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Americans embraced 1980s TV series "The Wonder Years" featuring 12-year-old Kevin Arnold growing up during the late 60s and early 70s.

ABC's "woke" reboot of "Wonder Years" features a Black family savoring a slice of the American pie.

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The original series ran from 1988 to 1993 and starred Fred Savage, Josh Saviano and Danica McKellar as Kevin, Paul and Winnie - best friends for life.

The "Wonder Years" reboot stars (L-R) Dulé Hill, Laura Kariuki, EJ Williams (as as 12-year-old Dean Williams), and Saycon Sengbloh.

Actor Don Cheadle narrates Dean's adult voice.

Like the original Arnold family, the new family lives in a suburban home with a white picket fence and white neighbors who watch what they say.

Twitter reacted to ABC's trailer for the 2021 "Wonder Years" reboot. Some thought the new series parodied "Everybody Hates Chris" about the life and times of comedian Chris Rock.


 

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Black Twitter has questions about Tyler Perry's script-writing skills after one of his actors made questionable remarks during a scene from Sistas.

Tyler admitted he doesn't have a writer's room and writes all of his show's scripts himself. Tyler is part of the industry-wide effort to increase visibility of LGBT+ characters in the media.

However, his writing efforts are not appreciated by his show's viewers.

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In the viral scene, Calvin (played by actor Anthony Dalton) breaks up with Sabrina (played by Novi Brown). As she pleads with him to stay, he lists the reasons why their relationship simply won't work.

"Let's just end this. I'm just too much for you. Me, my two dads, me being in touch with my feminine side, my lace underwear. Hell, even me liking my prostate tickled!"

The prostate, or male G spot, is a small organ that provides pleasure when stimulated by a penis, fingers or an object inserted into the rectum.

The scene raised eyebrows and drew scornful comments from men and women on social media.

Among the comments were demands for Tyler to hire writers and stick to what he does best -- directing.

"The thing [is] Tyler Perry could be giving young black talented writers opportunities but be rather recycle plots and story lines from 10 years ago and i like don't get it," wrote one Twitter user.

Another user tweeted, "Look, I appreciate what Tyler Perry has done for black people making movies, lifting up actors and workers, but I'mma need this n**** to uplift some writing talent."
 

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A Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reboot drama is in the works. The original NBC television series (1990-1996) was a situational comedy starring Will Smith as a street smart kid from Philly who is shipped to stay with his uncle's family in Beverly Hills.

The new drama series, Bel-Air, is based on Morgan Cooper's viral YouTube trailer. The trailer, with updates from the original series producers Will Smith, Benny Medina and Quincy Jones, is currently being shopped to livestream networks, including HBO Max and Netflix.

Bel-Air is described as a dramatic spin on the original comedy TV series that launched Will Smith's career as an actor.

Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the new Bel-Air series has been in the works for more than a year after the 4-minute clip went viral in March 2019.

Cooper, a self-described Fresh Prince super-fan, created and directed the trailer that reimagines the series as a drama.

He will co-write the script, direct and be credited as a co-executive producer, according to THR.

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The original series also starred James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro, Karyn Parsons, Tatyana M. Ali, Joseph Marcell and Janet Hubert-Whitten/Daphne Maxwell Reid.

Smith has remained close with the cast, except for Hubert-Whitten.

Watch the trailer below.
 

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Netflix has acquired 7 Black television sitcoms, and will begin airing the sitcoms beginning this weekend.

According to The Wrap, Netflix raided UPN Network's library and acquired the rights to popular Black sitcoms, Moesha, Sister, Sister, The Game, Girlfriends, The Parkers, Half & Half and One on One.

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Moesha, starring Countess Vaughn, left, and Brandy Norwood, will begin airing on Netflix this Saturday. The first three seasons of The Game, which ran for nine seasons total, will debut on August 15.

Popular '90s sitcom, Sister Sister, starring twins Tia and Tamera, will debut September 1. Girlfriends, which stars Tracee Ellis Ross, and ran for 9 seasons, will debut on Netflix on Sept. 11.

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Tyler Perry's much-criticized nighttime soap opera "Tyler Perry's The Oval" grabbed strong ratings for BET Network on Thursday night.

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According to Deadline.com, "Tyler Perry's The Oval" and "Tyler Perry's Sistas" both kicked off with strong ratings for BET Network Thursday.

More than 1 million viewers tuned in to watch "Tyler Perry's The Oval" on BET at 9 PM, despite the terrible reviews on social media.

The White House drama did better than other scripted series that debuted on BET this year, including American Soul (864,000) and Boomerang (587,000), according to Deadline.com.

"Tyler Perry's The Oval" totaled 1.5 million views across BET, BET Her and VH1 in both time slots.

But viewers were brutal on Twitter.com. Many say they love and appreciate Tyler Perry for employing Black actors and crews, but they would not watch the series again.

"Just because Tyler Perry is a black doesn't mean he should get a pass for putting out mediocre TV shows. Like wtf is this?" wrote one viewer.

Another viewer tweeted: "Omg this new Tyler Perry show the oval is terrible".

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"Tyler Perry's Sistas" fared much better than 'The Oval' on social media. Some viewers said they would tune in again to watch "Tyler Perry's Sistas" next week.

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Meanwhile, Tyler is casting for a new series called "Bruh". According to Project Casting, the Tyler Perry Studio is holding open casting calls for "fresh faces" to appear in the new TV production.

Casting directors are now casting actors, models, and talent to work on scenes filming on Tuesday, October 29th in Atlanta. They are looking for all races, ages 21-40. The pay is $80 per diem (8 hours a day).

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Tyler Perry has a type, so if you are a Black male who is too effeminate or too masculine, you will probably be rejected.

Tyler, who was raised by his mother's very strict boyfriend, does not cast manly he-men in his shows. He prefers delicate, cute, handsome chocolate and light skinned males with strong arms and tight butts.

Look at Tyler's past movies and TV shows to get a better idea of the type of men he is looking for.

Those interested can email a resume, headshot, and information to submissions.sca@gmail.com.

Question: Did you watch Tyler Perry's The Oval? Will you tune in again next week?

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Tyler Perry's hit TV series "The Haves and the Have Nots" was not canceled by Oprah. There was some talk amongst Black women that their favorite nighttime soap opera, "The Haves and The Have Nots" was abruptly canceled by Oprah.

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Many women complained that Oprah often axes Black-oriented TV shows without warning her viewers. But the Oprah Winfrey Network announced today the return of its hit scripted Tyler
Perry drama "The Haves and the Have Nots," which premieres its seventh season on Tuesday, January 7 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

The popular series comes back with a vengeance as the Cryer, Harrington and Young families fight for their very existence. "The Haves and the Have Nots" is the #1 original cable series among African-American Women total viewers. It is also among the Top 5 original scripted series on ad-supported cable.

Season 7 of "The Haves and the Have Nots" brings even more havoc than ever
before with revenge, heartbreak, betrayal, death and destruction touching the lives
of every character.

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"The Haves and the Have Nots" stars Renee Lawless (Katheryn Cryer) pictured left; Crystal R. Fox (Hannah Young) pictured center; John Schneider (Jim Cryer) pictured right; Tika Sumpter (Candace
Young), Angela Robinson (Veronica Harrington), Peter Parros (David Harrington), Tyler Lepley (Benny Young), Gavin Houston (Jeffrey Harrington) and Aaron O'Connell (Wyatt Cryer).

From Tyler Perry Studios, "The Haves and the Have Nots" is written, directed and executive produced by Tyler Perry.

Perry says his nighttime soap operas are 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.

For a sneak peek of season seven of "The Haves and the Have Nots" click here: Oprah.com/HAHNSeason7Trailer

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