SHERMAN’S SHOWCASE “BLACK HISTORY MONTH SPECTACULAR” SET TO PREMIERE FRIDAY, JUNE 19 ON AMC AND IFC
The Musical Variety Sketch Sensation Hosted by the Legendary Sherman McDaniels Returns with a Double Take at 10PM on AMC and 11PM on IFC
Trailer Released Featuring Guest Stars John Legend, Mario Van Peebles, Bresha Webb, Michael Ealy, Questlove and more
NEW YORK, NY – May 14, 2020 – AMC and IFC announced today that the Critics’ Choice Award-nominated Sherman’s Showcase will officially return on June 19 – Juneteenth – with a one-hour “Black History Month Spectacular” on both networks, premiering at 10PM ET/PT on AMC, followed by an 11PM ET/PT premiere on IFC.
Created by and starring Bashir Salahuddin (Top Gun: Maverick, South Side) and Diallo Riddle (Marlon, South Side), and executive produced by Get Lifted Film Co. and RadicalMedia, the witty, irreverent and wholly original Sherman’s Showcase “Black History Month Spectacular” will feature more of the sketches, A-list guest stars, and original award-winning songs that, all together, earned the series a 100% Certified Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and inclusion on numerous ‘Best of 2019’ lists.
“Sherman’s Showcase host Sherman McDaniels has dreamed of doing a Black History Month episode for decades,” said creators and stars Salahuddin and Riddle. “Thanks to IFC and AMC, he’s finally got the chance. Granted, Black History Month was in February. But Sherman said ‘No, trust me, let’s hold off until the world undergoes some fundamental change that forces everyone to stay at home and watch the Showcase.’ And Sherman got his wish. He’d also like to ask Tiger King’s Carole Baskin to stop using his signature phrase ‘cats and kittens,’ which he’s been using on the Showcase since 1973.”
The acclaimed Sherman’s Showcase will roll out its “Black History Month Spectacular” by honoring historic African-American icons both past and present, alongside superheroes, period dramas, vampires, and a very special re-imagining of the cult film The Last Dragon. Guest stars in the “Black History Month Spectacular” include (in alphabetical order) rapper Phonte Coleman, Michael Ealy (Stumptown, Westworld), journalist Jemele Hill, Lil Rel Howery (Get Out, Rel), actor and TV host Terrence J, series executive producer and Emmy®-, GRAMMY®-, Oscar®– and Tony®-winner John Legend, rapper and activist Vic Mensa, GRAMMY® winner Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, Bresha Webb (Marlon, The Last O.G.), Vanderpump Rules’ Tom Sandoval and Tom Schwartz, GRAMMY® winner Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter, Tyrin Turner (Menace II Society), Mario Van Peebles (Heartbreak Ridge) and more.
Sherman’s Showcase Season 1 is currently available to watch on Hulu, iTunes, Google Play, Amazon and XBOX. Full-length versions of the songs from the series are available via digital release and vinyl from Mad Decent, the Los Angeles-based record label founded by Thomas Wesley Pentz, better known as Diplo.
Creators and stars Diallo Riddle and Bashir Salahuddin serve as executive producers on the series, along with John Legend, Mike Jackson and Ty Stiklorious through their Get Lifted Film Co. (La La Land, Underground, Jesus Christ Superstar). Pete Aronson serves as executive producer, and Frank Scherma and Jim Bouvet of RadicalMedia (Stan Against Evil, Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes) also executive produce.
AMC Studios Content Distribution is managing worldwide sales of the show.
IFC is the home of offbeat, unexpected comedies. Acclaimed series Documentary Now!, Brockmire, Baroness von Sketch Show, Sherman’s Showcase and Year of the Rabbit air alongside fan-favorite movies and comedic cult TV shows. IFC is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc., and available across multiple platforms. IFC is Always On, Slightly Off.
AMC is home to some of the most popular and acclaimed programs on television. AMC was the first basic cable network to ever win the Emmy® Award for Outstanding Drama Series with Mad Men in 2008, which then went on to win the coveted award four years in a row, before Breaking Bad won it in 2013 and 2014. The network’s series The Walking Dead is the highest-rated series in cable history. AMC’s current original drama series are Better Call Saul, Dispatches from Elsewhere, Fear the Walking Dead, NOS4A2, Quiz, Soulmates, The Terror, The Walking Dead, The Walking Dead: World Beyond and the recently greenlit 61st Street, Kevin Can F Himself, Pantheon and National Anthem. AMC also explores authentic worlds and discussion with original shows like Talking Dead, AMC Visionaries and Ride with Norman Reedus. AMC is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc. and its sister networks include IFC, SundanceTV, BBC America and WE tv. AMC is available across all platforms, including on-air, online, on demand and mobile.
RadicalMedia produces premium content across all media platforms, with Oscar®, Emmy®, Peabody® and Grammy® Award accolades including Netflix’s first original documentary film, the Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning What Happened, Miss Simone?; Academy Award-winning The Fog of War; Paradise Lost; In the Heights and Hamilton’s America with Lin-Manuel Miranda for PBS; IFC’s hit comedy series, Sherman’s Showcase; Netflix’s Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes and My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman. Recently announced projects include David Byrne’s American Utopia, directed by Spike Lee; Black Woodstock, directed by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson; Lin-Manuel’s Hamilton Movie, which recently sold to Disney +; GRANT, a six-part series debuting on May 25 on History; Spaceship Earth, debuting on cross-platform platforms on May 8 and the multi-platform project, PBS American Portrait and the 30-minute COVID special IN THIS TOGETHER to debut on PBS on May 8. Check out the latest work on Instagram and on http://www.radicalmedia.com.
ABOUT GET LIFTED FILM CO.
Get Lifted Film Co., a Los Angeles based production company, was launched by Emmy and Tony Award-winning producer Mike Jackson, founder and CEO of the entertainment management and social-impact company Friends At Work, Ty Stiklorius, and EGOT recipient and award-winning producer John Legend. Get Lifted has developed television projects with major networks including ABC, NBC, FOX, HBO, Showtime, Netflix and MTV. The company executive produced Damien Chazelle’s Oscar®-winning musical La La Land, as well as NBC’s 2018 Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert. The NBC special won both a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Special Live and a Broadcast Critics Choice Award. Their film All Rise premiered in the Dramatic Competition at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and their documentary United Skates won the 2018 Audience Award at Tribeca Film Festival.
Get Lifted also executive produced Richard Tanne’s Obama romance, Southside With You, WGN America’s critically acclaimed drama, Underground, Pop Network’s docu-series Sing It On, HBO’s 2015 documentary Southern Rites and Can You Dig This, which won the LA Film Festival’s Jury Award that same year. Their acclaimed Broadway productions include “Jitney,” the 2017 Tony Award-winning revival of August Wilson’s play. Most recently, Get Lifted produced the IFC comedy series Sherman’s Showcase, Rhythm + Flow for Netflix, which won the 2020 NAACP Image Award, and Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children, a five-part documentary series for HBO.
Their forthcoming projects include David E. Talbert’s holiday film Jingle Jangle for Netflix, the documentary Giving Voice, which premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, and sports drama Signing Day in partnership with Steph Curry’s Unanimous Media for Sony Pictures, a female-fronted film written by Adam Hoff about a modern-day Jerry Maguire.
Get Lifted is represented by WME and Nina Shaw of Del, Shaw, Moonves, Tanaka, Finklestein and Lezcano.