Spike Lee’s Film Heads to TV, Terry Crews Joins ‘Millionaire,’ TV One Plans ‘Hollywood Divas’ & More

by | May 7, 2014 at 5:54 PM | Black Entertainment, Black Entertainment Originals, Can't Stop Watching, Grimm, Oprah's Next Chapter, R&B Divas

Spike Lee (Photo: Andrew Toth/ Getty Images)

Here’s a few things that are happening in TV land: Spike Lee and Showtime team to bring his debut movie to the small screen, Terry Crews will replace Cedric the Entertainer as “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” host and TV One’s new reality show will tell showcase the ups and downs of Hollywood actresses. Plus, there’s my watchlist and what’s hot (Richard Sherman’s new contract) and not (Tanee McCall-Short’s brawl). Enjoy!

Spike Lee’s “She’s Gotta Have It” coming to TV? Apparently Spike is in talks with Showtime to develop his 1986 feature film into a half-hour series. ”The project is taking a new, contemporary look at the characters and will explore Lee’s unique and provocative points of view about race, gender, sexuality, relationships, and the gentrification in Brooklyn,” according to Deadline.com. For those who don’t know, “She’s Gotta Have It” is about Nola Darling, a 20-something black woman who’s in a polyandrous relationship with three guys. The men–three very distinct personalities, including Mars Blackmon–know about each other and grudgingly deal. Though labeled a nymphomaniac in the film, she doesn’t come off as promiscuous, as she reserved her lovin’ only for her three beaus. Will Nola or a similar character be include this go round? Deadline.com didn’t say but if so, it’d be interesting to see viewers’ reactions. The sexual independence displayed in HBO’s “Sex and the City” and “Entourage” got tons of applause but would a series, a good series, about black men and women expressing that same freedom get similar love? It’s no secret that sexuality when it comes to black people is often exploited, ignored or shamed. I do believe there should be black-centric TV shows that also examine sexuality and other topics in a non-cliched fashion. If this TV project is done in a smart, mature and reflective way, it could actually be good, if not groundbreaking. We’ll have to wait and see. Read more about the project here. Want to watch “She’s Gotta Have It”? Check out the trailer below and then watch it on TV with XFINITY On Demand™ here.

“She’s Gotta Have It” trailer

Terry Crews to host “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.” Terry Crews will succeed Cedric the Entertainer as the show’s host for its upcoming 13th season. He currently stars as Sergeant Terry Jeffords on the Fox comedy “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” Good for him. I’m not mad a man trying to collect a extra few coins. I really haven’t watched “Millionaire” since its debut season with Regis Philbin and it was must-see TV (my parents’ LOVED that show). I’m sure he’ll do well. Read more here and watch the “Brooklyn Nine Nine” first season finale below.

“Brooklyn Nine Nine” finale, “Charges and Specs”

TV One launches “Hollywood Divas.” The network’s “R&B Divas: Atlanta” and “R&B Divas: LA” have proven to be such hits that the franchise has expanded to included actresses. “‘Hollywood Divas’ follows actresses Elise Neal (‘The Hughleys’), Golden Brooks (‘Girlfriends’), Paula Jai Parker (‘Hustle & Flow’), Countess Vaughn (‘The Parkers’) and Lisa Wu (‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta‘) as they navigate life attempting to stay relevant in the unpredictable entertainment industry,” a press release states. Hmm… this has the potential to be a hit. Several entertainers have documented how challenging Hollywood can be for black actresses (“Oprah’s Next Chapter” explored that topic last year). But with many black actresses finding work, especially on the small screen (look at the number of planned projects starring black women), people may wonder why these ladies aren’t being called. And Lisa Wu, I had no idea she was an actress or had those aspirations. You learn something new everyday. “Hollywood Divas” is slated to debut later this year. Check out Oscar-nominated actress Viola Davis talk about the hardships black actresses face below.

“Oprah’s Next Chapter”: Why Viola Davis Says Black Actresses Are in Crisis Mode

On my watchlist? What I’m tuning in to see and what I’ll catch up with XFINITY On Demand…
“R&B Divas: Atlanta”: The drama continues … It airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. EST on TV One. Watch it here.
“Grimm”: I missed last week’s episode and want to see what happened with the female Grimm Nick found. It airs Fridays at 9 p.m. EST on NBC. Watch it here.

The Hot List: Who/What’s Hot, Not
HOT: Richard Sherman becoming the highest-paid NFL cornerback since signing a four-year, $57.4 million contract(Congrats!).
NOT: The latest happenings in Columbus Short’s life (The video recording of his wife Tanee McCall-Short rumbling with another woman is … A MESS!!!).

HOT: Emergency operator Chelsea Lynn Taylor helping to deliver two babies in a week (Sweet!).
NOT: Someone intentionally setting the fire to the home of ex-tennis player James Blake that killed a family of four (SMH).

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