May 23, 2024

Paramount+ has announced a documentary that will spotlight boy bands and their place in pop culture.

Music manager Johnny Wright (New Kids On The Block, *NSYNC, Britney Spears) joins Gunpower and Sky CEO Van Toffler (MTV VMAs, “Tupac: Resurrection”) to produce this project exploring the boy band-obsessed era of the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Bruce Gilmer, Paramount’s president of music, music talent, programming and events and Paramount+’s chief content officer of music, made a statement on the upcoming project: “The ’90s boy band era made an indelible impact and will be forever woven into the pop culture landscape. Boy bands remain bonafide global sensations to this day, as seen in the fan frenzy heard around the world during *NSYNC’s on-stage reunion at this year’s VMAs and the ever-spreading domination of K-Pop’s biggest groups like BTS, Stray Kids and TXT.”

The documentary will include the songs, band members and personalities who defined the time period and explain the popularity of boy bands.

Toffler said of the documentary, “If you think back to groups like The Jackson 5, who paved the way for boy bands, this music has dominated the charts for decades, but there’s always been a stigma attached. The reality is, these are insanely talented guys who led the requests each week when I was running TRL in the ’90s and early 2000s. And, just when we all think the fervor for boy bands has dissipated, One Direction or BTS emerge, and their disciples like Harry Styles and Justin Timberlake overtake pop culture.”

Tamra Davis is slated to direct the documentary.

In other TV roundup news:


The trailer has been released for “Navajo Police: Class 57,” HBO’s three-part docuseries which is set to have a two-episode premiere on Oct. 17. The final episode will air on Oct. 18.

According to the synopsis, the series takes place in the Navajo Nation and tracks “a group of recruits over the course of one year, as they fight their way through the Navajo Police Training Academy and out into the field, where they must contend with rising crime and centuries of neglect to hold their community together. For this cadre, known as Class 57, the pressure is fierce, and the stakes are high as the survival of their sovereign nation depends in part on the success of this academy.”

The series features interviews with law enforcement officers Lt. Donnie Kee, Sgt. Rob Williams, Sgt. Lucy Dan and Sgt. Eldon Foster. It also features interviews with recruits Shawvan Levi, Cheyenne Pettigrew, Antwan Gray, and Nora Allen; Council Delegate of the Navajo Nation, Eugenia Charles-Newton; as well as community activist Shandiin Yazzie.

“Navajo Police” was directed by Kahlil Hudson, Alex Jablonski and David Nordstrom. It is executive produced by Hudson, Jablondski, Blackhorse Lowe, Nordstrom, Myles Estey, Nicole Stott, Jonathan Silberberg, Davis Guggenheim and Laurene Powell Jobs. Nancy Abraham, Lisa Heller and Tina Nguyen executive produced for HBO.

Watch the trailer below.


Hulu released the trailer for “Black Cake,” an original series executive produced by Oprah Winfrey and Marissa Jo Cerar. The first three episodes will premiere on Nov. 1, and the remaining episodes will come out every Wednesday through Dec. 6.

The series is based on Charmaine Wilkerson’s novel, a family drama and murder mystery that spans decades and takes place in Jamaica, Rome, Scotland, England and Southern California.

In the late 1960s, Covey, a runaway bride disappears off the coast of Jamaica. She is feared drowned or a fugitive on the run for her husband’s murder. Fifty years later in California, after widow Eleanor Bennett loses her battle with cancer, she leaves her estranged children with a flash drive detailing the untold stories of her journey from the Caribbean to America. These stories challenge everything her children thought they knew about their family’s origin.

The cast includes Mia Isaac, Adrienne Warren, Chipo Chung, Ashley Thomas, Lashay Anderson, Faith Alabi and Glynn Turman. Ahmed Eljah, Simon Wan and Sonita Henry are recurring guest stars.

The adaptation was written by Cerar, who also serves as the showrunner. Winfrey and Cerar executive produce with Aaron Kaplan, Carla Gardini, Brian Morewitz, Charmaine Wilkerson and Michael Lohmann. “Black Cake” is a Two Drifters, ABC Signature, Harpo Films and Kapital Entertainment production.

Watch the trailer below.


Showtime has shared first look images of “The Curse,” starring Emma Stone, Nathan Fielder and Benny Safdie. The series will have its world premiere at the New York Film Festival on Oct. 12, screening the first three episodes. The NYFF will then present the remaining seven episodes of the 10-part series. This marks the first time the festival is theatrically sneak-previewing an episodic series.

The genre-bending series follows a newly-married couple — portrayed by Stone and Fielder — who are trying to conceive a child while starring in their own home-improvement show. The couple is forced to navigate an alleged curse said to disturb their relationship.

“The Curse” will premiere on Paramount+ on Nov. 10 and air Nov. 12 on Showtime. The series is a co-production from Showtime and A24. Safdie and Field are co-creators and executive producers of the show. Stone, Dave McCary, Ali Herting and Josh Safdie also executive produce.

See below for the series’ first look photos.

A24/Paramount+ with Showtime

A24/Paramount+ with Showtime

A24/Paramount+ with Showtime


Season 2 of “The Jennifer Hudson Show” will premiere on Oct. 2. The premiere week will feature guests including Gwen Stefani, Niall Horan and Shaquille O’Neal.

Super-fan couple Traci and Pat Jean-Baptiste, who Hudson surprised on their wedding day, will kickoff the week by appearing on the Oct. 2 season premiere. Hudson will also sit down with Tiare Lawrence from Lahaina, Hawaii, to discuss her philanthropic work after the fires in Maui.

“The Voice” coaches Gwen Stefani and Niall Horan will chat with Hudson about Season 24 of the show on Oct. 3. Taye Diggs joins Hudson on Oct. 4 to discuss his new podcast “You Had Me At Hello.” Cedric the Entertainer will appear on the Oct. 5 show to talk about his debut novel “Flipping Boxcars” and the launch of his barbeque label AC Barbeque with fellow comedian Anthony Anderson. To close out the week, Shaquille O’Neal will discuss his upcoming Las Vegas gala “The Event” on Oct. 6.

The Daytime Emmy-nominated series will air on Fox Television Stations, Hearst Television, Sinclair Broadcast Group, TEGNA, Nexstar Media Group, Scripps Media and Gray Media Group, in addition to other station groups.

“The Jennifer Hudson Show” is produced by JHUD Productions and Warner Bros. Hudson, Mary Connelly, Andy Lassner, Corey Palent, Graehme Morphy, Walter Williams III and LaNeé Griffin executive produce the show.


“The Talk” will kick off its 14th season on Oct. 9 at 2 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT, the show announced in an Instagram post.

This comes after “The Talk” pushed back its originally scheduled Sept. 18 premiere date. The CBS show announced it would delay its premiere following Drew Barrymore’s decision to pause her show after facing backlash from the WGA for her previous decision to bring back her show during the strikes.

Because the SAG-AFTRA Network Code allows talk show hosts to continue in their hosting role, none of the hosts are violating SAG-AFTRA rules. The show halted production in May after the strike began. When “The Talk” planned to return on Sept. 18, the show filmed a rehearsal show — which was picketed.

Unlike Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Hudson and Kelly Clarkson, “The Talk” is not in national syndication and therefore does not have contractual obligations to local station partners. Rather, it is a network show on CBS.

“The Talk” is co-hosted by Jerry O’Connell, Akbar Gbajabiamila, Amanda Kloots, Natalie Morales and Sheryl Underwood.

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