Sometimes volatile, always practical, a garbage man for the City of Baltimore, and darn proud of it … Charles S. Dutton stars as While striving to live the “American Dream” in blue-collar Baltimore, Roc Emerson and his wife, hospital worker Eleanor (Ella Joyce), must cope with Roc’s father, the highly opinionated, never-wrong Andrew Emerson (Carl Gordon), and Roc’s fast-and-loose younger brother, Joey (Rocky Carroll).
Best known for her extensive legal analysis on FOX News, MSNBC and CNN, expert legal commentator and influential New York attorney Faith Jenkins is bringing her tough, no-nonsense style of justice into her own courtroom on her new show JUDGE FAITH.
It’s fun. It’s frantic. It’s outrageous. Award-winning comedian Robert Townsend (Hollywood Shuffle) stars as a high-spirited father desperately trying to keep up with his high-spirited children and the ever-changing realities of modern-day family life in The Parent ‘Hood.
Darryl Hughley’s successful vending machine business allows him to move his family from South Los Angeles to a predominately white community in the Valley. Darryl and his family must adjust to living in an all-white neighborhood while trying not to forget who they are and where they came from. A pair of friendly neighbors and Darryl’s best friend from the old block are always popping by adding to the fun.
In The Cut is Bounce TV’s all-new original comedy centered on Jay Weaver (Dorien Wilson), a barbershop owner trying to bond with the adult son he never knew he had. The drama and comedy comes in equal doses as Jay balances working alongside his wisecracking employees and his feisty ex-wife (Jackée Harry) running the beauty salon next door. Step right up for your turn in the chair – In The Cut!
MANN & WIFE is a new original Bounce TV series starring David and Tamela Mann as newlyweds Daniel and Toni Mann. The show revolves around the newly married couple and their blended family, each with two children from previous marriages. Daniel, a police officer from Atlanta, and Toni, a school teacher from Dallas, along with their kids all move into Daniel’s house in the Atlanta suburbs and have to adjust to their new lives together.
Bernie Mac is a famous comedian, enjoying his lifestyle as married, but with no children. But things change suddenly for Bernie and his wife Wanda when his sister goes to rehab and they become the guardians of her three kids: Vanessa, Jordan and Bryana. The instant family allows Bernie to show off his hilarious parenting style, balancing annoyance and affection. The classic sitcom welcomed regular celebrity cameos as famous friends drop by to occasionally offer Bernie advice.
This season it’s Off The Chain with a twist. Eight hilarious and well-known comics will bring the funny in individual comedy specials airing throughout the season. It’s all about big laughs, gut-busting jokes and equal opportunity fun! Be prepared to stand up and fall out as we hit the stage on Off The Chain.
Put a Brooklyn hipster and a rich “valley girl” together in one apartment and you get My Crazy Roommate, Bounce TV’s original hit sitcom!
Chloe’s from LA… high-strung, obsessive and a neat freak. Brooke hails from New York… laid back, unsympathetic and a hot mess.
When this odd couple rooms together the sparks and the laughs start flying. From the producer of Martin and The Jamie Foxx Show comes My Crazy Roommate!
Bounce TV features programming geared toward an African American audience that skews older than the demographic that its cable competitor BET primarily targets (adults between the ages of 25 and 54, compared to BET’s target demographic of youths and adults ages 12 to 34).
Bounce TV’s programming primarily features a mix of acquired series and feature films. Off-network television series on the network include a mix of game shows, talk, court and children’s series (such as Forgive or Forget, Catch 21, Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, the Sherri Shepherd era of The Newlywed Game, Judge Faith and The American Bible Challenge); the network added its first acquired sitcoms in January 2015, when it acquired the rights to four series through deals with Warner Bros. Television Distribution, Carsey–Warner Distribution and 20th Television (The Parent ‘Hood, Roc, A Different World and The Hughleys).
One of those acquired series, the 1990’s CBS series Cosby, as well as Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids were immediately removed from Bounce’s schedule on July 7 after Bill Cosby’s past admissions about his sexual assault allegations were publicized.
Unlike most digital multicast services (particularly with the January 2015 shutdown of Live Well Network, which mainly carried first-run content), Bounce TV also carries original programming. The network added originally-produced inspirational and music programming, documentaries and specials to its lineup in 2012, beginning with the broadcast television premiere of the documentary Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Historical Perspective on January 16, 2012, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Bounce TV’s first original weekly series debuted on June 18, 2012, with the series premieres of the sitcom Family Time and the stand-up comedy series Uptown Comic.
In addition, shortly before its launch, Bounce TV reached an agreement with the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (a league that includes several historically black colleges and universities) to acquire the television rights to broadcast its football and basketball games; the telecasts were produced by Urban Sports Entertainment Group. The first sports broadcast on Bounce TV aired on September 28, 2011, a college football game between Bowie State University and Virginia Union University.
Bounce’s HBCU-centered sports programming expanded in 2013 to include games from the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Sports programming on the network ceased prior to the 2014 season (with Aspire acquiring the rights to some of the HBCU football telecasts). On May 7, 2015, Bounce TV announced that they would be airing live boxing events from Premier Boxing Champions under the title: PBC: The Next Round.
The network was founded on April 4, 2011, and is majority owned and operated by African Americans. The founding group and initial ownership team included Andrew Young (a former Atlanta mayor and Ambassador to the United Nations), Martin Luther King III and Andrew “Bo” Young III; the group also includes Rob Hardy and Will Packer, co-founders of Rainforest Films, a top African-American production company.
The “Bounce TV” name was chosen as a branding avenue to signify that the network is “going somewhere with energy”.
The network formally launched on September 26, 2011 at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time, with the 1978 musical film The Wiz as its inaugural broadcast (the film continues to be a staple movie on the network); other programming on Bounce TV during its first day on the air included showings of the movies A Raisin in the Sun and Do the Right Thing.