TV One Brings Back Bio Series Unsung

Minnie Riperton, Shalamar and Melba Moore, 1970s' R&B performers, will be highlighted as part of the June return of TV One's biographical series, Unsung.

The four-episode series will serve as the centerpiece of the network's "Black Music Month" programming lineup that will feature new episodes of the network's entertainment magazine show TV One Access and a special, TV One On One, an interview show featuring Grammy-award winning artist Mary J. Blige.

Florence Ballard, co-founder of Motown's legendary girl group The Supremes will round out the four new, weekly Unsung episodes, which debut June 8, said network officials. The series looks at the factors that kept several musical performers that achieved a certain level of success and popularity from fully realizing the iconic commercial status they deserved.

Four previous episodes of Unsung featuring DeBarge, Donny Hathaway, Phyllis Hyman and the Clark Sisters, that aired in fall 2008 drew a combined 1.1 million viewers.

"Unsung really resonates with our audience," said TV One senior vice president of original programming Toni Judkins in a statement. "There are so many more remarkable artists who have had the raw talent of Diana (Ross), Aretha (Franklin) or Stevie (Wonder), but whose circumstances have prevented them from attaining that iconic status."

R. Thomas Umstead

R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.