Starrdom100 Exclusive: Actor Darrin D. Henson of BET’s ‘The Family Business’ Discusses Role On The Show

 

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In a recent interview on Starrdom100 Radio, Actor Darrin D. Henson gave some of the inside scoop on BET’s New Hit TV series ‘The Family Business.’

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Darrin Dewitt Henson initially rose to fame as one of the most notable characters on Showtime’s television series, Soul Food. Henson’s critically acclaimed portrayal of ex-convict-turned-businessman, Lem Van Adams, demonstrated his ability to connect deeply with urban audiences.

His work on Soul Food earned him subsequent roles in popular urban films Stomp the Yard and Life Support.  He has also had key roles ABC’s television series Lincoln Heights and more recently, the hit dramas, VH1’s  Single Ladies and BET’s Being Mary Jane. Take a look below at what he shared on Starrdom100 Radio!

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Tanisha Davis: “So I’m excited about this new TV series, can you tell me a little bit more about it?”

Darrin D. Henson: “Sure, “The Family Business” which airs on BET at 9 pm on Tuesdays is about the Duncan’s family, an exotic car business-owning family, successful black family in NYC who is in the business of cars and other businesses, and as you know in business where there is success there is also jealousy. So there is jealousy within the family, outside of the family, and there is war going on with different cartels you know, but the Duncan family is the new family on the block to watch out for.”

Darrin explained how there are obstacles that come in the world of business and being successful in the family.  So with the Duncan family there is a lot of trouble within the family and outside of the family.

Now let’s get to know the character he plays!

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Credit: BET Network

Tanisha: So you play Orlando Duncan, can you tell me a little about your character?

Darrin: “Orlando is next in line to run the family business. The first episode shows that he is going to be the recipient of the business from his father and again it raises eyebrows and makes other family members jealous, you know, LC  Duncan has had a long-standing relationship with the  exotic car business as well as the narcotic business so, its raising jealousy within the family itself.”

Tanisha“This sounds kind of like a mafia-style family”

Darrin: “This family is not to be messed with!”

We can tell this new series is going to keep you entertained and questioning what’s going to happen next.

Tanisha: What drew you to this project because I know its based on Carl Weber’s book so what made you want to be apart of it?

Darrin: Well, I worked with Tri Destined who is the producing company behind the film, many many times, I also worked with Carl Weber many times, so reading the books working with Carl and working with Tri Destined, then reading about this particular show and seeing that its so well developed, and the characters are well developed…who wouldn’t want to play Orlando Duncan?! Its an opportunity to do great work and tell great stories.”

Darrin then explains how the cast is the best part about going into work every day because there is a great group of people to work along side of.

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Credit: BET Network

Tanisha: How would you describe the Duncan family?

Darrin: The Duncan’s family is not to be played with,  Sean Ringgold who plays my big bro…plays the enforcer. He is literally ready to smash heads, you can see in the first  episode that’s what we did, we smashed heads.’

Tanisha: Whats the relationship behind scenes with the cast, are you guys having a lot of fun?

Darrin: We are literally like family there’s no question that its a family.

Tanisha: Out of all of the characters that you have played in other movies, what do you like most about this character?

Darrin: Orlando is the real deal, he’s smart, strategic, he loves his family, he’s an entrepreneur and he’s ready for more, he’s a well-developed character with human flaws which is great because we can see how he unfolds hopefully for the next 10 years.

Tanisha: Are there any upcoming projects with you, I know you have a movie for Thanksgiving?

Darrin: Yes, its called Nothing Like Thanksgiving, it’s going to be on the AMC channel.  Im very excited about people seeing it, its about love & life… and once again FAMILY its one to watch on Thanksgiving Day.

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‘Rugrats’ Set for Series Reboot on Nickelodeon & Live-Action Movie

 

 

OMG! One of our favorite 90s cartoon shows ‘Rugrats’ is returning to Nickelodeon!

The 26-episode series has been ordered by the network as well as a live-action movie with CGI characters.

Both the TV reboot and the movie will include all-new adventures with characters Tommy, Chuckie, Phil, Lil, Susie and Angelica, and will also introduce a new world of characters.

via Variety:

The show’s original creators Arlene Klasky, Gábor Csupó and Paul Germain will return to the TV series as executive producers. Nickelodeon’s “Rugrats” will be produced in Burbank, Calif., with production already underway. Additional news of the TV series, airdate and casting will be announced in the coming months.

“Rugrats is hands-down one of the most celebrated cartoons in TV history, and we are thrilled for a whole new audience to meet these iconic characters in brand-new adventures,” said Sarah Levy, COO of Viacom Media Networks and interim president of Nickelodeon. “What was true in 1991 when the original show premiered is still true today: kids are fascinated with the world of babies. We can’t wait for today’s kids to meet Tommy, Chuckie and pals.”

The “Rugrats” movie will be written by David Goodman and is set to be released on Nov. 13, 2020 by Paramount Players, the division of Paramount Pictures that develops and produces co-branded feature films with Viacom’s leading media networks.

“Now feels like the ideal time to reintroduce this iconic cast of characters to a whole new generation of young fans,” said Brian Robbins, president of Paramount Players. “Kids who grew up with Tommy Pickles and the “Rugrats” crew will now be able to share that experience with their own children.”

“Rugrats” joins the recently announced return of “Blue’s Clues” as the latest classic original series Nickelodeon is bringing back for today’s generation of kids and families. Nickelodeon produced and aired an all-new “Hey Arnold!” special in 2017, and has announced the return of two more beloved titles as forthcoming specials: “Rocko’s Modern Life” and “Invader Zim.”

Are you excited to see ‘Rugrats’ return for a new generation?

Check out Comedian HaHa Davis’s reaction to the return of the Rugrats below!

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Fox’s ‘REL’ Starring Lil Rel Howery Proves To Be One Of the Funniest Shows Coming To TV this Fall

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The latest new addition to Fox’s schedule coming up this Fall is “REL”, a comedy series starring Lil Rel Howery, from Jerrod Carmichael, Mike Scully and 20th Century Fox TV. Rel, also co-stars Sinbad as his dad. Written and executive produced by Josh Rabinowitz, Kevin Barnett, Howery and directed by Gerry Cohen, Rel was inspired by Howery’s life. It centers on Lil Rel, a prideful, self-made success who lives by the code to “always believe in yourself and great things will come.” That mindset is soon put to the test when he learns his wife is having an affair with his own barber. He tries to rebuild his life post-divorce as a long-distance single father on the West Side of Chicago on a quest for love, respect, and of course, a new barber.

Jessica “Jess Hilarious” Moore and Jordan L. Jones also co-star in the series along with special appearances by comedian DC Young Fly.

 

 

On Saturday, July 7th in New Orleans, during the 2018 Essence Festival weekend, I had the pleasure of attending a private advanced screening of the Fox television series along with watching a discussion of the show which was moderated by The Daily Show’s Roy Wood Jr.

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After watching the first peek at an episode of the show, I must say that it was hard to hold back the laughs! This show was not just touching on serious matters that men or women may experience after going through a divorce, but it displayed a positive way of how you could make the most out of any situation with a few laughs.

The creativity behind the show was truly amazing and definitely one of those shows that you want to make sure you don’t leave the couch for the sake of missing something else hilariously happening. Seriously, you have to have all your snacks on deck and bathroom breaks out the way before sitting down to watch this show!

The room was packed all the way up to the balcony for the private screening of the new comedy sitcom. The room would only remain silent for a brief few seconds before you were surrounded by outbursts of laughter while watching the show.

I’m also super excited to see the legendary comedian Sinbad part of the cast and also to have seen comedians who have made their rise from social media platforms like “Jess Hilarious” and DC Young Fly on the show. There was never a dull moment while watching the show and I’m so excited to see a show with so much humor and creativity like this coming to television! I left the event ready to see more from the producers and cast behind this sitcom!

 

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In my opinion, this show definitely proves to be one of the funniest shows that viewers will tune into when it airs this Fall! Be sure to also catch a special preview of the show on September 9th after the NFL on the Fox network.

Check out some of the discussion from the screening below.

If you haven’t already seen the trailer, then take a look at it below!

 

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‘Family Matters’ Star Darius McCrary Ordered to Pay Just $29 in Child Support

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Former ‘Family Matters’ star Darius McCrary is going through a bit of a financial hardship — at least according to court documents.

According to documents filed in Los Angeles County, a proposed child support order for McCrary is requiring him to pay Tammy Brawner, the mother of his two-year-old daughter Zoey, just $29 per month in child support.

via The Blast:

The man who once played the lovable Eddie Winslow most recently appeared on seven episodes of Lee Daniels’ TV show, “Star,” but apparently has not worked since.

He previously told the court that he was having a hard time finding work and wasn’t even able to afford the required visitation monitor to see his child. Brawner and McCrary have previously filed restraining orders against each other in what has turned out to be a volatile breakup.

Darius McCrary’s required $29 per month payment is based off his reported income of $462 per month.  The county noted it applied a “low-income adjustment” to cut him a break.

However, the actor is also required to pay for 50% of Zoey’s health and medical costs. He has a chance to oppose the proposed order from the county which was scheduled to become active June 1.

According to his IMDB, McCrary has a role in a film called “Way Out of Bounds,” which is due out next year. It’s unclear if the payment from that film will affect his child support obligations.

 

Donald Glover’s ‘Deadpool’ Animated Series Canceled By FX Over ‘Creative Differences’

Donald Glover, his brother Stephen, and FX couldn’t come to terms on the highly anticipated Deadpool animated TV series — so the network has decided to scrap the project altogether.

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via Complex:

The news was confirmed Saturday, nearly one year after the animated project received a 10-episode order for FX’s sister channel FXX; however, the network reassured viewers it would continue to work with Marvel TV on the live-action series Legion, which will return for its second season next week.

“Due to creative differences, FX, Donald Glover, Stephen Glover and Marvel Television have agreed to part ways on Marvel’s Deadpool animated series,” the network said in a statement. “FX will no longer be involved with the project. FX and Marvel have an ongoing relationship through our partnership on Legion, which will continue.”

The series, based on the popular Marvel anti-hero, was to be produced by ABC Signature Studios and Marvel TV in association with FX Productions. The Glover brothers were going to act as writers, executive producers, and showrunners.

The series was schedule to premiere in 2018. It’s currently unclear if Marvel TV and ABC Studios will still pursue the show—”with or without the Glovers.”

“Donald Glover is an incredibly gifted and versatile artist who’ll bring the untitled Marvel’s Deadpool series to life with the same intense, singular vision as his breakout hit Atlanta,” Nick Grad, co-president of original programming at FX, told Complex in 2017. “With the success of Legion, we’re looking forward to again partnering with Marvel Television to create a series that is bold, striking, and entirely original.”

Though hopes were clearly high for the Deadpool series, we have to wonder how much time Donald could’ve dedicated to the show. He’s already tied to a number of projects, including FX’s Atlanta, the live-action Lion King remake, as well as the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story film. Glover is also gearing up to hit the road with Rae Sremmurd this year and is expected to drop another album under his musical alias Childish Gambino.

Tisha Campbell-Martin To Star In ABC Drama About Black Police Officer Sisters — From Robin Roberts and Regina King

Tisha Campbell-Martin is staying busy and moving forward in the midst of her divorce from Duane.

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In addition to the rumored ‘Martin’ reboot, Tisha’s set to star in ABC’s Untitled Holmes drama pilot from show runners Pam Veasey, Robin Roberts and Regina King.

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via Deadline:

Written by Veasey with King set to direct, the drama explores the lives of five African-American sisters, all officers in the NYPD, as they face the challenges of their high-risk jobs while juggling the responsibilities of marriage, motherhood and family.

Campbell-Martin will play Sgt. Anise Kendrick-Morrison, a witty, tough and outspoken patrol officer with a sharp sense of humor. She is immensely proud of her family, especially her four sisters in the NYPD. The first to join the force, she proudly patrols her own childhood neighborhood in Queens.

Campbell-Martin most recently starred as Simone Biles’ mother in the Biles biopic Courage to Soar, which aired on Lifetime this month. The pilot role also marks a return to ABC for Campbell-Martin, who starred as Damona on both seasons of Dr. Ken and as Janet opposite Damon Wayans on all five seasons of My Wife & Kids.

 

 

Mary J. Blige To Produce Laurieann Gibson Drama

Mary J. Blige is to honor the legendary creative choreographer Laurieann Gibson with a TV show she is set to produce.

The FOX series is named ‘8 Count’ and is based on Gibson’s life and her journey to the top of the music industry’s creative chain.

From that spot, she built ideas and concepts for the likes of Diddy, Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj and more and shaped the business with a vision she is now gearing up to bring to life with Mary’s help. A premiere date has not been set yet.

 

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