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The Parent ‘Hood

The Parent 'Hood (Sun. (6), 8-8:30 p.m., WBT) Taped at Warner Hollywood Studio by the Townsend Entertainment Corp., Warren & Rinsler Prods. and Warner Bros. TV. Exec producers, Robert Townsend, Marc Warren, Dennis Rinsler; co-exec producers, Loretha Jones, Danny Smith; supervising producer, Greg Fields; producer-writer, Barry (Berry) Douglas; creators, Townsend, Andrew Nicholls, Darrell Vickers; producer, Tim Steele; director, Glynn R. Turman; writer, Douglas; camera, Joseph Calloway; editor, Steve Rasch; art director, David Sackeroff; sound, Russell Williams; music, Kenny Blank; theme, Monty Seward; casting, Barbara Miller, Pamela Basker. Cast: Robert Townsend, Suzzanne Douglas, Kenny Blank, Reagan Gomez-Preston, Curtis Williams, Ashli Amari Adams, Faizon Love, Scott Menville, Miko Hughes, Darrow Igus, Joey Wilcots. Latest chapter in the third season of "Parent 'Hood" series takes on two heavier subjects the temptation of dope and hurting others' feelings just for laughs. If the parents involved tend to be starchy, their parental purpose is worthy and everyone's agreeable. Glynn R. Turman's direction is on target, the lessons are important and the chapter's vibes are good. Teener Michael Peterson (Kenny Blank), stuck writing a new tune for a producer, and his friend Ira (Scott Menville) visit a Greenwich Village jazz joint to hear legendary player Gabriel Blue (Darrow Igus) , whose records are an inspiration but who hasn't made one for 30 years. Michael filches a joint from Blue's horn case (stealing's downplayed), thinking it'll stimulate the creative juices, but his parents find out about it and set out to do something. Meanwhile, not-so-funny neighbor Wendall (Faizon Love) teaches young Nicholas Peterson to insult people just to be funny, and Nicholas lashes out at one of his young friends with thoughtful mom Jerri (Suzzanne Douglas) overhearing. She deals with it firmly but gently. Writer Barry (Berry) Douglas, working with good characters and a good cast, develops the themes along the way. Blank is credible as the young composer, and Townsend and Douglas are attractive as his parents. Douglas' writing's a cut above sitcom level, and the messages, delivered without coating, are plain and to the point. In the marijuana seg, there are even a couple of surprises. Program's taken on important issues and wrapped them in entertainment. It works. Tony Scott

The Parent ‘Hood (Sun. (6), 8-8:30 p.m., WBT) Taped at Warner Hollywood Studio by the Townsend Entertainment Corp., Warren & Rinsler Prods. and Warner Bros. TV. Exec producers, Robert Townsend, Marc Warren, Dennis Rinsler; co-exec producers, Loretha Jones, Danny Smith; supervising producer, Greg Fields; producer-writer, Barry (Berry) Douglas; creators, Townsend, Andrew Nicholls, Darrell Vickers; producer, Tim Steele; director, Glynn R. Turman; writer, Douglas; camera, Joseph Calloway; editor, Steve Rasch; art director, David Sackeroff; sound, Russell Williams; music, Kenny Blank; theme, Monty Seward; casting, Barbara Miller, Pamela Basker. Cast: Robert Townsend, Suzzanne Douglas, Kenny Blank, Reagan Gomez-Preston, Curtis Williams, Ashli Amari Adams, Faizon Love, Scott Menville, Miko Hughes, Darrow Igus, Joey Wilcots. Latest chapter in the third season of “Parent ‘Hood” series takes on two heavier subjects the temptation of dope and hurting others’ feelings just for laughs. If the parents involved tend to be starchy, their parental purpose is worthy and everyone’s agreeable. Glynn R. Turman’s direction is on target, the lessons are important and the chapter’s vibes are good. Teener Michael Peterson (Kenny Blank), stuck writing a new tune for a producer, and his friend Ira (Scott Menville) visit a Greenwich Village jazz joint to hear legendary player Gabriel Blue (Darrow Igus) , whose records are an inspiration but who hasn’t made one for 30 years. Michael filches a joint from Blue’s horn case (stealing’s downplayed), thinking it’ll stimulate the creative juices, but his parents find out about it and set out to do something. Meanwhile, not-so-funny neighbor Wendall (Faizon Love) teaches young Nicholas Peterson to insult people just to be funny, and Nicholas lashes out at one of his young friends with thoughtful mom Jerri (Suzzanne Douglas) overhearing. She deals with it firmly but gently. Writer Barry (Berry) Douglas, working with good characters and a good cast, develops the themes along the way. Blank is credible as the young composer, and Townsend and Douglas are attractive as his parents. Douglas’ writing’s a cut above sitcom level, and the messages, delivered without coating, are plain and to the point. In the marijuana seg, there are even a couple of surprises. Program’s taken on important issues and wrapped them in entertainment. It works. Tony Scott

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