African-American targeted network TV One has renewed its top-rated reality series LisaRaye: The Real McCoy as well as its popular documentary series Unsung and Life After.
LisaRaye: The Real McCoy, which follows the life of the actress and former first Lady of Turks and Caicos, debuted this past April as TV One's most watched series premiere, drawing more than 1 million viewers.
The network has also given another 12-episode order of Unsung, which focuses on musicians whose talent has been under-recognized or under-appreciated by mainstream pop culture, as well as 10 new episodes of Life After -- which explores major turning points in the lives of celebrities - for a summer 2011 run, said Toni Judkins, TV One senior vice president of original programming during the network's Television Critics Association winter tour presentation.
The announcements come on the heels of the Jan. 10 premiere of TV One's first scripted series Love That Girl!, starring Tatyana Ali, as well as a three-week primetime special Way Black When.
Way Black When Primetime will showcase Black pop culture across the decades of the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, according to Judkins. The specials debut Jan. 31 with a week-long focus on the 1970s hosted by actor Sinbad, followed the next week by a look at the 1980s hosted by actress Niecy Nash. The final week of the special will center on the 1990s and will be hosted by actor/hip hop artist Christopher "Kid" Reid, said Judkins.
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