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Jamie Foxx Returns to TV With New Netflix Sitcom

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Jamie Foxx is bringing a brand new comedy show to Netflix based on the relationship between himself and his daughter.

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  • Dad Stop Embarrassing Me is the title of Netflix’s new comedy set to premiere on April 14th. The show is based on the relationship Foxx has with his daughter, Corrine Foxx. 27-year-old Corrine will co-executive produce the show along with her father. Her character’s name in the show is Sasha, played by actress Kyla Drew-Simmons. Jamie Foxx will lead as the father in the show. His character Brian is the owner of a cosmetics company and is being described as a “successful business owner” and “bachelor.”
  • The show will mark the first television show Foxx has been the lead for in 20 years. His first show, The Jamie Foxx Show, aired from 1996 to 2001. Foxx’s first debut on television was 30 years-ago via In Living Color. It was there he met a flurry of talented people, including David Alan Grier, who is also appearing in Dad Stop Embarrassing Me. Grier will portray a character named Pops in the likeness of Foxx’s real step-father. Allegedly, Foxx will play multiple characters in the show similar to his In Living Color days.
  • The show’s plot seems to be about the father, Brian, being thrust into a relationship with his daughter. A single bachelor that’s forced to learn the responsibility of raising their child should be the perfect recipe for comedic hijinks. Not to mention the fact Jamie is an embarrassing parent in real life as well.
“I was cheering at my final game in high school, and I look into the crowd and my whole family is there in T-shirts with my face on them,” Corrine recalls. “It’s 15 people, and my dad is the ringleader. The last thing a teenage girl ever wants is their dad drawing attention to themselves in that way.”
  • According to Corrine, the show’s dynamic will play on the moments her dad embarrassed her in real life. Dad Stop Embarrassing Me will air eight 30-minute episodes in its first season.
Jamie Foxx’s 30-year career is rooted in comedy, so it will be exciting to see the A-Lister perform again with new ideas.

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Chicago Comedian Erica Watson Dies at 48 Due to COVID-19

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Eric Faye Watson, writer, and actress, known for Precious, Top Five, and Chi-raq, has passed away due to complications relating to coronavirus. She was 48.

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  • Watson was born and raised in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood. Born in February 1973, she attended Apostle Elementary School, Kenwood high school, and earned her BA and MA at Columbia College Chicago. As a child, she was also a member of the Chicago Children’s Choir and The Merit School of Music. Watson was an actress, stand-up comedian, public relations representative, writer, activist, and director.
  • The news of Watson’s passing broke through on Facebook when her brother posted an update. “We are not taking this easy. Please respect our privacy right now…”, her brother exclaims. After she celebrated her birthday a few days prior, Watson passed away in Montego Bay, Jamaica. According to Chicago Tribune, she was also working remotely from Jamaica due to concerns she had regarding COVID-19 in the United States. There currently isn’t any confirmation on how long Watson had the virus or whether it was recently contracted.
  • Watson was known for being a multi-faceted individual. In 2017, Erica hosted a “Feminist Comedy Marathon” at The Brooklyn Museum, which featured 50 of NYC’s best female comics. Southside business owner Qiana Allen expressed interest in Watson after she attended “Fat Bitch!”, Watson’s one-woman show, in 2014. The two women became friends, and Watson became Allen’s publicist.

When news of Watson’s passing broke, Allen expressed, “Erica would share all of her knowledge with everybody, especially if she sees something in them.”

  • She had so many dreams and aspirations that she wanted to complete, and that bothers me the most – she’ll never get the chance to fulfill those things,” she continued. Before her death, Watson expressed that she wanted to write and direct her own movies one day in a column by Plus Model Magazine.
  • In 2018, Watson created a cosmetic collection entitled “fierce.” in a brand partnership with Nena Cosmetics and also modeled as one of the cover girls for their advertisements. Watson leaves behind many projects and loved ones in the wake of her passing.

According to her family, the funeral for Erica Faye Watson will be held in Chicago, but there isn’t a confirmed date as of late.

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‘Frasier’ Coming Back to TV, Latest ’90s Hit to Get a Revival

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 Frasier is back. Kelsey Grammer returns as snobbish radio advice-host in the reboot of hit TV series.

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  • The series was a massive hit from 1994-2004, running for 263 episodes, and now it has become the latest show to get a reboot 20 years later. Frasier, a spin-off from the TV series Cheers, was one of the most successful shows in the 1990s. The new series will focus on “the next chapter in the continuing journey of Dr. Frasier Crane.”
  • The show centered on Frasier, who returned to his hometown Seattle to care for his elderly father and psychiatrist brother, Niles. Frasier set a record for the most Emmy Awards won by a scripted series at the time, 37, including five consecutive Emmys for outstanding comedy series, according to deadline.com.  
  • The show will be produced by CBS Studios while airing on the new streaming service Paramount+. As of now, it does not have a set release date yet. There has been no mention on social media if co-star David Hyde Pierce (Niles Crane) or Jane Leeves, who played caregiver Daphne Moon, would be joining the revival. Sadly, actor John Mahoney, who played the down-to-earth father Martin Crane, died in 2018 from lung cancer at the age of 77.
  • One of the most memorable scenes shared on social media of John Mahoney’s character before his death was the tension in the father-son relationship. Rumor on social media shows that the father and son tension between Martin Crane and Frasier Crane will be portrayed in Frasier and his son Frederick in the reboot. According to a recent interview, in 2019, the Frasier reboot will not be in Seattle, and the show will continue with Frasier looking for love. 
  • “There has long been a call from fans for its return, and that call is now answered,” David Stapf, president of CBS Studios, said in a statement. The return of Frasier is the latest in a series of reboots of hit shows from two and three decades ago. The Sex and the City reboot called And Just Like That is set to start shooting in 2021. Dexter will return in 2021. The Gossip Girl reboot will air in 2021, and Will and Grace returned after a ten-year gap in 2017.

When Frasier‘s reboot finally premieres, it will be available to stream on Paramount+, the streaming service formerly known to be CBS All Access. Anyone looking to subscribe to CBS All Access before it becomes Paramount+ can enjoy a seven-day free trial.

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Bruno Mars and Anderson.Paak Launch Funk Band ‘Silk Sonic’

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The multi-talented Bruno Mars and Anderson.Paak have joined together as a duo band named Silk Sonic.

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  • Together as Silk Sonic, the two artists will release a single first in March and follow that with an album. The collaboration was first announced Thursday night by Silk Sonic via their respective social media accounts. There aren’t any confirmed dates on when the Silk Sonic album is supposed to be released. However, the project appears to be complete already, with Anderson.Paak exclaiming, “We made an album!!”.

 

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  • The pair are not strangers to working together, Anderson.Paak previously opened for Mars on the 24K Magic World Tour. His first introduction to performing was as a drummer at his family’s church. His first album, Venice, debuted in October 2014. Since then, Anderson.Paak has become a prominent figure in the music industry, having worked with a variety of different artists and earning awards. Paak recently won two Grammys for his 2020 album Ventura. The project won categories Best R&B Performance as well as Best R&B Album.
  • The collaboration project will be Mars’ first album since the days of 2016’s chart-topping 24K Magic. The project earned Mars six awards at the 2018 Grammy Awards, making that a total of 11 Grammys he has ever won. Some of the awards won included album of the year, record of the year, and best r&b album. Mars still has plans to star and produce a movie with Disney, where the goal is to create a music-driven theatrical film.
  • There aren’t any plot details being revealed to the public yet, although there is news that Mars will be making original music for the project. Mars’ acting history extends back to 1992 where he appeared in the film Honeymoon in Vegas. Mars is also responsible for voicing a character in 2014’s Rio 2.
  • The Silk Sonic project entitled, An Evening with Silk Sonic… will feature Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer Bootsy Collins. Collin’s career began when he formed The Pacemakers band in 1968.  The Pacemakers were hired as James Brown‘s backing band in 1970 and performed with him for one year. Collins released his first solo album, Ultra Wave, in 1980. Nearly a decade later, Collins became an inductee into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame when the group Parliament-Funkadelic earned the honor in 1997. Collins is currently 69 years old and has been involved in the music industry for over 50 years. As of right now, Collins is the only confirmed guest on the album.

There is currently no confirmation on what genre of music Silk Sonic will be performing or what other artists are involved in.

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