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Bill Belamy, Tim Meadows, Vivica Fox, Rick Fox, Keshia Knight Pulliam Headline "Mr Box Office"

by Tambay A. Obenson
May 4, 2012 2:19 PM
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His Entertainment Studios production/distribution company,already in production on a new primetime sitcom titled The First Family, media mogul Byron Allen has also began shooting another new series for primetime, to debut in the fall of 2012.

Recall our announcement earlier this year, in January, when it was announced that Entertainment Studios had ordered 104 episodes of The First Family, a sitcom about an African American family that resides in The White House, and another 104 episodes of Mr. Box Office, a sitcom about the biggest movie star in the world who is sentenced to community service, teaching English at the "toughest" high school in America...

We've already reported on The First Family, with a cast that includes Christopher P. Duncan (The Jamie Foxx Show) as President William JohnsonKellita Smith as First Lady Katherine JohnsonGladys Knight as his mother; Marla Gibbs as the First Lady’s mother;Paul Rodriguez as Dictator Rafael, (oh boy... I'm guessing he'll represent some unnamed South American country); and Jackee Harry as the First Lady’s sister.

Today brings word on the other series, Mr Box Office, which has begun production on its pilot episode, and, as I learned today, stars Bill Bellamy (as Mr Box Office), Tim Meadows, Vivica A. Fox, former NBA star/actor Rick Fox, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Jon Lovitz (SNL) and Gary Busey.

Deadline states that the show will probably air on CW-affiliated stations, also in primetime this fall

"There's a huge shortfall of quality family sitcoms for broadcast television stations, and we are 110 percent committed to filling that enormous void... Our number one priority is to deliver the highest quality content in the sitcom genre, and this initial 208-episode order is a big step in the right direction," said Byron Allen.

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  • radiah | May 9, 2012 6:25 AMReply

    why before the election?

  • Dankwa Brooks | May 7, 2012 3:00 PMReply

    This sounds...well you know...but...I can't -___-

  • Akimbo | May 5, 2012 11:28 AMReply

    This sounds like the Might Ducks meets Steve Harvey show. They should have made the main character some other type of Hollywood hotshot (agent, producer, lawyer, publicist), because a movie star teaching for community service is too implausible. Aside from the fact that his presence would be totally disruptive in the school, unless each of the 100 episodes takes place on a single, consecutive day of his sentence, I'm assuming they're going to have his character so moved by the kids that he opts to keep teaching. Which ain't gonna happen if you're the biggest
    movie star in the world, though you might write the school a nice check.

  • ChgoSista | May 5, 2012 8:03 PM

    "This sounds like the Might Ducks meets Steve Harvey show."<<<---If they could get someone to write "Mr. Box Office" catchy tunes like "When the Funk Hits the Fan" and/or "Break Me Offa Piece of Dat Funk," it just might help.... -_-

  • Adam Scott Thompson | May 4, 2012 9:47 PMReply

    Personally, I'd like to see blacks doing more TV comedy in the mold of "The Office," "Parks and Recreation," "Happy Endings" or "Modern Family." Or, more edgy shows like "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" or "Workaholics." I think we play it safer than we should and end up with "just okay sitcoms" -- most of them trying to ape "The Cosby Show" in some way -- that never even try to tap into the zeitgeist and reveal more dimensions of us.

  • Akimbo | May 5, 2012 11:17 AM

    I would watch the hell out of that. I watch of all those shows (and more)...except Workaholics, which is fine, but not enough to get me to watch regularly. This is why I love web series, because that's where black artists are taking risks. In addition to ABG, you've got Dwelling, My Roommate the, Dormtainment, Debt Collectors, anything with Craig Frank (the Will Smith of web series), Johnny B Homeless, and many other shows trying something other than Sex & the City/Cosbys. Until TV gets it back together, I'm relying on the Internet for decent black comedy.

  • Miles Ellison | May 5, 2012 1:28 AM

    Who would watch that?

  • Ray | May 4, 2012 11:28 PM


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