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5 Winners & 5 Flops: The TV Shows That Could & Could Not In 2014

May 14th, 2014 - By Candace Smith
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In the wake of this year’s television upfronts, one can’t help but wonder which of the recently ordered shows for the upcoming fall season will be abruptly cancelled before a second episode will see the light of day. Or which one will enjoy the same success like runaway hits Scandal and Girls. To celebrate our favorite renewed shows and mourn our beloved cancelled ones, here is our list of five successful shows that have either just premiered, or, in light of the merciless television industry, have been miraculously granted another season, and five TV programs that just could not cut the mustard.

Fox To Make Action Thriller ‘Men Who Kill’ With Star Michael B. Jordan

April 21st, 2014 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Since the premiere of Fruitvale Station, Michael B. Jordan has become a hot commodity in the Hollywood circuit. Jordan has been cast in Creed, playing the grandson of Rocky‘s Apollo Creed, he’s going to be a superhero in the reboot of The Fantastic Four franchise and he was star of That Awkward Moment alongside Zac Efron and Miles Teller. Now, the (very) handsome actor has recently sealed the deal for an action drama called, Men Who Kill.

Deadline says Men Who Kill will be something like an international version of the Martin Lawrence/Will Smith movie Bad BoysVariety also states,“The film is described as a CIA thriller with remaining plot details being kept under wraps. Fox paid in the six-figure range for the pitch and the sale makes sense given Fox’s growing relationship with rising star Jordan.”

Jordan’s  film resume has been thriving since he transitioned into his adulthood. His acting merits  have included the memorable television series, The Wire and Friday Night Lights as well.

We will keep you updated on Jordan’s new film and when Fox debuts the Men Who Kill trailer!

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Lee Daniels’ New Hip Hop Drama Set To Hit The Small Screen!

January 25th, 2014 - By Drenna Armstrong
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Lee Daniels is a busy man these days and now, he’s about to be focused on his new hop hop drama set to air on Fox.

Empire is described by The Hollywood Reporter as a “family drama set in the world of a hop hop empire.”  I know, that doesn’t tell us much at all but Lee Daniels is well connected and could give us an honest look into the behind-the-scenes shenanigans of the hip hop world. 

Daniels will direct Empire while Danny Strong, who worked with him on The Butler, has agreed to write the script.  The hour long pilot actually had a bidding war going on for it but Fox came out on top as the winner. This will be Daniels’ first time writing for television.

It’ll be interesting to see how the show will pan out. Every now and then, shows tend to fall flat when they try to focus on music, often becoming quite cheesy and unrealistic. Fox has a bit of a better track record sticking with its new shows so hopefully, Daniels and Strong will bring something fresh to the table.

Since we don’t have any further information about the show, it is impossible to start thinking about who will actually star on the show. But if we’re being honest, we know there will have to be a few black actors and actresses on there and that’s almost always a good thing.

No word on when Empire will premiere on Fox.

Are you a big enough fan of Lee Daniels’ work that you’ll check out Empire when it makes its way to the small screen?

Super Bowl Ads On Fox Sold Out At $4M A Pop

December 8th, 2013 - By Ann Brown
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A scene from one of the most successful Super Bowl ads ever, "The Force"

A scene from one of the most successful Super Bowl ads ever, “The Force”

Everyone knows Super Bowl Sunday is a big advertising day. This year’s will be no different.

Fox has sold all the last of its in-game Super Bowl commercial spots, at an average rate of $4 million per 30 seconds of airtime for the Feb. 2 broadcast reports Ad Week.

According to the magazine, latecomers who wanted to break into the NFL’s marquee event invested as much as $4.5 million per 30-second spot.

“The in-game inventory is sold out, but we still have an incredible array of programming available,” said Neil Mulcahy, EVP of Fox Sports ad sales. He added that the day will kick off with a special opening ceremony in New York’s Times Square set to air on Fox Sports 1.

The advertisers that have grabbed Super Bowl time are the usual lot — beer giant Anheuser-Busch InBev, Pepsi, Doritos and Mars. And Dannon confirmed that it is returning to the broadcast with a 30-second spot for its Oikos brand of yogurts, and GoDaddy is in for a pair of ads that hopefully won’t be as disturbing as they were last time, reports Ad WeekSome automakers will debut 120- and 90-second ads

“The inventory is moving quickly around our live-streaming product,” said Marla Newman, SVP of Fox Sports digital ad sales. Last year, 10 million people watched online. “Naturally, the spot loads will be similar [to the linear broadcast], but the advertisers may be different. Many of the clients who are buying time in the stream are in-game as well, but this is also a great opportunity for us to serve those who may have been shut out of the broadcast.”

Newman thinks the Super Bowl will be the largest live-streaming event of the year. She said that Fox is confident that they will double CBS’ year-ago traffic.

“Last year’s Ravens-49ers blackout brawl averaged 108.7 million viewers and a 46.4 rating/69 share. CBS sold spots for $3.8 million per :30, although a number of late buys topped the $4 million mark,” reports Ad Week.

Finally! Jill Marie Jones Heads Back To The Small Screen!

October 26th, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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For those of you who’ve been wondering when Jill Marie Jones would finally get back to acting, the answer is…NOW.

The popular actress recently signed on to join the cast of Fox’s new series, Sleepy Hollow,”  according to The Hollywood Reporter. In her recurring role, Jones will play Cynthia Irving, the ex-wife of Captain Frank Irving and the mother of Macey Irving.

It’s been a long time since we’ve seen her in any acting jobs.  While she did appear in an episode of American Horror Story: Asylum earlier this ear, we haven’t seen her regularly since Girlfriends where she appeared in six of the seasons as the infamous Toni Childs.  Fans of her work have been hoping that her talents would stop being overlooked and she’d be working again soon.

Sleepy Hollow has been one of the breakout shows of the fall television season and easily one of Fox’s most popular shows.  It got a boost from the African-American community who was especially excited to see Nicole Beharie, an African-American actress, as one of its leads.  In fact, the show has already been renewed for a second season.

Sleepy Hollow returns to Fox on November 5th and Jill Marie Jones makes her debut as Cynthia Irving on November 25th.

Will you check it out, even if just for Jill?

54-Year-Old Singer (Who Looks Not A Day Over 40) Brings “X Factor” Judges To Tears With Her Voice

September 13th, 2013 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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I don’t really watch FOX’s X Factor like that, because there are far too many reality competition shows on these days. Plus, when you do watch, the people who deserve to win usually get voted off too soon. But I couldn’t help but be thoroughly impressed by a gorgeous black woman with a big heart, big hair, and a big voice when she auditioned for the show this week. Lillie McCloud looks like she could be somebody’s young aunt, but the woman is actually 54 years old. When she tells Simon Cowell her age before she sings, the crowd, and the judges, gasp because they hadn’t heard the news: black don’t crack.

McCloud goes on to give a rousing rendition of CeCe Winans’ “Alabaster Box,” and gets to go on to the next round after she brought the crowd to their feet and had folks like Kelly Rowland and Demi Lovato breaking down in tears because of her voice. This is all a major feat considering that McCloud says she has been trying to sing for years but just hasn’t received her big break. But she kept the faith, and it just might be her time! Check out her amazing performance and backstory above and let us know what you think.

Former ‘American Idol’ Contestants Asking For $25 Million Each In Racism Suit Against Fox

July 25th, 2013 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Source: American Idol

Back in January we reported on a developing lawsuit being filed against Fox and American Idol by nine former contestants, who all claim that they were unfairly kicked off of the show because of their race. According to the suit, the nine constants, who are all men of color, are accusing producers of implementing “cruel and inhumane” practices to exploit them for ratings, humiliating them on national television. The suit goes on to claim that producers illegally pulled up their prior arrest records.

Since the initial filing, the number of plaintiffs mentioned in the suit against the popular show has been bumped up from nine to ten. Contestants include:

Corey Clark (Season 2), Jaered Andrews (Season 2), Jacob John Smalley (Season 2), Donnie Williams (Season 3), Terrell Brittenum (Season 5), Derrell Brittenum (Season 5), Thomas Daniels (Season 6), Akron Watson (Season 6), Ju’Not Joyner (Season 8), and Chris Golightly (Season 9).

According to TMZ, each contestant is requesting $25 million in damages, which according to their attorney, James H. Freeman, is a reasonable amount, considering that Idol producers made them out to be “violent criminals, liars and sexual deviants” and that the lives of these young men have been ruined due to the show’s inaccurate portrayals of them. To make matters worse, none of the contestants were ever convicted of any of the charges stemming from the arrests pulled up by the show.

The lawsuit goes on to claim that only Black contestants were probed about their arrest history. In addition to requesting millions of dollars in damages, contestants are also asking that Idol adopt anti-racism regulations so that this doesn’t happen again.

As always, we’ll continue to keep you posted as this story develops.

Did you witness any of these live eliminations? Do you feel there were racial undertones?

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How You Doin’! The Wendy Williams Show Renewed Through 2017

June 5th, 2013 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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“The Wendy Williams Show” will be around for years to come.

Debmar-Mercury announced on Tuesday that it renewed the “The Wendy Williams Show” through the 2016-17 television season on Fox Television Stations. Ratings for the nationally syndicated show has shown steady growth in recent years. The news follows Debmar-Mercury’s announcement that “The Wendy Williams Show” would extend its production schedule into the summer months.

Speaking of the show’s success, Fox Television Stations senior vice president of programming Frank Cicha said, “Over the last few years, [‘The Wendy Williams Show’ has] evolved into the ideal lead-out to our morning news blocks. Like our news, the show delivers a day/date immediacy that serves as a blueprint for where we want to be the rest of the day.”

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MSNBC Says Its Ratings Have Plunged Because They Aren’t That Into Breaking News

June 3rd, 2013 - By Tonya Garcia
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Tamron Hall is one of the anchors on the MSNBC. Image: MSNBC

Tamron Hall is one of the anchors on the MSNBC. Image: MSNBC

This May, the ratings plunge at MSNBC caused the news station to drop from its second place standing behind Fox News into fourth place.

Fox held on to the top spot with an average daily 1.246 million viewers, while HLN, which covered the Jodi Arias case extensively, bolted up to second place, giving it the best May it’s ever had. CNN continued its upward trajectory, with an especially good showing from the adults-ages-25-to-54 group, which increased in viewership by 92 percent to 161,000 people.

But MSNBC had a poor showing, even from favorites like Chris Hayes, who had the debut of his show All In With Chris Hayes, and Rachel Maddow, who’s 9pm program had its lowest raged month since September 2008, according to The Hollywood Reporter. MSNBC is a favorite among African Americans, owing in large part to the diversity in its line up. But that wasn’t enough. So what gives?

Phil Griffin, president of the channel, explains its 20 percent drop by looking at its brand. They don’t really do breaking news. “We’re not the place for that,” The New York Times quotes him saying. MSNBC’s tagline, notes the Times, is “The Place for Politics,” and since it re-imagined itself as a network for the liberal take on political news about a decade ago, there has been success.

But since the inauguration, it’s been breaking news that’s making news. From tornadoes in Oklahoma and wildfires in California, to the attacks at the Boston Marathon, to things like the Arias case and sporting tournaments, other news has taken center stage.

Or, as one former news producer says, “People are just sick of politics.”

MSNBC’s Griffin notes that Fox is actually way down, and there’s a natural ebb and flow to the ratings for the different networks. But the network can’t stand to lose big ratings (and big money) month after month if the ratings stay low. The question then becomes do they shift some to make up ground, or do they stay the course until politics becomes big news again.

Are you still steadfastly tuning in to MSNBC? Or have you moved on to other things.

Daytime Gets “Real”: Tamar Braxton and Tamera Mowry Join Others For New Summer Talk Show

June 1st, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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Fox Television is gearing up for a fun summer of talk show test runs. 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?