All of Us

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All of Us
Created by
Starring
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes88 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Camera setupMulti-camera film
Running time~23 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original network
Picture format480i (SDTV; entire run)
1080i (HDTV; seasons 3-4)
Original releaseSeptember 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]

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 Dirk 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.

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
122September 16, 2003 (2003-09-16)May 18, 2004 (2004-05-18)
222September 21, 2004 (2004-09-21)May 24, 2005 (2005-05-24)
322September 19, 2005 (2005-09-19)May 15, 2006 (2006-05-15)
422October 1, 2006 (2006-10-01)May 14, 2007 (2007-05-14)

Production[edit]

Cast changes[edit]

In June 2005, Elise Neal, who portrayed Tia Jewel, announced that she would not be returning for the third season of the series due to the salary imbalance between her and co-star LisaRaye.[citation needed] In August 2005, Terri J. Vaughn who played Jonelle Abrahams, and James Vincent, who played Turtle, also announced they would not be returning to the series due to contract issues. In November 2005, Terri J. Vaughn returned to play Jonelle in a guest appearance for the third season's two-part "Legal Affairs" episodes. James Vincent returned to play Turtle in a guest appearance in the third season episode "Creeping With The Enemy".

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[3] 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.[4]

Broadcast[edit]

First-run[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. 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.

Syndication and reruns[edit]

On September 24, 2007, reruns of All of Us began airing in syndication in most CW affiliates. Reruns of the show aired weekdays at 3 p.m. EST.[5] The series airs on TV One. It also aired in Australia on the Nine Network and in United Kingdom.

Ratings[edit]

Season Episodes Premiere Season finale Viewers
(in millions)
Rank
1 2003–2004 22 September 16, 2003 May 18, 2004 3.4[6] #176[6]
2 2004–2005 22 September 21, 2004 May 24, 2005 2.6[7] #147[7]
3 2005–2006 22 September 19, 2005 May 15, 2006 3.2[8] #135[8]
4 2006–2007 22 October 1, 2006 May 14, 2007 2.45[9] #249[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Adalian, Josef (May 15, 2007). "CW picks up dramas". Variety. Retrieved 2018-08-07.
  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. ^ La Monica, Paul R. (January 25, 2006). "New CW network: who wins, who loses". CNNMoney.com. Retrieved February 23, 2013.
  4. ^ "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.
  5. ^ Sitcomsonline.com News Blog (2007-08-03). "WPIX Fall 2007 Schedule; Fox Revamps Fall Schedule". Retrieved 2007-10-23.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ a b "Series". The Hollywood Reporter. Nielsen Business Media. May 26, 2006. Archived from the original on 2006-12-08. Retrieved September 12, 2009.
  9. ^ a b "Season Program Rankings from 09/18/06 through 06/03/07". ABC Medianet. June 3, 2007. Archived from the original on January 7, 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-03.

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