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POP TV CELEBRATES THE END OF SCHITT’S CREEK WITH BEHIND-THE-SCENES SPECIAL BEST WISHES, WARMEST REGARDS: A SCHITT’S CREEK FAREWELL PREMIERING TUESDAY, APRIL 7 AT 8:30 PM ET/PT

New Hour-Long Documentary Provides Intimate Look at the Final Season of the Emmy®-Nominated Comedy Series

Watch Preview of BEST WISHES, WARMEST REGARDS: A SCHITT’S CREEK FAREWELL

LOS ANGELES – MARCH 12, 2020 – After six celebrated seasons and enough awards and nominations to make Moira Rose swoon, Pop TV is celebrating its breakout hit SCHITT’S CREEK with the ultimate farewell for fans: an intimate behind-the-scenes look at the beloved series with the special Best Wishes, Warmest Regards: A Schitt’s Creek Farewell. The inside look will debut on Pop TV on April 7 at 8:30PM ET/PT immediately following the series finale, which is being supersized in a simulcast across Pop TV, Comedy Central and Logo in a special event at a new time, 8PM ET/PT.

“As we celebrate the end of SCHITT’S CREEK, we couldn’t do it without creating a special TV moment to send this historic series out on top,“ said Brad Schwartz, President, Pop TV. “This must-watch behind the scenes doc is the perfect way to honor a series that has made an impact in so many people’s lives, with enduring characters and stories filled with heart, humor and honesty that will stand the test of time.”

BEST WISHES, WARMEST REGARDS: A SCHITT’S CREEK FAREWELL, directed by Amy Segal, is a celebration of the four-time Emmy®-nominated comedy series and its undeniable cultural impact. Fans will go behind the scenes for the first time, with never-before-seen footage of wardrobe fittings, the emotional final table read, audition tapes, and more. The special will feature interviews with the cast, creators, journalists, and celebrity superfans including Paula Abdul, Will Arnett, Carol Burnett, Cameron Crowe, Tony Hale, Amy Sedaris, Johnny Weir, and more.

Commissioned by CBC, BEST WISHES, WARMEST REGARDS: A SCHITT’S CREEK FAREWELL is produced by Best Wishes, Inc. Representing Best Wishes Inc, the Executive Producers are Daniel Levy, Eugene Levy, Amy Segal, Andrew Barnsley, and Fred Levy. Amy Segal is the director. For CBC, the Executive Producers are Sally Catto, Trish Williams, and Greig Dymond. For Pop TV, the Executive Producers are Brad Schwartz and Elizabeth Allan-Harrington. BEST WISHES, WARMEST REGARDS: A SCHITT’S CREEK FAREWELL is produced in association with CBC and Pop TV and distributed internationally by ITV Studios.

Co-created by Eugene Levy and Daniel Levy, SCHITT’S CREEK is a half-hour, single-camera comedy starring an ensemble cast including Emmy-nominated Eugene Levy, Emmy-nominated Catherine O’Hara, Daniel Levy, Annie Murphy, Chris Elliott, Emily Hampshire, Jennifer Robertson, Noah Reid, Dustin Milligan, Sarah Levy and Karen Robinson.

Commissioned by CBC, SCHITT’S CREEK is produced by Not A Real Company Productions Inc. and created by Eugene Levy and Daniel Levy. The Executive Producers are Daniel Levy, Eugene Levy, Andrew Barnsley, Fred Levy, David West Read and Ben Feigin. SCHITT’S CREEK is produced in association with CBC and Pop TV and distributed internationally by ITV Studios.

About Pop TV
Pop TV, part of the ViacomCBS Entertainment & Youth Group, is a fully distributed entertainment media brand featuring fun, comedy-leaning programming for The Modern Grownup® – engaged fans, raised on network TV, who came of age in the ‘80s and ‘90s. Pop is TV the way it should be – effortlessly entertaining and home to some of the most buzzed-about shows in all of television. They include pop culture phenomenon and four-time Emmy®-nominated comedy series Schitt’s Creek, and fan-adored, culturally significant, One Day At A Time. Pop TV also features a lineup of “Still Awesome” movies and television hits our audience grew up enjoying including: Beverly Hills 90210, Charmed, ER and Gilmore Girls. Pop is available on all major cable and satellite providers, through the downloadable app PopNow and on most over-the-top streaming services. To learn more, visit https://poptv.com

NETFLIX IS A JOKE FEST BRINGS TOGETHER THE BIGGEST NAMES IN NETFLIX COMEDY TO LOS ANGELES APRIL 27-MAY 3 WITH OVER 100 LIVE SHOWS, EVENTS, AND ACTIVATIONS

PRE-SALES BEGIN TUESDAY, MARCH 3 TICKETS ON SALE TO GENERAL PUBLIC STARTING FRIDAY, MARCH 6

RECORDED SHOWS AT THE FEST WILL BE AVAILABLE GLOBALLY ON NETFLIX LATER IN 2020

Netflix Is A Joke, Netflix’s comedy brand, is throwing a week-long comedy festival, Netflix Is A Joke Fest. Produced by Netflix in association with Live Nation, the star-studded celebration of comedy will take over Los Angeles April 27th – May 3rd and feature live stand-up shows, special events and activations with Netflix comedians and artists from around the world. Featured Netflix talent include Ali Wong, Amy Schumer, Bill Burr, Dave Chappelle, David Letterman, Jamie Foxx, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, Kevin Hart, Martin Lawrence, Sebastian Maniscalco, the cast of Schitt’s Creek and more. The fest will also include STAND OUT: An LGBTQ+ Celebration with headliners Alan Carr, Hannah Gadsby, Margaret Cho, Rosie O’Donnell, Sandra Bernhard, Wanda Sykes and more.

Anchoring the Netflix is a Joke Fest is the May 3rd closing night inaugural edition of The Hall, a first-of-its-kind hall of fame honoring the greats of stand-up comedy. Today’s biggest names in comedy including Dave Chappelle, Kevin Hart, Chris Rock, Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, Jerry Seinfeld, Sarah Silverman, Wanda Sykes and more will pay homage to and induct comedy legends George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Joan Rivers and Robin Williams. The Hall and induction ceremony special were created by award-winning director/producer Marty Callner and producer Randall Gladstein. Callner will direct and executive produce through his Funny Business, Inc. shingle. Gladstein and award winning producer/manager, David Steinberg will also executive produce. The Hall, which will have a physical home in a newly designed wing of the National Comedy Center in Jamestown, New York, will be taped at The Ace Theater in Downtown LA for streaming on Netflix later in May.

Tickets for all events across the festival will go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, March 6th at 10am PT at www.NetflixIsAJokeFest.com. Select pre-sales will be available beginning Tuesday, March 3. Eleven shows will be recorded (noted below) and available in their entirety at a later date on Netflix. Highlights will also be available on Netflix Is A Joke’s SiriusXM channel and on Netflix Is A Joke social platforms.

Netflix is also proud to partner with Comedy Gives Back, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to create a safety net for comedians in need with mental health, medical and financial crisis support. During the Festival, Comedy Gives Back will provide onsite services and information for all interested Festival goers, free of charge. Comedy Gives Back is a 501(c)3 fiscally sponsored project through Road to Artdom Foundation, Inc.

“It’s our honor to transform LA for one week into the funniest place on earth,” said Ted Sarandos, Netflix Chief Content Officer. “This festival is a unique celebration of the art of comedy, and the role it plays in reflecting our lives and defining culture. It’s a chance for comedy lovers to come together and see their favorite artists as well as discover new ones, and for us to be able to share the electricity and excitement of the festival in Los Angeles with Netflix members around the world.”

The festival will take place across over 20 venues in Los Angeles, including the Hollywood Bowl, Greek Theatre, Hollywood Palladium, The Largo and more, with much of the festival primarily centered in Hollywood.

Below is a preview of the fest’s shows and events. The latest information and schedule will be available on www.NetflixIsAJokeFest.com.

“*Talent and schedule subject to change”.

THE THEATRE AT ACE HOTEL

The Hall: Honoring the Greats of Stand-Up (recorded)

The best comedians of today honoring the greatest stand-up comedians of all-time. With appearances by Dave Chappelle, Kevin Hart, Chris Rock, Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, Jerry Seinfeld, Sarah Silverman, & Wanda Sykes.

THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL

Chappelle’s

An evening of music and comedy featuring Dave Chappelle and very special guests.

THE GREEK

STAND OUT: An LGBTQ+ celebration at The Greek Theatre (recorded)

A Historic Celebration of the best in LGBTQ+ Comedy. Legends, headliners, and top emerging talent will share the same stage at The Greek Theatre for an unforgettable and unprecedented stand-up event with special guests and musical performances. Headliners include Alan Carr, Hannah Gadsby, Margaret Cho, Rosie O’Donnell, Sandra Bernhard and Wanda Sykes. Presenters include Demi Lovato, Graham Norton, Lily Tomlin, Ruby Rose. Featuring Bianca Del Rio, Fortune Feimster, Gina Yashere, Guy Branum, James Adomian, Joel Kim Booster, Judy Gold, Lea DeLaria, Mae Martin, Marsha Warfield, Matteo Lane, Patti Harrison, Rhea Butcher, Sam Jay, Scott Thompson, Solomon Georgio, Trixie Mattel and more. STAND OUT is produced by Page Hurwitz and Wanda Sykes for Push It Productions.

THE FONDA

That’s My Time with David Letterman (recorded)

Legendary late night host David Letterman returns to his roots to showcase some of today’s finest stand up comedians to perform and then join him for a one-of-a-kind interview.

THE PALLADIUM

Netflix Is A Joke at The Palladium Hosted by Jamie Foxx (recorded)

Megastar and Oscar-winner Jamie Foxxhosts this loaded lineup featuring some of his favorite comedians!

Netflix Is A Joke at The Palladium Hosted by Amy Schumer (recorded)

Movie star and powerhouse standup Amy Schumer hosts this epic night filled with some of Netflix’s hottest comedians!

Netflix Is A Joke at The Palladium Hosted by Martin Lawrence (recorded)

From Def Comedy Jam 25, superstar comedian Martin Lawrence returns to Netflix to host an evening of heavy hitting stand-up.

Netflix Is A Joke at The Palladium Hosted by Jane Fonda & Lily Tomlin (recorded)

Comedy icons and Grace & Frankie stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin host an evening of top notch stand-up from an all-lady lineup.

THE WILTERN

Sebastian Maniscalco live

Ali Wong: The Milk and Money Tour live

2 Bears, 1 Cave with Tom Segura & Bert Kreischer live podcast

The Degenerates Live Hosted by Jim Jefferies

The Degenerates is BACK and it’s LIVE. You loved the first two seasons of this no-holds-barred comedy show featuring the hottest rising stars of comedy. Now this crude and lewd show is hitting LA for a special Live edition hosted by Jim Jefferies featuring Big Jay Oakersen, Christina P, Ms. Pat, Robert Kelly and more.

Ronny Chieng live

Park Na-rae live

Ken Jeong live

Chelsea Handler live

THE ORPHEUM

Kevin Hart in Conversation – A moderated Q&A session with comedy superstar and business mogul Kevin Hart.

Iliza Shlesinger The Forever Tour

Schitt’s Creek: The Farewell Tour with Dan Levy, Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Annie Murphy , Noah Reid, Emily Hampshire. Join Schitt’s Creek cast members for a live, interactive evening that promises to be fun and insightful while giving fans an insider’s look into the making of the series.

Jack Whitehall live

WILSHIRE EBELL

Mike Birbiglia live

Congratulations with Chris D’Elia live podcast

Michelle Wolf live

Middleditch & Schwartz improv live

PALACE

Norm Macdonald live

THE AVALON

Pete Davidson & Best Friends(recorded)

Pete Davidson and his friends are doing stand-up comedy for you and your friends.

Los Comediantes de Latinoamérica(recorded)

Los Comediantes de Latinoamérica is a loaded stand up show featuring a who’s who of Latin American comedians. Special guests include Fabrizio Copano, Liss Pereira, Ricardo O’Farrill, and Ricardo Quevedo.

The India All Star Show hosted by Vir Das (recorded)

The India All Star Show is jam packed with the best stand up comedians from India featuring performances in both Hindi and English. Special guests include: Aditi Mittal, Amit Tandon, Kanan Gill, Kaneez Surka, Kenny Sebastian, Prashasti Singh, and Sumukhi Suresh.

REGENT

Marlon Wayans live

Russell Howard live

Deon Cole live

Christina Pazsitzky live

Vir Das live

LARGO

Jacqueline Novak Get On Your Knees live

Jenny Slate live

Katherine Ryan live

Tom Papa & Fortune Feimster live

Whitney Cummings & Friends live

DYNASTY TYPEWRITER

Cristela Alonzo live

Taylor Tomlinson live

Catherine Cohen live

London Hughes live

Mo Gilligan live

The Endless Honeymoon with Moshe Kasher & Natasha Leggero live podcast

COMEDY UNION

The Arsenio Hall Comedy Showcase (recorded for SiriusXM)

Arsenio Hall presents a lineup of the funniest comedians in LA at the legendary Comedy Union.

IMPROV

Whindersson Nunes & Friends live

They Ready Live live

Luenell live

IMPROV LAB AND IMPROV LAB

Janelle James & Friends live

K. Trevor Wilson live

Ms. Pat live

LAUGH FACTORY

Best of Canada live

THE ROOSEVELT HOTEL

Tim Dillon live

Chad Goes Deep “Going Deep” live podcast

THE BELASCO

Felipe Esparza live

DETAILS FORTHCOMING

Bumping Mics with Jeff Ross & Dave Attell Season 2 (recorded)

Best buds Jeff Ross and Dave Attell are bringing their uncut savagery for an all new season of Bumping Mics. Inviting friends and special guests from all over comedy to hang, riff and roast one another. No mic will go un-bumped.

Aunty Donna live sketch

About Netflix Is A Joke

As Netflix’s multiplatform comedy brand, Netflix Is A Joke provides a home for fans of standup, sketch, comedy series, film, and anything in between. Netflix is a Joke is where Netflix goes to be funny!

About Live Nation Entertainment:

Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) is the world’s leading live entertainment company comprised of global market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concerts, and Live Nation Sponsorship. For additional information, visit www.livenationentertainment.com.

TV ONE’S ACCLAIMED SERIES UNSUNG HIGHLIGHTS R&B HITMAKER CHRISTOPHER WILLIAMS THIS SUNDAY, MARCH 8 AT 10 P.M. ET/9C

Watch the UNSUNG Season Trailer Now

Christopher Williams



(SILVER SPRING, MD) – March 4, 2020 – TV One’s award-winning documentary series UNSUNG features R&B singer and actor Christopher Williams this Sunday, March 8 at 10 p.m. ET/9C.

Christopher Williams is an R&B singer and actor from the Bronx, who emerged during the late 1980s with a New Jack sound and pretty boy look. As the nephew of the late Ella Fitzgerald, music was always a part of his DNA. The baritone singer released his first single “Talk To Myself,” followed by “Promises,” both of which made Williams a fan favorite among the ladies. After the success of his first album, his popularity was further cemented with a starring role in the cult classic film, “New Jack City,” and the number one single “I’m Dreamin” from the film’s soundtrack. Events in his personal life, however,  would soon jeopardize his rising success. With an alleged rape charge and an arrest for child support, Christopher Williams found himself in a dark place.

The season continues with memorable stories of influential artists including funk and disco band Skyy; the “Mother of Freestyle” Shannon; Grammy Award-winning crooner behind the 1972 number one single “Me and Mrs. Jones,” Billy Paul; vocal powerhouse Betty Wright, best known for the 70s hit single “Clean Up Woman;” multi-Grammy Award-winning musician Al Jarreau; and Atlanta hip hop quartet Goodie Mob.

UNSUNG, winner of the 51st Annual NAACP Image Award for Outstanding News/Information- (Series or Special), celebrates the lives of trailblazing musicians whose full stories and journeys have yet to be explored. Through first-hand accounts, interviews with family and friends, and archival footage, each episode weaves a tale of the highs and lows of a life in the limelight.

UNSUNG is executive produced by A. Smith & Co. Productions’ Arthur Smith and Frank Sinton with Executive Producer Mark Rowland and Co-Executive Producer Kysha Mounia. For TV One, Jason Ryan is Executive Producer in Charge of Production, Donyell Kennedy-McCullough is Senior Director of Talent & Casting and Brigitte McCray is Senior Vice President of Original Programming and Production.

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For more information on UNSUNG visit TV One’s YouTube Channel and check out exclusive, behind-the-scenes content on www.tvone.tv. Viewers can also join the conversation by connecting via social media on TV One’s TwitterInstagram and Facebook (@tvonetv) and the UNSUNG Facebook (@tvoneunsung) using the hashtag #UNSUNG.

WATCH CHRISTOPHER WILLIAMS’ UNSUNG EPISODE CLIPS
Christopher Williams' Hotel incident with Al B. Sure
(Left) Christopher Williams’ hotel incident with Al B. Sure!
Christopher Williams destroy the uptown Records offices
(Right) Christopher Williams destroyed the Uptown records offices
WATCH THE UNSUNG SEASON TRAILER
Unsung Premieres February 23 @ at 10 P.M. ET/9C

UNSUNG Airs Every Sunday @ at 10 P.M. ET/9C

ABOUT TV ONE
Launched in January 2004, TV One serves 59 million households, offering a broad range of real-life and entertainment-focused original programming, classic series, movies and music designed to entertain and inform a diverse audience of adult black viewers. The network represents the best in black culture and entertainment with fan favorite shows Unsung, Uncensored, The DL Hughley Show, ATL Homicide, Fatal Attraction and Urban One Honors. In addition, TV One is the cable home of original blockbuster films including When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely Story, Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story, Bobbi Kristina and The Bobby DeBarge Story. TV One is solely owned by Urban One, Inc., formerly known as Radio One, Inc. [NASDAQ: UONE and UONEK, www.urban1.com, the largest African-American owned multi-media company primarily targeting Black and urban audiences.

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Brown Sugar Celebrates Women’s History Month with Movies Starring Oprah Winfrey, Halle Berry, Pam Grier, and More in March

Click here to download image. [“The Women of Brewster Place;” Credit: ABC Network]

ATLANTA (March 3, 2020) – Brown Sugar, the popular subscription streaming service from Bounce, will feature both a curated collection and popular returning titles in honor of Women’s History Month this March.

To celebrate, March’s curated collection will include the classic hit Foxy Brown starring Pam Grier, Frankie and Alice starring Halle Berry, the multi-generational coming of age story The Women of Brewster Place featuring Oprah Winfrey and more.

Fan favorites returning to Brown Sugar in March include the World War II film Sudie and Simpson starring Louis Gossett Jr., the martial arts comedy Bamboo Gods and Iron Men directed by Cesar Gallardo and a Fred “The Hammer” Williamson lineup including the classic crime story Black Caesar, its sequel Hell Up in Harlem and the popular drama The Hammer.

Brown Sugar is available on Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, Comcast Xfinity X1, Amazon Channels, Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Kindle, Android and Apple smartphones and tablets and web browsers via BrownSugar.com. There is a free 7-day initial trial period for subscribers with a retail price of $3.99/month thereafter. Visit www.BrownSugar.com for more information. Brown Sugar and Bounce are both a part of The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP).

THE HIGH NOTE

Focus Features will release THE HIGH NOTE in theaters on Friday, May 8, 2020

Director:  Nisha Ganatra (“Late Night”)

Writer:  Flora Greeson

Producers:  Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner

Cast:  Dakota Johnson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Ice Cube, Zoe Chao, Eddie Izzard, Bill Pullman,Diplo

Set in the dazzling world of the LA music scene comes the story of Grace Davis (Tracee Ellis Ross), a

superstar whose talent, and ego, have reached unbelievable heights. Maggie (Dakota Johnson) is Grace’s overworked personal assistant who’s stuck running errands, but still aspires to her childhood dream of becoming a music producer. When Grace’s manager (Ice Cube) presents her with a choice that could alter the course of her career, Maggie and Grace come up with a plan that could change their lives forever.

In February 2019, it was announced Nisha Ganatra would direct the film, from a screenplay by Flora Greeson. Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner will serve as producers on the film under their Working Title Films banner. In May 2019, it was announced Dakota JohnsonTracee Ellis RossKelvin Harrison Jr. and Zoë Chao had joined the cast of the film. Ice Cube and June Diane Raphael were added in June. Bill PullmanEddie Izzard and Diplo were added to the cast.

Principal photography began in May 2019. In February 2020, the film was re-titled The High Note.

Queen Latifah, Common, Halle Berry, Sidney Poitier, Cicely Tyson, Paul Winfield, Morgan Freeman, Other Greats Help Brown Sugar Celebrate Black History Month in February

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ATLANTA (Feb. 5, 2020) – Brown Sugar , the popular subscription streaming service from Bounce, has announced new additions, popular returning titles and curated collections for February, Black History Month.

Queen Latifah, Common and Harry Belafonte headline the new, original one-hour special Bounce Celebrates Black History, presenting a collection of stories depicting the strength and courage of Black Americans, some never before heard, that made history and our nation a better place. The special covers people and events of historical significance including The Underground Railroad, Black Pharaohs, Martin Luther King, Jr., Dr. Charles Drew, Madam C.J. Walker, Green Book, Cinque Amistad, James Baldwin, Gordon Parks and a presentation of African-American firsts. Civil Right Icon Ambassador Andrew Young is featured prominently throughout Bounce Celebrates Black History, which premieres on Bounce on Monday, February 10 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) and then will be available for viewing on Brown Sugar.

Brown Sugar also debuts Mandela, the Oscar®-nominated, in-depth look at the life of Nelson Mandela covering his childhood, family, imprisonment and his long struggle with the anti-apartheid movement.

February’s curated collections are ” I’m Black and I’m Proud ” featuring Mandela, King ( Paul Winfield, Cicely Tyson), Death of a Prophet (Morgan Freeman) and more for Black History Month. The ” All You Need is Love ” collection includes romantic films The Love Letter (Keisha Knight Pulliam), 24-Hour Love (Malinda Williams, Keith Robinson) and Love Will Keep Us Together (Nelson J. Davis) to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Fan favorites returning to Brown Sugar in February include the Academy Award®-winning ensemble film Crash, Frankie and Alice featuring Halle Berry, the satirical comedy Hollywood Shuffle, directed by and starring Robert Townsend, the 1975 coming-of-age film Cooley High, They Call Me Mr. Tibbs starring Sidney Poitier and Bojangles with Gregory Hines playing tap-dancing legend Bill ” Bojangles” Robinson.

Brown Sugar is available on Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, Comcast Xfinity X1, Amazon Channels, Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Kindle, Android and Apple smartphones and tablets and web browsers via BrownSugar.com. There is a free 7-day initial trial period for subscribers with a retail price of $3.99/month thereafter. Visit www.BrownSugar.com for more information. Brown Sugar and Bounce are both a part of The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP).

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OWN UNVEILS TRAILER AND PREMIERE DATE FOR NEW UNSCRIPTED RELATIONSHIP SERIES ‘LOVE GOALS’ PREMIERING SATURDAY, MARCH 7

Series Features Five Celebrity Couples and a Licensed Therapist
Under One Drama-Filled Roof Including:
Benzino and Althea Heart, Sundy Carter and Breyon Williams, Coolio and Mimi Ivey, Dee Dee “Spinderella” Roper and Quenton “Q” Coleman, and Dwayne “Money” Bowe and Theresa Bowe

Los Angeles – OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network has unveiled the full trailer and announced premiere date of Saturday, March 7 at 9 p.m. ET/PT for its new unscripted relationship series ” Love Goals.” The series joins OWN’s popular Saturday night lineup of unscripted series that focus on love and relationships.

Click Here For the Series Supertease

From Irwin Entertainment, the production company behind hit series “Celebrity Rehab,” “Couples Therapy” and “Family Therapy,” comes ” Love Goals,” in which renowned family and relationship therapist, Spirit, counsels five celebrity couples who are at crossroads in their relationships. Their challenges range from fame and power, infidelity and communication issues, as well as overcoming childhood trauma. Through an intense two-week therapy program that features both insight-oriented exercises and special guests, these famous couples will face their most challenging conflicts head on, as they strive to achieve their love goals.

Appearing in the freshman season of ” Love Goals” will be: Benzino and Althea Heart, whose tumultuous and litigious relationship is well known to fans from their featured roles in “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta;” Former NFL wide receiver and rapper Dwayne “Money” Bowe and Theresa Bowe, who have been together for 11 years and wed in 2018; Actress and former “Basketball Wives” star Sundy Carter and boyfriend Breyon Williams; Former Salt-n-Peppa group member Dee Dee “Spinderella” Roper and comedian Quenton “Q” Coleman; Plus rapper/actor/chef and producer Coolio and his fiancé, Mimi Ivey.

Series’ host, Spirit, is a licensed therapist and media personality who aims to empower people with the skills, tools, and information vital to developing, sustaining and maximizing healthy, intimate relationships. Spirit was the host of Fox’s, “The Daily Helpline,” and XM/Sirius’ nightly radio program “Talking with Spirit.” Spirit is also a regular guest of HLN, “Dr. Drew: On Call,” “The Bill Cunningham Show,” and “The Rickey Smiley Morning Show.”

” Love Goals” is from Irwin Entertainment. John Irwin, Damian Sullivan and Andy Scheer are executive producers.

About OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network
OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network is the first and only network named for, and inspired by, a single iconic leader. Oprah Winfrey’s heart and creative instincts inform the brand and the magnetism of the channel. OWN is a leading destination for a premium scripted and unscripted programming from today’s most innovative storytellers. OWN’s original scripted series include “Queen Sugar,” “Greenleaf,” “The Haves and the Have Nots,” “If Loving You is Wrong,” “Ambitions,” “David Makes Man” and “Cherish the Day.” OWN’s Saturday night unscripted programming lineup includes “Iyanla: Fix My Life,” “Ready to Love,” “Love & Marriage: Huntsville,” “Family or Fiancé,” “Love Goals,” “Black Women OWN the Conversation” and “Black Love.” OWN connects with its audience wherever they are, inspiring conversation among a global community of like-minded viewers on social media and beyond. Launched on January 1, 2011, OWN is a joint venture between Harpo, Inc. and Discovery, Inc. The venture also includes award-winning digital platform Oprah.com. Access OWN anytime on WatchOWN.tv or across mobile devices and connected TVs.

About Irwin Entertainment:
Based in Los Angeles, Irwin Entertainment, Inc. is a full service multi-platform television production company committed to producing and developing high quality projects in the comedy, reality, and live entertainment arenas. Headed by veteran television producer, John Irwin, the company has projects on air, in production, and in development with a variety of cable, broadcast, and digital networks including VH1, HBO, E!, NBC, Comedy Central, Netflix, CMT, TruTV, TBS, Oxygen, Spike, OWN, and A&E. Irwin is the president of the company, which he founded in 2004. Irwin’s most recent projects in addition to “A Little Late with Lilly Singh,” include NBC’s Miss America 2020, and NBC’s New Year’s Eve 2020. Irwin has also produced stand up specials with Jim Jefferies, Michelle Wolf, Seth Meyers and Adam Sandler for Netflix.

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SHOWTIME ® ORDERS DRAMA FIRST LADIES TO SERIES STARRING OSCAR ® AND EMMY ® WINNER VIOLA DAVIS AS MICHELLE OBAMA

LOS ANGELES – February 5, 2020 – SHOWTIME has given a series order to the first season of the hour-long drama FIRST LADIES, starring and executive produced by Oscar, Emmy and Tony® winner Viola Davis, who will play former first lady Michelle Obama. Produced by SHOWTIME and Lionsgate Television, the series will also be executive produced by Julius Tennon, Oscar winner Cathy Schulman (Crash, Five Feet Apart), Jeff Gaspin (Rhythm + Flow, L.A.’s Finest), Brad Kaplan (Mr. Church) and author Aaron Cooley (Four Seats: A Thriller of the Supreme Court), who created the series and will write. The announcement was made today by Jana Winograde, President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc.

In the East Wing of the White House, many of history’s most impactful and world-changing decisions have been hidden from view, made by America’s charismatic, complex and dynamic first ladies. This series will peel back the curtain on the personal and political lives of these enigmatic women, with season one focusing on Eleanor Roosevelt, Betty Ford and Michelle Obama.

“Throughout our history, presidents’ spouses have wielded remarkable influence, not only on the nation’s leaders but on the country itself.” said Winograde. “FIRST LADIES fits perfectly within the SHOWTIME wheelhouse of drama and politics, revealing how much personal relationships impact both domestic and global events. Having Viola Davis play Michelle Obama is a dream come true, and we couldn’t be luckier to have her extraordinary talent to help launch this series.”

Davis won Oscar, Golden Globe®, BAFTA® and Screen Actors Guild Awards® for her performance in the feature film Fences, based upon the play for which she won a Tony Award. She also earned Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Awards for her lead role in How To Get Away with Murder, for which she was a four-time Emmy nominee, as well as two additional Tony Awards for King Hedley II and Seven Guitars. Her career also includes Oscar, Golden Globe and SAG-nominated performances in The Help and Doubt, an Emmy-nominated guest performance in Scandal and a BAFTA nomination for Widows. Davis is a four-time NAACP® Image Award winner and 16-time nominee, beginning with her performance on the SHOWTIME series UNITED STATES OF TARA.

FIRST LADIES is executive produced by Cathy Schulman via Welle Entertainment, Viola Davis and Julius Tennon via JuVee Productions, Jeff Gaspin via Gaspin Media, Brad Kaplan via LINK Entertainment and Aaron Cooley.

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OWN SETS PREMIERE DATE AND UNVEILS OFFICIAL TRAILER FOR NEW ANTHOLOGY DRAMA ‘CHERISH THE DAY’ FROM AWARD-WINNING CREATOR AVA DuVERNAY

Two-Night Premiere Set for Tuesday, February 11 and Wednesday, February 12

Tuesday’s Premiere to be Presented with Limited Commercials by Toyota Highlander

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Los Angeles, CA – OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network has revealed the premiere date and official trailer for its new original anthology drama “Cherish the Day,” created and executive produced by Emmy winner/Academy Award nominee Ava DuVernay (“Queen Sugar,” “When They See Us”). “Cherish the Day” is set for a two-night premiere on Tuesday, February 11 at 10 p.m. ET/PT and Wednesday, February 12 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Tuesday night‘s premiere will be presented with limited commercials by Toyota Highlander. The eight-episode chapter will continue to air on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
 
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Chapter one of “Cherish the Day” chronicles the stirring relationship of one couple, with each episode spanning a single day. The narrative will unfold to reveal significant moments in a relationship that compel us to hold true to the ones we love, from the extraordinary to the everyday. Xosha Roquemore (“The Mindy Project”) stars as Gently James and Alano Miller (“Underground”) stars as Evan Fisher. The couple meet and fall in love in Los Angeles, with the full season spanning five years in eight episodes.

OWN previously announced additional cast including legendary Emmy-winning actress Cicely Tyson, as well as Michael Beach, Anne-Marie Johnson and Kellee Stewart. The DuVernay led series also recently announced it achieved full gender parity with a production crew of over 50% women, including 18 female department heads.

Directors for the series are Tanya Hamilton, Blitz Bazawule, Aurora Guerrero and Deborah Kampmeier.
The series is produced for OWN by ARRAY Filmworks and Harpo Films in association with Warner Horizon Scripted Television. Ava DuVernay, Paul Garnes (“Queen Sugar”), Tanya Hamilton (“Queen Sugar,” “Night Catches Us“), and Oprah Winfrey serve as executive producers.
 
About OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network
OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network is the first and only network named for, and inspired by, a single iconic leader. Oprah Winfrey’s heart and creative instincts inform the brand and the magnetism of the channel. OWN is a leading destination for a premium scripted and unscripted programming from today’s most innovative storytellers. OWN’s original scripted series include “Queen Sugar,” “Greenleaf,” “The Haves and the Have Nots,” “If Loving You is Wrong,” “Ambitions,” “David Makes Man” and “Cherish the Day.” OWN’s Saturday night unscripted programming lineup includes “Iyanla: Fix My Life,” “Ready to Love,” “Love & Marriage: Huntsville,” “Family or Fiancé,” “Black Women OWN the Conversation” and “Black Love.” OWN connects with its audience wherever they are, inspiring conversation among a global community of like-minded viewers on social media and beyond. Launched on January 1, 2011, OWN is a joint venture between Harpo, Inc. and Discovery, Inc. The venture also includes award-winning digital platformOprah.com. Access OWN anytime onWatchOWN.tv or across mobile devices and connected TVs.
 
About Warner Horizon Scripted Television
A division of the Warner Bros. Television Group, Warner Horizon Scripted Television was founded in 2006 and is one of the entertainment industry’s leading producers of dramatic and comedic programming for the cable and subscription/on-demand streaming marketplace. Series produced by Warner Horizon Scripted Television include “Animal Kingdom” and “Claws” for TNT, “Cherish the Day,” “David Makes Man” and “Queen Sugar” for OWN, “The Flight Attendant” for HBO Max, “Fuller House,” “Medical Police,” “Special” and “You” for Netflix, “Pennyworth” for EPIX, and “The Right Stuff” for National Geographic.
 
About ARRAY
ARRAY is a multi-platform media company and arts collective based in Los Angeles. Founded in 2012 by filmmaker Ava DuVernay, the company currently operates a trio of branded entertainment entities: ARRAY Releasing, ARRAY Creative Campus, and ARRAY Filmworks. ARRAY Filmworks develops and produces stories that center around people of color and women of all kinds. Feature film and TV projects include “When They See Us,” “13TH,” “Queen Sugar,” “Cherish The Day,” “The Red Line,” “Venus Vs,” “Middle of Nowhere,” “I Will Follow” and commercial and installation work for Prada, Apple and The Smithsonian.  www.arraynow.com.

REDMAN INTERVIEW

RE Classics caught up with the Legendary REDMAN in his home town of Newark New Jersey. He was celebrating the holiday season with his 211 Community Impact team. They gave away over two thousand toys to the youth of Newark New Jersey. REDMAN also took out some time to talk about his anticipated album “Muddy Waters 2.”

Toney Perkins – How important are events like this to the community?

REDMAN – I mean, like any event that brings awareness to your community is is great.. For example…Newark had the MTV awards here this year, I’ve been to the MTV Awards in L.A., New York for the last, you know, maybe like 15 years. And I can honestly say that they had the MTV Awards and Newark was one of the best shows to me because it wasn’t. It didn’t attract just the normal bougie audience from L.A. or New York. It actually brought out fans in Newark and for Broad and Market to be gated off…and me watching all the young fans looking at, you know, like high celebrity stars coming their city and they are watching.

That gives them hope that that tells them like, yo, this shit is right here in Newark. I can do this because it’s all about resources, man…that’s what we lack in communities is resources. It’s not like, you know, we don’t want to learn. It’s not like we are too lazy to learn. We don’t have the proper resources to touch. So giving back to communities, doing toy drives, letting people see celebrity faces that came out the same neighborhood that they’re growing in now that they’re growing up in now gives them hope.

It gives the young kids hope like, yo, that’s REDMAN he’s right here wit me…and he’s clashing heads with all the big stars. I can do this, too. So it’s all about bringing hope to your community when you’re doing little events like this. Don’t matter. Toy Drive, MTV Awards, it don’t matter when you bring awareness to your hood. It helps. And you might not think it don’t. But you’ve got to start thinking like this. If that helps one person, you’re doing your job. Don’t worry about if it’s going to satisfy the masses. If you help one person, if one person goes home with that message, like if…all the people we serve here today, if one person goes home today from our Toy Drive said, yo, Doitall and REDMAN was giving out toys…I want to do that when I get on.. When I get on, I’ma do a TOY DRIVE and I’m a do it even bigger…and I will applaud that because I’m the kind of guy and artists that believe in the youth…I want the youth to be better than me.

When I talk to a young person, I tell them, look, nigga, I don’t want you to be like me. I want you to be better than me. But in order for you to be better than me, my dude you’re going to have to work twice as hard as me, and I’m. Grizzly when I work. So if you want to be better than me, you had have to put in the hours and work, but they won’t know that until they come meet you. They won’t know this information until they come talk to you. The shortest thing between people is communication. And that’s what 211 Media Impact is about bringing that communication closer together. Bringing resources to young people and older people as well to get a better enlightment on where they want to go.

Toney Perkins – Let’s just transition right to the music. What’s going on with the music? Well, what can we expect?

REDMAN – “Muddy Waters 2″ dropping in April or May? I’m independent right now, so that’s why it’s taking so long and I’m paying for samples of shit. So. But it’s a good learning experience and I’ve got the hang of this shit so and all my shit is 90’s sounding and I’m like, I’m not fucking with no new kind of sounds and I mean no new artists as well, you know, why don’t you do a record with..Nah, I’ll stick to my grounds and stick to my roots.

The Album will be out in April or May. “Muddy Water s 2” Executive produced by me. I got all kinds of producers on there from Rockwilder and Erick Sermon..Hopefully I could get my track from D.J. Premier Big Bru…If you stop bullshitting Big Bru like me and Meth just did a record with Guru..uh..big up to D.J. Premier…he just got some new Guru vocals that he just had to go through some litigation about. So you’re going to hear a new “Gang Starr” album coming soon. Me and Meth is a part of that, but a lot of new music and to 2012, a lot of new music.