Multicast digital channel Bounce TV, which targets African-American viewers, has unveiled two new original series for the upcoming season and handed renewals to two others.
David Mann (“Madea’s Big Happy Family”) and Tamela Mann (“Sparkle”) will star in the new show, “Mann & Wife.” Series creator and director Roger Bobb (“The Rickey Smiley Show”) describes the comedy as “a black Brady Bunch.” “Mann & Wife” will debut winter 2015.
“Sisters,” the second new original series, centers around a once-famous R&B group called the “Ladies of Essence” who, after life has thrown each of them a few curve balls, find themselves forced to live under the same roof. The series will premiere summer 2015.
Bounce TV has renewed “Family Time,” which will return for a second season, and “Off the Chain,” which will enter its third season.
Bounce TV also announced Monday that showrunner Ri-Karlo Handy has joined the Atlanta-based operation as veep of original programming.
“We continue to expand our original programming efforts to offer marketing partners fresh and attractive new programming that is showcased within a family and advertiser friendly environment,” said Elverage Allen, Bounce’s exec VP of advertising sales. “Our message to Madison Avenue this year is ‘Diversify to Amplify.’ “
Pictured above: Tamela Mann and David Mann