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Are you watching: Real Husbands of Hollywood?

ImageWe’ve been hearing about it for months but tonight Kevin Hart’s latest project, Real Husbands of Hollywood, finally makes its debut tonight on BET.

What can we expect?

While it’s not a spoof show, the comedy which was inspired by Hart’s 2011 BET Awards show skit-turned-series will mock fun at the ever popular, all-female reality shows that have taken over.

“I’m a genius so I came up with this idea to do a show within a show,” Hart told The Insider. “Everybody watches [reality shows] and we all gossip about it. So I said, why don’t I put a group of men together that can be a version of what those women are but in a comedic form?”

Fair enough.

All playing “versions” of themselves, the cast includes Hart, Nick Cannon, Robin Thicke, J.B. Smoove, Nelly, Boris Kodjoe and Duane Martin. Fun ensues when the guys crack jokes about …well, being husbands and living in Hollywood. For the record,

With the Los Angeles Times calling the show a “(mostly) black Curb Your Enthusiasm (indeed, Curb executive producer Tim Gibbons is an executive producer of RHH as well), there seems to be a pretty hefty amount of anticipation for the show.

A Scripted Drama Series About The Birth Of Hip-Hop In Development At Starz

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At first glance, I thought this was another documentary on the history through present-day hip-hop, but thankfully it’s not. According to Deadline, it’s apparently going to be a scripted drama series, which will chart “the birth of hip-hop from the violence of gang life in 1970s Bronx.” It’ll be penned by Patrick Macmanus (co-writing the CW’s Sleepy Hollow) for the Starz network.  To be titled Turf, no other info is available on this project yet, like how broad the narrative will stretch, or whether it’ll take more of a micro view, focusing on very specific people, and following their stories. Also, I can’t really comment on Macmanus, as I’m not familiar with the man’s work. Unless there’s another Patrick Macmanus who isn’t listed on IMDB, the Macmanus that is listed has a resume that show’s he’s primarily an actor, with parts on TV series like CSI and JAG, but nothing consistent. Deadline says he was on the writing staff for 2 other Starz series: Marco Polo and Noir.

Stay tuned…

So who’s going to play DJ Kool Herc?

HBO Is Adapting Lydia Diamond’s Broadway Play ‘Stick Fly’ For The Screen (Alicia Keys Producing)

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Interesting…

An screen adaptation of Lydia R. Diamond’s play Stick Fly has been ordered by HBO. You’ll recall that a recent Broadway run of the play was produced by Alicia Keys and Reuben Cannon, with Kenny Leon directing, and a cast that included Ruben Santiago-HudsonDulé HillMekhi PhiferTracie Thoms, and Condola Rashad, who was nominated for a Tony Award (Best Featured Actress) for her performance.  As I recall, the play was met with mixed reviews, opening on December 08, 2011, and closing on February 26, 2012. Stick Fly chronicles the a weekend of secrets, prejudice, hypocrisy and adultery that are exposed during a well-to-do African American family’s weekend stay at their home in Martha’s Vineyard. And now the family dramedy is headed to the small screen, in what will be an hour-long drama, adapted by the playwright (Lydia Diamond), with Alicia Keys and Nelle Nugent executive producing along with HBO. Word is that HBO has only committed to a script, so a lot of work still has to be done before we see this fully realized on our TV screens.

No word on whether the stage cast will follow Diamond, Keys and the play to the screen.

Stay tuned…

Watch 1st Promo For New VH1 Series ‘Black Ink Crew’ (On Black-Owned Harlem Tattoo Shop)

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In August, the network revealed its new season lineup of shows, introducing a slate of original programs that reflect the interests of what it called its “adultster” audience – “adults who are balancing new responsibilities with their desires to stay current with what’s happening in music and pop culture.

Amongst the new titles announced was the greenlight of a new series titled Black Ink Crew, which centers on a successful Harlem tattoo shop staffed by a tight crew of employees, who boast hip hop stars, athletes and celebrities as clients.

It’s a reality TV series obviously; here’s the breakdown:

Enter the world of the “Black Ink Crew” and meet the girls and guys that run this black-owned and operated tattoo shop on 113th and Lennox, right in the heart of NYC’s Harlem. The employees are a tight, but totally dysfunctional “family.” For many of them, this shop is the key to turning their lives around, and for some of them, it’s their first legitimate job off the streets. Black Ink is more than just a tattoo shop to the people who work there. The shop is also a magnet for hip-hop stars and athletes, but the real flavor comes from the quite colorful characters that walk into the shop on a daily basis. Inside the doors of Black Ink, you never know what you are going to get. From the sexy new girl on the block, Dutchess, to the party animal of the group, Puma, the characters are crazy, sexy and, most of all, loveable. This hour-long docu-series follows the lives of Ceasar, Dutchess, Alex, Sassy, Puma, and O’Sh!t, as they work, live, party, and hang out in Harlem. “Black Ink Crew” explores the friendships, crushes, rivalries and craziness that comes when a group of friends become family. 

Black Ink Crew is executive produced by Dan Cesareo, Doug DePriest and Ken Martinez for Big Fish Entertainment.

Announced a weeks ago, VH1 has set the new series’ premiere date for Monday, January 7th at 9 PM ET/PT, and ahead of that, the show’s first trailer has been release, link shown below:

http://www.vh1.com/video/misc/866562/black-ink-crew-promo.jhtml

“Spartacus” May Get a Spin-off About Julius Caesar

Spartacus may be set to come to an end after this upcoming season, but that may not be all for the franchise.According to Deadline, the show’s network, Starz, is considering commissioning a spin-off of the show, which would surround Roman leader Gaius Julius Caesar. Though it’s still in the early stages of discussion, the spin-off would be helmed by Spartacus executive producer Robert Tapert. The character of Julius Caesar is set to be introduced in the series some time during the upcoming third season, and is portrayed by Australian actor Todd Lasance. As his storyline picks up before he’s begun “his ascent toward ruling the Roman state,” it could be the perfect set-up for a spin-off. The third and final season of Spartacus, titled War of the Damned, is set to premiere on January 25th.

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[via Deadline]