All of Us

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All of Us
Created by Will Smith
Jada Pinkett Smith
Betsy Borns
Starring Duane Martin
LisaRaye McCoy-Misick
Elise Neal (Seasons 1–2)
Khamani Griffin
Tony Rock
Terri J. Vaughn
(Seasons 1–2)
James Vincent
(Seasons 1–2)
Laivan Greene (Season 4)
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 88 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Jada Pinkett Smith
Will Smith
James Lassiter (all; entire run)
Betsy Borns (season 1-early season 3; executive consultant afterwards)
Arthur Harris (seasons 3-4)
Jeff Strauss (mid season 3-season 4)
Camera setup Film; Multi-camera
Running time approx. 23 minutes
Production company(s) Overbrook Entertainment
Warner Bros. Television
Broadcast
Original channel UPN (2003–2006)
The CW (2006–2007)
Picture format 480i (SDTV; entire run)
1080i (HDTV; seasons 3-4)
Original run September 16, 2003 (2003-09-16) – May 14, 2007 (2007-05-14)

All of Us is an American sitcom that premiered on the now-defunct UPN network in the United States on September 16, 2003, where it aired for its first three seasons. On October 1, 2006, the show moved to The CW, a new network formed by the merger of UPN and The WB (whose sister company Warner Bros. Television produced this series), where it aired for one more season before being cancelled on May 14, 2007.[1]

Shout! Factory announced the series on DVD.

Synopsis[edit]

The series, which was loosely based on creator and executive producers Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith's own blended family,[2] revolved around Robert James (Duane Martin) a divorced TV entertainment reporter with a young son, Robert "Bobby" James, Jr. (Khamani Griffin), and his fiancée, Tia Jewel (Elise Neal), a kindergarten teacher who helped him through the breakup of his first marriage. Robert shares custody of his son with his ex-wife Neesee (LisaRaye McCoy), with whom he shares a tenuously friendly relationship for the sake of their son. Robert also finds himself in a difficult situation, attempting to maintain the peace, however uneasy, between his ex-wife and his fiancée.

Friends of the couple included Dirky Black (Tony Rock), Robert's single best friend and producer, and Tia's best friend and fellow teacher Jonelle Abrahams (Terri J. Vaughn).

In season three, Tia breaks off her engagement to Robert, leaving a newly single Robert faced with a situation wherein Neesee must move in with him and Bobby temporarily after her apartment building is destroyed by fire. In addition to Tia, two other supporting characters, Jonelle and Turtle (James Vincent), were written out of the series. In season four, Laivan Greene joined the cast as Courtney, Dirk's long-lost daughter.

Cast changes[edit]

In June 2005, Elise Neal (Tia Jewel) announced that she would not be returning for a third season of the series due to a salary imbalance between her and co-star LisaRaye. In August 2005, Terri J. Vaughn (Jonelle Abrahams) and James Vincent (Turtle) also announced they would not be returning to the series due to contract disputes. But in November 2005, Actress Terri J. Vaughn (Jonelle Abrahams) returned to the series as a guest for the 2-part Legal Affairs & James Vincent (Turtle) guest appeared in the episode "Creeping With The Enemy", the remaining three marks the last appearances of the characters, but Elise Neal didn't make a return, due to a departure at May 2005.

Episodes[edit]

Ratings and broadcast history[edit]

All of Us debuted on UPN on September 16, 2003. The series aired on Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m. EST for its first two seasons.

For the 2005-06 season, UPN moved the series to Mondays at 8:30 p.m. EST airing after One on One. All of Us was originally cancelled at the end of the 2005-06 television season; however, the series was resurrected and placed on The CW's fall 2006 lineup, airing on Sundays at 7:30 p.m. EST after Everybody Hates Chris. Due to lackluster ratings, the show moved back to its former Monday night time slot in early October 2006.

During its single season on The CW, All of Us averaged around 2.74 million viewers per week. It was the fourth most watched sitcom (out of five, excluding the prime time encores of Reba) on The CW throughout the 2006-07 season. All of Us finished the season at #140 in the ratings, surpassing only The Game, America's Next Top Model (encore presentations), and the now cancelled Runaway.

Nielsen ratings[edit]

Season Episodes Premiere Season finale Viewers
(in millions)
Rank
1 2003–2004 22 September 16, 2003 May 18, 2004 3.4[3] #176[3]
2 2004–2005 22 September 21, 2004 May 24, 2005 2.6[4] #147[4]
3 2005–2006 22 September 19, 2005 May 15, 2006 3.2[5] #135[5]
4 2006–2007 22 October 1, 2006 May 14, 2007 2.45[6] #249[6]

Cancellation[edit]

On May 15, 2007, The CW canceled All of Us.[1]

The CW was transitioning to shows that showcased more teenage and young adult dramas[7] as well as Reality, (since ANTM was the highest rated show on the entire network) and steering away from sitcoms altogether. While the last season of All of Us averaged about the same viewers as the third season of The Vampire Diaries or the last 4 seasons of Smallville it, like every other sitcom, be it an original UPN or WB show, was cancelled, as apparent by the CW not acquiring many sitcoms after the merger and slowly cancelling all sitcoms and not funding any after 2009.[8]

Syndication and reruns[edit]

On September 24, 2007, reruns of All of Us began airing in snydication in most CW affiliates. Reruns of the show aired weekdays at 3 p.m. EST.[9] The series is currently airing on TV One, weeknights at 9:30 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. EST & on Saturdays at 7:00 a.m. EST then another episode at 7:30 a.m. EST. It also aired in Australia on the Nine Network and in United Kingdom.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Adalian, Josef (2007-05-15). "CW picks up dramas". Variety. Retrieved 2007-10-23. 
  2. ^ Williams, Jean A. (March 2007). "Will Smith in Pursuit of Excellence". Archived from the original on 25 October 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-23. 
  3. ^ a b "I. T. R. S. Ranking Report: 01 Thru 210". ABC Medianet. Archived from the original on September 30, 2007. Retrieved May 25, 2007. 
  4. ^ a b "Primetime series". The Hollywood Reporter. Nielsen Business Media. May 27, 2005. Archived from the original on 2007-05-19. Retrieved September 12, 2009. 
  5. ^ a b "Series". The Hollywood Reporter. Nielsen Business Media. May 26, 2006. Archived from the original on 2006-12-08. Retrieved September 12, 2009. 
  6. ^ a b "Season Program Rankings from 09/18/06 through 06/03/07". ABC Medianet. June 3, 2007. Retrieved 2009-07-03. 
  7. ^ La Monica, Paul R. (January 25, 2006). "New CW network: who wins, who loses". CNNMoney.com. Retrieved February 23, 2013. 
  8. ^ "SitcomsOnline.com 2012-13 Upfront Preview: The CW; Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of May 14, 2012)". SitcomsOnline.com. May 11, 2012. Retrieved February 23, 2013. 
  9. ^ Sitcomsonline.com News Blog (2007-08-03). "WPIX Fall 2007 Schedule; Fox Revamps Fall Schedule". Archived from the original on 26 October 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-23. 

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