Summer TV is usually a salad of shows that got cancelled during the past season or are being tried out to see if it can find an audience.
For example, Doubt is currently being burned off on CBS on Saturday nights. It stars Dule Hill, Laverne Cox and Katherine Heigl. The show had potential until they put Heigl in the cast.
The Carmichael Show came back in July and NBC totally squandered the opportunity to keep it on the network. Critics gushed over its social relevancy and how creator and star Jerrod Carmichael was influenced by TV icon Norman Lear. The show touched on timely and relevant issues specific to the black community. Then it went on hiatus for so long that I asked TV critic Matt Roush if it was ever coming back. Carmichael leaked the news that he and NBC couldn’t come to an agreement so, it wasn’t coming back. I knew NBC would drop the ball on this. I mean, they gave Tamron Hall’s spot to Megan Kelly even though Tamron’s ratings were solid. What replaced Carmichael? The embarrassingly stereotypical “Marlon” starring Marlon Wayans and Essence Atkins.
Speaking of embarrassing, what is going on over at the Centric network? They branded themselves as “the only multi platform that celebrates the diverse and beautiful world of black women”. Yet the content of their programming is a showcase of crappy reality shows (see “From The Bottom Up”) and ratchet, poorly written sitcoms. Who is watching “Beauty and The Baller“? Black women are more than arm pieces for basketball players or former felons starting over. A lot of women are home on Saturday nights. The OWN network found success programming wholesome reality shows focusing on every day issues like raising kids and climbing out of debt. Since OWN is moving more into premium thoughtful dramas, Centric can take the wholesome reality genre and run.
After a disastrous run on ABC’s The View, actress Raven Symone is back on the Disney Channel with “Raven’s Home“. A continuation of her hit series That’s so Raven, she’s divorced with two kids, one of whom shares the same psychic powers as she. It’s wholesome family fun.
I really loved Jennifer Lopez’s “World Of Dance” and was in awe of dancers Les Twins. Their ability to show enormous emotion coupled with dance moves so unique, they left me breathless. There was no question they would win the 1 million dollars.
Lastly, ABC’s Bachelorette with Rachel whatever her name is, was a hot mess as always. Oh, you thought it would suddenly make sense because it was a black lady? Ha! That was time you’ll never get back.