Spinoff 'Unsung Hollywood' Lineup Includes Pam Grier, Robin Harris, Flip Wilson, 'Cooley High,' 'Bill Duke'

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by Tambay A. Obenson
January 9, 2014 3:50 PM
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As mentioned in a post yesterday, before the official announcement which I just received via press release, TV One is spinning off its popular and successful series Unsung, launching an offshoot titled Unsung Hollywood, which will premiere on February 262014

Unlike the network's successful Unsung, which is a music biography franchise (and which returns on January 29), Unsung Hollywood's focus will be on the stars of film and television primarily. 

I can also now tell you what the series lineup will look like for the season, in addition to yesterday's post, which mentioned individual episodes on Pam Grier, Robin HarrisKadeem HardisonDick Gregory, and Flip Wilson

Unsung Hollywood episodes include:

·         WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 10 PM/ET - Pam Grier

·         WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5, 10PM/ET - Robin Harris

·         WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12, 10PM/ET - What’s Happening!!

·         WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19, 10PM/ET - Dick Gregory

·         WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26, 10PM/ET - Flip Wilson

·         WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2, 10PM/ET - Cooley High

·         WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9, 10PM/ET - Bill Duke

·         WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16, 10PM/ET - The Harlem Globetrotters

The spinoff will be narrated by Gary Anthony Williams, and as is the case with Unsung, episodes of Unsung Hollywood will include the usual talking head interviews and archival clips.

Preceding Unsung Hollywood’s debut in February, flagship series Unsung will return with all-new episodes beginning Wednesday, January 29 at 10PM/ET.

Unsung episodes include:

·         WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29, 10PM/ET - Too $hort

·         WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 10PM/ET - The Manhattans

·         WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 10 PM/ET - Gil Scott Heron

·         WEDNESDAY, FEB 19, 10PM/ET - Nile Rodgers and Chic

“Taking a cue from the original, music-centric Unsung series, Unsung Hollywood fosters TV One’s overarching mission to highlight black artists, entertainers and programming,” said D’Angela Proctor, SVP of Programming and Production for TV One. “Unsung Hollywood recounts the achievements of some of the most beloved and groundbreaking artists in the African American creative community—all of whom have devoted their lives to making their mark in movies, television, comedy and sports—and in the process, have helped elevate and transform the entertainment experience.” 

Unsung Hollywood is narrated by Gary Anthony Williams and is executive produced by Arthur Smith, Kent WeedMark Rowland and Frank Sinton of A. Smith & Co. Productions for TV One. Henry Schipper is Co-Executive Producer. Executive in charge of production for TV One is Robyn Greene Arrington, and producer for TV One is Lamar Chase.

Here's a preview of what's coming:

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3 Comments

  • Dave's Deluxe | February 17, 2014 10:10 AMReply

    With the exception of Flip Wilson, I would hardly call any of them "Unsung". And shouldn't Too $hort be on the music side?

  • Donella | January 10, 2014 11:59 AMReply

    I love that Cooley High is being covered. Very few movies focused on the lives of Black youth as people (rather than dark predators standing in the shadows of pretty white people with problems).

    It took about ten more years during a huge vacuum in the 80s after Cooley High (and countless Brat Pack movies) for House Party to do it again.

  • ChgoSista | January 10, 2014 4:30 AMReply

    I am soooo here for ALL of this!!!!!

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