We were on hand in New York to hear Tyler Perry and Jada Pinkett Smith spill secrets about their upcoming television series. Plus, Perry reveals the secret to growing his incredible fan base.
The television networks continue to roll out their fall and summer lineups, and the Turner family is proud to be a leader in diversity for programming. Here's what they have in store:
On TNT, Jada Pinkett Smith is producing and starring as the title character in "HawthoRNe." The drama centers on a nurse with a big heart and serious spunk who sacrifices living her own life to save others. Smith sauntered out onto the Turner upfront stage— showcasing her toned legs—to discuss her excitement for being a part of the show, which premieres Tuesday, June 16, at 9 P.M.
"You get to see ordinary people do the extraordinary. My mother was a nurse and watching her was something I have never forgotten to this day, " she said. "This allows me to pay homage to her and the 3 million other nurses around the nation."
TBS is happy to be home to the two top-watched shows for African-Americans between 18-49, and both are helmed by mastermind Tyler Perry. His "House of Payne" series is returning for a new season and the Tyler Perry Studios' new sitcom "Meet The Browns" is premiering May 27. Perry thanked network executives for their support and shared the secret to growing his fan base from 30 people to millions: focus on the sisters.
"Black women spend a lot of money; I know because I date them, " the ESSENCE Do Right Man shared with a laugh.
Turner also is exploring the Black church with a new drama in production for TNT, "Pastor Jazz." Charles S. Dutton is on board to lead the show that will follow the ups and downs of a minister and musician, who is the heart of his community.
Tomorrow CW will announce the fate of "The Game."