Bounce TV, an over-the-air broadcast television network for African Americans, will launch a second new original comedy series Uptown Comic on June 18 immediately after the series premiere of the just-announced sitcom Family Time. It was announced Thursday by Bounce TV chief operating officer Jonathan Katz.
Family Time centers around the life and times of The Stallworths, a working class African American family who scratches off a lottery ticket and jumps to middle class overnight. They’re an authentic picture of an African American family working to live the dream. (Read: Family Time to Debut on Bounce TV)[ Also Read: TV to Consumer: Look, I’m Changing Now ]
Uptown Comic will be a half-hour series featuring stage and skit performances by some of the hottest up-and-coming comics. The show is currently in production in front of a live studio audience at the African American comedy club in the U.S. – Uptown Comedy Corner in Atlanta. Actor and comedian Joe Torry (Russell Simmons’ Def Comedy Jam) hosts.
“Uptown Comic is a fresh new showcase for the next generation of break-out stars, perfectly pairing with Family Time to build Monday nights as an original programming destination for Bounce TV,” commented Katz.[ Also Read: Paula Patton Sips Pepsi; Goes Uptown ]
The series is being produced by Rainforest Films, producers of the recent film “Think Like a Man.” Rainforest co-founders Rob Hardy and Will Packer are executive producers of Uptown Comic and both men are among the executive leadership team of Bounce TV.
Bounce TV targets African Americans primarily between the ages of 25-54 with a programming mix of theatrical motion pictures, live sports, documentaries, specials, inspirational faith-based programs, off-net series and now original series.