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Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios Sells New Sitcoms "The First Family" And "Mr. Box Office"

by Tambay A. Obenson
May 21, 2012 5:51 PM
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Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios production/distribution companyhas sold its 2 new scripted primetime series to Tribune, Weigel and CBS TV station groups, says Deadline, as part of a 2-hour weekend primetime comedy block, that will be available to over 85% of the US TV market.

Those 2 series (both already covered on S&A) include The First Family, a sitcom about an African American family that resides in The White House, and 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 First Family cast 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; and Jackee Harry as the First Lady’s sister.

Mr Box Office stars Bill Bellamy (as Mr Box Office), Tim MeadowsVivica A. Fox, former NBA star/actor Rick FoxKeshia Knight PulliamJon Lovitz (SNL) and Gary Busey.

"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.

As previously noted, each pilots for each new series have been shot, with 104 episodes initially ordered.

They will run two 30-minute blocks each, back-to-back, creating the 2-hour primetime sitcom block on weekends.

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  • lilkunta | December 2, 2012 11:32 PMReply

    i just watched "TFF" for the 1st time and I want my 1 hour back. The Obamas are classy, respectable, relatable, adn dignified. This show is not. The hijinks of Aunt(jackee harry) and granddad(j witherspoon from 'friday' movie franchise; and 'the wayans bros' fame) are not funny, they are deplorable, plus SO STUPID. There is no way ANYONE could sneak a group of people in and show them exclusive parts of the white house.

    And 104 ep of this show hve been purchased.

    The only positive thing I am able to say about this show is that the acting and camerawork and lighting is better than 'House Of Payne' and "Meet The Browns'.

    The laugh track is horrid.

  • will | November 11, 2012 8:35 PMReply

    wow! What a piece of crap!

  • Belinda | October 13, 2012 5:11 PMReply

    I am enjoying Mr. Box office; very good show with an all-star cast :) have not had the chance to see The First Family. Need more shows like this. :)

  • ThaRealBigSuspicious | August 20, 2012 2:45 PMReply

    I fillin this movement by Byron RECYCLE them Black dollars.... Can't wait for that FirstFamily:::: follow ThaRealBigSuspicious

  • Erica | May 21, 2012 11:22 PMReply

    Can't wait for both of these shows! Mr. Box Office especially!

  • Starry118 | June 6, 2012 8:09 PM

    Agreed...I'm looking forward to seeing these & especially Mr. Box Office. Congratulations Byron on your success!

  • James Evans | May 21, 2012 6:10 PMReply

    Go Byron! Make that money, brother, show these kids how it's done.

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