Byron Allen And His Entertainment Studios Launching 2 New Primetime Sitcoms To Debut This Fall

Television
by Tambay A. Obenson
January 19, 2012 9:20 PM
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When he's not busy launching a new HD TV channel for African American audiences via his Entertainment Studios production/distribution company, media mogul Byron Allen (yes, THAT Byron Allen) is also busy developing primetime sitcoms to debut in the fall of 2012.

Entertainment Studios has ordered 104 episodes of The First Family, a sitcom about an African American family that resides in The White House (not the Obamas however, though I'm sure they were of some influence), 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.

The studio is said to be staffing up the writing and producing crew for each new series with "top network pedigree writers and producers," with production for both set to begin this summer.

"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, chairman and CEO of Entertainment Studios.

Each new series will be carried on multiple platforms, including broadcast, cable, and digital media starting this fall.

As for casting, Allen told THR recently that, unlike most of his shows, he expects to cast some stars in lead roles to help with marketing. No names mentioned though.

Watch out Tyler Perry; Byron Allen's gunning for ya :)

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6 Comments

  • BG | February 15, 2012 1:16 AMReply

    I wish him the best, but I hope he thinks outside the box and doesn't go for the cookie-cutter elements that he uses on so many of his late-night programs. Furthermore, I hope he actually gets some solid writers and not use the same stale jokes Tyler's sitcoms use. Too many black sitcoms of the last decade have suffered from really crappy writing (that Flavor Flav sitcom, "Love That Girl", etc.)

  • Jamal | February 3, 2012 12:54 PMReply

    If you pay attention, you know that Byron Allen puts out big announcements all the time that never come to fruition.

    His AA channel, Legacy.TV, was announced in 2010 to launch January 1, 2011 --- it hasn't launched and likely will never launch.

    It is very doubtful that a production company that is non-union and used to paying production people $500/week is going to actually launch sitcoms, or the Sammy Davis Jr. project.

    Byron got his press and now he'll go back to re-running his low budget reality series that haven't been in production since last decade.

  • Rajua | January 19, 2012 10:15 PMReply

    Kickin It With Byron Allen ;)

  • DAR SoRadiant | January 19, 2012 9:31 PMReply

    JUST WANTED TO ADD THAT BYRON HAS BEEN ON THE SCENE FOR ALONG TIME...JUST BEEN VERY OBSCURE.....

  • DAR | January 19, 2012 9:29 PMReply

    ......I DONT THINK BYRON IS GUNNING FOR TYLER.....WE'VE GOT TO LET THAT TYPE OF OFF BEAT COMMENTS OF SUPPOSED HUMOR GO....WE HAVE ENOUGH ROOM AND WE THANKFULLY WELCOME AS MANY BROTHERS AND SISTERS INTO THE ENTERTAINMENT PRODUCING GAME! WE NEED MORE THAN ONE AT A TIME.......!

  • Cynthia | January 19, 2012 9:28 PMReply

    Wow..."watch out Tyler Perry" is right.

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