Mr. Box Office
|Mr. Box Office|
|Created by||Byron Allen|
Vivica A. Fox
Tony T. Roberts
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||28 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Byron Allen
|Running time||19 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Entertainment Studios|
|Original channel||First-run syndication|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)
|Original run||September 22, 2012– present|
Mr. Box Office is an American sitcom that debuted in first-run syndication in the United States on September 22, 2012. Created by Byron Allen and produced by Allen's production company Entertainment Studios, the series (along with The First Family, which debuted the same weekend and is also produced by Entertainment Studios) are the first situation comedies to air in first-run syndication since the 2000 cancellation of Malibu, CA.
The series centers on movie star Marcus Jackson (Bill Bellamy), who ends up getting sentenced to community service after engaging in an altercation with a paparazzo, forcing Marcus to put his film career on hold. Due to the fact that he has a teacher's license (since he originally aspired to work as a teacher), the judge presiding in his case orders him to serve a six-month stint as a teacher for underprivileged high school kids in Los Angeles' South Central neighborhood. In doing so, Marcus has to deal with his agent Bobby Gold (Jon Lovitz), who constantly attempts to get his client back into film, when he discovers that Marcus has decided that he wants to remain working at the school and help improve his students. Marcus also deals with the mishaps of his best friends and roommates Tony (Tony T. Roberts) and Jamal (Alex Thomas).
- Bill Bellamy - Marcus Jackson
- Jon Lovitz - Bobby Gold
- Alex Thomas - Jamal Tayor
- Tony T. Roberts - Tony "The Tiger"
- Vivica A. Fox - Cassandra Washington
- Tim Meadows - Principal Theodore Martin
- Rick Fox - Andrew Thompson (episodes 1-23)
- Gary Busey - John Anderson (episodes 1-23)
- Essence Atkins - Samantha Owens
- Jeffrey Garcia - Freddy Lopez (episode 24 onward)
- Giselle Bonilla - Maria
- Clifton Davis - Judge
- Nick Nervies - Milton
- Marcus T. Paulk - Jimmy
- Tequan Richmond - Anthony
- Giovonnie Samuels - Camille
- Davi Santos - Carlos
- Erinn Westbrook - Danielle
|Season||Episodes||Originally aired (U.S. dates)|
|Season premiere||Season finale|
|1||26||September 23, 2012||August 17, 2013|
|2||2||November 24, 2013||December 1, 2013|
Mr. Box Office is primarily syndicated to stations affiliated with The CW and MyNetworkTV and to independent stations for broadcast in weekend primetime timeslots. The series will produce a total of 104 episodes, borrowing a similarly-formatted episode order as several sitcoms produced and distributed by Debmar-Mercury, such as Tyler Perry's House of Payne and Anger Management (though the aforementioned Debmar-Mercury produced programs operated under a syndication model where the programs were sold to cable networks with an initial ten-episode order, and obtained an additional order of at least 90 episodes if the series was successful). The series, which was sold as part of a two-hour comedy block with The First Family, was initially picked up by stations owned by Tribune Broadcasting, Weigel Broadcasting and CBS Television Stations; by May 2012, the program had been sold to stations covering approximately 85% of all U.S. markets.
On April 4, 2013, Centric acquired the cable syndication rights to all past and future episodes of The First Family, along with Mr. Box Office, with both series expected to being airing on the channel starting April 19, 2013.
- Bill Bellamy, Jon Lovitz, Vivica A. Fox to Star in Syndicated Sitcom, The Hollywood Reporter, September 7, 2012.
- Comedy Series Starring Bill Bellamy Eying 100-Episode Order, Fall Launch, Deadline.com, May 3, 2012.
- Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios Clears Syndicated Sitcom Block For Fall ’12 Launch, Deadline.com, May 21, 2012.
- BET Networks Acquires Sitcoms 'The First Family' and 'Mr. Box Office'; Series to Air on Centric, TV by the Numbers, April 4, 2013.