Sony’s ‘The Queen Latifah Show’ scores highest daytime premiere since 2009 on CBS
*“It’s been so much fun,” said Oscar/Golden Globe nominated, Grammy winning Queen Latifah about working out her guests list for the first premiere week. “It is not difficult. We’re a new show so people come on just that strength. There is a flow in the world of talk shows…but it’s been great booking the show.”
“The Queen Latifah Show” premiered Monday, September 16, 2013 garnering the highest day-time TV premiere ratings of the year for CBS since 2009 with 1.7 households tuned in – it airs week days at 2:00 p.m. The first week her guests were Will Smith (who executive produces the show along with wife Jada) Golden Globe winning John Travolta, Golden Globe/Grammy winning Jamie Foxx and Oscar nominated Jake Gyllenhaal. Musical guests include Willow Smith and Nas.
“I literally was on vacation in London when my partner Sha (Shakim Compere) called me,” Queen said when asked how the concept of her own talk show came to be. “He said Miguel (Melendez, president of Will & Jada’s Overbrook Entertainment), Will and Jada want you to think about doing a talk show. For me it wasn’t the idea, it was the right people made the phone call. I wasn’t interested in being the next Oprah I want to be the next Queen.”
The Renaissance woman who is a rapper, comedienne, actress, singer, songwriter, and television and record producer said her show will include “cool” interviews with celebrities and surprise guests that show a different side that is of good value to her viewers. It will also offer skits; Queen Latifah styled comedy and musical guests.
“The thought of partnering and working with Jada, she’s a friend,” said Latifah as another deciding factor on doing the talk show. “What I said was if my mom moved to L.A. I’ll think about it. She said, ‘I think you’d be great.’ Once she agreed it was a go. It even worked out business wise. It’s been such an exciting journey. I know Jada and how hard she goes….in that booth is a lot of female empowerment.”
I think the show will be like fresh air to the day-time talk show line-up across the board. Queen Latifah’s experiences in the entertainment business are so wide, diverse and multi-cultural that I see it appealing to a wider range of audiences.
Queen Latifah’s talk show is produced by her company Flavor Unit co-owned with Shakim (credits: Paramount’s The Perfect Holiday, Disney’s Bringing Down the House, MGM’s Beauty Shop), Overbrook Entertainment co-owned with James Lassiter (credits: Ali, The Pursuit of Happyness, I Am Legend, Hancock, The Secret Life of Bees, The Karate Kid) headed by president Miguel Melendez, and Sony Pictures Television, a Sony Pictures Entertainment company. For more information about Sony’s new day-time talk show, “The Queen Latifah Show,” on CBS airing at 2:00 p.m. daily log onto www.QueenLatifah.com.
Michael Jae White leading man in TBS’ ‘For Better or Worst,’ airing third season on OWN
*Best known for his roles on Universal Soldier: The Return with Jean-Claude Van Damme and as Mike Tyson in HBO’s Tyson, Michael Jae White is now a leading man in high demand. This week the third season of TBS’ “For Better or Worst” aired with Michael Jae White in the leading role with Tasha Smith as his leading lady on OWN.
“I did the two movies he (Tyler Perry) decided to make a television series based on those characters. It was a wonderful opportunity,” White said about the spin-off of the Tyler Perry film Why Did I Get Married? and the sequel Why Did I Get Married Too? “It’s the character I did before.”
“For Better or Worst,” a comedy-drama, premiered on TBS in 2011 but wasn’t renewed for a third season when it was picked up by OWN.
Michael’s credits also includes Mortal Kombat: Legend as Jax Briggs; Kill Bill Vol. 2, animation “Black Dynamite” in 2012; Arrow in 2013 as marine Ben Turner the Bronze Tiger; The Dark Knight, and he directs and stars in Never Back Down 2: The Beat Down.
“I have a cartoon ‘Black Dynamite’ in its second season, ‘Arrow’ (MTV), and an action movie Favela,” White added when asked about other projects.
Learn more about Michael Jae White by logging onto www.MichaelJaeWhite.com.
Jodi Long takes her comedic styles to TBS’ ‘Sullivan & Son’
*“I think I’m as taught as Cha Sullivan,” said Japanese-American Jodi Long about her character in the TBS comedy series “Sullivan & Son.” “I’m from New York and I’m Asian and that gives me a bit of an edge. I’ve done some Korean mother roles and have the accent down.”
Long, Manhattan born and Queens, NY raised, in “Sullivan & Son” plays the lead character Steve Sullivan’s (played by Steve Byme who is also the co-creator and co-executive producer) head-strong Korean mother.
“We just got picked up for a third season an hour ago,” Jodi added when she informed me that the second season was about to end. “I’m actually in rehearsal to remount my one woman show in West Hollywood about my journey through my imprint in life…emotional…fun show.”
Jodi Long is best known for her lesbian role as Patty in the HBO hit series “Sex & the City.” “Sullivan & Son” is about a corporate lawyer, Steve, who decides to instead help run his family’s business in Pittsburgh.
Long’s credits include Patty Hearst, RoboCop 3, Striking Distance, Desperate Housewives and The Hot Chick. For more information on Jodi Long or the TBS series “Sullivan & Son” log onto www.TBS.com.
Baltimore actor Johnathon Schaech co-stars in Showtimes’ ‘Ray Donovan’
*“The first season of ‘Ray Donovan’ is coming to an end,” said Baltimore native Johnathon Schaech about the dramatic series he co-stars in with Jon Voight and Live Schreiber as a troubled A-list actor Sean Walker whose life becomes threatened by his past. The series airs every Sunday at 10:00 p.m. on Showtime. A second season has been picked up to air in 2014.
“I play the role of Sean Walker. He’s a big time movie star,” Johnathon pointed out. “They brought me in, said, ‘Johnathon is perfect for this role.’ I felt the role as more like Brad Pitt…but they wanted him to be more over the top…like Tom Cruise.”
Schaech said the only thing that relates him to this character is that he has a little baby and Johnathon, and his wife, are having a baby boy.
“I’m in Hercules 3D it’s in the form of 300,” Johnathon added about other projects. “It’s about a young Hercules. I play this bad guy, an Egyptian mercenary.”
He also has a role in the new “Star Cross” series on CBS, a sci-fi. His character in Hercules 3D is Tarak and it also stars Kellan Lutz (Twilight) – due out March, 2014. His credits also include the role of Jimmy Mattingly in the hit That Thing You Do with Tom Hanks.
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