Can’t Stop Watching: An Ode to Tisha Campbell-Martin, Jill Marie Jones Joins “Sleepy Hollow,” “True Blood” Star Cast in James Brown Biopic & More

by | October 23, 2013 at 1:01 PM | Black Entertainment, Can't Stop Watching, Sleepy Hollow

Duane Martin and Tisha Campbell-Martin attend BET's 'Real Husbands of Hollywood' Wrap Dinner (Photo: Getty Images)

I think Tisha Campbell-Martin is a great comedic actress. Seriously. I’ve thought this for years. In her career’s infancy, she was known for musicals and more dramatic roles but as it progressed comedy became her niche. Just two weeks ago, I had a conversation with someone about Campbell-Martin’s great comedic timing and how underutilized she is as an actress. If you’ve seen “Martin,” “My Wife and Kids” or even her guest-starring as Peaches on “Everybody Hates Chris,” then you know exactly what I’m talking about. So you know I’m loving her guest appearances on BET’s “Real Husbands of Hollywood,” which stars her hubby Duane Martin and the biggest mitch of them all, comedian Kevin Hart. Sis is a scene-stealer, delivering one-liners with precision. Come to think of it, her interaction with Hart is reminiscent of how Pam and Martin used to go at it on “Martin.” Sure, the men on “the fakest reality show ever” are funny but the women in their lives—whether it’s Campbell-Martin or friends Wanda Sykes and Selita Ebanks—add a humorous element that makes the show more worthwhile. It seems that I’ll just have to get my Tisha Campbell-Martin fix from this show until she stars on another sitcom. Check out this funny lady on “Real Husbands of Hollywood” here.

This “Real Husbands of Hollywood” episode reminded me why I heart Tisha Campbell-Martin

 

Here’s what else I’m checking for …

It’s not the “Girlfriends” reunion many are hoping for but Jill Marie Jones comes back to TV next month via Fox’s hit “Sleepy Hollow.” Jones will have a recurring role as Cynthia, the ex-wife of Captain Frank Irving, played by Orlando Jones, according to “Shadow and Act.” Amandla Stenberg, best known for starring as Rue in “The Hunger Games,” will play their teen daughter, Macey. The pair will debut during the November 25 episode. We saw Jones earlier this year as a prostitute catering to a killer into erotic lactation  in FX’s “American Horror Story: Asylum” (Some are still creeped out by that episode.). I’m fine with this “Sleepy Hollow” casting. I liked Jones in “Girlfriends,” adored Stenberg as Rue and just like the show. I see “Sleepy Hollow” decision makers are keeping good black folks employed with quality roles, LOL. All other TV showrunners, please take note! “Sleepy Hollow” is on a brief hiatus until November 4 but you can catch up here. Since we’re talking about Fall TV, Fox pushed back the premiere of J.J. Abram’s “Almost Human” from November 4 to a two-night debut airing November 17 and 18, according to Deadline Hollywood. The futuristic cop show stars Michael Ealy as Dorian, a human-like android detective. The trailers for this show look good and it could definitely develop a following like Abram’s “Fringe.” Watch more here. While we’re on handsome men… “True Blood” star Nelsan Ellis has been added to the cast of the James Brown biopic “Get on Up.” Ellis will star as the Godfather of Soul’s longtime friend and musical collaborator Bobby Byrd, according to Eurweb. Ellis is a good actor and I like him on “True Blood” and he most recently portrayed Martin Luther King Jr. in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler.”

On my watchlist tonight? What I’m tuning in to see and what I’ll catch up with XFINITY On Demand with…
“Revolution”:  I’ve been watching this from the start with no plans to stop soon. [Watch here]
“Ironside”: I’ll say goodbye to this show by watching at its scheduled airtime one last time. Its final airing is at 10 p.m. EST tonight on NBC. [Watch here]
“American Horror Story: Coven”: Given this is “Ironside’s” last night, I’m saving this one for XFINITY On Demand. “Coven” airs at 10 p.m. Wednesday on FX. [Watch here]

The Hot List: Who/What’s Hot, Not
HOT: India.Arie’s longtime collaborator Shannon Sanders has released “Man Up,” a call-to-action anthem for men (It’s about time. Can we get one for the ladies, too? IJS.).
NOT: That Grambling State University administrators even punished student journalists who tweeted photos of mold in the HBCU’s athletic complex (The students since have received a reprieve. Still no excuse!).

HOT: “CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story” making primetime history as the year’s highest-rated cable original film (See my review here.).
NOT: Barneys black college student, Trayon Christian, arrested after assuming he fraudulently purchased a $350 designer belt (With all of the hip-hop stars bragging about designer goods, Barneys should’ve been used to seeing blacks purchase luxury items. SMH.).

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