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Primetime Show Reviews
"Are We There Yet?"
season premiere by Suzanne
Airing on TBS Wednesdays starting June 2.
The people on this show are very likable, and the acting is fine. However,
the writing is just not very good. A sitcom should be funny, and this is
not. At least to me. You may feel differently. Also, younger viewers may
enjoy it as they have lower standards for humor.
Ex-football player Terry Crews plays Nick. He is not that bad of an actor,
honestly. This is not the disaster of last fall's "Brothers" on FOX that
starred another football player, Michael Strahan. I doubt Crews will ever
win any big awards, but he's not bad. Starring as his wife Suzanne is
Essence Atkins, known primarily from the show "Half and Half". Veteran
actress Telma Hopkins plays Nick's mother.
The show is loosely based on the movie of the same name, starring Ice Cube,
who played Nick. Ice Cube appears on the series, but instead of Nick, he
plays Suzanne's brother, Terrence. Keesha Sharp, formerly of "Girlfriends"
plays Suzanne's friend, Gigi. Comedian Christian Finnegan, who is usually
very funny, plays Nick's friend, Martin.
When the series starts, Nick and Suzanne have been married six months. The
honeymoon is over, and they have to get used to living with each other.
Also, Nick has trouble relating to Suzanne's two kids. The situation sounds
funny, but it's just not. This would be a nice sitcom for any family, with
kids. It is wholesome and clean. It's just not very funny. I think I
This was based on three episodes, not just the premiere, so it doesn't get
any funnier as it goes along.
UPDATE 1/1/11: I watched a few more episodes of this show, and it is still
not funny, and Terry Crews is a terrible actor/comedian. The jokes are just
really predictable and lame. Ice Cube is the only good part of the show.
They should just have him star in it and replace everyone else, including
I don't know why TBS can't make a better show. I think the other actors are
fine and would do better if they had better writing. It's like one of those
bad shows you see on the Disney channel that only 10 year olds would laugh
Anyway, if you like the show, it returns January 5th.
Televisionís Favorite Blended Family Returns as
TBSís Hit Comedy Series
ARE WE THERE YET? Kicks Off New Episodes Jan. 5
Terry Crews and Essence Atkins Star in Comedy
Series with Special Guest Star Ice Cube
From Revolution Studios and Cube Vision,
Distributed by Debmar-Mercury
The Kingston-Person family returns to the neighborhood in January with all new
episodes of TBSís comedy series ARE WE THERE YET? The series
stars Terry Crews (Everybody Hates Chris) and Essence Atkins
(Half and Half) as a newlywed couple whose blended family faces the
challenges of everyday life. ARE WE THERE YET? will launch with
back-to-back episodes Wednesday, Jan. 5, at 10 and 10:30 p.m. (ET/PT).
In ARE WE THERE YET?, Crews
and Atkins play Nick and Suzanne, a
newly married couple
adjusting to life as newlyweds and the complexities of raising children, while
also dealing with the everyday challenges of romance, friendship and the drama
of extended family. Teala Dunn and Coy Stewart co-star as
Nick and Suzanneís children, 14-year-old Lindsey and 10-year-old Kevin. Keesha
Sharp is Suzanneís best friend and coworker, Gigi, who has a taste for men
and the finer things in life. Special guest star Ice Cube will return as
Suzanneís brother, Terrence. Recurring characters include Nickís best friend,
Martin, played by comedian Christian Finnegan, and Suzanneís mother,
Marilyn, played by Telma Hopkins.
This season on ARE WE THERE
YET?, Nick will move into a new job as a sports reporter for a local television
station as Suzanne continues to run her event planning business. The couple
will continue to find their way in their relationship, from learning about each
otherís history to figuring out one anotherís personalities. Meanwhile, Suzanne
and Nickís children will face typical kid issues, such as dating and peer
pressure. Lindsey will have a crush that could wind up breaking her heart,
while Kevin will struggle to fit in at school, even facing up to a bully.
Through it all, the Kingston-Persons remain bound by enduring love.
ARE WE THERE YET? premiered June 2, 2010, as part of TBSís enormously popular
Wednesday lineup of original sitcoms. The series went on to rank among
ad-supported cableís Top 10 new series for the quarter, averaging 2.8 million
viewers and 1.5 million adults 18-49. ARE WE THERE YET? also scored as the #1
show on television in primetime delivery of African-American adults 18-34 and
18-49 for the second quarter. After its successful first season, TBS ordered an
additional 90 episodes.
ARE WE THERE YET? is produced by Revolution Studios and Cube Vision
and distributed by Debmar-Mercury. Revolutionís Joe Roth and
Vince Totino and Cube Visionís Ice Cube and Matt Alvarez serve
as executive producers, along with award-winning show-runner Ali LeRoi.
About Revolution Studios
Revolution Studios is the licensor and a distributor of the new series.
Revolution Studios was founded in 2000 by Joe Roth, in partnership with Sony
Pictures, Starz Encore Group and Fox Entertainment Group. Since its inception,
Revolution Studios has created a library of 46 films, including Black Hawk
Down, Maid in Manhattan, Anger Management and the Are We
There Yet? franchise, collectively earning more than $3.7 billion at the box
office. Currently, Revolution Studios is engaged in actively managing its
library and pursuing licensing opportunities, including sequels, spin-offs and
other productions based on its films. Prior to forming Revolution Studios, Joe
Roth served as chairman of both the Walt Disney Studios and Twentieth Century
Fox. In addition to being the majority owner of the Seattle Sounders FC, a
major league soccer team, he recently produced Alice in Wonderland for
Disney directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp.
About Cube Vision
Cube Vision is a film and television production company that was started in 1998
by Ice Cube and Matt Alvarez. They have produced the successful Friday,
Barbershop and Are We There Yet? franchises, as well as movies
such as The Longshots and the upcoming Lottery Ticket.
Additionally, they have produced the critically acclaimed television series
Black/White. Other series include Barbershop: The Series and
Friday: The Animated Series.
Debmar-Mercury, a worldwide media company specializing in syndication, network,
cable and ancillary markets, produces and distributes The Wendy Williams Show;
distributes Tyler Perryís House of Payne and spinoff Meet the
Browns; distributes Big Lake, a new comedy debuting in 2010
from Gary Sanchez Productionsí Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Chris Henchy;
distributes Are We There Yet?, a new sitcom from Revolution Studiosí Joe
Roth, Cube Visionís Ice Cube and Matt Alvarez, and showrunner Ali LeRoi;
distributes strips Family Feud, South Park and True
Hollywood Story, as well as the weekly Deadliest Catch; and a movie
library featuring titles from Revolution Studios and Lionsgate. Debmar-Mercury
is a wholly owned subsidiary of Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), the leading
TBS, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., is televisionís top-rated
comedy network and is available in 100.8 million households. It serves as home
to such original comedy series as Are We There Yet? and Tyler Perryís
House of Payne and Meet the Browns; the upcoming original comedy
Glory Daze; the late-night series CONAN, starring Conan OíBrien, and
Lopez Tonight, starring George Lopez; hot contemporary comedies like
Family Guy and The Office; special events, including star-studded
comedy festivals in Chicago; blockbuster movies; hosted movie showcases; and
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs
branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on
television and other platforms for consumers around the world.
- Wednesday, January 5, at 10:00p.m. (ET/PT)
Nick becomes a local television station's new sports anchor, but he now owes
Martin for helping him get the job. Meanwhile, Nick and Suzanne
contemplate telling her ex-husband that he no longer has to pay child support.
NOTE: This is not really what happens, not sure why they wrote this...maybe this
was the original plot and they changed it? It should say: Nick gets a job as a
sports reporter, hoping that it will turn into an anchor job. Suzanne and Nick
get aggravated as they deal with her ex-husband, who takes the kids on an outing
but wants to pay less child support.
Directed by Alfonso Riberio; written by: Ali LeRoi. Guest stars: Ice Cube and
"We Ain't Going
Out Like That" - Wednesday, January 5, at 10:30p.m. (ET/PT)
Nick and Suzanne try to arrange a date night, but their efforts are fraught with
obstacles. Also, the kids go through an old box of video tapes, quickly
falling in love with a classic sitcom. Directed by Ali LeRoi. Written by
"Oh No, She
Di'in't!" - Wednesday, January 12, at 10:00p.m. (ET/PT)
Nick's new field producer, an attractive young woman, stirs up feelings of
jealousy in Suzanne. Gigi falls for a guy who has kids, so she gets help
from Kevin and Lindsey in learning how to relate to his children. Directed by
Ali LeRoi. Written by Antonia March & Jacqueline McKinley. Guest
star: Sandy "Pepa" Denton
Auto" Directed by Ali LeRoi.- Wednesday, January 12, at 10:30p.m. (ET/PT)
Suzanne takes over Kevin's science project, neglecting her duties at work and
home. Lindsey, who is just learning how to drive, is accused of scratching
her mother's car. Directed by: Alfonso Riberio. Written by Adam Lorenzo.
"The Gold Party"-
Wednesday, January 19, at 10:00p.m. (ET/PT)
Suzanne leaves her wedding ring lying around, so Nick decides to take it to
teach her a lesson. However, he soon discovers something about the ring that
could get him in trouble with Suzanne. Directed by Alfonso Riberio.
Written by Luisa Leschin. Guest star: Ice Cub.
"The Boy Has
Style"- Wednesday, January 19, at 10:30p.m. (ET/PT)
Lindsey falls for a boy at school, but his interest in hanging out with her may
be giving her the wrong signal. Suzanne tries to arrange delivery of a
package, but she keeps missing the deliveryman. Directed by Ali LeRoi.
Written by Jacqueline McKinley & Antonia March.
"The Man and the
Bragging Snafu"- Wednesday, January 26, at 10:00p.m. (ET/PT)
Nick and Suzanne consider putting Kevin and Lindsey in a private school, but the
admissions process threatens to turn them off the idea. Gigi hires Kevin
to be a model, but he's soon demanding more money. Directed by Eric
Seaton. Written by Kenya Barris. Guest star: Wayne Brady.
Mani-Pedi"- Wednesday, January 26, at 10:30p.m. (ET/PT)
Suzanne intrudes on Nick's time watching sports with his friend, leaving
everyone uncomfortable. Marilyn arrives for an extended stay, during which
she tries to teach Lindsey the value of a dollar. Directed by Ali LeRoi. Written
by Andrew Orenstein. Guest star: Toccara Jones.
Wednesday, February 2, at 10:00p.m. (ET/PT)
Lindsey gets invited by a DJ to attend a party but then gets ignored the entire
night. Meanwhile, Suzanne tries to teach Kevin how to do his own laundry, but
he's not exactly interested in putting his best effort forward. Directed by Ali
LeRoi. Written by: Lamont Ferrell. Guest stars: Michael Strahan and Lil JJ.
"She Got Game
Night"- Wednesday, February 2, at 10:30p.m. (ET/PT)
Suzanne arranges for a huge old-school game night at their house as part of a
bet she has with Kevin. However, a second bet between Kevin and Nick, as well as
a prank by one of Lindsey's friends, threatens to derail the night. Directed by
Alfonso Ribero. Written by Regina Hicks. Guest stars: Ice Cube, David
Rasche and Toccara Jones.
Day Episode"- Wednesday, February 9, at 10:00p.m. (ET/PT)
Nick tries to help Kevin with his Valentine's Day at school, but his advice
backfires when Kevin gets sent home. Written by Jacqueline McKinley. Directed by
Teacher Trap"- Wednesday, February 9, at 10:30p.m. (ET/PT)
When Suzanne gets roped into a committee at Kevin's school, where the other moms
are mean to her, Nick volunteers to fill in. This makes things awkward
when the ladies love him. Written by Jason Palmer. Directed by Alfonso Ribero.
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