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“Belles” debuts Feb. 1 on TV One

Melissa Hayer Published: December 4, 2012
TV One’s latest original scripted series “Belles,” co-created by Emmy Award-winning producer Ed. Weinberger (“Taxi,” “The Cosby Show”), premieres at 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1.

The half-hour comedy stars Keith David (“The Cape,” “Crash”), Elise Neal (“All of Us,” “The Hughleys), Tami Roman (Vh-1′s “Basketball Wives”), Ella Joyce (“Roc”) and Miguel Núñez (Juwanna Man), and introduces young actress Nadja Alaya.

“Belles” features David as William “Big Bill” Cooper, a widower and owner/operator of his family’s upscale soul food restaurant.

More details on the show, provided in a news release, are as follows:

In addition to running the restaurant, Bill (Keith David) must deal with his two headstrong daughters:  Jill (Neal), the sensible hardworking manager of Belle’s who also juggles being a single mom; and Loreta (Roman), a stylish, self-absorbed prima donna whose ambitions alternate between a career in the music business and finding a rich husband. And if working with his daughters isn’t challenging enough, Bill must deal with the temperamental chef at Belle’s who also happens to be his – thorn-in-the-side sister-in-law, Gladys (Joyce). Rounding out the family is cousin Maurice (Núñez), the irresponsible bartender and self-proclaimed ladies’ man who is always in hot water;  and Jill’s savvy tween daughter Pam (Alaya), who seems to be the only one who has a handle on everyone and everything that happens in the family, and at Belle’s.  

Belle’s takes a page from sitcoms of an earlier era by tackling hard hitting cultural issues through the prism of comedy and laughter.  In the premiere episode, Jill rents out the restaurant to the Crawford family to host their annual family reunion. Just as the Coopers get ready to celebrate their sudden windfall, Big Bill is tormented to discover the Crawfords’ once owned his wife’s family during slavery.

In addition to Weinberger, the half-hour, six-episode series is co-created and executive produced by Belle’s co-star, veteran comedic actor Miguel Núñez.  Additional executive producer credits include Oscar Turner for Gallery Road Productions and Jubba Seyyid for TV One.

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