Bounce to Premiere Sixth and Final Season of “Saints & Sinners” on April 3





Bounce to Premiere Sixth and Final Season of “Saints & Sinners” on April 3
Set against the backdrop of a large southern church, “Saints & Sinners” centers around the pursuit of power, intertwined with greed, deception, corruption, compromising sexual affairs and murder.
[via press release from Bounce TV]
Bounce to premiere sixth and final season of Saints & Sinners on April 3

ATLANTA, Feb. 2, 2022 –颅 The saints and the sinners will have a winner-take-all clash this spring.

Bounce, the popular broadcast and multi-platform entertainment network serving African Americans, will air the sixth and final season of its hit original drama series “Saints & Sinners” Sunday nights at 8 p.m. ET/PT, starting April 3.

“Saints & Sinners has been a breakthrough success, attracting a huge and loyal fanbase and taking them on a rollercoaster ride every season,” said David Hudson, head of original programming for Bounce and an executive producer of the series. “We thank our amazing cast and crew for an incredible run and look forward to sharing the final eight episodes with viewers Sunday nights this spring.”

Consumers can catch up on “Saints & Sinners” on Brown Sugar, Bounce’s subscription-video-on-demand service. “Saints & Sinners” seasons 1-5 are available in their entirety with final-season episodes being added every Monday after their Bounce premieres. Visit www.BrownSugar.com for more information.

Set against the backdrop of a large southern church, “Saints & Sinners” centers around the pursuit of power, intertwined with greed, deception, corruption, compromising sexual affairs and murder. The cast is led by Vanessa Bell Calloway and Clifton Powell, with an ensemble featuring Tray Chaney, Keith Robinson, J.D. Williams, Jasmine Burke, Donna Biscoe, Christian Keyes, Dawn Halfkenny, Karlie Redd, Ashani Roberts and Kaye Singleton.

“Saints & Sinners” is produced in partnership with Swirl Film’s Eric Tomosunas & Ron Robinson (“Behind the Movement: The Rosa Parks Story,” “Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story,” “Tales, Pride & Prejudice”). Nigel Campbell serves as the showrunner/executive producer of the series.

About Brown Sugar

Brown Sugar is available on Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, Comcast Xfinity X1, Cox Contour TV, Amazon Prime Channels, Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Kindle, Vizio Smartcast, Android TV, Xbox, Android and Apple smartphones and tablets and web browsers via BrownSugar.com. There is a free seven-day trial period for subscribers. A monthly subscription is $3.99.

About Bounce

Bounce features a mix of original series, movies and specials, off-network series, theatrical motion pictures and events with programming seen over the air, on cable, on DISH channel 359, over the top on Roku(R), on mobile devices via the Bounce and Brown Sugar apps and on the web via BounceTV.com. Bounce and Brown Sugar are part of The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP).



30th Anniversary Bounce Trumpet Awards Being Re-scheduled





30th Anniversary Bounce Trumpet Awards Being Re-scheduled
The event had been originally planned to take place live on January 15 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood and air on Bounce on January 17.
[via press release from Bounce TV]
30th Anniversary Bounce Trumpet Awards Being Re-scheduled

ATLANTA, GA (January 6, 2022) – Bounce, the nation’s popular entertainment television network serving African Americans, is rescheduling the 2022 Bounce Trumpet Awards, which had been originally planned to take place live on Jan. 15 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood and air on Bounce on Jan. 17. The date has yet to be determined.

“We are taking appropriate cautionary steps to protect honorees, attendees, and all associated with the production from COVID,” said Cheryle Harrison, head of Bounce. “Resilience and perseverance are the cornerstones upon which the Trumpet Awards were built by the legendary Ms. Xernona Clayton, founder of the event, and we do believe the show must – and will – go on. We are working with the Dolby Theatre and the schedules of our honorees on a new date.”

The Bounce Trumpet Awards is a night of inspiration, history, and crowd-rousing performances celebrating African American achievements and contributions. The 2022 honorees include revered actor Courtney B. Vance; accomplished producer and director of television and film Stan Lathan; singer, actor, and songwriter Tyrese Gibson; 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee winner Zaila Avant-Garde; Georgia senators Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff; and internationally known thought leader, artist, and educatorPrincess Sarah Culberson.

About the Trumpet Awards

The Bounce Trumpet Awards were conceived to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of African Americans and those who have succeeded against great odds and inspired success in others. Founded in 1992 by American Civil Rights leader Xernona Clayton, The Trumpet Awards were acquired by Bounce in 2016. The list of prestigious honorees includes Muhammad Ali, Beyonc茅, Jamie Foxx, Halle Berry, Stevie Wonder, The African American Women of the U.S. Congress, Steve Harvey, Martin Luther King, III, Janelle Mon谩e, and Spike Lee. For more information about past honorees, presenters, performers, and information about The Bounce Trumpet Awards visit here.

About Bounce

Bounce (@bouncetv) programming is seen over the air, on cable, on DISH channel 359, over the top on Roku(R), on mobile devices via the Bounce and Brown Sugar apps, and on the web via BounceTV.com. Bounce features a programming mix of original series, docuseries and movies, off-network series, theatrical motion pictures, specials, live sports and events and more. Bounce is part of The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP).



Bounce Announces “30th Trumpet Awards” Honorees, Presenters





Bounce Announces “30th Trumpet Awards” Honorees, Presenters, to Include Courtney B. Vance, Tyrese Gibson, Sen. Raphael Warnock, Sanaa Lathan, and More!
The night of inspiration, history and crowd-rousing performances celebrating African American achievements and contributions premieres on Martin Luther King Day, January 17 at 8:00/7:00c.
[via press release from Bounce TV]
30th Anniversary Bounce Trumpet Awards to honor Courtney B. Vance, Stan Lathan, Tyrese Gibson, Zaila Avant-garde, Princess Sarah Culberson, Senators Raphael Warnock & Jon Ossoff, airs Jan. 17 at 8 p.m. ET

ATLANTA, GA (December 21, 2022) – Bounce, the nation’s popular entertainment television network serving African Americans, will present the 30th Anniversary Bounce Trumpet Awards — a night of inspiration, history and crowd-rousing performances celebrating African American achievements and contributions — on Martin Luther King Day, Jan. 17, at 8 p.m. ET.

The 2022 Bounce Trumpet Awards will honor:

路 Courtney B. Vance (Excellence in Entertainment Award): Vance’s debut in “Hamburger Hill” launched a prolific cinematic career that includes “The Hunt for Red October,” “The Preacher’s Wife” and “The Adventures of Huck Finn.” His work in television includes “The People vs. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story” for which he won an Emmy, Critics Choice and NAACP Image award.

路 Stan Lathan (Living Legend Award): Lathan launched HBO’s groundbreaking “Def Comedy Jam,” produced and directed comedy specials featuring Dave Chapelle, Cedric The Entertainer and much more in his storied career.

路 Tyrese Gibson (Luminary Award): Gibson is a popular R&B singer, songwriter, actor, author, television producer and model, well known on the screen for his role as Roman Pearce in the “The Fast and Furious” movie franchise.

路 Zaila Avant-garde (Rising Star Award): The Louisiana native was the 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee winner and the first Black American to win the academic competition. She also holds three basketball-related Guinness World Records.

路 Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff (Xernona Clayton Award of Distinction):The Senators from Georgia will be honored with this award, named after the founder of the Trumpet Awards, for succeeding against immense odds, fighting for change and working to improve the lives of all. Warnock has served as senior pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta for over 15 years (the former pulpit of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.). Ossoff was mentored by civil rights legend and former Trumpet Award honoree Congressman John Lewis.

路 Princess Sarah Culberson (Impact Award): This award is given for demonstrating tremendous vision, leadership and innovation that has led to a positive impact on the community. Culberson and her brother founded the non-profit Sierra Leone Rising, which distributed aid during the 2014 Ebola outbreak and 2020’s COVID-19 crisis and continues to raise funds for community growth.

The gala event will take place at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood on Saturday, Jan. 15.

Among the special guests paying tribute to this year’s honorees are Wendell Pierce, Sanaa Lathan, JB Smoove and Tamron Hall. Musical performers and more presenters will be announced soon.

The 30th Anniversary Bounce Trumpet Awards will also feature a tribute to The Warriors of Justice, honoring those institutions and their leaders who have been on the front lines fighting for social, political, legal, educational and economic equality for people of color. The group includes:

路 The NAACP, the largest and most pre-eminent civil rights organization in the nation led by Derrick Johnson, President and CEO.

路 Rainbow PUSH Coalition, the international human and civil rights organization founded by Rev. Jesse Jackson, one of America’s foremost civil rights, religious and political figures.

路 National Urban League, the nation’s largest historic civil rights and urban advocacy organization run by Marc Morial, President and CEO.

路 Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), the African American civil rights organization closely associated with its first president, Martin Luther King Jr., led by current President and CEO Dr. Charles Steele, Jr.

“After a year in which we couldn’t celebrate in person, this year’s show is monumental, honoring the past 30 years of Black excellence and achievement while inspiring future generations,” said Cheryle Harrison, head of Bounce. “Bounce is honored to continue the vision of Ms. Xernona Clayton, the civil rights leader and social justice warrior, who has paved the way and inspired all of us. This event is truly a special moment in Bounce history.”

David Hudson, head of original programming for Scripps Networks, will serve as executive producer of the 30th Anniversary Bounce Trumpet Awards, along with Rikki Hughes, CEO of Magic Lemonade Productions. Hughes is an Emmy and Grammy-winning producer of award shows, comedy specials and independent features.

About the Trumpet Awards

The Bounce Trumpet Awards were conceived to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of African Americans and those who have succeeded against great odds and inspired success in others. Founded in 1992 by American Civil Rights leader Xernona Clayton, The Trumpet Awards were acquired by Bounce in 2016. The list of prestigious honorees includes Muhammad Ali, Beyonc茅, Jamie Foxx, Halle Berry, Stevie Wonder, The African American Women of the U.S. Congress, Steve Harvey, Martin Luther King, III, Janelle Mon谩e and Spike Lee. For more information about past honorees, presenters, performers and information about The Bounce Trumpet Awards visit here.

About Bounce

Bounce (@bouncetv) programming is seen over the air, on cable, on DISH channel 359, over the top on Roku(R), on mobile devices via the Bounce and Brown Sugar apps and on the web via BounceTV.com. Bounce features a programming mix of original series, docuseries and movies, off-network series, theatrical motion pictures, specials, live sports and events and more. Bounce is part of The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP).



Bounce Announces New Original Movie Starring Wendell Pierce & Lauren Holly – “Don’t Hang Up”





Bounce Announces New Original Movie Starring Wendell Pierce & Lauren Holly – “Don’t Hang Up”
The thriller revolves around Chris Daniels (Pierce), a husband and father whose life is upended when he gets a phone call that hurls him into a harrowing journey to save his family.
[via press release from Bounce TV]
BOUNCE ANNOUNCES NEW ORIGINAL MOVIE STARRING WENDELL PIERCE & LAUREN HOLLY

“DON’T HANG UP”

TRUE-CRIME THRILLER BASED ON ACTUAL EVENTS SET FOR SPRING 2022 PREMIERE

(October 28, 2021) – Bounce, the leading broadcast and multi-platform entertainment network serving African Americans, today announced the new original movie “Don’t Hang Up,” an action-thriller based upon real-life events starring Wendell Pierce (“The Wire,” “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan”) and Lauren Holly (“NCIS,” “Picket Fences”).

The thriller revolves around Chris Daniels (Pierce), a husband and father whose life is upended when he gets a phone call that hurls him into a harrowing journey to save his family. Told his daughter has been taken hostage, Chris is ordered by the kidnappers to complete a series of missions to get her back, all while maintaining one deceptively simple rule: Don’t hang up.

Meanwhile, the growing number of unanswered texts and calls from his wife Tracy (Holly) leads to escalating fear and even police interference – which unwittingly puts the safe return of their daughter (Eden Cupid, “Umbrella Academy”) in even greater jeopardy.

“Don’t Hang Up” is currently in production in Toronto and will world premiere on Bounce in the spring of 2022.

“We are elated to have Wendell Pierce and Lauren Holly in the starring roles of ‘Don’t Hang Up,’ ” said David Hudson, Head of Original Programming, Scripps Networks. “We are elevating our original programming with superlative artists in unique, high-quality, high-octane stories. This stellar cast will take writer William ‘Byl’ Caruthers’ fantastic page-turner screenplay to incredible heights and ‘Don’t Hang Up’ will be an edge-of-your-seat thriller.”

“As an actor, I always look for opportunities to do good work with good material. ‘Don’t Hang Up’ is a film that meets this standard,” said Pierce. “I’ve always wanted to do a thriller, where an ordinary man is thrown into an extraordinary situation. Based on a true story, it’s evidence that sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction.”

“Don’t Hang Up” is being directed by J.B. Sugar (“Faith Heist,” “Bitten”) from a screenplay by Byl Caruthers and produced by Sugar and Ella Myers for No Equal Entertainment.

Bounce (@bouncetv) programming is seen over-the-air, on cable, on DISH channel 359, over-the-top on Roku(R), on mobile devices via the Bounce and Brown Sugar apps, and on the web via BounceTV.com. Bounce features a programming mix of original series, docuseries and movies, off-network series, theatrical motion pictures, specials, live sports and events, and more. Bounce is part of The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP).



Scripps Networks Celebrates the Holidays with Five New Original Movies on ION and Bounce





Scripps Networks celebrates the holidays
with five new original movies on ION and Bounce
Vivica A. Fox, Paige Audrey-Marie Hurd, Romeo Miller, Colin Egglesfield, Michelle Borth,

Juliana Harkavy, Claire Coffee & George Stults headline the casts

ATLANTA (Oct. 26, 2021) 鈥 Five new original holiday movies will premiere on ION and Bounce beginning
Sunday, Nov. 21. In total, the Scripps Networks will combine to air over 200 hours of holiday movies and programming. Last year, ION ranked No. 1 among all networks airing original holiday programming. *
The new original Scripps Networks holiday movies for 2021:
鈼 Bounce
鈼 鈥淲ho is Christmas Eve?鈥 – Premieres 8 p.m., Nov. 21
Eve Simons (Paige Audrey-Marie Hurd, Power Book II: Ghost, Hawaii Five-O) was abandoned
as an infant on the steps of a church 30 years ago on Christmas Eve. Now, struggling to move
forward with her life, she embarks on a search to uncover the mystery of her birth with the help
of her boyfriend Chris (Romeo Miller, Romeo!, Empire) and famed investigative genealogist
Pamela Slaton (Juliana Harkavy, Arrow). The movie is inspired by Slaton鈥檚 work, and she serves
as an executive producer. Paige Audrey-Marie Hurd serves as a co-executive producer.

鈼 ION
鈼 鈥淐hristmas Down Under鈥 – Premieres 8 p.m., Nov. 21
After a fight with her husband (Paul O鈥橞rien, Home & Away, Neighbors), a tightly wound wife
(Justine Kacir, Home & Away) follows him to his hometown of Sydney, Australia, in hopes of
saving their marriage. Tracking him down proves complicated, and she must rely on an
Aboriginal tour guide and a social media influencer ride-share driver to help – all just days before
Christmas.
鈼 鈥淎 Christmas Witness鈥 – Premieres 8 p.m., Nov. 28
A no-nonsense federal marshal (Arielle Kebbel, Ballers, The Vampire Diaries) is tasked with
protecting a low-level, charming mobster (Colin Egglesfield, Rizzoli & Isles, All My Children)
until he testifies against his mafia boss two days after Christmas.
鈼 鈥淭he Christmas Thief鈥 – Premieres 8 p.m., Dec. 5
Lana Lawton (Michelle Borth, Hawaii Five-O), a fledgling private eye home for the holidays,
realizes the only way to save her career is by solving a string of local burglaries where the main
suspect is Santa Claus. With little evidence and having to contend with a local detective with
an investigative style that clashes with hers, the season may prove to be anything but holly
and jolly. Vivica A. Fox co-stars as the head of a local detective agency.
鈼 鈥淎 New Lease on Christmas鈥 – Premieres 8 p.m., Dec. 12
A single real estate agent (Clair Coffee, Grimm, Lincoln Rhymes – Hunt for the Bone Collector)
falls for a handsome coffee shop owner (George Stults, 7th Heaven) – only to discover that the
job she just took requires her to evict him from his shop.

In addition, Laff will air a week of primetime family-friendly holiday movies beginning Dec. 6 and Grit will present holiday-themed Westerns on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

About Scripps
The E.W. Scripps Company聽(NASDAQ: SSP) is a diversified media company focused on creating a better-
informed world. As the nation鈥檚 fourth-largest local TV broadcaster, Scripps serves communities with quality,
objective local journalism and operates a portfolio of 61 stations in 41 markets. The Scripps Networks reach
nearly every American through the national news outlets Court TV and Newsy and popular entertainment
brands ION, Bounce, Grit, Laff, Court TV Mystery, Defy TV and TrueReal. Scripps is the nation鈥檚 largest
holder of broadcast spectrum. Scripps runs an award-winning investigative reporting newsroom in Washington,
D.C., and is the longtime steward of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Founded in 1878, Scripps has held for
decades to the motto, 鈥淕ive light and the people will find their own way.鈥

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*Source: Nielsen Media Research, A25-54 C3 Impressions, 2020 (11/26/20 – 1/1/21), competitive set based on networks with original holiday movies, total day excluding kids programming.



New Bounce Original Documentary Focuses on Police Relationship with the Black Community





New Bounce Original Documentary Focuses on Police Relationship with the Black Community
“Protect or Neglect” looks at decades of turmoil between the Black community and police officers.
[via press release from Bounce TV]
New Bounce original documentary focuses on police relationship with the Black community

‘Protect or Neglect’ world premieres Oct. 27

ATLANTA (Oct. 20, 2021) – Bounce, the first broadcast and multi-platform entertainment network serving African Americans, will explore the topic of policing and the Black community with the world premiere of “Protect or Neglect” at 8 p.m. ET Wednesday, Oct. 27. The exclusive new, one-hour Bounce Original documentary will be available on Bounce’s popular subscription streaming service Brown Sugar starting Oct. 28.

“Protect or Neglect” looks at decades of turmoil between the Black community and police officers. With interviews from brutality survivors, academics, civil rights attorneys, former police staff and entertainment luminaries, the special looks to address the age-old question: “Who guards the guardians?”

“The deaths of Sandra Bland, Tamir Rice, Trayvon Martin, Breanna Taylor, George Floyd and too many others have drawn worldwide attention, and the powerful voice of the Black Lives Matter movement has sparked a global conversation on the subject of the treatment and value of Black people in America,” said Bounce general manager Cheryle Harrison. “Bounce plays an important role in the Black community, and ‘Protect or Neglect’ was produced to amplify this discussion and let voices be heard.”

Among those interviewed in “Protect or Neglect:” Cedric The Entertainer and his daughter Lucky Kyles, political activist and former House member Stacey Abrams, retired LAPD sergeant Cheryl Dorsey, “A Million Little Things” producer Royale Watkins and the co-stars/co-executive producers of Bounce’s “Johnson,” Deji LaRay and Thomas Q. Jones.

Cedric The Entertainer talks openly with his daughter about the emotional toll she deals with watching people who look like her die at the hands and knees of police officers who took an oath to protect.

Dorsey questions the behavior displayed repeatedly towards the Black community by police officers, which, she said, will only end when those officers take responsibility for their actions and are held accountable. When it comes to the police, USC Law Professor Jody Armor vehemently recounts an experience he calls the “Black tax” – a common theme shared by the voices in the documentary.

Abrams, a former candidate for Georgia governor, shares her story of not being let into her own graduation celebration. “It’s not a figment of our imagination,” she says. Jones comments on crimes committed by police officers, while LaRay offers, “I think too many people still don’t acknowledge that abuse exists. …We have to have law enforcement that are willing to not keep this wall of silence.”

According to a Pew Research Center study, nearly 92% of white officers surveyed believe Black people in the U.S. have equal rights, compared to only 29% of Black officers. The documentary asks the question: “How much longer must the Black community go on feeling neglected?”

Bounce (@bouncetv) programming is seen over-the-air, on cable, on DISH channel 359, over-the-top on Roku(R), on mobile devices via the Bounce and Brown Sugar apps, and on the web via BounceTV.com. Bounce features a programming mix of original series, docuseries and movies, off-network series, theatrical motion pictures, specials, live sports and events, and more. Bounce is part of The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP).



“Johnson” Season One Seen by 5.7 Million Viewers, Season Two Coming in 2022





“Johnson” Season One Seen by 5.7 Million Viewers, Season Two Coming in 2022
The complete first season is available on Bounce’s popular streaming service Brown Sugar, as are all Bounce originals.
[via press release from Bounce TV]
“Johnson” Season One Seen by 5.7 Million Viewers, Season Two Coming in 2022

ATLANTA (Oct. 14, 2021) — The just-completed inaugural season of the newest Bounce original series Johnson was seen by 5.7 million unduplicated viewers 2+ and launched as the most-watched half-hour series in Bounce history.

Bounce has renewed Johnson for a second season, with all-new episodes coming in 2022. The complete first season is available on Bounce’s popular streaming service Brown Sugar, as are all Bounce originals.

Johnson is a dramedy that focuses on life-long best friends, all of whom share the same last name, centering around their intriguing and sometimes complicated journey of love, friendship, heartbreak and personal growth. The series is produced in partnership with Cedric The Entertainer and Eric Rhone’s A Bird & A Bear Entertainment and Deji LaRay (the show’s creator) and Thomas Q. Jones’ Midnight Train Productions. Johnson’s ensemble cast is led by D.L. Hughley, LaRay (Bosch, Greenleaf), Jones (P. Valley, Luke Cage, Being Mary Jane), Philip Smithey (Switched At Birth, The Rookie) and Derrex Brady (NCIS, First).

Bounce (@bouncetv) is the leading broadcast and multi-platform entertainment network serving African Americans, with programming seen over-the-air, on cable, on DISH channel 359, over-the-top on Roku(R), on mobile devices via the Bounce and Brown Sugar apps and on the web via Bouncetv.com. Bounce features a programming mix of original series, docuseries and movies, off-network series, theatrical motion pictures, specials, live sports and events and more. Bounce is part of The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP).

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Source: Nielsen Live+7 data. All plays of Johnson airing on Bounce & ION. P2+ Reach reflects a 3 minute qualifier.

Johnson S1 Reach across Bounce & ION among P2+: 5,665,000



Bounce Renews “Johnson” for Second Season





Bounce Renews “Johnson” for Second Season, First Season Finale Premieres This Sunday, Oct. 3 @ 8:00 P.M. ET/PT
“Johnson” earned more than two million viewers across its debut in August 2021, setting a Bounce viewership record for a half-hour series.
[via press release from Bounce TV]
Bounce Renews Johnson For Second Season, First Season Finale Premieres This Sunday, Oct. 3 @ 8:00 P.M. ET/PT

ATLANTA, Sept. 30, 2021 — Bounce, the leading broadcast and multi-platform entertainment network serving African Americans, announced today that the hit new original series Johnson will be returning for a second season in 2022. Video link here.

Johnson earned more than two million viewers across its debut in August 2021, setting a Bounce viewership record for a half-hour series. Johnson’s first season finale will air this Sunday, Oct. 3, at 8 p.m. ET with a primetime play for the west coast at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT. All episodes are available on Bounce’s streaming service Brown Sugar.

Johnson is a dramedy that focuses on life-long best friends, all of whom share the same last name, centering around their intriguing and sometimes complicated journey of love, friendship, heartbreak and personal growth. Told from the Black male perspective, but inclusive of all men, the series looks to shine a new light on hot-button stereotypes and misconceptions. Shot in Atlanta, the show integrates the culture of the city by featuring some of its most popular landmarks into storylines.

The series is produced in partnership with Eric C. Rhone and Cedric The Entertainer’s A Bird & A Bear Entertainment, Deji LaRay (the show’s creator) and Thomas Q. Jones’ Midnight Train Productions. Johnson’s ensemble cast is led by D.L. Hughley, LaRay (Bosch, Greenleaf), Jones (P. Valley, Luke Cage), Philip Smithey (Switched At Birth, The Rookie) and Derrex Brady (NCIS, First). LaRay and Jones serve as showrunners and executive producers; Rhone, Cedric The Entertainer and Reesha L. Archibald serve as executive producers.

“Deji LaRay and Thomas Q. Jones created a show by-and-for African Americans, giving viewers an authentic and heartfelt peak into life for Black males in today’s society at a time when it is hugely important and relevant,” said David Hudson, Head of Original Programming for Scripps Networks. “The show was immediately embraced by viewers and became a can’t-miss hit that sparks huge social media commentary and conversation every week.”

“We set out to create a show with relatable characters that tackled tough conversations in an entertaining way, and I’m happy that has resonated with our audience,” LaRay said. “We can’t wait to show how these characters are evolving and how they will navigate life’s challenges and conflicts that lie ahead.”

“Deji and I felt that showcasing our experiences as the everyday Black man was overdue, and we are grateful to our family at A Bird and A Bear Entertainment, David Hudson and Bounce for believing in us,” said Jones. “Johnson has opened the flood gates for some honest and necessary dialogue. We look forward to continuing that trend in season two.”

“If you thought season one was amazing, you ain’t seen nothing yet – season two is going to be incredible,” said Rhone.

Bounce (@bouncetv) programming is seen over-the-air, on cable, on DISH channel 359, over-the-top on Roku(R), on mobile devices via the Bounce and Brown Sugar apps and on the web via BounceTV.com. Bounce features a programming mix of original series, docuseries and movies, off-network series, theatrical motion pictures, specials, live sports and events and more. Bounce is part of The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP).



“Johnson” Reaches More Than Two Million Viewers in Series Premiere





“Johnson” Reaches More Than Two Million Viewers in Series Premiere, New Episodes Seen Sunday Nights at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on Bounce
“Johnson” becomes the most-watched half-hour series launch in Bounce history.
[via press release from Bounce TV]
“Johnson” Reaches More Than Two Million Viewers in Series Premiere, New Episodes Seen Sunday Nights at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on Bounce

ATLANTA, Aug. 5, 2021 — The series premiere episodes of the newest Bounce original series Johnson were seen by 2.1 million viewers 2+ in their debut telecasts.

The first two episodes of Johnson premiered back-to-back on Bounce on Sunday, Aug. 1st from 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. ET and their initial airing burst within 24 hours included special presentation on Bounce’s sister network ION Sunday night.

Johnson becomes the most-watched half-hour series launch in Bounce history.

Johnson is a dramedy that focuses on life-long best friends, all of whom share the same last name, centering around their intriguing and sometimes complicated journey of love, friendship, heartbreak and personal growth. The series is produced in partnership with Cedric The Entertainer and Eric Rhone’s A Bird & A Bear Entertainment and Deji LaRay (The show’s creator) and Thomas Q. Jones’ Midnight Train Productions. Johnson’s ensemble cast is led by D.L. Hughley, LaRay (Bosch, Greenleaf), Jones (P. Valley, Luke Cage), Philip Smithey (Switched At Birth, The Rookie), and Derrex Brady (NCIS, First).

Bounce premieres new episodes of Johnson Sunday nights at 8:00 p.m. ET, with a primetime play for the west coast at 12 Midnight ET/9:00 p.m. PT. They are added to Bounce’s streaming service Brown Sugar on Monday mornings.

About Bounce

Bounce (@bouncetv) is the leading broadcast and multi-platform entertainment network serving African Americans, with programming seen over-the-air, on cable, on DISH channel 359, over-the-top on Roku(R), on mobile devices via the Bounce and Brown Sugar apps and on the web via BounceTV.com. Bounce features a programming mix of original series, docuseries and movies, off-network series, theatrical motion pictures, specials, live sports and events and more. Bounce is part of The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP).

Source: Nielsen Live+SD. P2+ average delivery across 6 plays on Bounce (8p, 8:30p, 11p, 11:30p on 8/1/21 and 2p, 2:30p on 8/2/21, and 11p, 11:30p on ION). Data compared to L+SD data for all Bounce original premieres back to 2013. Reach based on a 1 minute qualifier.



“Johnson” Premieres August 1st with Back-to-Back Episodes on Scripps’ Bounce





“Johnson” Premieres August 1st with Back-to-Back Episodes on Scripps’ Bounce
Centering on four life-long best friends in Atlanta, all of whom share the same last name (Johnson), the series revolves around what happens when the four guys find themselves in vastly different places in their lives and it begins to threaten their bond.
[via press release from Bounce TV]
“JOHNSON” PREMIERES AUGUST 1st WITH BACK-TO-BACK EPISODES ON SCRIPPS’ BOUNCE

Cedric The Entertainer & Eric C. Rhone Executive Produce New Series Featuring Deji LaRay, Thomas Q. Jones & D.L. Hughley

#JohnsonOnBounce

Scripps’ Bounce, the first and only broadcast and multi-platform entertainment network serving African Americans will be premiering its newest series, Johnson, on Sunday, August 1st with back-to-back episodes starting at 8:00pm EST.

Centering on four life-long best friends in Atlanta, all of whom share the same last name (Johnson), the series revolves around what happens when the four guys find themselves in vastly different places in their lives and it begins to threaten their bond.

Produced in partnership between Eric C. Rhone and Cedric The Entertainer’s A Bird & A Bear Entertainment and Deji LaRay and Thomas Q. Jones’ Midnight Train Productions, the series will be feature D.L. Hughley and spotlight an ensemble cast that includes LaRay (Bosch, Greenleaf), Jones (P- Valley, Luke Cage), Philip Smithey (Switched At Birth, The Rookie) and Derrex Brady (NCIS, First). Reesha L. Archibald serves as one of the executive producers on the series as well.

Designed to explore topics from the Black male perspective, but in a way that was also inclusive of all men, the series will look to give insight into why men say and do certain things. Furthermore, a key goal for the show is to break down misconceptions and bridge the gap between conflicting perspectives on various subjects, even within individual communities.

About Bounce:

Bounce features a mix of original series, movies and specials, off-network series, theatrical motion pictures, live sports and events with programming seen over-the-air, on cable, on DISH channel 359, over-the-air, over-the-top on Roku(R), on mobile devices via the Bounce and Brown Sugar apps and the web via BounceTV.com.Bounce and Brown Sugar are both a part of The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP).