The legendary Emmy Award-winning program “Motown 25: Yesterday · Today · Forever” – featuring those “six seconds that changed the world” as Michael Jackson unveiled his iconic moonwalk – will begin airing on public television at 8 p.m. Feb. 28 for its first broadcast since its debut more than 30 years ago.
The reunion show was taped before a live audience at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium and showcased virtually every Motown artist from the company’s inception, including Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, The Jackson 5, The Miracles, The Temptations, the Four Tops and many others. Richard Pryor was the host for the special that also featured Billy Dee Williams, Jose Feliciano, Linda Ronstadt and British new wave star Adam Ant.
Another classic segment to watch for during the special is the reunion of The Supremes and the infamous shove Diana Ross gave Mary Wilson. In an interview with TASTY CLIPS, Wilson explained what happened that night:
“The sad part about this is that we were trying to put this together without really having a pre- idea of what we were going to do – us being Diane, and myself and Cindy [Birdsong]. So we had very little time (about 15 minutes) to really get together and hug and kiss and all that.”
“So we got on stage and what happened was I didn’t know that certain things had already been planned. All I knew was Diane said, ‘Hey Berry, Come on down.’ I’m like, ‘Yes, come on down, Berry,’ being my crazy self that I am. I guess I wasn’t supposed to say that and it disrupted, I guess, the program.
“I’m sorry to say that happened because it not only spoiled my moment but it kind of spoiled The Supremes moment in terms of coming together and we weren’t able to finish our song. That’s the story and I’m sticking to it,” she added with a laugh.
PILOT LIGHT: In what may be a trickledown effect from the success of shows like “Empire,” “Scandal” and “How to Get Away With Murder,” black actors appear to be in demand this pilot season.
NBC has taken the lead with Wesley Snipes set to go for their Las Vegas drama “Endgame,” Lance Gross in their martial arts drama “Warrior” and Larenz Tate in the Atlanta-based “Game of Silence,” joining the previously announced S. Epatha Merkerson and Yaya DaCosta as leads for their spin-off series, “Chicago Med.”
Among the stars tapped for potential new shows on other networks are Paula Patton for ABC’s drug cartel based “Runner” and Morris Chestnut as a pathologist in Fox’s “Deadline.”
TASTY QUIP: “The one thing I’m looking forward to is doing something with New Kids because they can dance – though they can’t dance better than TLC (laughs)! I told them that!” – ROZONDA “CHILLI” THOMAS to AJC.com on their upcoming tour with NKOTB and Nelly. It hits Anaheim’s Honda Center on May 2 and The Forum on May 9.
CLIPPETTES: Martin Lawrence announced on Instagram that he and Bentley Kyle Evans finished the screenplay for “A Thin Line Between Love and Hate 2…
Kevin Hart has been named roast master for the “Comedy Central Roast” of Justin Bieber taping March 14 at Sony Studios for airing March 30…
Salli Richardson-Whitfield (“I Will Follow,” “Being Mary Jane”) stars in the original short film “A Lady Must Live: A Lena Horne Tribute” that may be viewed exclusively on Ebony.com and in a separate two-minute version on the Codeblack and Ebony Magazine Facebook Pages…
A second and final show has been added to the Forever Charlie Tour starring Charlie Wilson, Kem & Joe on March 26 at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live…
Maybe ABC should change the name of the show to “Dancing with Patti Labelle” as she’s like one of two “stars” I’d give that title to announced for their 20th season…
Paula Abdul and Jason Derulo have been named as judges for Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance” when it returns for season 12…
With its ratings success, there was little doubt that Adult Swim would OK a second season of “Black Jesus.”
COVERED: The Forest Lawn Museum will present “Revolutions 2: The Art of Music” from Feb. 28 through Aug. 2 at the Glendale facility. The exhibition celebrates the artists behind some of the most admired and enduring visuals and graphic art in music of the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s.
For the first time on display – in many cases – will be the original form of mass produced art, including handmade illustrations, large-scale paintings, photographs, and even sculpture that highlight the often overlooked, painstaking process behind the images that helped to sell the music of icons Miles Davis, Michael Jackson, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Charlie Parker, Prince, Lionel Richie, Tina Turner, Elvis, Eminem and others.
Admission and parking are FREE. Call 800-204-3131 or visit forestlawn.com for more info.
TC ON TV: March 1: “Watch What Happens Live” (BRAVO): Kenya Moore, Derek J, Miss Lawrence.
March 2: “The Following” (FOX): 3rd Season Premiere with Michael Ealy and Megalyn Echikunwoke (who’s new to the show)… “Star Wars Rebels” (DXD): James Earl Jones lends his voice to Darth Vader for this season finale that also features David Oyelowo… “RuPaul’s Drag Race” (LOGO): 7th Season Premiere.
March 3: “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” (ABC): Series return with Blair Underwood and Edward James Olmos joining the cast.
March 4: “Unsung Hollywood” (TV ONE): Sheryl Underwood.
TASTY QUIP: “I have the spirit of desire to make people’s lives better. Being famous is such a gift for me because small things make people’s lives brighter. You just shake somebody’s hand. You just smile and write your name and people will talk about it for the rest of their lives.” – WILL SMITH (whose film “Focus” opens this weekend) to Esquire.