MIXED-ISH: Actress Tika Sumpter on new ABC comedy – Exclusive Interview

Tika Sumpter as Alicia Johnson in MIXED-ISH - Season 1| ©2020 ABC/Brian Bowen Smith

ABC’s Tuesday-night comedy MIXED-ISH is a spinoff of the network’s BLACK-ISH. Co-created by BLACK-ISH star Tracee Ellis Ross, MIXED-ISH is very loosely based on Ross’s childhood; Ellis narrates the new series as her character’s adult self.  MIXED-ISH chronicles the adventures of Ross’s BLACK-ISH character Bow Johnson (played as a youngster by Arika Himmel) as a child in the ‘80s, with a little brother (Ethan William Childress) and sister (Mykal-Michelle Harris), white dad Paul, played by Mark-Paul Gosselaar, and black mom Alicia, played by Tika Sumpter. (Anna Deavere Smith plays Alicia when the character recurs on BLACK-ISH). The family is coping […]Read On »

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TV Review (and Photos): AMERICAN IDOL – Season 11 – “Top 11 Compete” – Plus the Gentle Giant gets the boot

Elise Testone, Heejun Han, Jessica Sanchez, Hollie Cavanagh, Skylar Laine, DeAndre Brackensick, Erika Van Pelt, Jermaine Jones, Colton Dixon, Shannon Magrane, Joshua Ledet and Phillip Phillips are the AMERICAN IDOL - Top 12 - Season 11 | ©2012 Fox/Michael Becker

Cast: Ryan Seacrest, Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson Network: Fox, airs Wednesdays and Thursdays @ 8 p.m. Original Telecast: March 14, 2012 It was a controversial world’s greatest karaoke competition, AMERICAN IDOL, as contestant Jermaine Jones was booted from the show because of a past run-in with law enforcement. Gentle giant, huh? While this is indeed an interesting development as I guess he lied to the producers among other things (don’t they do background checks anymore?), the more interesting thing to me is that they didn’t replace him with anyone. I think bringing back Jeremy Rosado would be a […]Read On »

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TV Review: AMERICAN IDOL – Season 10 – “The Top 13 Perform”

Casey Abrams performs on AMERICAN IDOL - Season 10 - "The Top 13" | ©2011 Fox/Ray Mickshaw

Cast: Ryan Seacrest, Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson Network: Fox, airs Wednesdays and Thursdays Original Telecast: March 9, 2011 Here begins the main meat of the matter on the world’s greatest karaoke competition, AMERICAN IDOL. Where the ones that the people voted for and the ones that judges decided to save perform for everyone’s votes. Who shined? Who stunk? And just who will be in the bottom 3 this week? Let’s find out as we unpack the tent, unleash the big top, wash the elephant, light the rings of fire, comb the bearded lady, bring out the gimp, unveil […]Read On »

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