by G. Brown
Cedric The Entertainer’s Hot New Sitcom “Ladder 54” The varied TV incarnations of Cedric have included a high school coach, a preacher, a game show host and the numerous faces and voices of skit characters in his own variety show. Now, this king of comedy is hoping to reclaim his throne in another sitcom. The 53 year old comedian/actor has signed on with CBS to star in “Ladder 54”. Cedric stars as the captain of a big city firehouse who has to put out fires on the job and in his personal life. The workplace sitcom will primarily revolve around the firehouse and the bond between crew of firefighters. No word on how soon the show will begin production, but Cedric already has a pretty full calendar. He is currently on a national tour in “The Comedy Get Down” with “Kings of Comedy” co-star D.L. Hughley, George Lopez and Eddie Griffin. He’s also set to co-star alongside Tracy Morgan in another sitcom airing on TBS called “The Last O.G.”
Writer Tracy Oliver Giving “The First Wives Club” A Makeover The original movie was a surprise box office hit back in 1996 starring Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn and Diane Keaton as three divorcees out for revenge against the men who dumped them for younger women. Tracy Oliver is hoping to repeat history and craft a reboot that is just as popular with TV audiences. Oliver posted on IG that the movie is one of her favs saying “My mom, sis and I loved the hell out of this growing up! Dumb excited to be adapting for TV with a diverse cast.” Oliver seems to have the Midas touch when it comes to penning a script that lands with audiences. She broke records with “Girls Trip’ as the first Black female writer behind a movie to earn over $100 million domestically at the box office. Other titles under her belt include writing credits on “Barbershop III” and the TV drama “Survivor’s Remorse” on STARZ. No names of the actresses who will reprise the key female roles or when production will begin. It is set to air on the new Paramount Network which will launch in January.
Lionel Richie Is “Dancing on the Ceiling” as Newest “American Idol” Judge Five time Grammy winner Lionel Richie will be the newest voice at the judge’s table when “American Idol” returns to TV . For almost five decades, Richie has been belting out chart topping hits in genres from soul and funk to country. The 68-year old singer began as a member of the 70’s soul band The Commodores and produced hits like “Brick House” and smooth ballads like “Three Times a Lady” and “Easy”. In the early 80s, he launched a solo career and shot to the top of the charts with songs like “Truly”, “All Night Long” and “Hello”. Richie has recorded fewer songs over the last coupe of decades, but he’s continued to write and produce for other singers. The music icon says he has a great deal of experience to bring to table and he’s looking forward to his new role saying, “It’s going to be so much fun!” “American Idol” ended its run on FOX in 2015 and will debut on its new network home ABC October 4.
For this week’s look at what’s happening in Black Hollywood, that’s a wrap!