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‘Watchmen’ Episode 1 Draws 1.5 Million Viewers

by Kimberly Jones

The premiere of Watchmen on HBO Sunday night proved to be ratings gold for the network
drawing 1.5 million viewers to the series premiere.

The DC comic turned superhero drama follows Detective Angela Abar played by Emmy award-winning actress Regina King through an alternative version of America in 2019. Set in Tulsa Oklahoma, Detective Abar along with other members of law enforcement are all living and working undercover. The series is focused on the relationship and tension between citizens and law enforcement along with the threats from a white supremacist terrorist group called Seventh Calvary.

The opening scenes alone captivated audiences with images of Tulsa’s Black Wall Street
Massacre of 1921, which destroyed a black neighborhood and economy resulting in anywhere from 100 to 300 deaths. The premiere episode focused on the massacre at the beginning, which gave viewers a much-needed lesson in black American history and how those events led to the Watchmen version of America in 2019.

Watchmen creator Damon Lindelof had no intentions for the television series to mimic the comic series. Lindelof, a huge fan of the original series created by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, did not want Watchmen to come off as a reboot but rather a remix of the original. In addition to Regina King, the series also stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Louis Gossett Jr.

Catch Watchmen Sunday nights on HBO.

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‘The Man From Toronto’ Trailer: Kevin Hart and Woody Harrelson Star In Action-Packed Comedy

Kevin Hart and Woody Harrelson star in Netflix’s upcoming action-packed comedy dropping on Netflix on June 24.

A case of mistaken identity arises after a screw-up sales consultant and the world’s deadliest assassin—known only as The Man from Toronto— run into each other at a holiday rental.

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‘Bid For Love’: BET Announces Premiere Date and Releases Official Trailer

BET debuted the trailer for its upcoming original drama Bid For Love, set for a June release.

The cast includes Blue Kimble (Ruthless), Dawn Halfkenny (Saints & Sinners), Adrian Lockett (The Oval), Jermel Howard (BMF), Tami Roman (The Family Business), Nikki Dixon (First Christmas), Ptosha Storey (The Oval), Jayda Cheaves and Kwaylon Rogers.

‘Bid For Love’ cast

Directed by Arthur Muhammad (Carter High), the story follows Sasha (Halfkenny) as she navigates life following a prison release. After serving time for her former drug trafficking boyfriend Memphis (Kimble), Sasha falls in love with Malik (Lockett), a generous and successful real estate entrepreneur. The man’s motives for Sasha, however, are far from good. Malik slowly attempts to alienate her from family and friends as he secretly plots against her.

Bid For Love is produced by Lawainna Patterson, London Williams, Shauna D. Balfour, and Christina Cooper. The film will air on BET Her and BET+ on June 23. Watch the official trailer below.

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Martin Reunion First Look Trailer

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BET+ debuted the first look trailer for its highly-anticipated Martin reunion. Three decades later, the cast is reuniting for a special episode dropping on June 16.

Participating stars include Martin Lawrence, Tisha Campbell, Tichina Arnold, and Carl Anthony Payne II.

The trailer opens with a dedication to Thomas Mikal Ford, who played Tommy in the series. The actor sadly passed away in 2016 from an operation complication. He was 52.

Hosted by comedian Affion Crockett, the special will focus on the show’s origin and evolution. In addition, it will feature interviews with the surviving cast, original directors, special musical performances, and behind-the-scenes must-sees.

Martin, which premiered in 1992, starred Lawrence – who played various characters, Campbell as Martin’s girlfriend and later his wife, Gina; Arnold as Gina’s best friend, Pam; and Martin’s two best friends, Cole (Payne) and Tommy (played by the late Thomas Ford). The series concluded with season five due to the tensions between the two main cast members. People reported that Campbell sued Lawrence for “repeated and escalating sexual harassment, sexual battery, verbal abuse, and related threats” in 1997. The two later reconciled, with Campbell announcing in 2020 that she was “so glad that we’re in a good place right now.”

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