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TV One Expands Franchise with 'Unsung Hollywood'



Premiering Wednesday, February 26, the new "Unsung" spin-off series will profile trailblazing artists, entertainers and programs including Pam Grier, Robin Harris, "What's Happening!!," Dick Gregory, Flip Wilson, "Cooley High," Bill Duke and The Harlem Globetrotters.



"Unsung Hollywood" logo
Unsung Hollywood logoJanuary 9, 2014

Pam Grier on "The L Word"
Pam Grier on  "The L Word"
Pam Grier on "The L Word" - © Showtime
Gary Anthony Williams as Clarence/Clarice Bell on "Boston Legal"
Gary Anthony Williams as Clarence/Clarice Bell on  "Boston Legal"
SILVER SPRING, MD — TV One is expanding its NAACP Image Award-winning Unsung franchise with new series "Unsung Hollywood," premiering Wednesday, February 26 at 10PM/ET. From revealing portraits of beloved stars of film and television, including feminist film icon Pam Grier and politically charged comic Dick Gregory, to in-depth stories behind the making (and breaking) of influential films and TV series such as "Cooley High" and "What's Happening!!," "Unsung Hollywood" shines a spotlight on subjects and stories that have rarely or never been told. Preceding "Unsung Hollywood's" debut in February, flagship series "Unsung" will return with all-new episodes beginning Wednesday, January 29 at 10PM/ET.

"Taking a cue from the original, music-centric 'Unsung' series, 'Unsung Hollywood' fosters TV One's overarching mission to highlight black artists, entertainers and programming," said D'Angela Proctor, SVP of Programming and Production for TV One. "'Unsung Hollywood' recounts the achievements of some of the most beloved and groundbreaking artists in the African American creative community — all of whom have devoted their lives to making their mark in movies, television, comedy and sports — and in the process, have helped elevate and transform the entertainment experience."



"Unsung Hollywood" will share rare stories from film, television, comedy and sports stars through clips, archival and contemporary performances, and exclusively shot, behind-the-scenes footage. As with "Unsung," "Unsung Hollywood" also features in-depth personal interviews with the talent as well as their family members, friends, industry associates, fellow entertainers and various cultural commentators.

"Unsung" episodes include:

• Wednesday, January 29, 10PM/ET — "Too $hort"

• Wednesday, February 5, 10PM/ET — "The Manhattans"

• Wednesday, February 12, 10 PM/ET — "Gil Scott Heron"

• Wednesday, FEB 19, 10PM/ET — "Nile Rodgers and Chic"

"Unsung Hollywood" episodes include:

• Wednesday, February 26, 10 PM/ET — "Pam Grier"

• Wednesday, March 5, 10PM/ET — "Robin Harris"

• Wednesday, March 12, 10PM/ET — "What's Happening!!"

• Wednesday, March 19, 10PM/ET — "Dick Gregory"

• Wednesday, March 26, 10PM/ET — "Flip Wilson"

• Wednesday, April 2, 10PM/ET — "Cooley High"

• Wednesday, April 9, 10PM/ET — "Bill Duke"

• Wednesday, April 16, 10PM/ET — "The Harlem Globetrotters"

"Unsung Hollywood" is narrated by Gary Anthony Williams and is executive produced by Arthur Smith, Kent Weed, Mark Rowland and Frank Sinton of A. Smith & Co. Productions for TV One. Henry Schipper is Co-Executive Producer. Executive in charge of production for TV One is Robyn Greene Arrington, and producer for TV One is Lamar Chase.