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Inside Quotes: Bill Cosby On The 'I Love Lucy' In Reverse Beginnings Of 'The Cosby Show'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 15, 2013 2:00 PM
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The chauffeur thing was my idea. Also Clair was going to be a plumber in the union …. Clair was also going to be Dominican, and have a mother and father speaking Spanish—which would be the reverse of [I Love] Lucy. I would be the person that didn’t understand when she spoke Spanish. And in the first show, Phylicia speaks Spanish and throughout the show, she understands Spanish. She doesn’t use it the way I wanted to use it. Mrs. Cosby, along with [executive producer] Marcy Carsey, said, ‘No, we think it’s more interesting to have this career professional.’ And I’m not going to argue with my wife. The day [Rashad] got the part, I was sitting in the back, and women were … reading with a couple of the kids. And many of them when … they were going to tell the kid off, started the head moving like a bobble doll … (laughs). And when Phylicia’s turn came and she was reading with Malcolm [Jamal-Warner] and he said something to her … there was a pause from her. And do you know what she did in that pause? She did something with her eyes. She didn’t bop her head; she didn’t throw her hand up on her hip; and she didn’t say anything out loud. She cut a look that said, oh, maybe four or five things (laughs)—and none of them were good. And I turned to Marcy, and I said ‘That’s Clair.’

Could Jesse Jackson Jr. Be TV's Next Star? (In Two And A Half Years That Is...)

  • By Sergio
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  • August 15, 2013 9:27 AM
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Don’t laugh. There are some people who say that he could be in a few years, once he gets out of The Big House.
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TV One’s Docu-series 'Life After' Returns For 5th Season w/ Back-to-Back Episodes On 9/11

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 14, 2013 11:26 AM
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Maybe one of the network's most popular series returns for a 5th season next month, with a whole new set of public figures in focus.
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Lifetime Says 'Devious Maids' Is Its 'Fastest-growing Drama Ever' - Renews For Second Season

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 13, 2013 7:23 PM
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Despite all the public criticism of the freshman series, it looks like it found a large enough audience - enough for the network to order seconds.
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Gwen Ifill Conversations Lead PBS Newshour's Coverage Of 50th Anniv. Of March on Washington

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 13, 2013 6:59 PM
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In addition to BAMcinématek's 40-film screening series which starts tonight, here in NYC, nationwide, starting tomorrow, PBS will also commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Historic March on Washington with a series of conversations, led by Gwen Ifill.The 1963 march, a watershed moment in the Civil Rights Movement, featured the Rev. Martin Luther King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech and helped usher in sweeping civil rights legislation.
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TV One Sees Its Highest Monthly Ratings In Its History Among Households

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 13, 2013 3:44 PM
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TV One today announced via press release that the network saw its highest monthly ratings in its history among households.
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Bounce TV Begins Production On Its 1st Original Scripted Sitcom 'My Crazy Roommate'

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  • August 13, 2013 11:48 AM
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Bounce TV announced via press release this morning that the fledgling black TV network has started production in Los Angeles on the network's first original scripted sitcom, My Crazy Roommate.
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12-Track 'Scandal: Music For Gladiators,' Releases September 3, Via Stax Records

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 13, 2013 11:07 AM
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The soundtrack includes 12 classic soul music tracks of the 1970s, heard throughout Seasons 1 and 2 of the hit ABC TV drama.The September 3rd release date coincides with the DVD release of Season 2, also on September 3rd.Creator/showrunner Shonda Rhimes contributed to the album's extensive liner notes, stating:

HBO Releases Teaser For 'Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 12, 2013 6:34 PM
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HBO Documentary Films has released a teaser for Stephen Frears' Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight.The film takes place in 1967, as then Heavy Weight Champion of the World Muhammad Ali refused to enlist and go fight for the USA in Vietnam; his objections to the war were very public, and he was convicted and sentenced to serve time in prison, during which he appealed his case, which would go all the way to the Supreme Court.

Thoughts On Ernest Dickerson-Directed Pilot Episode Of 'Low Winter Sun' (w/ Lennie James)?

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 12, 2013 3:23 PM
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