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REEL TALK: Television and Movie briefs (12/29/16-1/5/17)
By Compiled by Shonassee Shaver, Contributing Write
Published December 28, 2016

 

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OWN’S hit drama “The Have and The Have Nots” returns with all-new episodes this January

As the new year approaches, the fourth season of “The Have and The Have Nots” returns with all-new episodes on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network’s January 3rd at 9 p.m. “The Haves and the Have Nots” continues to heat up as Hanna (Crystal. R Fox), the moral conscience, is tested like never before. Hanna and her son, Benny, (Tyler Lepley) are stripped of everything they have once Candace’s (Tika Sumpter) latest hustle fails miserably. In the premiere episode, Veronica (Angela Robinson) is stunned after Katheryn (Renee Lawless) lashes out in anger. Most recently, the season finale of “THAHN” (9/6/16) delivered 4.1 million viewers P2+ in Live+3 and ranked as the night’s #1 cable telecast across women. The series consistently ranks as Tuesday night’s #1 original cable series among women 25-54 and women 18+ as well as primetime’s #1 original series among African-American women and total viewers. “The Haves and the Have Nots” is created, written, directed and executive produced by Tyler Perry and is produced for OWN by Tyler Perry Studios.

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Star cast leads in new romantic comedy, “Love By The 10th Date,” premiering on Lifetime

An all-star female cast from Megan Good, Kelly Rowland, Keri Hilson, Kelle Stewart to Cat Deeley will star in the romantic comedy “Love By The 10th Date,” premiering on Lifetime Network January 28th at 8 p.m. The two-hour romantic comedy will portray friends looking for love in the Lifetime Original Movie. “Love By The 10th Date” follows Gabby (Good), Nell (Stewart), Billie (Hilson) and Margot (Rowland) who balance their dating adventures alongside their career ambitions at an upscale digital magazine in Los Angeles, under the watchful eye of their editor, Maureen (Deeley). Inspired by the site’s relationship advice column to find the one, Gabby and Nell embark on their own journeys towards the elusive 10th date, the dating world’s Holy Grail when it comes to commitment. Meanwhile, Billie finds herself at a major crossroads in her marriage and Margot unsuccessfully tries to fight her growing attraction to a famously controversial reggae musician she is assigned to interview. As the ladies navigate the ups and downs of modern dating, romance, exes and friendships, they learn what they really want out of life and love. Brandon T. Jackson (Tropic Thunder) stars as Dante, a creative director at the site and Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman (UnReaL) is Freddy, Nell’s bisexual boyfriend. The film is executive produced by Wendy Finerman, written and directed by Nzingha Stewart. “Love By The 10th Date” is produced by SilverScreen Pictures Inc. for Lifetime.

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Comedian Tony Rock hosts TV ONE’S outrageous new game show “The Game of Dating,” premiering January 31st

TV One redefines the dating and game show genres this January with the debut of “The Game of Dating,” hosted by popular comedian Tony Rock, the network’s primetime game show will offer viewers a provocative, sexy and hysterical new take on classic dating show scenarios. The series premieres on Tuesday, January 31st at 8 p.m. with nine episodes. “The Game of Dating” begins each hour-long episode with three teams of friends and/or family who watch real dates in a “hidden camera” style from the comfort of their homes. Throughout the show, the teams, as well as Rock, will offer their funny and uncensored commentary. The couples could be on an awkward first date, enjoying a new relationship, or they could be an existing couple with history just trying to keep the magic going. The competing teams watch the dates and do their best to figure out the daters’ stories and next moves in order to score cash. As the two different dates progress, the teams – who are as diverse as the daters, including sorority sisters, bakers, barbers, hair stylists, multi-generational families, comedians, basketball moms and even a group of seniors – will participate in gameplay with multiple questions about the dates like: “How long has this couple been dating?”; “Who will pay the check?”; or “Will she ask him up to her apartment when he drops her off after a dinner date?” Each correct answer earns the teams increasing amounts of cash and the team with the most money at the end of the episode wins the $10,000 grand prize. “Every couple has a story and the most fun part for any bystander is figuring out ‘what’s their deal’,” said Rock. “We’re pulling back the curtain and taking an uncensored look at how couples relate. The commentary might not always be pretty, but it will definitely be funny.” “The Game of Dating” is a hilarious, jam-packed series filled with comedy, huge reveals and excellent play along,” said Brad Siegel, President of TV One. “With expert comic timing, Rock entertainingly navigates the audience and our contestants through two dates – each one as unpredictable and funny as the last. It’s the only game show where dating pays off!” The Game of Dating is produced for TV One by A. Smith & Co. Entertainment (a division of A. Smith & Co. Productions) with Frank Sinton, Arthur Smith and Christmas Rini as executive producers and Brian Veskosky serving as showrunner.

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