TV One, which is designed to entertain, inform and inspire African-American adults, featured a panel on Friday afternoon with reality personality Omarosa, who mentioned she makes about $100,000 per reality series; upcoming Brothers co-star Daryl “Chill” Mitchell; and Star Jones’ ex, Al Scales Reynolds.
The three will be participating in new series Life After, which explores the turning points in celebrities’ lives (and premieres on Sunday, Sept. 13 at 10 p.m. ET). “There is nothing to hide on reality TV,” squawked outspoken Omarosa, who defended her participation in reality as being “part of the American story.” Al Scales Reynolds, meanwhile, declared that “now is his chance to shine.”
Announcements made by TV One include:
-A new reality series featuring former All of Us co-star LisaRaye, which will launch next spring.
-The debut of half-hour reality series Mario’s Green House, featuring actor Mario Van Peebles and his family as they undergo a major home eco-renovation. It premieres on Sunday, Sept. 27 at 6 p.m.
-The fourth season-premiere of Bill Bellamy’s Who’s Got Jokes?, which opens on Saturday, Oct. 10 at 10 p.m.
-The return of biography driven Unsung, with four new episodes beginning on Sunday, Nov. 1 at 8 p.m.
-A new weekly public affairs program hosted by political commentator Roland Martin called Washington Watch With Roland Martin.
-A partnership with Essence to produce two specials from the 2009 Essence Music Festival (TV One Night Only: Live from the Essence Music Festival on Sunday, Aug. 30 at 8 p.m., and All-Star Tribute to Bishop T.D. Jakes in October).
-A “Circle of Promise” collaboration with Susan G. Korman for the Cure and Luster Products centered on the African American Breast Cancer initiative. Included will be one-hour documentary Breast Cancer Examined: An African American Perspective, a public service campaign, microsite, hospital outreach and affiliate outreach.
Also on the TV One agenda, which is now available in approximately 47 million homes, are off-net repeats of sitcoms Good Times, The Jeffersons, Living Single, Martin and Sanford and Son; short-lived dramedy South Central; and movies like Hotel Rwanda, Waiting to Exhale and The Color Purple.