Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Roland Martin Is Crying In His Cereal.

So, I'm watching CNN the other night, and I see the outline of a familiar face on the chyron. Could it be? Is that really? Hey, what the heck!?!?

The latest entrant into the TV comedy business is ... CNN? The news network announced Wednesday that it's starting a show with comedian D.L. Hughley. Tentatively titled "D.L. Hughley Breaks the News," it will air live at 10 p.m. Saturdays and replay 24 hours later. The show will debut Oct. 25.

Hughley describes it as a news-oriented talk show — more like David Letterman's and Jay Leno's program than Jon Stewart's. It will air before a live audience from CNN's New York studio.

Jon Klein, CNN U.S. president, said he took note of Hughley when the comic made an appearance on Glenn Beck's CNN Headline News show last year. Hughley, one of the four "Original Kings of Comedy," had a four-year run as the star of his own ABC sitcom and his own late-night show for Comedy Central.

Hughley was shopping his prospective one-hour show to two other networks when Klein called his agent to express interest.

Comedy on news networks — planned comedy, that is — is unusual but not unprecedented. Fox News Channel aired the "Half Hour News Hour," but production stopped in 2007. CNN International, seen outside of the United States, airs reruns of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show."

"The audience that gets so much of its news from comedians these days clearly has no problem with that," Klein said.

Klein said CNN drew a record high audience for cable television among the youthful 18-to-49-year-old audience during the second presidential debate, so the network wants to keep those young viewers engaged. News viewership tends to skew old, an audience less valuable to advertisers.

As for setting limits on Hughley, Klein said, "Anything goes."

"It's a black guy and a Jewish producer, so we will stand out like `Mississippi Burning,'" he said.
Okay, I sorta get this. CNN watches the success of shows like The Daily Show and The Colbert Report and thinks they've gotta get in on that action. Cool. But c'mon, D.L. Hughley? I haven't seen such a consistently mediocre black man keep getting jobs like this since Lenny Wilkens. Clearly, I need Darryl Lynn's agent.

I'm not saying Hughley isn't funny. His early days of Comic View were classic. And for the record, his standup career is far more successful than anything Stewart did pre-Daily Show.

But DL just doesn't seem to have the gravitas to pull this off. His shortlived Comedy Central talk show, Weekends At The DL, was atrocious. His appearances on shows like Real Time With Bill Maher and The Glenn Beck Show don't give me the impression that this cat is extremely knowledgeable when it comes to politricks.

Awww hell, who am I kidding!?! I still can't get over this clip.



Is it wrong for me to still be upset about that "nappy headed hoes" comment more than a year after the fact? Prolly not, but I'm sorry, I just cannot get over that. That sh*t was a straight up James T. Harris b*tch move in my book.

I wonder how dude could go home and look his wife and daughter in the eyes after that bullsh*t.

I prolly won't watch this show, so I guess I shouldn't bash it. Could it possibly be any worse than Chocolate News or The Tony Rock Project? Even though I wished CNN's affirmative action hire had been Roland Martin instead, I guess I should just be happy to see black men working, no matter how mediocre the product.

Nah. Bump that.

If you wanna support a black man on TeeVee, peep BET's slept on Somebodies. Now that's comedy.

Screw DL Hughley. A true Nappy Headed Hoe!

Question: Will you watch DL Hughley's show on CNN? Have you gotten over that whole Nappy Headed Hoes comment or am I just being too damn sensitive as usual?

CNN to start weekend comedy show with D.L. Hughley [AP]

20 AverageComments™:

Black Diaspora said...

My black pride is gonna kick in and it's not gonna allow me to give this Ne..., uh, bl..., uh, br., uh, guy a minute of my precious black time.

TalentedTenth said...

that'd be a BIG FAT NO!!!! not only does the comment still bother me, D.L. ain't funny...period!

ebw-educated black woman said...

Big fail! As will be Chocolate News. (Caught that the other night, and it was awful!)

I'd love to see a "comedy news show" hosted by a black man. Just not DL. I just don't think he's funny. He comes across as an ass sometimes-too abrasive. (Where is Dave Chappelle when you need him?)

ebonygentleman said...

No.

There was a reason he was the opening act during the Kings of Comedy tour. Expose the weakest link (Hughley) before showing the cornerstone. (Bernie Mac R.I.P.)

EG

Nikki Mo in FL said...

I might try to watch it a few times. I always thought he was funny, though I didn't like any of his appearances on Bill Maher.

I'm also over the "nappy-headed hos" controversy.

Maglet said...

He's not remarkably funny--some things that come out of his mouth are awful. I mean, just awful.

I'm not shocked he has his own show. I AM shocked that it's not on a public access channel.

I won't be watching. I'm embarrassed for him already.

cinco said...

No, he's not funny at all! But since when is that a requirement for a show?

the uppity negro said...

@AB

I'm mildly confused.

I'm interested to know just who you think is black and qualified to have their own show. I watched DL on all of those shows and actually, I was always quite impressed by his, shall I say "average black man" experiences and stories that he shared. I think he's a shining example of a black male who's been married for quite some time with kids to the mother of his kids.

I just remember all of your posts back a while decrying the intellectual masturbations of the likes of Cornel West, Dyson, Julliane Malveaux, Tavis who have expressed a detailed and full understanding of politricks and now when a relatively average dude gets a shot, you kinda damn him with faint praise.

As far as Roland Martin is concerned, he just got a big mouth and a a lot on his plate. Before CNN picked him up, I remember when he came to Chicago to try and revive the Chicago Defender and he still has his spot on WVON the local black talk radio back in Chicago. ANd yeah, he can hold his own, but he got enuff going for him.

WHen I first saw the ads I was lik this shall be interesting. Yeah, his standup is mediocre at best, but I sure aint gon hate on him.

And yes, Somebodies is hillarious. Especially with me down here in GA.
FYI...the theme song is an actual church song I grew up singing on Sunday mornings.

the uppity negro said...

@AB

I'm mildly confused.

I'm interested to know just who you think is black and qualified to have their own show. I watched DL on all of those shows and actually, I was always quite impressed by his, shall I say "average black man" experiences and stories that he shared. I think he's a shining example of a black male who's been married for quite some time with kids to the mother of his kids.

I just remember all of your posts back a while decrying the intellectual masturbations of the likes of Cornel West, Dyson, Julliane Malveaux, Tavis who have expressed a detailed and full understanding of politricks and now when a relatively average dude gets a shot, you kinda damn him with faint praise.

As far as Roland Martin is concerned, he just got a big mouth and a a lot on his plate. Before CNN picked him up, I remember when he came to Chicago to try and revive the Chicago Defender and he still has his spot on WVON the local black talk radio back in Chicago. ANd yeah, he can hold his own, but he got enuff going for him.

WHen I first saw the ads I was lik this shall be interesting. Yeah, his standup is mediocre at best, but I sure aint gon hate on him.

And yes, Somebodies is hillarious. Especially with me down here in GA.
FYI...the theme song is an actual church song I grew up singing on Sunday mornings.

MissJay said...

I probably won't watch it. I forgot to check out Chocolate News and read somewhere that I should be glad I forgot about it. A little of DL goes a long way for me.

Monie said...

DL Hughley is a slug, someone please pour salt on him.

AverageBro said...

@uppity

This is mostly about my disdain for his unrepentant slur against the Rutgers players. He is no less knowledgeable than Stewart and will have good writers even if he wasnt.

Glad someone else is watching Somebodies. Its a great show.

plez... said...

he's a comedian... some of his stuff is funny! some of his stuff ain't! if you are overly-sensitive or if "jokes" made at your expense hit alittle too close to home... then you should probably stay away from comedians... ALL COMEDIANS! their entire craft is composed of taking everyday events/people... and making a "joke" out of them.

i've been married to the same beautiful Black woman for over 18 years and i am the father of a beautiful Black girl. but i never quite understood the whole "nappy headed ho" uproar, other than i thought that don imus owed the Rutgers Woman's Basketball Team an apology because they were college students (and my little sister graduated from Rutgers)!

but then again... if you can only laugh at "jokes" about other people and you can't find anything funny about yourself (without being offended), something tells me that you have a serious self-esteem problem!

oh back to the question... the answer is "NO"... i doubt i'll watch the show! i'm not a big fan of comedian routines that don't involve cussin'!!! *smile*

Anonymous said...

Don't hate on Lenny. Much of his success came before your time....I get your point(s) about DL, but the comparision to Lenny mischaracterizes Lenny's accomplishments. I think it's called a "quiet strength".....Yeah, I know. Who cares????

"Wilkens's milestone--a phenomenal 939 wins in 22 seasons as an NBA coach--places him at the top of a list that includes such basketball luminaries as Red Auerbach, Dick Motta, and Jack Ramsay.....Indeed, Wilkens has only one NBA championship to his credit, having spent his career coaching such second-tier teams as the Cleveland Cavaliers, Seattle SuperSonics, and Atlanta Hawks."

http://www.answers.com/topic/lenny-wilkens

Serafina said...

D.L. hasn't been funny since....... Well since never. I couldnt tolerate him when he was on Def Comedy and I've not laughed at any of his jokes since then.
I think CNN noticed how they've grown more hip to the black community, so they threw the first black face they could out there for the world to see.
Sadly, it was this fool.

The state of black comedy is horrid. Chris Rock is the only one who can pull off making you laugh and think at the same time.

I didnt take offense to the comment he made about the girls on Leno. When black men AND women stop referring to themselves and each other as nappy headed, then I'd feel insulted by him.

Did he say anything that isnt said already in a large portion of black households? No.

All in all, his show will tank. I just hope it doesnt suck as much as David Allen Greer's show in Comedy Central. It's just tacky.

Dave Chappell they are not.

politicalmusic said...

Average,

They don't care if you will watch it, (or folks on this blog). I doubt you are in their target market for viewership. Same with Chocolate News.

I'm not wishing the brother failure, but this will be the traditional shock jock black comedy that sells. All we can do is hope that the mild consciousness in D.L. will come out through some of his comedy. Comedians say things that others can't - they are not bound by political correctness.

I agree that the statements he made were utterly distateful and the timing couldn't be worse. However, what is the template for an acceptable comic on CNN? Sinbad? lol

I understand that Don Imus is a loaded issue, but it was largely reactionary (see NAACP banning the N-word as a result).

D.L. Hughley will do him, "imma" do me. Think rich.

It's not really boycotting if you didn't intent to watch it in the first place. Rather, support what you would like to see.

Vinindy said...

Will I watch DL Hugley - Hell to the naw.......... I wouldn't watch him cross the d*mn strett.

MissJay said...

Those girls might not have been nappy headed, but they sho' won't all that cute. I wouldn't say "ugly" just not that cute LOL

Crystal said...

I am very upset that he got this show. One, I am still mad at the comments he made on the Mahr Show. Two, his ignorance does not need to be fed to white America

StillaPanther2 said...

Brother Average.. It may be generational or I must develope thicker skin at this late date, When Black comedy coonsidt of minimizing our history that is tragic. The "feel" of our history has been destroyed by integration and brothers like him trying to carry on like Richard Pryor who made fun of current events. I would challenge that brother to make fun of the Jews and the ovens of Germany and see how long that "house boy" will be around. There is much material that can even be funny about a building come falling down by airplanes. When the Jews and whites "allow" those coons to come on...they have their assignments. Until the assimilated Black man control his story we will continue to have more stupidity on TV.

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