‘Love Is ___’ Renewed for Season 2

Yayyy! ‘Love Is __’ is coming back for a second season on OWN and no one is happier than me.

“Mara and Salim have brought their heart and soul to this passion project working with our friends at Warner Horizon Scripted Television and we couldn’t be more thrilled to renew the show for a second season. This series is an important part of OWN’s scripted programming lineup and to see the ratings grow as the Akils’ love story unfolds each week is truly exciting,” said Erik Logan, president, OWN

The series follows Nuri (Michele Weaver) and Yasir (Will Catlett) as a couple chasing their dreams in 1990s Los Angeles. The story is told from the perspective of their present-day selves as they reflect on social issues and Black culture.

The series draws inspiration from the Akil’s real-life relationship journey.

“Love Is __” airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. on OWN. The Season 1 finale will air Aug. 21.

Im completely in love with this show , from the storyline to the amazing 90s fashion and music. This show is a rare gem in today society.

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‘Black-ish’ Creator Kenya Barris Officially Leaves ABC

It looks like all the rumors were true. ‘Black-ish’ creator Kenya Barris is officially leaving ABC Studios.

According to sources, Kenya is looking at a nine-figure overall deal with Netflix.

via THR:

“I’m very grateful to Patrick Moran and his team at ABC Studios, who have supported me every step of the way as I created the worlds of Black-ish, Grown-ish and now Besties. It has been an incredible ride including a Peabody and Golden Globe win, Emmy nominations, and many other accolades. But most importantly, they’ve allowed me to realize my dream of creating my own shows and I’m so proud of the work we’ve done together,” Barris said in a statement Friday. “No matter what, the studio has never wavered in their support of my creative vision. Leaving is bittersweet, but between my series on the air and projects currently in development, I know I’ll continue to work with ABC Studios for a long time.

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Karey Burke and Kenya Barris
Freeform Summit, Panel, Los Angeles, USA – 18 Jan 2018

Barris’ likely move to Netflix comes as the prolific showrunner, as exclusively reported by THR, had been actively trying to get out of his overall deal with ABC Studios, his creative home since 2015. Barris, who earned a Peabody and two best comedy Emmy nominations for his ABC comedy Black-ish, had three years remaining on the lucrative four-year deal he signed in 2017. Sources say other studios, including Warner Bros. Television, courted Barris with nine-figure offers as well. Barris, like Shonda Rhimes when she departed ABC Studios, will remain an executive producer on all of his shows. Kenny Smith has been promoted to co-showrunner alongside Jonathan Groff on Black-ish. Julie Bean continues to serve as showrunner on the Freeform spinoff Grown-ish. Groff, Smith and Bean all have overall deals with ABC Studios. The news comes months after Freeform handed out a straight-to-series order for Barris comedy Besties, which will remain on track.

Barris is a logical fit for Netflix, which is seeking what chief content officer Ted Sarandos has called a “rare class of creator” who can deliver hits that are both critically and commercially successful. Barris has proved the ability to deliver that on both the film and TV side. Also of interest to the streaming service, which is looking to satisfy its 117 million subscribers: prolific producers of content. Again, Barris delivered, overseeing a show and a spinoff (Freeform’s Grown-ish) while also developing aggressively on TV and in film.The Netflix deal follows a series of tough breaks at ABC. In March, for instance, it yanked a politically themed episode of Black-ish following creative differences between the network and Barris. At the time, ABC called the decision to scrap it a mutual one between the network and Barris, though sources say otherwise. The episode was poised to feature star Anthony Anderson’s Dre relaying his concerns about the current state of the country to his son. “Given our creative differences, neither ABC nor I were happy with the direction of the episode and mutually agreed not to air it,” Barris said at the time. “Black-ish is a show that has spoken to all different types of people and brought them closer as a community and I’m so proud of the series.”

First Shonda, now Kenya — ABC Studios out here losing!

‘Cosby Show’ Reruns Pulled Off Air Following Bill Cosby Guilty Verdict

Reruns of “The Cosby Show” are getting pulled from the air in the wake of Bill Cosby‘s guilty verdict, according to reports.

Via Page Six

The Atlanta-based network Bounce TV has decided to scrub all repeat episodes from its schedule following Thursday’s court decision

“Effective immediately, Bounce is removing ‘The Cosby Show,’” the network said in a statement to multiple media outlets.

Cosby starred in the award-winning sitcom for eight seasons, with TV Guide calling it the “biggest hit” of the 1980s. The now-disgraced comedian was convicted of sexual assault on Thursday.

Bounce began running reruns of “The Cosby Show” in early 2015 after acquiring it in a multi-network deal along with several other sitcoms, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The rights to Cosby’s spinoff, “A Different World,” were also obtained — and the show still airs on the network today.

Bounce had scrapped episodes of the comedian’s 1990s CBS series, “Cosby,” in 2015 when the sexual assault allegations against him first surfaced.

When it comes to Bill Cosby I will not assume all these women are telling the truth because I’m a woman. I dont automatically support him because I’m black. I have no idea what he actually did or didn’t do. None of us do. But I’m sitting here watching “A Different World” (Cosby- Executive Director) on Netflix thinking how powerful each episode was. And knowing the same to be true of the Cosby show. Episodes that taught us about history and current issues in the black community, every episode showing intelligent, educated, professional black people dealing with daily life, featuring the black entertainers of the day, shouting out HBCU’s on sweatshirts giving youth something to aspire to. I don’t know about you but I wanted to be like every character. Who’s doing that for us today? Nothing even comes close. I’m humiliated by today’s content to the point that I only watch a handful of tv shows and have completely boycotted reality shows. As if we needed any help, there is little to contradict the perception that we’re all loud, ghetto, ready to fight and extremely materialistic. I will accept the verdict and it turns out that Cosby is a scumbag. It will not erase, negate or ruin what he did for my childhood or an entire generation of people like me.