*ATLANTA — Bounce TV, the country’s first-ever over-the-air broadcast television network for African-Americans which just launched this week, will present its first week-long themed-festival when it presents Richard Pryor Week, Monday, Oct. 3 – Friday, Oct. 7
As a special kick-off to the celebration, on Monday, Oct. 3 at 6:00 p.m. (ET) Bounce TV will premiere the 1975 episode of Soul Train featuring Pryor as guest host. Rarely did Soul Train creator and host Don Cornelius turn his show over to someone else, but in this classic episode Pryor takes over the show featuring performances by Harold Melvyn and the Blue Notes and The Southshore Commission. This special episode has not been seen on television in years and also is timed with the 40th anniversary of Soul Train’s national television debut (Oct. 2, 1971).
Bounce TV’s Richard Pryor Week will feature prime-time double-features starring the legendary comedian each night at 8:00 p.m. ET. Movies include: Pryor’s classic pairings with Gene Wilder in Stir Crazy (Oct. 3), Silver Streak (Oct. 4) and Another You (Oct. 6); The Wiz (Oct. 5); Bingo Long and the Traveling All Stars (Oct. 6) and Bustin’ Loose (Oct. 7). Visit www.bouncetv.com for complete schedule.
Bounce’s first weekend on the air will be highlighted by the multiple Oscar® – nominated Far From Heaven (Sat. Oct. 1, 10:00 p.m.), 2002’s textured story of race, gender and class starring Dennis Haysbert, Julianne Moore (Oscar® nominee) and Dennis Quaid. Sunday night, Oct. 2, Bounce TV will premiere Denzel Washington’s Academy Award®-winning performance in the civil war epic Glory (8:00 p.m.)
Other upcoming Bounce TV highlights include:
— A big CIAA Football match-up as the Trojans of Virginia State take on the Fayetteville State Broncos (Sat. Oct. 8 at 1:00 p.m.)
— A weekend of four aspirational and inspirational African American tales: The Sweetest Gift (Oct. 13); A Raisin in the Sun (Oct. 14); Shackles (Oct. 15) and Glory (Oct. 16).
— Soul Train: One of the longest-running series in television history rides again as Bounce TV showcases the most popular performers and episodes of the legendary series (Assorted dates/times.)
Toyota USA is the signature sponsor of the network’s inaugural on-air schedule.
Martin Luther King III and Ambassador Andrew Young are among the Founding Group and Board of Directors of Bounce TV. Bounce TV targets African Americans primarily between the ages of 25-54 with a programming mix of theatrical motion pictures, sporting events, documentaries, specials, inspirational faith-based programs, off-net series, original programming and more. Bounce TV airs twenty four hours a day, seven days a week on the digital signals of local television stations.
Bounce TV is seen in Chicago, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Houston, Cleveland/Akron, San Francisco, Milwaukee, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Hartford/New Haven, Norfolk, Dayton, West Palm Beach, Birmingham, Memphis, Louisville, Richmond, VA and other cities. New Bounce TV markets are expected to be announced before the end of the year.