PASADENA, CA-Valentine’s Day came a day early for TV One. Holding a spot at the Television Critics Association 2019 Winter Tour press event at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena, California, TV One presented an assortment of panel discussions as well introduce to media members several shows expected to garner high ratings for the network.
Kicking off TV One’s big day was the announcement of nominees for the 50th Annual NAACP Image Awards. TV One will host the live awards show on March 30. NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson as well as TV One Chairman and CEO Alfred Liggins headlined the announcement before eventually giving way to Black Panther and Us star Winston Duke and Dear White People actress Logan Browning.
“With TV One as our partner for the 50th Anniversary of the NAACP Image Awards, we are delighted to have a platform to showcase artists and individuals of color and celebrate their talents and contributions,” stated President Johnson.
Of course, Duke and his Black Panther buddies led the charge in the film categories with 14 total nods. In the television apparatus, Netflix heads the list with 22 nominations, followed by HBO’s 20 nominees.
“I got nominated for three awards,” Duke said afterwards. “I couldn’t be more happier. The journey has been something that I’m trying really hard to take in because so much is happening.”
Once the NAACP Image Awards announcement wrapped up, the daylong activities of panel discussions and interviews with talent got underway. First up on the big board for the TV One Press Day was the hit series Uncensored, where celebrities pretty much come unglued and talk unfiltered about their professional and personal lives.
For the upcoming season, the always quotable D.L. Hughley, actress Tasha Smith, and singer Fantasia, are among the chosen ones to share their stories with fans across the world. Both Smith (Why Did I Get Married?, Why Did I Get Married Too?) and Hughley (The D.L. Hughley Show) were pretty frank about why they decided to put their personal business front and center for everyone to see.
One thing that audiences can expect from Hughley as he opens up about his estranged relationship with his father, is raw passion.
“The idea of learning so much about somebody when you can’t talk to them about it was a lot,” Hughley said. “The point was I learned more about him when he was dying than I ever did when he was alive.”
Smith said that sharing can be a powerful tool for others to take in and learn from as she opened up on why she made the decision to talk straight about her professional career and personal life.
“I feel personal testimonies are very empowering to people that have an opportunity to hear them,” Smith said. “I’ve had an interesting journey. I’ve gone through a lot of stuff and I’m all about empowering other people to pursue their purpose in life, whatever that may be. I just feel like I’ve overcome a lot. My story and journey could be very inspiring to someone else that may be going through something.”
Uncensored is scheduled to make its season debut on March 3 as well as the new season of Unsung, TV One’s musical biopic series.
Outside of the NAACP Image Awards announcement and re-introductory to Uncensored and Unsung, TV One’s grand day was made when it formally unveiled CLEO TV, a entertainment network aimed specifically at women of color from Millennial and Gen X genres. Some of the shows to be featured on CLEO TV are Living By Design With Jake and Jazz, New Soul Kitchen, and Just Eats With Chef JJ.
“We’re at a pivotal moment in history where women are making a huge impact in our society and culture, especially women of color,” said TV One General Manager Michelle Rice. “CLEO TV will offer a diverse mix of lifestyle and entertainment content through the unique lens of Millennial and Gen X women of color, an audience segment currently underserved.”