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Bounce Announces 2020-21 Slate of Bold New Originals From Top Names In Entertainment

8/26/2020, noon | Updated on 8/26/2020, noon
Bounce, the first and only broadcast and multi-platform entertainment network serving African Americans, recently unveiled its 2020-21 original programming slate ...

Bounce Announces 2020-21 Slate of Bold New Originals From Top Names In Entertainment

Bounce, the first and only broadcast and multi-platform entertainment network serving African Americans, recently unveiled its 2020-21 original programming slate during the 2020 summer press tour.

The wide-ranging array of originals includes: Two new comedy series-one produced by Cedric The Entertainer-three new movies, a limited-run true-crime murder mystery, the U.S. premiere of a new documentary special about the death of Michael Jackson, the renewal of the mega-hit drama Saints & Sinners plus a first-ever stand-alone movie based on the franchise, new seasons of popular network sitcoms In The Cut and Family Time, the 29th annual Bounce Trumpet Awards and more.

New Scripted Series - Bounce will debut two new original comedies looking - and laughing - at single life from both the male and female perspective. Both series, debuting in the second quarter of 2021, will include guest appearances and cameos from top names in entertainment, music, sports, and more.

l Johnson - Executive Producer Cedric The Entertainer, iconic comedian D.L. Hughley and a stellar cast of fresh new faces are part of this single-camera dramedy about life-long best friends navigating the world while Black. Produced by Cedric’s A Bird & A Bear Entertainment. Premieres second quarter of 2021.

l Secrets of the Salon comedically chronicles the lives, loves, relationships, and daily web of gossip that finds its way into an Atlanta hair salon. Vivica A. Fox stars along with Reginae Carter and Monique Coleman. Produced by Swirl Films. Premieres third quarter of 2021.

True Crime Docuseries & Documentary Specials

l Killing Michael Jackson - Bounce will present the exclusive United States premiere of Killing Michael Jackson on Mon. Sept. 7 at 8:00 pm (ET). This ground-breaking documentary special, featuring never-before-seen images of that fateful day, is told through the eyes of detectives Orlando Martinez, Dan Myers, and Scott Smith, all three of whom were involved in the investigation that ultimately leads to the arrest and conviction of Jackson’s doctor Conrad Murray.

l Dying To Be Famous: The Ryan Singleton Mystery is an intriguing six-episode, true-crime docuseries - Bounce’s first - following the extraordinary story and mysterious death of Ryan Singleton, a 24-year old aspiring model and film producer, who sets out to pursue fame and fortune in Hollywood with two of his friends. His dreams of stardom turn into a tragic nightmare when he is found dead in California’s Mojave Desert, his body dumped, mutilated and missing all vital organs. World Premieres Sun. Nov.1 at 9:00 pm (ET) with two back-to-back episodes.

Original Movies

l A Chance in the World - The true, inspiring and unbelievable story of Steve Pemberton (Terrell Ransom, Jr.), an orphaned boy who endures the abuse of his foster parents (Kelly Owens, Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs) and siblings. While searching for his biological family, he meets a caring teacher (Tom Sizemore) who will change the course of his life. World Premieres Sat. Sept. 5 at 7:00 pm (ET).

l Will You Merry Me? - This holiday movie is the story of Daniel English, a bighearted, energetic, buoyant pastor who returns to his hometown church to take over for his mentor and falls for a parishioner. When out of the blue she asks him, “Will you marry me?” Pastor Daniel is thrilled-until he realizes she is asking him to officiate her wedding with someone else. Just how far will the Pastor go for true love? World premieres December 2020.