TV One’s hit docu-series “Unsung Hollywood” will air 2 back-to-back finale episodes on Wednesday, March 25th, with a lineup featuring the career-altering films that made thrust unknowns who were, at the time, relative unknowns, into the spotlight.
First, at 8PM/ET is an in-depth look at Richard Roundtree’s triumphant career and the challenges he faced after finding success in his leading role in the Oscar award-winning film “Shaft.”
And second, at 9PM/ET, the docu-series will explore the making of the cult-classic film, “Baby Boy,” which featured the debuts of actors Tyrese Gibson and Taraji P. Henson (who’s now ruling primetime TV on “Empire” which ended its first season last night).
A further breakdown of each episode follows; and then watch a preview clip from the “Baby Boy” episode, in which Taraji Tyrese and director John Singleton recall the discomfort in shooting the film’s sex scenes.
“Unsung Hollywood” is narrated by Gary Anthony Williams, and is Executive Produced by Arthur Smith, Kent Weed, Mark Rowland and Frank Sinton of A. Smith & Co. Productions. Henry Schipper is the Co-Executive Producer. Lamar Chase serves as Producer for TV One. Executive in Charge of Production is Robyn Greene Arrington. D’Angela Proctor is Head of Original Programming for the network.
Wednesday, March 25, 8PM/ET – Richard Roundtree
Richard Roundtree’s role as John Shaft was the beginning of a worldwide journey of recognition; however, he would spend much of his career trying to escape being typecast as the iconic detective. He fought hard to prove he was more than a one-trick phenom with critically acclaimed performances on the big and small screen alike. Roundtree also experienced personal struggles including a devastating divorce and a battle with breast cancer. Ultimately, Roundtree’s legacy and influence grew and continue to be celebrated.
Wednesday, March 25, 9PM/ET – “Baby Boy”
“Baby Boy” transformed emerging stars to Hollywood leads in a story that follows a young man living in South Central facing the dangerous rite of passage into manhood that is falsely defined by earning a die-hard reputation or staying at home to care for his family. This episode takes a look back at the film that launched the careers of most of its cast, including Ving Rhames, Tyrese Gibson and Taraji P. Henson and lives on with cult classic status to this day.
And here’s a preview: