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Five Things That Will Fix ‘Reed Between The Lines’


I wanted to like Reed Between The Lines more than I did. It stars the great Tracee Ellis Ross and Malcolm-Jamal Warner. It was BET’s first real attempt at curbing its ain’t shitness. ¬†And the first two episodes had real promise.

But, ultimately, the show was too in love with it’s desire to be a “Positive Black Family Show” and too indifferent to the fact that, outside of Malcolm-Jamal Warner’s Dr. Alex Reed, no one makes an impression. Man, the show is just dry.

After the jump I make five suggestions for things that BET and the producers can do to fix this show.


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Posted on January 2nd, 2012 - Filed under Television
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Why Malcolm-Jamal Warner and His Dr. Alex Reed Are the Best Things about ‘Reed Between the Lines’

Malcolm-Jamal Warner

Reed Between The Lines is 18 episodes in and so I now feel pretty comfortable saying that the only thing that totally works on the show is the character of Dr. Alex Reed and Malcolm-Jamal Warner’s work bringing him to life.

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Posted on December 6th, 2011 - Filed under Television
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I'm not sure how I feel about the resurgent black sitcom really just recycling better sitcoms.

Single Ladies premieres on VH1 in a few months.  And while this trailer does a very good job of parading ATL's specific black bougie culture, on the character level it's not clear to me what the show does that Girlfriends and Living Single didn't do much much better.

But maybe every generation needs its show about upwardly mobile sisters livin and lovin. Who knows?

Via Jezebel.

Posted on January 23rd, 2011 - Filed under Television
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