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In August, it was announced that French premium pay TV channel Canal Plus has picked up the series for its 2013 slate, for audiences in France. And now our readers in the UK who have been curious about the show, thanks to all the Stateside excitement for it, will also now get their opportunity to check it out firsthand.

v39_televisionThis Sunday September 23 is the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards and the competition this year is pretty fierce but also pretty devoid of Black faces, a shame really as The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has expanded the amount of nominees in recent years.

v33_SmileyTV One’s got a rookie in town by the name of Rickey Smiley.

The comedian and popular radio host got his own show starring himself, Ray J, Lil JJ, Roz Ryan, J. Anthony Brown, Noree Victoria and Demetria McKinney.

“The Rickey Smiley Show” is loosely based on his life as a DJ in Atlanta and single father of three children. Raising kids ain’t easy alone, especially if you’re trying to get your swerve on.

J. Anthony plays the role of the radio station manager, ‘Maurice,’ Ray J. as Rickey’s producer and protégé ‘Kenny,’ Roz is ‘Aunt Sylvia’ who lives with Smiley. Lil JJ plays Rickey’s 18-year-old son, a devoted gamer.

This is Smiley’s first television series, which may very well be a big hit.

v32_SappWhat’s it like to be a single father? Marvin Sapp knows now.

The Gospel singer just landed a reality show that documents his life as the

only parent for his three teenage children.

Two years ago, his wife MaLinda died after losing a battle against colon cancer. The pair ran Lighthouse Full Life Center Church in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Since her passing, the singer and now full time dad says life is an adventure.

“There are days when I get up and I cry, thinking of her. There are days thinking of her and I smile. There are days when I’m angry. Days that I’m not… we miss her.”

v31_hensleyAlthough the cause of Hemsley's death is unclear, TMZ reports that the actor passed away at his El Paso, Texas, home.

Hemsley made a name for himself as George Jefferson, carrying the iconic sitcom for a decade and earning a 1984 Emmy nomination for his work as lead actor in a comedy series. The actor went on to appear on a handful of other classic television shows including "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" and "The Hughleys." He also starred as Deacon Ernest Frye on the NBC series "Amen" for several years.


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