According to the press release we just received, Allen’s two sitcoms Mr. Box Office and The First Family, are about to land a two hour sitcom block on some of the largest television station groups in the country. What this essentially means is that the African American sitcom is coming back in full force, thanks to Byron Allen.
Check out the press release;
Los Angeles, CA – May 22, 2012 Entertainment Studios, Inc., (www.es.tv) the largest independent producer and distributor of first-run syndicated television programming for broadcast television stations, and owner of seven 24-hour HD television networks (CARS.TV, COMEDY.TV, ES.TV, MYDESTINATION.TV, PETS.TV, RECIPE.TV and LEGACY.TV) proudly announces that Tribune, Weigel and CBS Television Station Groups have given a firm “go” to carry both new sitcoms as part of a two-hour primetime weekend comedy block, which has been cleared in over 85% of U.S. television homes.
Both sitcoms will air two half-hours, back-to-back, creating a two-hour primetime sitcom block. Each sitcom has an initial order of 104 episodes — for a total of 208 episodes for the primetime comedy block.
THE FIRST FAMILY is a sitcom about an African-American family that resides in The White House. It features an all-star cast including Christopher B. Duncan (THE JAMIE FOXX SHOW), Kellita Smith (THE BERNIE MAC SHOW), Gladys Knight, Jackee Harry (227), John Witherspoon (THE WAYANS BROTHERS), Marla Gibbs (THE JEFFERSONS, 227), and Michael D. Roberts (SEINFELD).
MR. BOX OFFICE is a sitcom about one of the world’s biggest movie stars, who is sentenced to community service teaching English at an inner-city high school in South Central Los Angeles. It features an all-star cast including Bill Bellamy, Jon Lovitz, Vivica A. Fox, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Rick Fox, Gary Busey, Alex Thomas, Tony T. Roberts, and Tim Meadows.
“There’s a huge shortfall of quality family sitcoms, and we are 110 percent committed to filling that enormous void,” said Byron Allen, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Entertainment Studios. “Our number one priority is to deliver the highest quality content in the sitcom genre, and this initial 208-episode order, 104 episodes for each sitcom, is a big step in the right direction.”
THE FIRST FAMILY and MR. BOX OFFICE are both produced and distributed by Entertainment Studios.
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