The Broadcast Film Critics Association and TV One have partnered to create an original special featuring content from the BFCA’s Celebration Of Black Cinema event at the House of Blues on January 7. The program will include backstage interviews and highlight the stars, performances and music from the event that recognizes and celebrates 2013 as a historical year in black cinema, TV One and BFCA announced today. The special will air on TV One in February. In addition, the network will provide promotional support on TV One, Radio One, Reach Media, and Interactive One.
Premiere dates have been set for TNT’s Dallas and Lifetime’s Lizzie Borden, TV One has announced a renewal for reality series R&B Divas, and WE tv’s Braxton Family Values hit a ratings high in its Season 3 premiere. Dallas Season 3 will debut at 9 PM on February 24. Patrick Duffy returns as Bobby Ewing, now the senior member of the Ewing family following the death of his older brother, J.R. Ewing. Linda Gray and Josh Henderson also star. Lifetime’s original movie Lizzie Borden Took An Ax premieres January 25 at 8 PM. Christina Ricci, Billy Campbell and Clea Duvall head the cast of the film about the woman tried and acquitted in the 1892 ax murders of her father and stepmother. TV One has picked up its reality series R&B Divas Atlanta for a third season and R&B Divas LA for Season 2. Both are slated to premiere in 2014. Meanwhile, WE tv’s Braxton Family Values saw its biggest numbers ever for a premiere, bringing in 1.3 million total viewers for its mid-season debut on November 14 — +27% increase from the season’s March 14 start. The episode also ranked No. 3 among women 18-49 (586,000) and No. 5 …
The NAACP and TV One network have inked a five-year agreement for the NAACP Image Awards, beginning with the live airing of the 45th NAACP Image Awards in February 2014. The Image Awards had long been a staple on broadcast TV. They aired on NBC for nine years before moving to Fox. NBC took over as a network home for the last two editions of the awards show, which honors “the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film and also honors individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors.” TV One said it will air live broadcasts of the Image Awards and red carpet arrivals in 2014. In addition, the network will provide promotional support on TV One, Radio One and Reach Media, Interactive One, and via a multi-platform marketing campaign.
D’Angela Proctor will provide strategic direction of all original programming and oversee all development and current production for TV One, reporting to President & CEO Alfred Liggins, the network announced today. Proctor joins TV One from Strange Fruit Media, where she was a co-owner and co-president. During her 15 years with Strange Fruit, Proctor developed, created and/or produced music videos, live music and comedy recordings, documentaries, feature films and television series. In the television arena, Proctor served as exec producer and creative consultant to BET from 2008 to 2010. During her stint there, she developed multiple film and television concepts, executive produced The Family Crew, Vindicated and Sunday Best. Most recently, Proctor created the upcoming OWN docu-reality series, Crazy. Sexy. Life. Proctor also produced the Family Reunion television series for TV One and the Daddy’s Girl Laila Ali documentary for the network.
News One Now will be TV One‘s first morning news program, a one-hour live weekday telecast that is set to launch in September. TV One said today that former CNN commentator, columnist and previous TV One host Roland Martin will anchor the show, which will focus on African-American news and current affairs and be culled from the third hour of a three-hour radio show to be syndicated on Radio One network stations. It also will stream on NewsOne.com. Based in Washington, DC, News One Now will feature experts, newsmakers and celebrities. Martin previously hosted the network’s Washington Watch With Roland Martin, which ended its four-year run in May. He departed CNN in April as part of new chief Jeff Zucker’s purge; at the time Martin tweeted “New boss wants his own peeps“. He had been at CNN since 2007 and was suspended briefly last year for what CNN called “regrettable and offensive” tweets that were seen as homophobic by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. He was the 2013 National Association of Black Journalists’ Journalist of the Year.
Travel Channel has renewed eight series for its 2013 schedule, which network president Laureen Ong said is moving away from travelogues and “more towards a lean forward experience”. The renewed series are Airport 24/7: Miami, Baggage Battles, Bizarre Foods America, Dangerous Grounds, The Dead Files, Hotel Impossible, Mysteries At The Museum and Ghost Adventures, the latter of which is returning for its eighth season, the longest-running of the renewed shows.
TV One has renewed R&B Divas, the network’s most-watched reality series that premiered over the summer, for a second season, and ordered a spinoff series R&B Divas: LA. Eight episodes have been ordered for both shows, with the original series set for a spring debut and the spinoff coming in Q3. R&B Divas followed Faith Evans, Nicci Gilbert-Daniels, Monifah Carter, Syleena Johnson and Keke Wyatt working together to produce a compilation album. All are returning. R&B Divas: LA‘s cast has not been announced. R&B Divas is produced by ThinkFactory Media.
October 22, 2012 – Silver Spring, MD – Alfred Liggins, CEO and President of Radio One will add oversight of all daily network operations for TV One to his portfolio as CEO of TV One effective November 1. As a result, current President and CEO Wonya Lucas will step down at the end of the month. Launched in January 2004, TV One serves more than 57 million households, offering a broad range of real-life and entertainment-focused original programming, classic series, movies, and music designed to entertain, inform and inspire a diverse audience of adult Black viewers. TV One is owned by Radio One, the largest radio company that primarily targets Black and urban listeners; and Comcast Corporation, one of the nation’s leading providers of entertainment, information and communications products and services.