TV ONE EXTENDS UNSUNG MONDAY NIGHTS AT 10 PM ET THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER
– Series experiences its highest-rated season to date —
July 13, 2011, Silver Spring, MD – In the midst of Unsung’s highest-rated season to date, TV One has announced plans to extend the run of the NAACP Image Award-winning series Monday nights at 10 PM ET throughout the summer, including three additional premiere episodes. The popular series of one-hour biographies celebrates the lives and careers of successful artists or groups who, despite great talent, have not received the level of recognition they deserve or whose stories have never been told. Unsung also strives to help provide the full picture of black music in America beyond the acknowledged superstars and household names like Aretha, Whitney, Stevie and Marvin.
The episodes that air Mondays at 10 PM ET will repeat at 1 AM ET and will feature:
August 15 – Mary Wells (Premiere) – Before The Supremes, Marvin Gaye or The Temptations, Mary Wells was Motown’s reigning star. Signed to the label at age 17, she had instant success with Smokey Robinson songs like “Two Lovers” and “My Guy”, making her the first artist to bring Motown a Grammy nomination, and garnering an invitation to tour with The Beatles, at the height of their own success. Then in a stunning move, Mary walked away from the label in a dispute over money just as her career was peaking, the first major artist to leave Motown. Never able to recapture the success she experienced there, her world came crashing down on and off stage, before she ultimately succumbed to throat cancer at the age of 49. Now, Mary’s close friends, music associates and children come together to provide an intimate look at her life and career, detailing the emotional toll of her fall from the top, and her controversial romances with two Womack brothers that drove both families apart. Twenty years after her passing, “Unsung” finally turns back the spotlight on Motown’s forgotten Queen.
Unsung is executive-produced by Arthur Smith, Kent Weed and Frank Sinton of A. Smith & Co. Productions. Mark Rowland is Co-Executive Producer. Executive in charge of production for TV One is Jubba Seyyid.
“We are amazed and delighted that in its fourth season, the audience can’t get enough of Unsung, and the series is experiencing its highest ratings ever,” said TV One Executive Vice President of Programming and Production Toni Judkins. “And, no matter how many episodes we produce, we continually have a strong list of candidates for new ones. The talent pool is so deep – there are so many remarkable artists who have had incredible raw talent and amazing careers, and whose remarkable stories have never been told. We are very happy to keep bringing our viewers more of these incredible, real-life stories.”
Launched in January 2004, TV One (www.tvoneonline.com) serves nearly 54 million households throughout the U.S., offering a broad range of real-life and entertainment-focused original programming, classic series, movies, and music designed to entertain, inform and inspire a diverse audience of adult African American viewers. In December 2008, the company launched TV One High Def, which now serves more than 10.3 million U.S. households. TV One is a joint venture owned by Radio One [NASDAQ: ROIA and ROIAK; www.radio-one.com], the largest radio company that primarily targets African American and urban listeners; and Comcast Corporation [NASDAQ: CMCSA, CMCSK); www.comcast.com], one of the nation’s leading providers of entertainment, information and communications products and services.