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DEBBIE NORRELL

Right now I’m in TV Heaven. No longer do I have to spend my nights watching “Martin” reruns. Some of my favorite shows are back on and it looks like it’s going to be an exciting session. Tyler Perry’s “The Haves and The Have Nots” is on fire. All I can say is Perry is a very talented man and when are we going to see a picture of that baby?

Speaking of talented men, I am a huge fan of Kevin Hart and “The Real Husbands of Hollywood” is laugh out loud funny. However one of my favorite cast members seems to be missing, J.B. Smoove; he is still on the Internet Cast List, but I have not seen him. The show is hilarious. I loved the spoof on “Orange is the New Black,” some of the wives ended up in jail and each was wearing various orange outfits not your typical orange jumpsuit.

One show they should bring back is “Celebrity Fit Club.” Two people I would like to see Dr. Ian Smith and Harvey Walden whip back into shape is Countess Vaughn and Tisha Campbell Martin. I digress, back to the new season. “Being Mary Jane” is coming back on BET, I think I missed the premiere episode, but I do plan to catch up.

That is one of the best new shows on television and all of these shows deserve a lot more recognition than they are getting. But my new all-time favorite is “Empire” staring, Terrance Howard and Taraji P. Henson; even Gabourey Sidibe has a part as an assistant to Howard’s character.  The show comes on Fox so you don’t even need cable to watch it. Just in case you missed it here is a synopsis:

Hip-hop artist and CEO of Empire Entertainment Lucious Lyon has always ruled unchallenged, but a medical diagnosis predicts he will be incapacitated in three years, which prompts the sharks to circle. Without further damaging his family, he must decide which of his three sons will take over. His favorite, young Hakeem, is a gifted musician, but values fame over hard work. Middle son, Jamal, is talented and shy, but gay––embarrassing to Lyon. The oldest, Andre, is business-minded, but lacks charisma. The reappearance of Cookie, his ex-wife, complicates things; she says he owes her for taking the fall for the drug-running that financed his early career. The show is juicy and I love the music. You can buy it on i-tunes.

If there is a TV heaven you know there must be a TV hell and I guess that is where the Cosby Show is. I am so disappointed in  the networks who took the show off the air due to alleged incidents. I do wish that Bill Cosby would speak up in his defense. Every story has two sides; I’d like to hear his.

Challenge update: I made it through a week without “buying” any new clothes. I did use a gift card I got for Christmas, but no money was used from my account. This is not going to be easy.

(Email the columnist at debbienorrell@aol.com)

 

 

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