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You may remember Tionna Smalls from the 2010 VH1 reality show What Chilli Wants, starring TLC’s Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas. Tionna was the relationship guru attempting to help Chilli piece back together her mess of a love life, but what many don’t know about Tionna is that she has her hands in several industries. The 28-year-old media mogul has written a couple of books including Girl Get Your Mind Right and Men Love Abuse, in addition to launching her own book publishing company, Talk Dat Ish Books, which has published titles by Neffe Pugh and Tashera Simmons. She has also launched entertainment and film company, Talk Dat Ish Ent. Did we mention she also owns a jewelry boutique. It’s no wonder she’s earned the title as one of Brooklyn’s favorite entrepreneurs. Homegirl stays busy! And now, in addition to all of her thriving business ventures, we’ve just learned that she’s making history as well.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, MTV has just ordered 20 episodes of Smalls’ relationship series, Girl Get Your Mind Right. The new show is scheduled to debut May 20th and will air weeknights at 6 pm throughout the summer. The show will center around Tionna and her efforts to help young women conquer relationship issues. The folks over at THR are saying that each episode will document Tionna as she assesses her subject’s problems and “confronts them head on.” The ladies who make appearances on her show will also be getting makeovers that address their physical appearance and their attitudes.
“It’ll allow us to take a look into the specifics of many more girls and each episode will wind up being more relatable,” Tony Biari, senior vp of MTV series development said of the new series.
“Tough love, especially with a comedic tone, is something our audience is craving right now. They’re looking for guidance and boundaries from someone other than their parents. We felt the combination of the genre and the personality like Tionna, who is so unique, made a lot of sense for us,” he continued.
Girl Get Your Mind Right will also go down in history as the first daily MTV series produced by and starring a Black woman.
Way to go, Tionna!
So, will you be checking out Girl Get Your Mind Right when it debuts later this month?
In October, we found out that Tyler Perry and Oprah were partnering together on exclusive television series and projects for the daytime talk show mogul’s network, OWN, and The Hollywood Reporter has just released the concepts for their first two shows.
The first, The Haves and the Have Nots is “a drama about the dynamics of the affluent Cyrer family and the impoverished family of their housekeeper, Hanna, and the obstacles and secrets that exist within both.” The second, which is a multicamera comedy, is titled Love Thy Neighbor, and will be set at “Love’s Diner, where every day the menu serves up good food, great laughs, valuable life lessons and a lot of love for its zany neighbors.” Sounds very Lifetimey.
As expected, TP will write, direct and executive produce both the comedy and the drama, as he always does, but additional writers and producers are expected to be added to the mix. Production will begin early next year and the series are both expected to debut in mid-2013. OWN investors have a lot riding on these shows, as Discovery Communications CEO David Zaslav, explained the potential for OWN’s growth at the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference in London, December 4 and said:
“The cherry on top is we got Tyler Perry.”
Hopefully these series will be all they want them to be.
How are you feeling about these concepts?
If you didn’t get the memo already, Hollywood has run out of fresh ideas. When there are no more fresh ideas, you reach back and start trying to redo a good thing. That’s where remakes and the blasted sequel come in to play. In the last year alone we learned that there would be remakes of the movies Sparkle, Annie, A Star is Born, Steel Magnolias and a third sequel to Bad Boys, all with black leads this time around. While some sequels and remakes can actually be better than the originals (The Godfather II, Toy Story III for example), most do a great job of making fans pissed (or worse, making them fall asleep). These were a few that had me ready to start a riot…or something of the sorts…just know I didn’t like these movies at all.
PS, Be prepared to click. I warned you, so hey…
Carmen: A Hip Hopera
Really? This might have been one of the worst movies of all time. OF ALL TIME! *In a Kanye voice* Granted, it was only a TV movie, but Bey, Mos Def, Mekhi Phifer and the rest of them should have known better. A remake of the classic movie Carmen starring Dorothy Dandridge, which also came from a Broadway play and book, Beyoncé plays the lead as an aspiring actress who uses folks to get to the top, including Phifer’s character of Derek. While it was a nice attempt by Robert Townsend, the acting is HORRIBLE, and if you were wondering, not just by Bey Bey. The music bits were a tad bit corny, and the adapted storyline just didn’t work. But I should have known the movie wasn’t going to be all that deep. Anything with Da Brat as the narrator, Wyclef as a tarot card reader, and Bow Wow as a jailbird (even though he was barely out of puberty) just won’t go well…
BET seems determined to make it’s mark in the scripted sitcom genre with husband-and-wife team Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil. The network has given the couple the greenlight for a new pilot titled, “Single Black Female,” which is expected to air in August.
The premise of the show is a look at the work-family balance of a single, black woman who is the host of a popular Atlanta talk show, similar to The Ellen Degeneres show. There’s no word on who will play the role and what other aspects of the woman’s life will be featured, but from these details, it sounds so far, so good.
The series is a part of a major production deal Mara and Salim, who produce and direct ‘The Game,” signed with BET in May which includes several pilot commitments. Mara is also behind the recent remake of Sparkle, starting Whitney Houston and Jordin Sparks, and Salim directed “Jumping the Broom.”
I have to say with the way “The Game” has been going this season, I’m not super excited about this series, but with a new show comes the chance to learn from mistakes and approach things from a different angle, and hopefully they will.
What do you think about Mara and Salim’s work so far? Can they make a show on a single, black female a success?
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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