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Enough viewers tuned in to Tyler Perry's The Oval to give the new series its best television ratings since the White House soap opera premiered last month.

The Oval stars Ed Quinn as U.S. President Hunter Franklin; and actress Kron Moore stars as his bitter, long-suffering wife, Victoria Franklin. They're dysfunctional family includes Paige Hurd as daughter Gayle Franklin, and Daniel Croix Henderson as son Jason Franklin.

According to TV By the Numbers, The Oval bounced back from 0.2 to 0.3 in the coveted adults 18-49 demographic, while Tyler Perry's Sistas rose above its 0.2 to reach 0.3.

Nearly 1 million viewers tuned in to Wednesday's episode of The Oval. While Sistas drew 852 pairs of eyeballs this week.

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In Wednesday's episode of The Oval, titled "Rats Can Smell Poison," Richard (Javon Johnson) and his son Barry (Vaughn W. Hebron) struggle over Barry's gun. The gun goes off and a stray bullet hits an innocent bystander. Barry and Richard leave the scene just as a woman begins screaming.

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Lilly's husband, Donald (Lodric D. Collins) confronts creepy Secret Service agent Kyle (Brad Benedict), who has a crush on him. Donald orders Kyle to leave his home, and he tells Kyle he will reassign him to another detail once he gets back to the White House.

The president's creepy son, Jason, has his eye on Jean, one of the White House's pretty maids. As Jean cleans a spot on the rug, a naked Jason strolls across the hallway behind her.

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Jean complains to White House staff supervisor Priscilla (Taja V. Simpson), who reassigns her to another section of the White House.

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Victoria notices Gayle is missing from the breakfast table and she instructs Priscilla to go fetch her from her bedroom. Victoria gives Priscilla permission to enter Gayle's bedroom. Priscilla walks into Gayle's bedroom and interrupts her taking naked selfies.

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Gayle rudely orders Priscilla out of her room and gets dressed for breakfast. During breakfast, Ed reassures Gayle he will take care of Barry, whom Gayle accused of trying to rape her in episode 1.

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Ed fires Richard for allowing his son, Barry, to enter the White House without authorization. But Victoria orders Gayle to tell Ed the truth - that Barry never touched her. Gayle admits as much.

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Later, we see Bobby (Travis Cure), the sexy airport stalker who was shot twice by Lilly (Ciera Payton), waking up on an operating table in the basement of Lilly and Donald's home.

Apparently Bobby knows creepy Kyle, who kisses him on the lips as he awakens after passing out from the pain of surgery without anesthesia.

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Bobby angrily threatens Kyle for kissing him. After Bobby is sexually harassed by Kyle, Bobby convinces Kyle to unlock his handcuffs and let him leave the house.

Miraculously, after having undergone surgery to remove the bullets from his chest and gut, Bobby is able to get up from the operating table and walk out of the room, like nothing happened.

Donald's granddaughter. Callie (LondonRose Sellars) is still missing, after having been kidnapped by her mentally unstable mother, Ruth, with the help of cult members.

Barry and his mother, Nancy (Ptosha Storey), finally go to the police department to report the child missing. But they are informed by the detective that Ruth was killed. The episode ends with little Callie still missing.
 

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Everyone is buzzing about episode 10 of Starz's Power, which aired on Sunday, Nov. 3. In the midseason finale, titled "No One Can Stop Me", Ghost (Omari Hardwick) is shot by an unknown assailant in his nightclub Truth.

Fans were left debating if Ghost is really dead and who shot him. Some even wondered if his shooting was a dream sequence.

There are seven likely suspects, with one of them firing the shot that sent Ghost tumbling off a balcony - to his untimely death?

Courtney Kemp, Power's creator and executive producer told TV Guide, "We set up very early there were only two ways this was going to play out.

According to TV Guide, in the final moments of the finale, Ghost tells Tariq to turn himself in for murder; pisses off Tasha (Naturi Naughton) again; humiliates Rashad Tate (Larenz Tate), and infuriates Saxe (Shane Johnson), Paz (Elizabeth Rodriguez), and of course Tommy (Joseph Sikora).

Any one of them could have pulled the trigger. The mystery of who shot Ghost will play out over the final five episodes of Power.
 

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Tyler Perry is defending his new BET drama "The Oval" from critics who say the series is a rip off of "Scandal" and other successful TV soap operas.

Perry said The Oval was inspired by the war of the sexes between the Carrington and the Colby families in ABC's TV series Dynasty (1981-1989).

"I'm such a fan of Aaron Spelling and what he did with Dynasty, Dallas and all of those things back in the '80s, so to have this moment to do this it's really, really exciting," Perry told Deadline.com.

Perry, who recently launched his grand new TV and film studio in Atlanta, says The Oval is less about politics and more about the private sex lives of the people who make the White House hum.

"The Oval is not a political show. It’s a story of an interracial couple in the White House. It’s about following them upstairs to the residence, following the Secret Service home, following the maids and the butlers home. It's a powerful, fun thing for me. I've really, really enjoyed it."

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The 50-year-old Virgo suggested he parted ways with Oprah's OWN Network because she limited his budget and stifled his creativity.

"Well, the first time I ever did a TV drama was writing for Oprah and writing for the OWN Network with a very, very tiny budget, so I had to learn quickly then."

He also touched on reports that he refuses to hire writers because he wants all the credit for himself.

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"I love being on set with my crews, sitting there getting things done. I love writing 24 episodes in two weeks. I love shooting a season in 2 1/2 weeks. I just love the challenge of it all. For me, I want to get in there and fight. So, if you tried to take me out of this thing it's like taking somebody out of the game, who's played for a long time. It's like a quarterback who doesn't want to retire. That's where I am with it. I just love it."

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Clueless is getting a reboot. The 1995 comedy cult classic about two spoiled, filthy rich, but clueless teenagers, will focus on a grown up Dionne Davenport (played by Stacey Dash).

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Interest in the film spiked after Dash was arrested on a domestic violence charge in Florida earlier this month. The charge was eventually dropped. Dash later said the violence was a "normal" part of her married life.

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The original Clueless focused on Alicia Silverstone (center) who played the naive Cher. Dash (left) played her equally clueless rich BFF, Dionne. Brittany Murphy (right) played Tai.

According to published reports, the new show will take place in high school after Cher graduated and moved on with her life. The series will be set to the soundtrack of a Lizzo music video.

Silverstone will not reprise her role in the TV show.
 

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Execs at Tyler Perry Studios and BET are nervous about the terrible online reviews of Tyler's new scripted BET drama The Oval.

The Oval stars Ed Quinn as Hunter Franklin, the newly-elected Democratic president of the United States, who moves his family into the White House.

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Hunter, who is white, frequently locks horns with his handsome wife, Victoria Franklin (played by newcomer Kron Moore). Victoria, who is Black, violently objects to Hunter screwing his side pieces in the Oval Office.

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To further complicate Victoria's life, the couple's biracial teenage daughter, Gayle (Paige Hurd) is a shameless slut who takes after her daddy. At least she prefers Black eye candy.

At issue for most Black women is Kron's portrayal of Victoria as the typical angry Black b*tch (a common theme in Tyler's TV shows and movies).

It isn't clear what direction Tyler is taking The Oval in, but his female fans aren't willing to go along for the ride.

Fans want to support the 50-year-old Virgo, who owns the biggest Black-owned independent film studio in America. But Black women are growing tied of supporting a Black man who constantly portrays them in a negative light.

"I love Tyler Perry but I am looking for a different type of product from him," wrote one disgusted YouTube viewer.

Another annoyed viewer wrote, "What are you saying about black people that even in the White House, it's just sex and ratchetness. [sic] Wish this was a little more thought provoking, like hitting current events. Especially in an election year. Pass."

A third viewer wrote: "Another over-the-top, ridiculous fantasy melodrama from Tyler Perry. No thanks."

A male viewer wrote: "Another bedwench show trying to force race mixing".

With reviews like these BET execs are reportedly considering revamping a couple of troublesome episodes before the series debuts next Wednesday, Oct. 23.

An insider who attended a recent screening of The Oval in Atlanta whispered to Sandrarose.com, "Girl, you could hear a pin drop in the room when the preview ended."

Question: Ladies, do you plan to watch The Oval?
 

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ABC's new scripted series "mixed-ish" got off to a good start in its television premiere on September 24, 2019. The series, about mixed race children who strive to fit in with their Black counterparts, is a spin-off of ABC's black-ish.

mixed-ish topped black-ish in the TV ratings with a 0.8 rating and 4 million viewers. black-ish, which follows mixed-ish at 9:30 p.m., dipped slightly with a 0.8 and 3.52 million viewers.

mixed-ish is the brainchild of black-ish star and executive producer Tracee Ellis Ross, the 46-year-old biracial daughter of R&B icon Diana Ross and her ex-husband Robert Silberstein.

Ross plays Bow, short for Rainbow, on black-ish. Newcomer Arica Himmel plays 12-year-old Bow on mixed-ish.

In the third episode of mixed-ish, titled "Let Your Hair Down," young Bow struggles with her decision to keep her natural curls or straighten her hair with a relaxer to fit in easier with the Black girls at school.

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In a recent interview with TV Guide, Ross says she wanted to do an episode on her loosely curled hair.

"I always say I could chronicle my journey of self-acceptance through my journey with my hair," Ross told TV Guide via phone.

"There is a breadth of story, a narrative, in black women and our hair — and that specific part of that community that is mixed women and what that means as you navigate two different cultures, both in your household and out in the world. I knew that when mixed-ish got picked up and we knew what was happening, I was really strong about the fact that we needed to do [a hair episode] and do it early on in the season. It's one of those stories that is so specifically of the mixed experience."

Bow's younger brother, Johan (Ethan Childress), also has issues with his hair that isn't tightly coiled enough to have the same haircut as his favorite Black rappers, and too textured to style like the popular white kids in school.

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CBS is taking a huge gamble on a Chuck Lorre sitcom titled Bob Hearts Abishola, which explores the cultural differences between Africans and American Blacks. The show focuses on a relationship between a middle aged businessman and a no-nonsense nurse from Africa.

Billy Gardell (former lead of Mike & Molly) stars as Bob, while Transparent star Folake Olowofoyeku plays cardiac nurse Abishola who tickles Bob's fancy.

In the series premiere, Bob, who owns a pressure stocking company, is rushed to the emergency room after suffering a heart attack. When he awakens, he spots Abishola and immediately begins to flirt with her.

"Do people call you Abby?" he asks her. "No! Go back and wash your hands," she responds.

But Abishola really piques Bob's interest when she sings to him in her native Nigerian language.

Abishola is a single mom (her husband returned to Lagos after he was unable to find a job as a civil engineer in America).

She and her son Dele (Travis Wolfe Jr.) currently live with her relatives Auntie Olu (Shola Adewusi) and Uncle Tunde (Barry Shabaka Henley), who provide comic relief.

Abishola's relatives and friends don't take kindly to Bob - and they certainly can't see him married to Abishola.

One friend Kemi (Gina Yashere) explains, "Top of the list, Nigerian man — same tribe (Yoruba). Then, Nigerian man — different tribe (Igbo). Then, other Africans (except Tunisians and Egyptians). Obviously. Then Caribbean. Then white. Then African American."

Of course American Blacks are at the bottom of the totem pole.

Another friend named Gloria (the wonderful character actress Vernee Watson) takes offense to the disrespect Africans show American Blacks.

CBS hopes Black Americans will tune in anyway.

Issa Rae

Viewers of HBO hit show "Insecure" were irate when they learned fan favorite Lawrence (Jay Ellis) was not returning for season 3. The series' showrunner Prentice Penny said Lawrence was written out of the show so that Insecure's co-creator, writer and star Issa Rae can grow and mature.

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ABC is desperate to boost ratings for Black-ish spinoff Grown-ish, starring Yara Shahidi as college freshman Zoey Johnson. The first 2 episodes received low ratings and negative reviews, mostly due to Yara's annoying narration and all around bad acting by her supporting cast.

A New York Times' TV critic says Grown-ish is "still finding its identity" -- that's the mark of death in TV critic lingo.

So ABC/Freeform is pinning their hopes on a new character: Cassius "Cash" Mooney, played by tall, dark and handsome newcomer Abraham D. Juste.

Abraham, who goes by the nickname da'Vinchi in real life, plays a star shooting guard on the basketball team at Zoey's mythical California University. He instantly catches Zoey's eye when he asks for directions to the library, and the two hit it off.

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Gabrielle Union has a new TV series lined up when Being Mary Jane ends with a 2-hour series finale next year. According to Deadline.com, Union, 44, is set to star in a Bad Boys TV spin-off -- 14 years after she played sexy Special Agent Syd Burnett in the original film.

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transgender cast

Director Ryan Murphy has set the record for casting the most female impersonators in regular roles in a scripted TV series. The previous record was set by director Lee Daniels in his scripted TV series Star.

Fox TV's Star features three transgenders: Miss Lawrence, Amiyah Scott and newcomer Sidney Starr.

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Cast of Claws

TNT's series premiere of its dark comedy Claws hit social media like a stick of dynamite on Sunday night. The reviews from bewildered viewers were a mix of awe and confusion.

Claws is about a tight knit group of nail artisans who work at a Palmetto, Florida nail salon that fronts as a prescription drug laundering operation.

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The cast of TNT's "dark comedy" Claws posed on the red carpet at the Hollywood premiere on Friday. Claws is about a group of nail techs in tiny Palmetto, Florida whose devotion to each other is tested when one of them commits murder. The crew includes L-R: Judy Reyes, Jenn Lyon, Carrie Preston, Niecy Nash and Karrueche Tran.

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Empire

Fox TV has lost so much commercial ads revenue on the one-time smash hit Empire, that the program was renewed for a 4th season to recoup the losses.

According to TV by the Numbers, Empire's ratings have fallen steadily since the debut season, but it's still the No. 1 drama (and No. 2 show overall) among adults 18-49 on the broadcast networks.

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Empire Season 3 Episode 1

Last night's Empire season 3 opener took up where season 2 left off. Pregnant Anika Calhoun (Grace Gealey) and Rhonda Lyon (Kaitlin Doubleday) fought in a duel to the death.

The sociopath, Anika, already killed Rhonda's baby to secure her unborn baby's rightful spot as heir to the Lyon empire.

Click the link to see which one of these ladies will haunt your dreams this season on Empire.

WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!

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Bruce Jenner

This post was originally published in April..

E Network has cancelled the third season of I Am Cait. This post was originally published back in April when Radaronline.com first announced E! Network's plans to cancel Bruce Jenner's poorly-rated docuseries after season 2.

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