All of Us
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|All of Us|
|Created by||Will Smith
Jada Pinkett Smith
Elise Neal (Seasons 1–2)
Terri J. Vaughn
(Seasons 1–2; special guest in season 3)
(Seasons 1–2; special guest in season 3)
Laivan Greene (Season 4)
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||88 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Jada Pinkett 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
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Television Distribution|
|Original network||UPN (2003–2006)
The CW (2006–2007)
|Picture format||480i (SDTV; entire run)
1080i (HDTV; seasons 3-4)
|Original release||September 16, 2003– May 14, 2007|
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.
The series, which was loosely based on creator and executive producers Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith's own blended family, 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.
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 in May 2005.
Ratings and broadcast history
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.
|1||2003–2004||22||September 16, 2003||May 18, 2004||3.4||#176|
|2||2004–2005||22||September 21, 2004||May 24, 2005||2.6||#147|
|3||2005–2006||22||September 19, 2005||May 15, 2006||3.2||#135|
|4||2006–2007||22||October 1, 2006||May 14, 2007||2.45||#249|
On May 15, 2007, The CW canceled All of Us. The CW was transitioning to shows that showcased more teenage and young adult dramas 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.
Syndication and reruns
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. The series aired on TV One. It also aired in Australia on the Nine Network and in United Kingdom.
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