What's Happening Now!!

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What's Happening Now!!
Opening titles from 1985
What's Happening Now!! Logo
GenreSitcom
Created byEric Monte
Written byEric Monte
Directed byMichael Schultz
StarringErnest Thomas
Haywood Nelson
Fred Berry (1985–1986)
Shirley Hemphill
Anne-Marie Johnson
Reina King (1985–1986)
Danielle Spencer
Martin Lawrence (1987–1988)
Darius McCrary (1987–1988)
Composer(s)Henry Mancini
Bruce Miller
Country of originUnited States
Language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes66
Production
Executive producer(s)Michael S. Baser
Mike Milligan
Kim Weiskopf
Producer(s)Larry Balmagia
Bob Peete
Michael S. Baser
Kim Weiskopf
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)Worldvision Productions
DistributorColex Enterprises (1985–1987)
Coca-Cola Telecommunications (1987–1988)
LBS Communications, Inc.
Columbia Pictures Television Distribution (1988–1996)
Columbia TriStar Television Distribution (1996–2001)
Columbia TriStar Television Distribution
Sony Pictures Television Distribution (2002–2006)
The Program Exchange (2005-2008)
Broadcast
Original channelSyndication
Original runSeptember 7, 1985 (1985-09-07) – March 26, 1988 (1988-03-26)
Chronology
Preceded byWhat's Happening!!
 
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What's Happening Now!!
Opening titles from 1985
What's Happening Now!! Logo
GenreSitcom
Created byEric Monte
Written byEric Monte
Directed byMichael Schultz
StarringErnest Thomas
Haywood Nelson
Fred Berry (1985–1986)
Shirley Hemphill
Anne-Marie Johnson
Reina King (1985–1986)
Danielle Spencer
Martin Lawrence (1987–1988)
Darius McCrary (1987–1988)
Composer(s)Henry Mancini
Bruce Miller
Country of originUnited States
Language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes66
Production
Executive producer(s)Michael S. Baser
Mike Milligan
Kim Weiskopf
Producer(s)Larry Balmagia
Bob Peete
Michael S. Baser
Kim Weiskopf
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)Worldvision Productions
DistributorColex Enterprises (1985–1987)
Coca-Cola Telecommunications (1987–1988)
LBS Communications, Inc.
Columbia Pictures Television Distribution (1988–1996)
Columbia TriStar Television Distribution (1996–2001)
Columbia TriStar Television Distribution
Sony Pictures Television Distribution (2002–2006)
The Program Exchange (2005-2008)
Broadcast
Original channelSyndication
Original runSeptember 7, 1985 (1985-09-07) – March 26, 1988 (1988-03-26)
Chronology
Preceded byWhat's Happening!!

What's Happening Now!! is an American sequel series of What's Happening!! It ran in syndication from 1985 to 1988. Like the previous series, What's Happening Now!! is loosely based on the motion picture Cooley High (written by Eric Monte and directed by Michael Schultz).

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Series basis

In the series, Roger "Raj" Thomas (played by Ernest Thomas) has become a fledgling writer. He bought half of the restaurant Rob's Place (renamed Rob's) and was running the business with Shirley (Shirley Hemphill), making money for himself and his new wife Nadine (Anne-Marie Johnson), who was a social worker. Dwayne (Haywood Nelson) has become a computer programmer, and Rerun (Fred Berry) a used-car salesman. Raj and Nadine live in Raj's childhood home while Rerun and Dwayne share an apartment.

The antics and sarcastic one-liners were reminiscent of the first series. Raj's little sister Dee (Danielle Spencer) showed up on a sporadic basis in guest spots, with the explanation that she had gone away to college. Raj and Nadine also became foster parents to a young girl named Carolyn, played by Reina King (sister of actress Regina King), who had displayed the sass that was seen in Dee when she was younger.

Second season

By the second season, both Fred Berry and Reina King left the series. To cover this, the writers wrote Carolyn finding out she had an aunt to move in with while Rerun disappeared due to Fred Berry asking for more money than the rest of the cast (believing he was the reason people tuned in).[1] Berry's widow, Essie Berry, told Urbanite magazine at Georgia State University that their unwillingness to pay Fred Berry his due in both shows led to their early cancellations.

Third season

During the third season, the series introduced a pair of characters that harkened back to the original incarnation of What's Happening!!. Maurice Warfield (Martin Lawrence) was a teenager who spent his afternoons as a busboy at Rob's under the supervision of Shirley and Raj while his best friend Darryl (Ken Sagoes) hung out with him. Together, they had many misadventures not unlike the original trio of Raj, Dwayne, and Rerun.

Production and reruns

The show was produced by Worldvision Productions and was distributed during its original run by Colex Enterprises, a joint venture of Columbia Pictures Television Distribution and LBS Communications on the first two seasons and later by Coca-Cola Telecommunications on its final season. CPTD's successor, Sony Pictures Television, now has sole distribution rights.

Shortly after the series ended, all 66 episodes were added to the previous show's syndication package. This continued on many local stations across the United States in an on-again, off-again manner until 2008.

BET reran both series from September 20, 1993 to October 27, 1995.

TV Land, which reran the previous series from during the 2005–2006 television season, aired 30 select episodes during the summer of 2007.

DVD release

On June 12, 2007, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment released the first season of What's Happening Now!! on DVD in Region 1. To date, no other seasons have been released on DVD.


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