*TV One gets more mileage out of its “Unsung” franchise with the Feb. 26 premiere of “Unsung Hollywood,” a spinoff that expands the parameters beyond just music.
As previously reported, Pam Grier kicks off the 8-episode season Wednesday at 10 p.m., followed by Robin Harris (March 5), “What’s Happening!!” (March 12), Dick Gregory (March 19), Flip Wilson (March 26), “Cooley High” (April 2), Bill Duke (April 9) and The Harlem Globetrotters (April 16).
“Hopefully, we have many years to go because there really are so many stories to be told,” says the franchise’s executive producer Frank Sinton. “Having been able to do ‘Unsung Music’ for the past six or seven years…and now to be able to expand that to actresses, comedians, the Harlem Globetrotters. There are so many inspiring stories.”
*TV One’s “Unsung” series will receive a bit of help from an acting veteran when it expands for the premiere of “Unsung Hollywood” on Wednesday, February 26 at 10pm Eastern.
Blaxploitation film queen Pam Grier will be the first entertainer profiled for the series, which profiles “black artists, entertainers and programming,” according to the network’s programming and production SVP, D’Angela Proctor.
(L-R) Frank Sinton, Executive Producer; actress Pam Grier and D’Angela Proctor, SVP Programming and Production, TV One, speak onstage during the ‘Unsung Hollywood’ panel discussion of the TV One portion of the 2014 Winter Television Critics Association tour at the Langham Hotel on January 9, 2014 in Pasadena, California
*Pam Grier was on hand during TV One’s panel at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena Thursday to discuss the network’s “Unsung” spinoff “Unsung Hollywood.”
The show premieres Feb. 26 with future episodes to spotlight Dick Gregory, Flip Wilson, Robin Harris, the Harlem Globetrotters, Bill Duke, ”What’s Happening!!” and “Cooley High.” (View schedule below.)
Grier, who rejects the “icon” label, says she was humbled to learn about TV One’s interest in including her in the series.
*TV One’s popular “Unsung” series is branching out into new territory with a new spin-off.
Media sources report the channel will launch an offshoot titled “Unsung Hollywood.”
The series will veer away from TV One’s proven music biography formula as it primarily focuses on the stars of film and television.
*The popular music biography series “Unsung” will be returning to TV One on Wednesday October 30 at 8PM/ET with hop hop group Heavy D & the Boys.
“Unsung” has a history of highlighting singers and music acts whose legacy was cut short due to unforeseen circumstances. During the episodes the rise and fall of each artists is carefully laid out and explained.
“A truly unique documentary experience, this series continues to profile wildly gifted acts of the last 30 years, revisiting their career trajectories and unveiling the reasons for their apparent withdrawal from the public eye,” said D’Angela Proctor, SVP of Programming and Production for TV One. “With highly personal eyewitness accounts from the artists’ families, friends and colleagues, as well as commentary from music industry insiders, we ensure that their stories do not go unsung.”
“Unsung” new season episodes include:
- WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30, 8PM/ET - Heavy D & the Boyz
- WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 8PM/ET - Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam
- WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 8PM/ET - Geto Boys
- WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 8PM/ET - The Delfonics
- WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 8PM/ET - CeCe Peniston
“Unsung” is narrated by Gary Anthony Williams and is executive produced by Arthur Smith, Kent Weed and Frank Sinton of A. Smith & Co. Production for TV One. Mark Rowland is Co-Executive Producer. Executive in charge of production for TV One is Jubba Seyyid and producer for TV One is Lamar Chase.
Watch a promo below:
*For years, Johnny Gill has been a suspected homosexual, but on a recent episode of “Unsung,” the New Edition star denied the rumors were true, saying it was karma.
At one point, some suspected he and close friend Eddie Murphy had a thing for each other.
Scoffing at the rumors, he declared himself “150,000 percent heterosexual.”
Interestingly, he added, “In some strange way, it was kinda like some kinda lesson that was learned. I mean, we used to all sit around laughing and making gay jokes. As I got older and realized it was like hey, that’s not cool.”
Not completely sold by his flat out, and somewhat exaggerated denial, Rich Juzwiak of Gawker, expressed Gill still seems a bit suspect.
Check out his analysis at Gawker.
In the meantime, check a pic of Johnny Gill and his pals, Eric Benet, Barry Bonds and Kenny Lattimore taken at Jonathan De Veaux’s Savoy Entertainment Center. on the night of his Unsung premiere: