Today, TV One announced a robust new slate of programming across their linear and digital networks at their 2021 Upfronts presentation. The presentation was led by Michelle Rice, President, TV One and CLEO TV, Rahsan-Rahsan Lindsay, EVP Ad Sales and Marketing, and Robyn Greene Arrington, VP Programming and Production. Executives were joined by network talent including Essence Atkins (COINS FOREVER), Jazz Smollett (LIVING BY DESIGN), and Jernard Wells (NEW SOUL KITCHEN).
“During a difficult year, we are proud that we were able to safely move full speed ahead with so many successful productions,” said Michelle Rice, President TV One and CLEO TV. “With a number of new programs in the pipeline, and strong performance across both linear and digital channels, TV One and CLEO TV are well positioned to continue serving as the go-to destination for African-American viewers.”
The network has become the trusted source for content to feed viewers’ mind, body, and soul. The acclaimed portfolio of informative and inspirational programming will be bolstered with the addition of the new health and wellness series, MINDING YOUR BODY AND SOUL (WT) hosted by AJ Johnson. The new programming will join all-new episodes of REPRESENT OUR VOICE, which launched in 2020, originally to build awareness and provide information leading up to the 2020 presidential election, but has expanded to include new episodes that keep viewers engaged and involved in topics relevant to the Black community. Additionally, TV One will add SINS OF THE CITY to the night of true crime originals, airing on Thursday nights, beginning May 13. CLEO TV is expanding its lifestyle content with THE CLEO CHRONICLES, and CULTURE KITCHEN, and FOOD OF THE DIASPORA. In addition to its streaming platforms, Cleo TV also debuted on linear broadcast channels, extending its audience.
The network celebrated a number of successes this year including a new slate of original programming that includes a mix of scripted and unscripted series dedicated to elevating Black stories. This year, TV One launched TV One Rewind, a part of a suite of full episode player housing a library of classic content available on tvone.tv and our TV One app. The network will air its third-annual URBAN ONE HONORS on Sunday, May 16 at 9PM EST/8C a night of excellence celebrating six phenomenal, trailblazing Black women for their professional achievements and contributions to enhance their community and beyond. There will also be renewals across TV One including new seasons of the hit docu-series’ UNCENSORED and UNSUNG. TV One’s sister network, CLEO TV will see the return of fan-favorite lifestyle series including CLEO SPEAKS, LIVING BY DESIGN WITH JAKE AND JAZZ, JUST EATS WITH CHEF JJ, and NEW SOUL KITCHEN.
The full lineup of upcoming TV One programming is as follows:
MINDING YOUR BODY AND SOUL (WT)
MINDING YOUR BODY AND SOUL is a new one-hour series that showcases people’s emergence from the shadows of unhealthy habits and unhappy lives. Famed actress-turned-healthy-life coach, AJ Johnson is swinging the door open for those who dare to change course and get on a healthy life journey. Collaborating with mind, body, and soul experts, AJ guides clients to become the best version of themselves.
REPRESENT OUR VOICE
A virtual town hall series designed to tackle various social, economic, educational, and political issues impacting the Black community today. REPRESENT OUR VOICE helps to shed light on these issues, providing a platform for must-have conversations on the inequalities afflicting people of color for decades. CNN Political Commentator Karen Finney moderates the conversations with esteemed experts and thought leaders who tackle various obstacles and provide viewers with valuable insights signifying a path forward for the Black community.
URBAN ONE HONORS
URBAN ONE HONORS acknowledges notable individuals and organizations making extraordinary strides in innovative programming, education, social activism, community service and more. The 2021 esteemed event salutes six Black women who have championed positive social change. Their work and contributions are far reaching and will be recognized. This year one recipient will be honored for her work in investigative journalism; another provides direct and immediate support to those most in need within her community; a fearless leader has soared to new heights in the corporate world will be highlighted; a debt of gratitude is show for an honoree who has stood on the frontlines in the fight against COVID-19, working to combat voter suppression was a monumental undertaking successfully executed by an honoree; the tireless work to end systemic racism is progressing – one win at a time – for our last honoree.
SINS OF THE CITY
SINS OF THE CITY is a new original series that combines informative takeaways and investigative storytelling to expose the dark underbelly of popular cities you thought you knew. Viewers will follow along as investigators work to solve high-stake cases getting an exclusive entryway into the process of criminal investigation by way of narrations, interviews and archival footage.
The third and final installment following the hit TV One original movies COINS FOR CHRISTMAS and COINS FOR LOVE telling the story of a single mom who is focused on her family and career. Caught between starting a new job, making ends meet and raising two teens on her own, superwoman Madison must now protect her heart from being burned by the man she divorced and the returning business client who may be her next chance at true love.
The full lineup of upcoming CLEO TV programming is as follows:
THE CLEO CHRONICLES
A fun, new, sleek magazine-format series showcasing today’s hottest influencers living their best lives! Each 30-minute episode will highlight how real women (who happen to be social media darlings) navigate the many facets of life (beauty, fitness, finance, dating, etc.) in the virtual space and real world. From self-care to homeschooling to working remotely, these ingenious pioneers show audiences the myriad of talents while juggling many roles and getting them all done, every day.
With an infectious personality and Afro-Latina flair, Bren Herera delights with her bright, flavorful recipes, and stories from her travels abroad in CULTURE KITCHEN.
A TASTE OF THE DIASPORA
A vibrant, entrepreneurial spirit, Chef Essie Bartels shares her love for food and people on A TASTE OF THE DIASPORA (WT). Essie’s serves viewers a taste of dishes bursting with flavor and passion.
JUST EATS WITH CHEF JJ
Chef JJ, one of the culinary world’s most sought-after stars, invites you back into his kitchen for a third season to experience his delicious dishes. With exciting global cuisine, signature cocktails, and riveting conversation, the new season will feature more of Chef JJ as he turns up the heat with friendly cook-offs for viewers to enjoy.
NEW SOUL KITCHEN
NEW SOUL KITCHEN returns with savory meals and healthy alternatives to southern cooking. Culinary superstar, cookbook author, and family man Chef Jernard Wells continues serving up exciting new recipes and tasty tips for eating better and mixing up flavorful concoctions in the kitchen.
LIVING BY DESIGN
LIVING BY DESIGN highlights simple solutions for everyday challenges and design while turning dreams into realities with all-star design teams. The infamous brother-sister duo, Jake and Jazz Smollett, continue to transform work and play spaces to inspire young women while connecting with the audience through mouth-watering dishes. Whether it’s a new mom redecorating a nursery on a tight budget, or a fierce young woman who’s landed her dream job and needs to spruce up her home office, LIVING BY DESIGN will help them transition their houses into home sweet homes.
A candid series that gives dynamic women a platform to share their unique experiences and perspectives on issues facing Millennial and Gen X women of color today. Inspirational and aspirational speakers sound off on a variety of topics, including motherhood, fashion, relationships, wellness, politics, arts, social justice, business and more. A revealing tale of personal and emotional journeys that have shaped the careers and influenced the success of today’s true modern leaders-these dynamic women share their hopes, dreams and struggles.
About TV One
Launched in January 2004, TV One serves 59 million households, offering a broad range of real-life and entertainment-focused original programming, classic series, movies and music designed to entertain and inform a diverse audience of adult black viewers. TV One is solely owned by Urban One, Inc., formerly known as Radio One, Inc. [NASDAQ: UONE and UONEK, www.urban1.com], the largest African-American owned multi-media company primarily targeting Black and urban audiences.