I would like to talk about TV One. The channel that was started six years ago. It is an African-American channel. It is supposed to be the opposite of BET. TV One doesn''t have video shows although they show old comedy shows such as Amen, 227, Good Times, etc. They also have original programming such as Unsung, Washington Watch with Roland Martin, TV One on One, etc.\
Cathy Hughes is the CEO of TV One. She seems to be a smart businesswoman. Rev. Al Sharpton has shows on the channel. Roland Martin''s show has commentators from all of the political realm.\
I do not mind the "Unsung" program at all. One season they covered the Clark Sisters and well as Tina Marie and that is pretty damn'' diverse.\
Over time, TV One might be a force to be reckoned with, if and when they have more original programming and less filler like the "Amen" re-runs and all of that. \
Give them time. THey are right on the cusp of do or die time.
What does "It is supposed to be the opposite of BET." mean?
TV1 will sell out much like BET and then the coonery will begin. BET in the 90''s was a great station.
[quote]What does "It is supposed to be the opposite of BET." mean?\
It means TV One actually respects black people, and tries to have its programming reflect that respect. Like R3, I hope TV One becomes what BET was before the Johnson/Viacom sellout.\
BET once had incredible new/current events programs such as "Our Voices" with Bev Smith, and great news shows with Ed Gordon. IMO, their Sunday-morning roundtable news show (with Gordon as moderator) was far superior to the network competition in the early-mid 90s.
Enough with the booty-popping
Thank you very much, r4.\
TV One doesn''t want to be another BET ( Black Entertainment Television ). The channel has its own identity.
Has anybody watched Lisa Raye''s reality show on TV One?\
Any occasional viewer of BET knows that it has been struggling since Bob Johnson and AJ and Free left. They thought that by simply cutting the ghetto shows (Oh Drama, Cita''s World etc) and some of the booty popping would redeem the channel. They need more original programming.
Last year they showed a "Roots" marathon and it held up so well. I hadn''t seen it since I was a little kid. They also show reuns of "Fame" but I never thought it was a black show or a white show.
Was she that CGI jive talkin'' mammy who would introduce videos?
Cita was always such a positive role model for young black women.
I think for TV One to do a reality TV show on Lisa Raye was not a very smart idea. \
I do hope that they will keep on getting better as a channel as long as they don''t become sellouts like Bob Johnson.
When the Reids started TV One they had a wonderful exercise program (the hostess was Donna, can''t remember last name.) She had normal people working out on the show with her, and she was very friendly and relaxed. \
I don''t see it on their schedule; pity.
R14 her name is: Donna Richardson Joyner. She married Tom Joyner who on the radio. Can''t stand him so I''m not sure if he''s still on.
R6- BET was going down the tubes long before Johnson left. \
TV One is a breath of fresh air. I love the Unsung series and the fact that they show Good Times, Sandford and Son and occassionally will throw in a marathon of That''s My Mama.
I love Washington Watch with Roland Martin because he gets to the root of the issues. I like it when he has commentators on like Smokey Fontaine from Interactive One. The commentators are always respectful when they are on the program.
It''s not bad. I''ve seen a few obscure movies that were actually pretty good.
Stacy Lattisaw was ultimately a big drag on ''Unsung''.
Who are the Reids, R14? Isn''t Cathy Hughes the founder?\
Her success is akin to Oprah''s in my opinion. She owned an AM radio station that seemed to cater to DC''s poorest black population. (The car I was driving back in the day only had AM radio so I would hear folks calling in, their questions...Petey Green''s audience.) Anyway, she and her husband at the time, Dewey (?) would talk with the locals about whatever was in the news and it was a hoot! The fact that she is who she is today still amazes me.
r12 I watched Lisa Raye''s show last night. It wasnt as bad as I thought it would be. She is delusional but not as much as she used to be. \
TVone and BET still need more original shows. BET finally picked up "The Game" I have no idea why it took an entire year to figure that one out.\
Cathy Hughes is a real bitch. Dionne Warwick called her out for trying get out of paying artists royalties and so did Yolanda Adams. She is also good friends with Michael Steele. She hated Obama until it was election time, and then she had Tom Joyner and Michael Baisden sing his praises so her radio stations didnt tank.
Cathy Hughes just loves money.
Is this the same Roland Martin from CNN who is always so contemptuous toward gays? Or am I thinking of someone else?
That''s him, r23.
I would more likely think of CSPAN as being the opposite of BET.
I love the show Unsung, but I an never figure out when it''s on. The shows on Debarge and Minnie Riperton were great.
Unsung comes on Monday nights.
The Bar-Kays segment on Unsung comes on TV One tonight.
Lisa Raye''s show broke the ratings record for TV One a couple of weeks ago. Teena Marie''s chapter of ''Unsung'' was the previous #1 program.
G. Garvin''s cooking show doesn''t come on as much as it used to. He''s super sexy bear-licious!
TV One took G. Garvin''s show off the air. They also used to show Patti LaBelle''s show on there as well.
The Bar-Kays segment on Unsung was very good.
R20 -- I thought Tim (WKRP & "That ''70''s show") and Daphne Reid started TVOne near their home in Virginia?
I love TvOne. Amen and 227 are my favorite shows and they''d put them on in the morning. I LOVE Unsung, I hope to see more of my favs on next season.
Yes, she was in Player''s Club (which I like) but she''s hardly a terrible influence, especially the way she''s carried herself the last few years, publicly. We got to see more of the mother, more of the struggling wife and sister.
I still think that TV One will be a lot better than BET because they don''t have video shows. That was a smart move for them.
I liked the Unsung segment they did on the late Phyllis Hyman as well as the late Donny Hathaway.
Yes, if they steer clear from video shows (and I think they will) they will surpass BET. However, that is not hard to do nowadays.
So true, r40.
Any show with Sharpton or Martin on it, count me out. Did these guys graduate high school?
The Unsung on Sylvester, the cross dressing disco star, was surprisingly gay positive. I was expecting at least an "even handed" approach to the subject matter, but it showed actual African Americans being compassionate, nurturing and supportive of the transvestite celebrity. The bigotry, particularly from the church, in his youth was not white washed. It was compelling refute to all the racially charged indictments of black bigotry against gay issues that is often posted here.
r44 I really enjoyed watching his story on Unsung. As a black person, I can tell you that his experience is typical to what I have observed in the black community, in regards to how gays are accepted, the unfortunate things that happen in the church, etc. But people will continue to paint blacks with a broad brush because stories like his are rarely told in the mainstream. There were a lot of positive people in his life.
Unsung is really good. Loved the Minnie Riperton one
Love "Unsung". Stacey Lattisaw, Rose Royce, the Bar-Kays, DeBarge, Clark Sisters. \
Behind the Music wouldn''t go near a lot of these artists (though there are a few Unsung artists that probably could have made it).
I missed the Unsung on Teena Marie, so I''m hoping it''s posted online soon. She''s one of my favorite artists. The Phyllis Hyman Unsung episode was very well-done.
I love the "Unsung" series too. A lot of those episodes were very moving.\
You''re right about one thing, r47. Behind The Music wouldn''t do a segment on these artists because they mostly appealed to the black audience and not a crossover audience.
By giving con artist Sharpton the time of day, the network loses all credibility.
I fell you on that, r50.\
If they hadn''t had Rev. Al Sharpton on the TV One network, they would have better credibility.
I do think that the Lisa Raye thing was a bit much for them. Then again, I hope that TV One will never, ever go into that route again. They should be twenty times better than Black Entertainment Television.
I wouldn''t watch those fools Sharpton and Martin if I was paid to. Just what are their I. Q.''s, 70?
Al Sharpton is loud mouth and plays a specific role in the political landscape. He also is a supporter of gays.
R52, Lisa Raye''s show was picked up for a second season before it finished airing. \
BET and TVOne will be very similar as time goes on. They both air reruns most of the day. Once "The Game" premieres in the fall, BET will have a solid line up. I think that show will the revival of BET, it''s very popular.
Lisa Raye, The Real McCoy
The Game will fail same as it did before.
Failure or not, it''s BET''s last hope for a scripted show. And they wouldn''t be having marathons of it, like they are today, if it was that big of a failure.
I haven''t seen Roland Martin on TV since they hosted LAUGH-IN.
R58, Roland Martin is the host of the show called Washington Watch.
Am I actually seeing a white gay blog talk about a Black themed Television network?
R57 I am hoping BET is taken off the air.
BET should be taken off the air, r62.
Do you like TVOne r62?
i LOVE TVOne. Unsung is a true original!
I LOVE "Unsung," especially the episodes on Donny Hathaway, Florence Ballard, Phyllis Hyman, Melba Moore, Teena Marie, the Clark Sisters, Minnie Riperton, DeBarge...\
Loved when they had a marathon of all the episodes of Richard Pryor''s TV show.\
[quote] Am I actually seeing a white gay blog talk about a Black themed Television network?\
Didn''t realize this was a whites-only blog.\
Guess I better leave before I''m asked to leave...
This is not a whites only blog. It is a blog about the TV One Channel.
They ran the show "I''ll Fly Away" for a very short while. I only caught on about halfway through their run. I''d love for them to repeat the show again. "I''ll Fly Away" is one of the most underrated shows of all time.
I hope that TV One will continue with the "Unsung" series. They were enjoyable.
LOL, R21. You can say that again about Cathy Hughes. Big time bitch with dreams of power and money and it didn''t much matter how she got it. I used to listen to her all the time on the radio.
I''ve been watching Washington Watch with Roland Martin. Smokey Fontaine who does the commentary on the show sometimes would be good on having his own half hour talk show. \
Smokey Fontaine had his own magazine called America for a while. He later worked for Vibe Magazine as well as Giant magazine before working for Interactive One and Blackplanet.
Smokey Fontaine doesn''t even sound like a real name. It sounds like a sex act, like the infamous Dirty Sanchez.
Why do you say that, r74? He was named after the legendary Motown singer, Smokey Robinson.
I am glad that the colored people have reached such a pinnacle to broadcast their many contributions to the viewing public. I remember how they were cut from many programs in the fifties.
Thanks for answering that, r76. I feel enlightment.
TV One is partially owned by Comcast.
I will be tuning in for the Life After Series. I want to see the one with Janet Hubert, the original Aunt Viv on Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Hopefully she really lays into Will Smith!
Where''s the news?
The only news related program they have on TV One is Washington Watch With Roland Martin.
TV One acomplished more in 6 years then Bet to date.\
The shows seem a litle more diversed.\
Its not just music & reruns of current shows.\
Its not the same type of shows over & over again.\
With Bet you know what to expect.\
Same shit different day.\
Other than music artist do they have any dark skinned sisters on the network.\
I always see Puerto Rican /mixed looking light skin girls hosting the shows.\
Part of the reason I never watch the shit, but have neices & nephews that watch.
That Cita shit is far worst than any stereotype a White man can give up.\
I do think that the Lisa Raye thing was a bit much for them. \
Tell me about it why is this bitch even relevant.\
She was in a low budget showgirls type movie playing as tripper who wouldn''t take her clothes off.\
She played a mom on a show.\
Shes a proud Gold Digger.\
Why are they throwing shows at her?
So true, r85. Lisa Raye is not relevant anymore. She hasn''t been relevant since 1998 when "The Player''s Club" came out.\
Why did TV One go into the reality tv route?
Has anyone been watching R&B Divas LA?
Michel'le with the squeaky voice
Kelly Price with a bad weave
Chante Moore is so damn underrated
Lil' Mo looks like a hoodrat
Claudette Ortiz is gorgeous with a Beyonce-lite voice
Dawn Robinson's husband looks worn the fuck out
I am waiting for Washington Watch with Roland Martin to come back on in the fall.
I watch TV One and r&b divas. The LA cast is much more interesting to me than the Atlanta cast. I thought Atlanta was boring and the women were unlikable.
[quote]Roland Martin's show has commentators from all of the political realm.
That's reason enough not to watch the channel.
I love Unsung but they are cutting the episodes from an hour to a half hour. The first season of Unsung was pure gold.
WTF you can't tell someone's story in 18 minutes (isn't that how much air time there is minus the ads?)
Unsung was great. Why are they shortening it?
I really don't like the hair on Chante, Kelly or Dawn. Chante and Dawn are both pretty too but they're too old to try and be that edgy.
Another vote for Unsung. The Isaac Hayes ep also was good. Cutting the shows to 30 minutes is stupid because it's the best series on the network. Roland Martin is a total homophobe, and his show is crap anyway.
I agree about Unsung being the best series on TV One. I noticed that Cathy Hughes doesn't have her one hour specials on TV One anymore.
Do you like TV One, r99?
Rev. Al Sharpton used to have a barbershop type of show on there where black men sat around to talk about issues dealing with the black community.
Who still watches the TV One channel on here?
*raises hand* me
Where I live, you need pretty high-level cable to get TV One, a channel lineup I'm not willing to pay for.
They should have a better Roku/Internet presence.
You can't tell most stories in 40 minutes, much less the 18 or 19 they're going to have to deal with now on Unsung.
Unsung was fantastic. But, it has to be simply money. They're not making it, and production budget just isn't there.
Is there much beyond Unsung that's quality?
Also, it's always an interesting discussion as to who is actually "unsung". Isaac Hayes is NOT someone who I would tag for unsung. But, I get it. "Unsung" can mean many things - (1) giants in the black community, but not much broader acknowledgment, (2) known for specific things, but not known that they did much more and have other skills, (3) very well known everywhere, but simply an interesting journey that a lot of people are not aware of the specifics.