Queen Latifah is an enigmatic hero in the 30-second teaser for CBS’s The Equalizer, which is a reimagining of the 1980s series of the same name starring Edward Woodward. Latifah stars in the series as Robyn McCall, a single mother with a mysterious background who uses her skills to protect and defend those who cannot do so for themselves. Set to premiere Feb. 7 after the Super Bowl, the series marks the second reboot of The Equalizer franchise, following the 2014 film starring Denzel Washington and its 2018 sequel.
CBS will premiere The Equalizer, a drama starring Queen Latifah, after Super Bowl LV Sunday, Feb. 7. The show is scheduled for 10 p.m. ET. It slides into the 8 p.m. slot the following Sunday.
A year after her self-titled syndicated talk show was abruptly canceled — and nearly 20 years since her breakthrough role on Fox’s Living Single — Latifah’s TV career has never been hotter. This week, the star (real name: Dana Owens) landed the lead role in Lee Daniels’ Dreamgirls-esque Fox pilot, one of the surest bets of next season given the mega-success of Daniels’ Empire.
On the heels of her role in The Wiz Live, Queen Latifah is starring role in an untitled pilot from Empire co-creator Lee Daniels. She plays Carlotta, a beauty salon owner who becomes a surrogate mom to three young women trying to make it in the music industry.
Mary J. Blige and Queen Latifah have been cast in NBC’s live version of the musical The Wiz, the network announced Tuesday. Latifah will star as the Wiz, the mysterious and powerful wizard who holds the keys to the Emerald City. Mary J. Blige will play Evillene, the Wicked Witch of the West.
Queen Latifah, host of the The Queen Latifah Show, will sing America the Beautiful on Sunday prior to kickoff of the big game.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A University of Missouri graduate whose dance video announcing she was quitting her job was offered another employment opportunity during a taped appearance on a daytime TV talk show. On her talk show Thursday, Queen Latifah offered a digital content producer position to Marina Shifrin, a suburban Chicago native who […]
The household rating for Sony’s Queen Latifah was up 15% from its year-ago time slot average and up 7% from its lead-in, according to Nielsen. Syndication’s other big daytime newcomer Bethenny has not fare as well.
The syndicator is betting big on upcoming talk-variety strip Queen Latifah: high-profile producers, top-tier stations, big-name guests (that’s Will Smith above), a sparkling set and an extensive, multimedia promotional campaign that is just now taking off.
In the top five markets, the Sony Pictures talker that debuts Sept. 16 will air at 2 p.m. in Los Angeles, Chicago and Dallas; 9 a.m. in New York; and 3 p.m. in Philadelphia.
CULVER CITY, Calif. (AP) — Queen Latifah says her new daytime talk show is calling on A-list friends for support, including musicians Alicia Keys and Lenny Kravitz. Keys has already participated in test runs of ”The Queen Latifah Show.” And Kravitz’s design firm created the set. There are more pals at the show’s highest levels. […]
The promotional campaign for the upcoming show will feature opportunities for stations to shoot the singer-actress in their markets when she comes to record field pieces.
The syndicator’s pitch to stations using highly produced clips that focus on the star’s interviewing celebrities, music and feel-good philanthropic pieces has generated 80% U.S. clearance for its fall launch.”The market really responded to Queen Latifah and the show,” says Sony’s John Weiser, who is wrapping up the final deals with stations.
With freshman talker Jeff Probst faltering and the NBC Owned Television Stations looking at options, at least two of the major syndicators would like to supply a replacement. Sony Pictures Television is pitching Queen Latifah and NBC Universal is said to be developing a show tailor-made for the group’s daytime schedule. “Just a few weeks ago, NBC stations had an entire afternoon of problems,” says one syndication executive. “Now, in just a few weeks, after having a daytime problem for years, they have [only] one problem,” he says referring to Probst.
With the 2012-13 syndication season barely underway, distributors and broadcasters are turning their attention to next season. Fox gave Warner Bros. the green light on the tested Bethenny Frankel (left) talk show, and Sony is close to a deal for Queen Latifa. Tribune is developing a court show and the wannabes are lining up.
Survivor host Jeff Probst’s new talk show is in trouble after just one week. Ratings for the new show started out weak and have gone downhill ever since, according to preliminary ratings. Representatives for Queen Latifah’s new talk show — set to begin next year — have quietly been calling TV stations around the country offering to take over for Probst as soon as his contract is up, according to sources.
The former executive at The Nate Berkus Show, MTV Networks, Chelsea Lately and The Rosie O’Donnell Show will oversee the fall 2013 talker from Sony Pictures Television.
Flavor Unit Entertainment and Overbrook Entertainment to team up with Sony Pictures Television to develop a syndicated vehicle that would debut in fall 2013.