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‘Waiting To Exhale’ TV Series Reboot Produced By Lee Daniels Lands At ABC With Penalty



ABC has given a script commitment with penalty to Waiting To Exhale, a drama series followup to the 1995 film, from Lee Daniels (Empire) and 20th Television, where Daniels is under a deal.

Written by sisters Attica and Tembi Locke and directed by Anthony Hemingway, Waiting To Exhale is bringing back the laughs, and honesty of the original film. According to Deadline, "the TV reimagining looks at the next generation of our women through the lens of the tangled friendships and complicated lives of their daughters."

The original movie came out in 1995 and was actor Forest Whitaker's directorial debut #funfact. It starred Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett, Lela Rochon, and Loretta Devine.

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Who would you like to see in these roles? I imagine Angela Bassett is too booked and busy.
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Lee Daniels?!

This won't be good
My first thought
Also. Lela Rochon has been so dirty about her current appearance.

And her husband is so raggedy and triflin smh.

Loretta Divine is so talented. Always love her performances.

Watch him cast a bunch of light skin actresses and that yt girl from Star that married a Black man and darkens her skin like crazy.
Wait what
What's this about Lela Rochon?
She’s gained weight over the years and people have dogged her for it. And they say that is why F. Gary cheated on her with Nicole Murphy. :(

anterrabre

2 months ago

As long as Lee Daniels is just a/the producer (and not a writer) on the show then I think it'll do fine
Lee Daniels? Oh, okay.
They gonna cast a white woman as one of the leads huh

If they are just gonna hire a bunch of 20somethings then fucking keep it.

lloyd_llewellyn

November 21 2020, 14:39:09 UTC 2 months ago Edited:  November 21 2020, 14:42:25 UTC

with penalty? this is the first time i'm hearing this term. what exactly does it mean? producers/writers get fined if they don't finish it on time or smth? lol.

also, this could turn out great with the right cast. i can imagine someone like octavia spencer and keke palmer killing it.

craycraybanay

November 21 2020, 14:53:41 UTC 2 months ago Edited:  November 21 2020, 14:54:44 UTC

It means if the network doesn’t pick it up they have to pay the creators/producers/writers. Often happens if it’s a higher profile producer/project or if the project has lots of interest from various places.
"Often happens if it’s a higher profile producer/project or if the project has lots of interest from various places."

ahh i see. that makes sense.

nene718

2 months ago

lloyd_llewellyn

2 months ago

nene718

2 months ago

i wondered the same thing and apparently it is the other way around. If ABC will decide to not go through with the show, they will have to pay a penalty to the producers.

lloyd_llewellyn

2 months ago

anachan87

2 months ago

Not to be “that guy” but did anyone find this film overlong? I watched it for the first time this year and wasn’t extremely impressed with it. I can’t even remember how it ended tbh
I remember the soundtrack way more than I remember anything about the movie.
The film, tbh, was never great. The actresses were all good and it was entertaining enough (I read the book and it was much better, if I remember correctly). It’s mainly the soundtrack that made it memorable

Angela is the best part but the other actors aren't bad. The only stiff one is Whitney, but you're not supposed to say that. Every line she delivered was horrible. And the story itself is badly written.

egalitarianmuse

November 21 2020, 19:44:26 UTC 2 months ago Edited:  November 21 2020, 19:47:18 UTC

The movie is very much of its time and it shines as a piece of Black cinema because there weren't many, if any, mainstream releases doing what WtE was doing in 90s: focusing solely on the friendships, romances, and overall life experiences of Black women. I'd say it's probably the spiritual predecessor of a lot of the Black movies (especially Black female-led comedies) we take for granted now. (Set It Off is another movie that played an influential part in spawning Black female-centered dramas.)

So while WtE definitely isn't perfect, it holds a nostalgic place in a lot of people's hearts, including mine, I admit.
what does it mean to be "with penalty"?
I wondered that myself and someone answered it above. Basically the network still has to pay if they don’t pick it up.
thank you for clarifyingQ i felt so dumb
Gabby sidibe, booboo kitty, token Tyler Perry lead like Sharon Leal, maybe Rochelle aytes if Paula Patton passes on the role
Watch Ariana grande try to cameo idk
Yep

The black girl from Glee would be perfect imo

Her name is Amber Riley. And as others have said, I’m sure in this 21st Lee Daniels versions the actresses will all be biracial and a size 4, with the perfect curl pattern.
I always confuse Waiting to Exhale and Set It Off. Which makes NO sense, since the only thing they have common is that they are about four black women and were released around the same time.

adrock

November 21 2020, 15:39:22 UTC 2 months ago Edited:  November 21 2020, 15:42:10 UTC

h'm well i'm already looking to see this get torn apart. there's no way lee does a good job but i'm hoping i'm wrong. there's another show in development by the creator of living single iirc and that feels more exciting.
Hey, has Terry McMillian written anything recently? I loved her books.
She had a book that came out this year. I haven’t read it but I remember hearing about it around the time of its release.
i guess it'll be better than tyler perry handling it. but not by much.
Lee Daniels?

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