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TV One Acquires New Comedy 'Family Time,' Adds To Friday Night Schedule (Preview)

by Tambay A. Obenson
January 23, 2013 1:29 PM
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TV One's push towards original content continues, as the network adds another new half-hour sitcom titled Family Time to its Friday night classic comedy block, it was announced today by Maureen Guthman, SVP Programming Strategy and Acquisitions.

The half-hour comedy created by Bentley Kyle Evans (The Jamie Foxx Show, Martin, Love That Girl) and produced by Evans and partner Trenten Gumbs, will premiere Friday, January 25 at 9PM/ET with two episodes back to back, and then settle into its regularly scheduled time slot of Fridays at 7:30PM/ET beginning February 1.

Family Time centers around the life and times of the Stallworths, a working class African American family who get lucky with a scratch-off lottery ticket and makes the leap to middle class status overnight.

The series stars Omar Gooding and Angel Conwell as parents Anthony and Lisa Stallworth, and Jayla Calhoun and Bentley Kyle Evans, Jr as their children.

TV One adds that the Stallworths represent a true-to life African American family working to pursue the American dream. The series follows the family as they move to a middle class community in southern California resulting in classic comedic moments tinged with drama.

Having worked with Bentley Kyle Evans and his creative team on the TV One original Love That Girl, we were happy to partner with him again on Family Time,” said Guthman. “The storytelling is a terrific fit with our programming sensibilities and a strong creative asset in the growth of our Friday night classic comedy block.

"I'm honored to be back in business with TV One and to have Family Time, a scripted sitcom, as part of the network’s programming line-up." commented Evans.

Again, look for the series premiere on FridayJanuary 25 at 9PM/ET with two episodes back to back, before it settles into its regularly scheduled time slot of Fridays at 7:30PM/ET beginning February 1.

Family Time joins Belles, another new original scripted program, from the creators of The Cosby Show and Amen, debuting on TV One on February 1 at 10/9c.

Check out 3 preview clips below:

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  • Jackie | March 22, 2013 5:32 PMReply

    When will Family Times and Belles be back on?

  • lilkunta | February 2, 2013 10:17 AMReply

    I watched. The show is ok. It tries to be funny but isnt. I will keep wathcing in hopes it gets better. The sets are nice, camera work is nice, so the quality is definitely better(remember the darkness and horribel camera shots of HOP's 1st summer season?) .
    But it is DEFINITELY better than House Of Paynes, Meet The Browns. tv1'a Love That Girl was horrible. That is why when Tatyana was clowning Shaunie Oneal shows I was like umm taty your show sucks. Aumnique's cahracters was horribe and Latrell was too.

  • V merritt | January 25, 2013 9:41 PMReply

    Just watched the first episode, I was pretty skeptical but it wasn't bad. Second episode looks to be entertaining as well. I may keep up with this one!

  • ALM | January 23, 2013 10:46 PMReply

    This is the show that supposedly aired on Bounce, but the show was never in the Bounce schedule when I checked.

  • Anton | January 23, 2013 2:55 PMReply

    Omar Gooding is a fine comedic actor (he was pitch perfect in Babyboy, too). I just hope the show is funnier than Love That Girl and The Rickey Smiley Show. Kathy Hughes needs to reach deeper for better writers because the problem with the majority of TV One's sitcoms often starts with the lousy scripts.

  • Alleycat | January 23, 2013 2:53 PMReply

    I appreciate TV One's efforts. I can see them bringing in quality scripted programming in the next five years.

  • Alleycat | January 23, 2013 2:47 PMReply

    This doesn't look so bad, though the wife's acting is a little weak.

  • Lola | January 23, 2013 1:35 PMReply

    I saw the commercial for this on TVOne last night. The first season aired on BounceTV so I'm assuming TVOne will re-air that before any new episodes.

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