iron Man 3 yet?