More new shows are set to hit television screens. Bounce TV announced its original programming plans for the current upfront season. The network also announced the hiring of seasoned producer and show runner Ri-Karlo Handy as Vice President, Original Programming.
New Original Series:
"Mann & Wife" - Husband and wife team David Mann (Madea’s Big Happy Family) and Tamela Mann (Sparkle), stars of the hit Tyler Perry sitcom Meet the Browns, reunite for a new show which series creator and director Roger Bobb (The Rickey Smiley Show) calls “a black Brady Bunch.” Bobb was the Executive Producer of Meet the Browns and was the Supervising Producer of House of Payne which premiered on TBS as the highest-rated first run sitcom in basic cable history. Premieres Winter 2015.
"Sisters" - An all-new original sitcom centered around a once-famous R&B group called the "Ladies of Essence” who, after life has thrown each of them a few curve balls, find themselves fabulous, forty and forced to live under the same roof. Produced by Roger Bobb’s BobbCat Films, Terri J. Vaughn and Cas Siger’s Nina Holiday Entertainment and Chip Hurd, premieres Summer 2015.
Renewed/Returning Original Series:
"Family Time" - Bounce TV has renewed the half hour situation comedy created by Bentley Kyle Evans for a second season. Family Time centers around the life and times of The Stallworths, a working class African American family who wins the lottery and jumps from the ‘hood to “all good” overnight. This family-next-door consists of two loving parents: Anthony (Omar Gooding) and Lisa (Angell Conwell) Stallworth and their children Ebony (Jayla Calhoun) and Devin (Bentley Kyle Evans, Jr.). Trenton Gumbs (Love That Girl!) serves as a producing partner and season two premieres Fall 2014.
"Off The Chain" - The family-friendly stand-up comedy series featuring the hottest African American comedians on the planet will return for a third season. Produced by Bounce TV Productions, season three premieres Fall 2014.
Bounce TV targets African American adults with a programming mix of original series, theatrical motion pictures, live sports, documentaries, specials, game shows and inspirational faith-based programs. Since its launch in 2011, Bounce TV has seen overwhelming success, with accelerated growth and expansion among station groups, advertisers and viewers alike.
Ri-Karlo Handy is a seasoned producer who has been show running for BET, OWN, MTV and TLC among others. He has developed and produced shows for A-list talent including Nick Cannon, Keyshia Cole and Monica and his credits include OWN's Party At Tiffany's, Son of a Gun on MTV, Kitchen Nightmares for FOX and Pros vs. Joe's for SPIKE.