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Mara Brock Akil finds success with two sitcoms

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‘Girlfriends’ is close to having a connecion with ‘The Cosby Show.’ The CW sitcom is second to only the 80s show as having the most episodes produced for a black sitcom. ‘Girlfriends’ currently has 173 episodes filmed.  Show creator Mara Brock Akil is only one of two black women producing multiple shows on the air this season; the other show is ‘Everybody Hates Chris’.  The other is Shonda Rhimes, creator of Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice, is the other show Rhimes produces.

Akil is the creator of CW’s ‘The Game’, a ‘Girlfriends’ spin-off.

Read more about ‘Girlfriends’ future and Akil at Orlando Sentinel

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Written by Symphony

January 1, 2008 at 4:52 am

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  1. New shows and yes, even a new lawsuit come with the territory of launching a new network.

    Author Staci Robinson is suing The CW, its owners and some producers for $40 million for allegedly stealing the concept of her unpublished novel to create the sitcom “The Game,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

    The writer claims that in 2001, she had interviewed for a job as a writers assistant at Kelsey Grammer’s Gramnet Prods. when she gave a manuscript of her novel to “Game” executive producer Mara Brock Akil. The suit, filed Sept. 14, alleges that the series copies her premise and the characters in the book.

    She names the CW and its owners, CBS and Warner Bros., Akil and Gramnet as defendants. Besides the hefty monetary damages, Robinson is seeking a temporary restraining order to keep the network from premiering the show on Sunday, Oct. 1.

    Both the written and filmed versions center on a woman who is devoted to an NFL player, but wants to pursue her professional schooling. The show stars Tia Mowry as Melanie Barnett, who gives up Johns Hopkins Medical School in favor of a local school when her boyfriend Derwin Davis (Pooch Hall) is chosen as the new third-string wide receiver for the San Diego Sabers. Soon, however, she gets embroiled in the complicated life of being a player’s significant other. Brittany Daniel, Coby Bell, Hosea Chanchez and Wendy Raquel Robinson also star.

    Ha

    January 2, 2008 at 12:20 am

  2. Mara Brock Akil is the most innovative show executive producers and i absolutely have to meet her. i don’t know where she finds the writers for her shows, but everything she touches turns to gold and i have put it on my life’s Must Do List, that i must meet Mara Brock Akil, just shadow her for like a day, bask in the ambiance of her brilliance and see how she comes up with the Genius that is her television shows.

    Lauren

    January 14, 2009 at 12:26 am

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    JDominique

    January 14, 2009 at 5:00 pm

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