Can’t Stop Watching: A Possible ‘Do the Right Thing’ Broadway Musical, NBC’s ‘Dracula’ & More

by | October 24, 2013 at 2:47 PM | Black Entertainment, Can't Stop Watching

"Do the Right Thing" (Photo: Getty Images)

First it was Revolt TV airing Notorious B.I.G.’s 1994 hit “Juicy” during its debut then an hour later came VH1′s “CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story” causing me  to relive the entire 1990s— and that was just Monday night. Now, there’s news that Spike Lee’s iconic 1989 film “Do the Right Thing” may become a Broadway musical. Say what?! Yep, it’s something the filmmaker has been mulling over for at least a year and  recently shared as a possibility on “Good Morning America,” which you can watch here. The “Do the Right Thing” cast reunited for “GMA” after 25 years and will be featured in Entertainment Weekly’s annual reunion issue. The American Film Institute named the movie one of the top 100 American films of all times. “I wrote that script in 10 days. It just came,” Lee says. Well, dang, this either makes a person feel like crap or inspires to allow one’s creative juices to flow. I’m moved by the latter. There are so many memories I have from this movie, from Rosie Perez giving us heart dancing to Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power” during the opening credits and Buggin’ Out’s new Air Jordans (I had that pair) getting dirty by the Boston Celtics jersey-wearing biker (oh, and his questing Sal about there being “no brothers” on the pizzeria’s wall) to Radio Raheem and his ever-present his boombox and, of course, the great soundtrack. And like other Lee movies of that era — “School Daze” and “Jungle Fever”—this movie placed a mirror before viewers, inviting them to examine their own prejudices. “It crossed a lot of boundaries and I think that’s the thing that made it such a poignant, strong controversial film,” says Frankie Faison who played Coconut Sid.  Feeling nostalgic? I thought you would. Guess what? You can watch “Do the Right Thing” right now,  right here on XFINITY.

Here’s what else I’m thinking about …

While we’re on the subject of changing perception, Oprah’s sitting down with Wanda Sykes and “Modern Family’s” Jesse Tyler Ferguson and “Scandal’s” Dan Bucatinsky to discuss being gay in American for “Oprah’s Next Chapter.” They cover the gambit from what the promos show. Watch Sykes and Bucatinksy discuss gay marriage here. Bucatinksy also describes why he admires Shonda Rhimes and Sykes talks about the trifecta — facing discrimination as a gay black woman. See more clips here. The show airs at 9 p.m. EST on OWN.  Another show you want to check out this weekend is NBC’s “Dracula.”  In the meantime, be sure to check out my exclusive interview with “Dracula” star Nonso Anozie. He chats with me about his new role as R.M. Renfield in this retooling of Bram Stoker’s classic horror novel. “In the book Renfield is a mental case. He’s far from that in the series. He may go there a little bit; he may go there one day, I don’t know. It depends if the series continues, if we’re blessed enough for it to go on, which I’m quite hopeful that it will,” Anozie says. You can read the rest of my interview with him here. The “American Horror Story” anthology officially returned this prodigal daughter back to her horror story roots. And now NBC releases “Dracula?” They just don’t want me to read any books, do they? LOL. Will you be tuning in tomorrow to see “Dracula?”

Watch Nonso Anozie in the trailer for NBC’s “Dracula” premiering at 10 p.m. EST Friday after “Grimm”

On my watchlist tonight? What I’m tuning in to see and what I’ll catch up with XFINITY On Demand with…
“Scandal”: Now that we know Olivia’s safe, what will keep her busy this week? It airs at 10 p.m. EST tonight on ABC. [Watch here]
“Once Upon a Time in Wonderland”: I saw the first episode and feel inclined to watch the second one on XFINITY before the third airs today. It airs at 9 p.m. EST tonight on ABC. [Watch here]

The Hot List: Who/What’s Hot, Not
HOT: Ruben Studdard’s determination to lose weight and be healthy on “The Biggest Loser”(Watch it here).
NOT:People slamming Beyonce over Blue Ivy’s hair (Ridiculous. She’s not even 2!).
HOT: Mikayla Clark, 16, an Atlanta cheerleader broke the Guinness Book of World Records for the most backflips (watch here)
NOT: Demarius Reed. a Eastern Michigan University football player, found fatally shot from an apparent robbery (Never will understand why people can’t just take the things and go.).

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