*Whats up y’all, its me The Bowlegged 1, Bowlegged Lou of Full Force here chillin’ on the East Coast.
First off …. before i give u info of the Unsung Marathon starting today, Thanksgiving & ending Tues Dec 1st >>>HAPPY THANKSGIVING WEEKEND TO EVERYBODY!!
Am i a sore loser, which is what my friend Kandi Burruss called me?? No, not really. Out of two top 10 ratings charts, my group, Full Force, once had the distinction of being the highest rated Unsung episode in TV One’s history which featured not only our musical body of work & House Party acting chops, but it also featured my beloved Full Force brother Paul Anthony’s Cancer Champion journey. Now, Xscape is the highest rated UnSung ever in TV One’s history. In both UnSung Top 10 charts too. Dammit!
TV One has a top 10 chart for the lucrative sponsor driven general age demographics of 18-49 & they also have an over-all Top 10 chart. Kandi Burruss’ former group, Xscape, is number 1 on both top 10 charts doggone it!! Even though the legendary David Ruffin beat us before Xscape did, i guess because Kandi is my longtime friend, it stung a little more since i’m always be joking with her on stuff plus i must admit, i was a little surprised that it became the highest rated of all time. David Ruffin never surprised me when his was top dawg & neither did Big Daddy Kane at one time before us either, but Xscape with my Atlanta Housewife gal Kandi?? Jeeeeez! I remember lots of folks were surprised that Full Force’s episode was highly rated when it premiered. Xscape’s episode re-airs December 1st, by the way.
All jokes aside, i love Kandi & i love Xscape’s story & their artist history especially cause my friend who was a part of that great hit making group. I heard that not everybody in the group was totally happy with their UnSung episode but you cant please everybody. I also send a respectable shoutout to our younger, lil brother Jermaine Dupri for creating the Xscape magic.We’ve known Jermaine since he was a real youngin rappin’ with lil Chad Elliot opening up at the legendary hip hop Fresh Fest tours that featured Run DMC, LL Cool J, Whodini, Full Force, UTFO, Fat Boys, Force MDs, etc.
Yo Yo’s Unsungs are both on the Top 10 lists too. She is # 8 on the General Demo>18-49 catagory chart & she is # 3 all time on the overall chart also surging ahead us dammit!! I just got off the phone with YoYo & she is very excited. I told her she surged ahead of us on the overall chart & she laughed with happiness & said GET OUT!! That damn Yo Yo !! Ha, i love Yo Yo. Happy for her. She told me that she never even use to carry TVone in her cable package until she started shooting her UnSung story. I laughed so hard when she told me that. So Full Force is # 3 on the 18-49 demo Top 10 list & we are # 4 on the Overall chart with Xscape, David Ruffin & Yo Yo ahead of us. Regardless, we appreciate & thank Ms. Cathy Hughes & her team for birthing TV One in the first place.
Another appreciative shoutout must go to Facebook’s Fans Of TV ONES Unsung which is lead by Luther Aramis McRae & Tonya Hawley. Thousands & thousands of UnSung fans who all call themselves the UnSungateers (like the Mouseketeers) all interact with each other online everyday regarding UnSung scenarios such as old school true school music and acts. Communicating and suggesting which acts should have their story on UnSung. Live chats featuring many Unsung recording acts interacting with the fans of TV One’s Unsung as well. Thank you Facebook fans of TVOnes UnSung #UnSungateers #UBetterJoinUp.
Unsung Marathon Press Release:
In a network first, TV One is airing all 99 episodes of its entire library of its signature series, Unsung, beginning Thanksgiving night, Thursday, Nov. 26 at 8 p.m. ET. In an epic six-day marathon, the network will air Unsung all day and all night leading up to the 100thepisode premiere on Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 8 p.m. ET. Hosted by radio and television legend Donnie Simpson, the landmark episode, Unsung: Top Ten That Changed The Game, will feature a countdown of the top 10 most exceptional Unsung episodes.
In Unsung: Top Ten That Changed The Game, Simpson will take viewers through 10 of the artists featured on the series that had the most impact on the audience and the culture. These profiles were selected for their representation of the breadth and depth of the series through fan feedback, social engagement and impact on pop culture.
“Since its conception over seven years ago, Unsung has been, hands-down, one of our most loved series,” commented Brad Siegel, TV One’s President. “Music is at the root of black culture and this show continues to celebrate and honor artists vital to those roots and explore stories that continue to shock and amaze our viewers today.”
The marathon and 100th episode will be touted across TV One’s digital and social landscape with episodic trivia, quizzes and user guesses for the top 10 artists. In addition to the six-day Unsung event, themed episodes will air in primetime throughout the marathon:
Primetime Episode Themes:
Motown Masters: Thursday, Nov. 26, 8 – 11 p.m. ET
- 8 p.m. ET – David Ruffin
- 9 p.m. ET – Eddie Kendricks
- 10 p.m. ET – Tammi Terrell
Legendary Icons: Friday, Nov. 27, 8 – 12 a.m. ET
- 8 p.m. ET – DeBarge
- 9 p.m. ET – Teena Marie
- 10 p.m. ET – Rick James
- 11 p.m. ET – Ike Turner
Disco Infernos: Saturday, Nov. 28, 8 – 12 a.m. ET
- 8 p.m. ET – Jennifer Holliday
- 9 p.m. ET – Sylvester
- 10 p.m. ET – Nile Rodgers & Chic
- 11 p.m. ET – Rose Royce
R&B Groups: Sunday, Nov. 29, 8 – 12 a.m. ET
- 8 p.m. ET – H–Town
- 9 p.m. ET – Force MDs
- 10 p.m. ET – Hi-Five
- 11 p.m. ET – DeBarge
House Party Hip Hop Classics: Monday, Nov. 30, 6 pm – 12 a.m. ET
- 6 pm ET — Heavy D & The Boyz
- m ET — Full Force
- 8 p.m. ET – Kid N Play
- 9 p.m. ET – Big Daddy Kane
- 10 p.m. ET – DJ Quik
- 11 p.m. ET – Nate Dogg
1st list>UnSung Ratings Top 10 Overall in TVOne’s History
6.Big Daddy Kane
8.Al B Sure
2nd list> UnSung Ratings Top 10 in General Demo Of 18-49 year olds
6.Big Daddy Kane
7.Kid N Play
Unsung, a four-time NAACP Image Award winning series, delves into the rarely or never before told stories of the unparalleled talents of R&B and Hip Hop from the 50s through the 90s. The perennial fan favorite series highlights the works of these artists while breaking down the obstacles and trials that hindered them from reaching the mainstream success many felt they deserved.The great producers of some of the episodes that yours truly Bowlegged Lou wanted to shout out is Mr P Frank Williams,Sharon Sanders,Jamecia Blount,Myra Alexander,Lawrence Givens,Marcus Miles,Donny Jackson,Senior producer Sade Oyinade,Supervising Producer>Kysha Mounia & so many others from past & present of the entire UnSung team that we appreciate. Oh i forgot,also a shoutout to Lucien “Bowlegged Lou”George who served as Production Consultant for The Force Md’s UnSung episode.(So proud of that credit)
Unsung is narrated by talented actor Gary Anthony Williams (Shoutout to Al B Sure who was the 1st narrator in a few early episodes before Gary took over & made it his own). UnSung is executive produced by Arthur Smith, Kent Weed and Frank Sinton of A. Smith & Co. Productions for TV One. Mark Rowland is Co-Executive Producer. Lamar Chase is Producer; Jubba Seyyid is Executive-in-Charge of Production; Robyn Arrington Greene is Vice President; and D’Angela Proctor is Head of Original Programming and Production for the network.
About A. Smith & Co. Productions
Smith & Co. Productions creates some of the most innovative, highly rated, and high-quality programming for the domestic and international television marketplace. The company has produced more than 3,000 hours of award-winning programming – with budgets totaling over one billion dollars across more than 45 broadcast and cable networks. Current productions include “Hell’s Kitchen,” “American Ninja Warrior,” “Spartan Race,” “Ellen’s Design Challenge,” “Unsung,” and “The Dunk King.” Past hits include “Kitchen Nightmares,” “Wizard Wars,” “Full Throttle Saloon,” “Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura,” “UFC Countdown,” “Joe Rogan Questions Everything,” “Paradise Hotel,” “I Survived a Japanese Game Show,” “The Swan,” “Trading Spaces,” “Pros vs. Joes,” “Skating with Celebrities,” and many others. For more information, visit www.asmithco.com.
Yours truly Bowlegged Lou wanted to also shout out Associate producers at A.Smith & Co,Ms Sally Bayham & Mr.George Clement. Also TV One’s Alison Threadgill who is the excellent Mgr of Casting & Talent Relations. Trina Liggins-Sledge from The Founder’s Office & she also rocks as Digital Operations Manager. Sir Alfred Liggins & Founder Ms Cathy Hughes. I want to shout out the ENTIRE team at TVOne & ASmith Co who do the damn thing as an employee &/or supporter. Speaking of Supporters…..on behalf of TVone, ASmith & yours truly,we would like to thank all of the fans & viewers all over the world. #SocialMediaRocksToo
ABOUT TV ONE:
Launched in January 2004, TV One (www.tvone.tv) serves 57 million households, offering a broad range of real-life and entertainment-focused original programming, classic series, movies and music designed to entertain and inform a diverse audience of adult Black viewers. The network is the exclusive home of News One Now, the only live daily news program targeting Black viewers. In December 2008, the company launched TV One High Def, which now serves 14 million households. TV One is solely owned by Radio One [NASDAQ: ROIA and ROIAK, www.radio-one.com], the largest radio company that primarily targets Black and urban listeners.