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Chris Redd

Chris Redd Lands In New ABC Comedy Pilot Titled ‘Family Fortune’!

Chris ReddComedian and sketch performer Chris Redd has landed a series regular role opposite Fortune Feimster in ABC’s multi-camera comedy pilot Family Fortune, from Matt Hubbard, Tina Fey and Robert Carlock.

Written by Hubbard and Feimster based on the family life and stand-up of Feimster, who grew up in Belmont, N.C., Family Fortune is set in North Carolina and centers on popular gym teacher Fortune (Feimster) who comes out of the closet to her close-knit group of family and friends.

Redd will play Steven, a kind-hearted music teacher at Fortune’s school.

Redd, repped by ICM Partners, Principato Young and Schreck Rose, had a role in the untitled NBC sketch pilot last year. He also has performed with Second City and at Chicago comedy club Jokes and Notes.

Source: Deadline

Tony Rock

Tony Rock Lands In New Untitled ABC Comedy!

Tony Rock (All Def Comedy Live) is set for a regular role in ABC’s untitled Judah Miller comedy pilot. The single-camera project centers on a Tony Award-winning mother (Megan Hilty) and a risk-averse, cerebral father who are blessed with a son who is a natural-born competitive athlete. They are forced outside their parental comfort zones and into the high-octane world of youth sports. Innovative Artists-repped Rock will play Ty, Gary’s brother-in-law who’s married to his twin sister Susie. A foil to Gary, Ty is oblivious of how he unnerves his brother-in-law.

Source: Deadline

Regina Hall

Comedic Actress Regina Hall To Guest Host On ‘The View’!

Regina HallIt looks like comedic actress Regina Hall is making the press rounds as we have discovered the Best Man Holiday  and Scary Movie actress is making a stop on next week’s The View on ABC!

According to our sources and several other outlets, Hall will stop by to discuss with the ladies of “The View” to talk weddings, rings, and of course, “Hot Topics.”

We hear that hall has booked booked as a guest host on the ABC daytime show for Tuesday, Jan. 20th. The reason for the visit is to promote her new Lifetime original movie, With This Ring.

We also hear that Hall is about to begin production on several new films including The Best Man Wedding and the latest installment of the new Chevy Chase classic comedy film Vacation with Chris Hemsworth.

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Rosie Perez

Rosie Perez To Depart From Daytime Talk Show ‘The View’!

Rosie PerezAccording to an exclusive from Variety, it looks like actress Rosie Perez, who recently joined the day time talk, is leaving The View and according to many industry insiders this move was expected.

Check out the article below:

After only four months on “The View,” Rosie Perez is leaving the ABC morning show, Variety has learned.

Perez had taken off the month of January to appear in the Broadway play “Fish in the Dark,” but it’s understood that she won’t be coming back to the Hot Topics table once she’s done. It’s unclear when ABC will announce her departure, but for now “View” producers have been trying other younger co-hosts in her seat.

“The View” has experienced a dramatic tumble in ratings in its 18th season with new co-hosts Rosie O’Donnell and Nicolle Wallace joining moderator Whoopi Goldberg. Perez was handpicked by the show’s new executive producer Bill Wolff as a last-minute choice after the show underwent a reinvention this past summer after the retirement of Barbara Walters.

The choice of Perez was a surprise, given the other contenders that were in the mix last year. But Perez never got a hang of the show’s mixture of hard and soft news, and she had trouble reading from a TelePrompTer, insiders say.

In October, “The View” moved from ABC Daytime to a special production unit of ABC News. But the shift in management hasn’t resulted in any improvement in “View” ratings. More changes in staffing — both behind and in front of the camera — are said to be in the works.

Jamie Foxx

Jamie Foxx To Present At The American Music Awards!

Jamie FoxxThe presenters for this year’s American Music Awards are shaping up to be quite the diverse bunch.

Dick Clark Productions and ABC announced Monday that the 2014 American Music Awards will feature presenters including “Orange Is the New Black” stars Uzo Aduba and Taylor Schilling, model Heidi Klum, musician Aloe Blacc and “Django Unchained” star Jamie Foxx.

Olivia Munn, Kylie and Kendall Jenner, Julianne Hough, Jessie J,Elizabeth Banks and ‘Shameless” star Emmy Rossum will also be on hand to dish out awards at the ceremony, which will be broadcast live from the Nokia Theatre on Nov. 23 at 8 p.m. on ABC.

Performers at this year’s ceremony include Iggy Azalea, who leads the list of nominees with six nominations, 5 Seconds of Summer, Selena Gomez, Garth Brooks, Mary J. Blige, Taylor Swift and One Direction.

Additional performers and presenters will be announced shortly.

Source: The Wrap

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Baron Davis

Ex-NBA Star Baron Davis Gets Comedy About His Life!

Baron DavisThe story of former NBA all-star Baron Davis is heading to television as a single-camera comedy at Fox from 20th Century Fox TV and the Walcott Co., the studio-based shingle of New Girl‘s co-star Jake Johnson and director Max Winkler.

The untitled project, written by Courtney Lilly (The Cleveland Show), is loosely based on Davis’ life. It is about a kid from South Central who receives a scholarship to attend a prestigious suburban school and has to find a balance between these two very different worlds. Los Angeles-born Davis grew up in the city’s tough, crime-plagued South Central area before landing a basketball scholarship to attend the posh Crossroads private school in Santa Monica. He went on to play for UCLA before embarking on a 13-year NBA career.

Davis and Lilly executive produce with Kate Gordon and The Walcott Co.’s Winkler. The project joins another autobiographical comedy project of a sports personality this development season, ABC’s Men In Shorts, inspired by the story of openly gay soccer player Robbie Rogers.

The Walcott Co. also has 100 Grand, an action comedy project at Fox, and Bachelor Party, inspired by the movie, at ABC. Johnson and Mary Lee. Johnson is repped by UTA, 3 Arts and Jackoway Tyerman; Lilly is with UTA and Shuman Co., Winkler is with CAA, Management 360 and Jackoway Tyerman.

Source: Deadline

Anthony Anderson

ABC Announces Full Season Order For ‘Black-ish’ And ‘How To Get Away With Murder’!

Anthony AndersonABC has picked up the new hit comedy “black-ish” and the new hit drama “How to Get Away with Murder,” Paul Lee, President, ABC Entertainment Group announced to today.

“How to Get Away with Murder” was television’s top series debut of the season and the biggest 10 p.m. drama debut in two years in Adults 18-49. “black-ish” opened as the #2 series debut and the #1 comedy debut on television by the same metric. Additionally, “black-ish” had the best-ever viewer retention out of “Modern Family” for any comedy debut.

“How to Get Away with Murder” stars Academy-Award Nominee Viola Davis as Professor Annalise Keating, Billy Brown as Nate, Alfred Enoch as Wes Gibbins, Jack Falahee as Connor Walsh, Katie Findlay as Rebecca, Aja Naomi King as Michaela Pratt, Matt McGorry as Asher Millstone, Karla Souza as Laurel Castillo, Charlie Weber as Frank Delfino and Liza Weil as Bonnie Winterbottom.

“How to Get Away with Murder” is created and executive produced by Pete Nowalk (“Scandal,” “Grey’s Anatomy”). Shonda Rhimes (“Scandal,” “Grey’s Anatomy”), Betsy Beers (“Scandal,” “Grey’s Anatomy”) and Bill D’Elia (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “The West Wing”) also serve as executive producers. “How to Get Away with Murder” is produced by ABC Studios.

“black-ish” stars Anthony Anderson as Andre “Dre” Johnson, Tracee Ellis Ross as Rainbow Johnson, Yara Shahidi as Zoey Johnson, Marcus Scribner as Andre Johnson, Jr., Miles Brown as Jack Johnson, Marsai Martin as Diane Johnson and special guest star, Laurence Fishburne as Pops.

“black-ish” was created by Kenya Barris and is executive produced by Barris, Jonathan Groff, Larry Wilmore, Anthony Anderson, Laurence Fishburne, Helen Sugland and E. Brian Dobbins. The series is produced by ABC Studios

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ABC’s New Show ‘Black-ish’ Set To Premiere Tonight!

Black ish PosterOn Wednesday September 24 ABC is premiering Black-ish at 9:30/ 8:30 EST, following Modern Family. Black-ish is a family comedy that is centered around a black family. “It’s not a show were the family happens to be black, they are a black family”, said Black-ish creator Kenya Barris.

The family consist of two parents, four children and a grandfather. The parents Andre and Rainbow Johnson, played by Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross struggle to excel professionally while raising four children to not only be aware of their culture but to be proud of it. The children are typical upper middle class kids.They are a melting pot of the culture and don’t necessarily see a problem with “fitting in”. That’s where Laurence Fishburne’s, ‘Pops’ character, comes in. Pops takes a funny, laid back stance on sharing his life experiences to help not only the children but his son Andre with is marriage, mainly decoding while keeping his wife happy.

Overall, the show explores the challenges of raising a family in the upper middle class where they are the only representation of African Americans.

Black-ish is slated to be the modern day Cosby Show but only time will tell. They have the best possible time slot and have had the promotional push to helpfully keep the show on the air. Tune in to see what the buzz is about.

Black-ish premieres tonight on ABC at 9:30PM (EST).

By Jere Kirkland

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Jermaine Fowler

Jermaine Fowler is Developing a Semi-Autobiographical Comedy for ABC!

Jermaine Fowler of MTV2’s “Guy Code” has inked a development deal with ABC to create a semi-autobiographical comedy series based on his life.

Fowler, who began making a name for himself as a stand-up comedian, at 24-years-old, has performed in numerous festivals such as Just for Laughs: Montreal, where he was featured as a New Face, and the Aspen Rooftop Comedy Festival where he took home the prestigious Rooftop Comedy Silver Nail Award. He has also performed as a finalist in NBC’s Stand Up for Diversity, toured with Comedy Central and was chosen for ABC’s 10th Annual Diversity Showcase.

The untitled comedy project would star Fowler as a college dropout who winds up living with his estranged grandmother, who happens to be a former DC cop, whose new mission is to get her grandson off the couch and out into the world.

Fowler will executive produce the series alongside Avi Gilbert and Michael Rotenberg of 3 Arts.

Fowler is just one of a handful of black content creators ABC has attracted, including the existing Shonda Rhimes, as well as Kenya Barris, Kevin Hart, Keenan Ivory Wayans and others.

Source: Shadow & Act

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Tracy Morgan Is Struggling In His Road To Recovery According To ‘People Magazine’!

Tracy2According to a People Magazine Exclusive that was broadcast on ABC News yesterday morning, it seems that comedian Tracy Morgan is struggling in his road to recovery.

Check out the article from People below:

Tracy Morgan hasn’t lost his trademark smile, but his road to recovery remains a long and arduous process.

“He’s really having a tough time,” his New York lawyer Benedict P. Morelli tells PEOPLE.

Since a six-vehicle crash in June – which left Morgan in critical condition and ended the life of his friend, comedian James “Jimmy Mack” McNair, 62 – the 30 Rock star, 45, has been “struggling,” Morelli adds.

Though Morgan has been spotted using a walker, he relies on a wheelchair and it may be months before he can fully walk again.

Having suffered traumatic brain injuries, a broken leg and several fractures to his face, Morgan continues to undergo at-home therapy following his release from a rehabilitation facility in mid-July.

“He’s making incremental progress,” says Morelli. “But they’ll have to wait another month before they assess him cognitively.”