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Watch Trailer for Ava DuVernay’s CBS series ‘The Red Line’ (VIDEO)

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CBS has released a first look at Ava DuVernay‘s new limited series The Red Line. It premieres on Sunday, April 28 at 10 p.m.

The Red Line follows three very different Chicago families as they journey toward hope and healing after a tragedy connects them all. It features the incredible Noah Wyle, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Noel Fisher, Howard Charles, Aliyah Royale, Michael Patrick Thornton, Vinny Chhibber, Glynn Turman, Regina Taylor and Elizabeth Laidlaw.

Joining DuVernay as executive producer are Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Caitlin Parrish, Sunil Nayar and Kevin Hooks.

Tell us what you think!

https://youtu.be/CqW5bn0x-Ag

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Tone Bell, Sheryl Lee Ralph and Brian Stokes Mitchell star in CBS’ ‘FAM’ (VIDEO)

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CBS is adding a new comedy to its 2019 lineup with FAM. It premieres on Thursday, January 10th at 9:30 p.m. EST.

FAM follows Nina Dobrev as Clem, a woman whose vision of a perfect life with her adoring fiancé, Nick (Tone Bell), and his wonderful family is radically altered when her 16-year-old, out-of-control half-sister, Shannon (Odessa Adlon), unexpectedly comes to live with them.

FAM also features Broadway veterans Brian Stokes Mitchell and Sheryl Lee Ralph as Nick’s parents Walt and Rose + Gary Cole guest as Clem’s father, Freddy.

Watch the Behind-the-Scenes trailer below:

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Tichina Arnold talks ‘The Neighborhood,’ ‘Uncensored’ and more with ‘UPFRONT’

Written by | Ray Cornelius

Comedic actress, singer, producer and Lupus advocate—Tichina Arnold—is returning to primetime this week in the new CBS comedy The Neighborhood. The 30-minute sitcom debuts tomorrow night (Monday, October 1) at 8 p.m. EST.

Dave Johnson (Max Greenfield) is a good-natured, professional conflict negotiator. When his wife, Gemma (Beth Behrs), gets a job as a school principal in L.A., they move from Michigan with their young son, Grover (Hank Greenspan), unfazed that their new dream home is located in a community quite different from their small town.

Their opinionated next-door neighbor, Calvin Butler (Cedric the Entertainer), is wary of the newcomers, certain that the Johnsons will disrupt the culture on the block. However, Calvin’s gracious wife, Tina (Arnold), rolls out the welcome wagon; their chipper younger son, Marty (Marcel Spears), thinks the Johnsons could be good for the community; and their unemployed older son, Malcolm (Sheaun McKinney), finds Dave may finally be someone who understands him. Dave realizes that fitting into their new community is more complex than he expected, but if he can find a way to connect with Calvin, they have an excellent chance of making their new neighborhood their home.

Arnold was in town recently and stopped by the CAU-TV 23 studios to be a guest on my new television show, UPFRONT with Ray Cornelius. It’s the “TV” version of my popular radio show, UPFRONT Inside Atlanta’s Entertainment Industry. 

During our conversation she opens up about her character, appearing on the new season of TV One’s Uncensored and her favorite Martin episode. She also talked about wanting to do more music  (she can saaaaanggggg) and gave some sound advice to our student studio audience.

Check out a first look trailer for The Neighborhood below and tune into UPFRONT with Ray Cornelius this Thursday, October 4 on CAU-TV 23.

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Tichina Arnold + Cedric the Entertainer star in ‘The Neighborhood’ (VIDEO)

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Two of my favs—Cedric the Entertainer and Tichina Arnold—are teaming up for a new CBS series titled The Neighborhood. The network released a new first look video as part of their recent Upfronts.

The Neighborhood is a comedy about what happens when the friendliest guy in the Midwest moves his family (the Johnsons) to a neighborhood in Los Angeles where not everyone looks like him—or appreciates his extreme neighborliness. Cedric stars as Calvin Butler, the Johnsons’ opinionated next-door neighbor, who is wary of the newcomers, and certain that the Johnsons will disrupt the culture on the block. Arnold plays his wife Tina along with Sheaun McKinney as Malcolm, Marcel Spears as Marty, Max Greenfield as Dave, Dreama Walker as Gemma and Hank Greenspan as Grover.

The Neighborhood airs this fall.

https://youtu.be/oG9Hc_vFlTM

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Anthony Hemingway to EP + Direct CBS’s new pilot #Murder

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Emmy winning producer and director Anthony Hemingway has joined the producing team of CBS’s upcoming dramatic pilot Murder.

According to S&A, Hemingway will executive produce and direct the project that stars former Survivor’s Remorse actress Teyonah Parris.

As previously reported, Murder will explore crime through the unique and often-conflicting perspectives of cops and killers, witnesses and victims, friends and family. The series will invite the audience inside the emotional journey of an investigation, allowing them to discern the truth and judge the suspects’ guilt or innocence for themselves.

Parris will star as Detective Ayana Lake, who is described as “a rising star in the NYPD whose keen intellect and quick, analytic mind are the keys to her success.

Hemingway has worked on a number of popular series and films throughout his career including Empire, Underground, Shameless, Orange is the New Black, Treme, Red Tails, American Crime Story, True Blood and Shots Fired. 

Stay tuned to this weekend’s edition of UPFRONT where I talk to Hemingway and the cast of his new USA Network series Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G. It premieres TOMORROW night at 10 p.m. EST.

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Teyonah Parris to star in new CBS pilot ‘Murder’

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CONGRATS to Survivor’s Remorse star Teyonah Parris. She will be starring as the lead in a new CBS pilot titled, Murder.  According to S&A, the show is based on the popular BBC miniseries of the same name and is being described as follows:

“This new take on the investigative drama explores crime through the unique and often-conflicting perspectives of cops and killers, witnesses and victims, friends and family. Shot like a true-crime documentary, the series invites the audience inside the emotional journey of an investigation, allowing them to discern the truth and judge the suspects’ guilt or innocence for themselves.”

Parris will star as Detective Ayana Lake, who is described as “a rising star in the NYPD whose keen intellect and quick, analytic mind are the keys to her success. But when she’s partnered with instinctive intuitive Det. Jack Garrity styles and personalities sometimes clash.”

Parris has made quite an impression over the last few years. She became R&B singer Miki Howard in TV One’s original movie, Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story. She also starred in Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq and most recently appeared on Empire (She murdered that part, no pun intended). Her next role is in Barry Jenkins‘ film adaptation of James Baldwin‘s If Beale Street Could Talk.

Stay tuned…

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LL Cool J to become Hip Hop’s first ‘Kennedy Center Honoree’ (VIDEO)

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

LL Cool J will make history tonight as the very first hip hop star to ever receive the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors. He will be recognized for his decades of influence and artistry as a pioneering rapper + entertainment icon.

“I believe that we are built to do anything we put our minds and proper actions to. You have all the tools inside you that are required for you to fulfill your GOD given purpose. This one is for those who came before me and those who followed me.

We were sent to this planet to love and inspire one another. Manifest our dreams and make them a reality. I hope you’re inspired by me because I’m absolutely Inspired by you. Mic check 1212 Let’s ride!! 🎤 #KCHonors#StateDepartmentDinner #hiphop” said the rapper on a recent Instagram post.

LL Cool J will be honored alongside Grammy winning singer and Motown star Lionel Richie, trailblazing dancer and choreographer Carmen de Lavallade, Cuban megastar Gloria Estefan and pioneering TV producer and writer Norman Lear.

The Kennedy Center Honors Gala will air on the CBS Network for the 40th consecutive year as a two-hour primetime special on Tues., December 26 at 9 p.m. ET.

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‘Atlanta,’ ‘This Is Us’, ‘Drag Race’ & ‘Black-ish’ receive Emmy Nods

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CONGRATS to the casts of FX’s comedy series “Atlanta,” ABC’s “Black-ish” and NBC’s “This Is Us.” All three picked up Emmy nominations on Thursday morning during the official announcement ceremony.

Other nominees include “Black-ish” stars Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson, “Atlanta” star Donald Glover, “How To Get Away with Murder” actress Viola Davis and “This Is Us” actors Sterling K. Brown, Ron Cephas Jones and Milo Ventimiglia.

HBO’s “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” picked up a nomination for Best Television Movie while “RuPaul’s Drag Race” scored three nods including Best Reality Host for RuPaul. Other nominees include Jeffrey Wright, Cicely Tyson, Angela Bassett, Wanda Sykes, Titus Burgess, Regina King, Snoop Dogg, Dave ChappelleW. Kamau Bell and Leslie Jones.

The “69th Emmy Awards” will air live from Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, CA on Sunday, September 17 at 8 p.m. EST on CBS and his hosted by Stephen Colbert.

Click here to see the full list of nominees.

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WATCH FLOTUS talk to Oprah Winfrey about ‘Hope’ in Tonight’s TV Special (VIDEO)

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Here’s a clip from tonight’s Oprah Winfrey Special featuring First Lady Michelle Obama.  The show is titled, “First Lady Michelle Obama Says Farewell to The White House” and includes an exclusive one-on-one interview with Mrs. Obama as she talks about her final weeks in The White House. She also reveals what she believes will be her legacy and what’s in store for the future. This will be her last one-on-one interview as First Lady of the United States. It airs at 8 p.m. on CBS.

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‘Rush Hour’ star Justin Hires visits alma mater – Clark Atlanta University [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

It wasn’t that long ago that comedic actor Justin Hires was making his classmates laugh in the hallways of Clark Atlanta University’s mass media arts department. Now Hires will be making the entire country laugh as the star of CBS’s new television series “Rush Hour.” It’s a reboot of the classic 90’s franchise that made Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan international superstars.

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Hires will portray the every so funny ‘Detective Carter’ alongside Jon Foo as Lee. Much like the film, “Rush Hour” follows two unlikely detectives who join forces to avenge the death of Lee’s sister. The one-hour series debuts on March 31.

The 20-something-year-old actor stopped by his alma mater Thursday afternoon as part of a promotional tour for the show. He talked candidly with the aspiring actors and filmmakers about the project and how he transitioned from Atlanta to Hollywood. He also expressed his desire to one day offer job opportunities to young talent such as the ones that were in attendance.

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“I would love nothing more than to create a platform for young up-and-coming minorities to make projects for film and television. That’s what we need. Keenan Ivory Wayans use to do it back in the day. Spike Lee use to do it. So I feel like that’s something I should do,” said Hires.

The former YouTube sensation also wants to use his new found “celebrity” as a launching pad for future projects of his own where he can call the shots and have creative control over his work.

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“Whatever show I do next, it will be produced by Justin Hires.  I will be executive producer. I will have the final cut. I will choose the music. My goal is to have some type of creative control over the product and have some type of ownership. That’s what Kevin Hart does so well and that’s my goal too.”

Hires went on to further explain to the students that while he enjoys being in the spotlight he wants his legacy to consist of more than just his acting resume. He hopes that while he is chasing his passion, it will ignite a fire in those who are watching to pursue their own dreams and aspirations.

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“I love acting so much so that i turned down a contract to do acting. At the same time, I’m doing acting because I know what I want to achieve ultimately. I know it’s a means to get me to something bigger. And I want my legacy to be much bigger than acting. I want it to inspire and give people hope and motivation. Whether this show is canceled at the commercial break or goes on for five seasons, it’s a platform to get me to the next place in my career.”

Check out more photos + the trailer for “Rush Hour” below:

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Hires w/Dr. Kandace Harris, Dr. Herbert Eichelberger &  Semaj Robinson

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Hires with Professor Andrew Will and Dr. Alice E. Stephens 

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Ray Cornelius with Justin Hires 

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Watch New Trailer for ‘Rush Hour’ TV Series (VIDEO)

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Everything old is new again!

CBS has released a new trailer for its upcoming television adaptation of the hugely popular 90’s film, Rush Hour. The movie was a pop culture phenomenon and starred celebrated actors Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan as two unlikely detectives who came together to save a kidnapped daughter. The duo went on to star in two more films including Rush Hour 2 and Rush Hour 3. A Rush Hour 4 is still in development.

In the TV reboot, the roles of Detective Lee and Detective Carter are played by newcomers Jon Foo and Justin Hires. The two join forces when Lee comes to L.A. to avenge his sister’s alleged death. Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think.

https://youtu.be/DuQ0OlFrTqU

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TV BUZZ…Boris & Nicole, Tyler Perry + Phylicia Rashad

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One of my favorite acting couples is getting a new talk show, Tyler Perry’s expands his relationship with OWN and a Tony Award-winning actress is coming back to prime time. Here is the latest in TV Buzz…

Fox announced recently that acting duo, Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker will be hosting a new talk show on the network scheduled to premiere this July 6. “The Boris and Nicole Show” will feature the couple’s take on current affairs, parenting and marriage.  Also joining in on the conversation will be a host of their celebrity friends and invited guests. The show will test run in New York, Los Angeles and other markets yet to be announced. [Yahoo]

Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network has ordered additional episodes of all four of Tyler Perry’s shows: “The Have and the Have Nots” (23 episodes), “Love Thy Neighbor” (22 episodes), “If Loving You Is Wrong” (22 episodes) and “For Better or Worse” (20 episodes).  “Oprah Winfrey’s partnership with Tyler Perry has been a tremendous success, garnering millions of viewers for OWN and setting ratings records,” network president Erik Logan said in a statement. “Tyler’s original series have quickly become appointment viewing for a passionate audience and OWN is pleased to deliver 87 new episodes.” [Deadline]

Veteran actress and recent BET Honors recipient, Phylicia Rashad, is reportedly coming back to prime time in Ava DuVernay’s CBS drama, “For Justice.”  As previously reported, the series is based on James Patterson’s novel, “The Thomas Berryman Number.”  The new adaptation of the book follows a gay, female FBI agent, who works in the Criminal Section of the Department of Civil Rights Division and is caught between her family’s radical views and her professional family. [TV Line]

Stay tuned…

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New Projects for Laverne Cox, Ava DuVernay and Blair Underwood

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Emmy-nominated actress Laverne Cox continues to blaze trails! The “Orange is the New Black” star has recently inked a deal with CBS for a new drama centered on a transgender attorney in an upcoming series titled, “Doubt.” Cox‘s character is being described as “an Ivy-League-educated attorney who is funny, fierce and compassionate, who also fights hard for her clients.”  The series is executive produced by “Grey’s Anatomy” duo Tony Phelan and Joan Rater. [Deadline]

“Selma” director Ava DuVernay is attached to a new pilot for CBS titled “For Justice.”  The drama is based on James Patterson’s novel, “The Thomas Berryman Number,” which follows a Nashville reporter, Ochs Jones and his investigation into the murder of the city’s first black mayor, Jimmie Lee Horne. Reportedly, the new adaptation of the story will follow a female FBI agent, who works in the Criminal Section of the Department of Civil Rights Division, and is caught between her family’s radical views and her professional family. [Indie Wire]

Veteran actor, Blair Underwood has purchased the rights to David R. Stokes’, espionage thriller, “Camelot’s Cousin: The Spy Who Betrayed Kennedy.”  The project follows Templeton Davis, a media personality and scholar, who is investigating whether or not one of President Kennedy’s closest friends was a Russian Mole. The story is set during the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis and will star Underwood as Davis. [The Hollywood Reporter]

CONGRATS EVERYONE!

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TV Buzz: The Haves and the Have Nots, People’s Choice Awards and Empire

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It’s the first month of the New Year and you already know what that means..new television debuts, season premieres and award shows.  This week, I am spotlighting three programs that are sure to be hot topics the next day around the office water cooler.  Check them out below:

The Have and the Have Nots – Tuesday, January 6 at 9 p.m. on OWN

Tyler Perry’s OWN drama, “The Have and the Have Nots” is back for a fiery new season.  As previously reported, viewers last saw judge Jim Cryer (John Schneider) as he was carried away from his mansion in a kidnapping perpetrated by his former mistress (and former captive) Candace Young (Tika Sumpter). Now, “cray cray” Candace wants revenge and money and will stop at nothing to get it. The show airs TONIGHT at 9 p.m. EST on OWN.

EMPIRE – Wednesday, January 7 at 9 p.m. on Fox

Wednesday nights are about to get CRUNK as Fox rolls out is original new series directed by Lee Daniels titled “Empire.” The show follows a family-run-hip-hop dynasty governed by Lucious Lyons (Terrence Howard) who is attempting to take his record company, Empire Entertainment public. His plans to do so are delayed when his ex-wife, Cookie Lyons (Taraji P. Henson) emerges from prison and an all-out family war ensues.  “Empire” also stars Trai Byers, Jussie Smollet and Bryshere Y. Gray and a host of others. It debuts Wednesday, January 7 at 9 p.m. EST on Fox.

The People’s Choice Awards – Wednesday, January 7 at 9 p.m. on CBS

Will it be Beyoncé or Iggy Azalea that walks away with “Favorite Female Artist” at this year’s People’s Choice Awards?  The annual telecast that gives fans a chance to honor their favorite entertainers is back and also airs Wednesday, January 7 at 9 p.m. EST on CBS. Other nominees include Queen Latifah, Steve Harvey, John Legend, Pharrell Williams, Drake, Jay Z, T.I., Nicki Minaj, Kerry Washington, Viola Davis, Usher, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Octavia Spencer and Laurence Fishburne.  Click here to see the full list of nominees.

Which one will you watch?