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"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 chuckled once.

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 the writers.

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 at.

Anyway, if you like the show, it returns January 5th.

Press Release:

Television’s Favorite Blended Family Returns as TBS’s 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 TBS’s 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 Suzanne’s children, 14-year-old Lindsey and 10-year-old Kevin.  Keesha Sharp is Suzanne’s 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 Suzanne’s brother, Terrence.  Recurring characters include Nick’s best friend, Martin, played by comedian Christian Finnegan, and Suzanne’s 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 other’s history to figuring out one another’s personalities.  Meanwhile, Suzanne and Nick’s 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 TBS’s enormously popular Wednesday lineup of original sitcoms.  The series went on to rank among ad-supported cable’s 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.  Revolution’s Joe Roth and Vince Totino and Cube Vision’s 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.

About Debmar-Mercury

Debmar-Mercury, a worldwide media company specializing in syndication, network, cable and ancillary markets, produces and distributes The Wendy Williams Show; distributes Tyler Perry’s House of Payne and spinoff Meet the Browns; distributes Big Lake, a new comedy debuting in 2010 from Gary Sanchez Productions’ Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Chris Henchy; distributes Are We There Yet?, a new sitcom from Revolution Studios’ Joe Roth, Cube Vision’s 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 next-generation studio.

About TBS

TBS, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., is television’s 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 Perry’s House of Payne and Meet the Browns; the upcoming original comedy Glory Daze; the late-night series CONAN, starring Conan O’Brien, 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 championship sports.

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.

Upcoming episodes:

"Mr. Himdependent" - 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 Charlie Murphy.

"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 Adam Lorenzo.

"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

"Suzanne Theft 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.

"Nick's 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.

"Despicable E"- 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.

"The Valentine's 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 Alfonso Ribero.

"The Parent 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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