Advertisement
YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollectionsVida Spears
IN THE NEWS

Vida Spears

FEATURED ARTICLES
ENTERTAINMENT
August 23, 1999
And so it begins. The last television season of the 20th century officially kicks off tonight, with UPN unveiling its fall lineup ahead of the other networks, which will introduce their schedules during the next month. Gaining the distinction of the first show of the new season is the veteran comedy "Moesha," starring Brandy as the precocious-teen-turned-young-woman. The series is going into its fifth season and will have a more mature tone as the title character takes on life after high school.
ARTICLES BY DATE
BUSINESS
December 2, 1999 | GREG BRAXTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Vida Spears, a creator of UPN's hit comedy "Moesha" and one of the TV industry's few African American show runners, has been fired from the comedy because of a power struggle with star Brandy and her mother and manager, Sonja Norwood, sources said. The ousting of Spears, which took place Tuesday, was not wholly unexpected to those working on the series where tensions had been building for weeks over the show's creative direction.
Advertisement
BUSINESS
December 2, 1999 | GREG BRAXTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Vida Spears, a creator of UPN's hit comedy "Moesha" and one of the TV industry's few African American show runners, has been fired from the comedy because of a power struggle with star Brandy and her mother and manager, Sonja Norwood, sources said. The ousting of Spears, which took place Tuesday, was not wholly unexpected to those working on the series where tensions had been building for weeks over the show's creative direction.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 23, 1999
And so it begins. The last television season of the 20th century officially kicks off tonight, with UPN unveiling its fall lineup ahead of the other networks, which will introduce their schedules during the next month. Gaining the distinction of the first show of the new season is the veteran comedy "Moesha," starring Brandy as the precocious-teen-turned-young-woman. The series is going into its fifth season and will have a more mature tone as the title character takes on life after high school.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 4, 1996
The Black Filmmaker Foundation will sponsor a two-day workshop for situation comedy writers, with presentations from several prominent writers and producers. The Oct. 26 session, "The Craft of Writing Television Comedy," will focus on sitcom structure, character development, genres and sketch writing.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 23, 1996 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
UPN's new "Moesha" is that perfect match: a juvenile comedy for a juvenile audience. It was created by the team of Sara V. Finney and Vida Spears, former producers on ABC's "Family Matters," and by Ralph Farquhar.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 6, 1999 | GREG BRAXTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Moesha" is experiencing growing pains. The UPN comedy, which stars Brandy, is in the midst of being revamped by the network and its producers, Big Ticket Television, as it moves through the remainder of its fifth season. The changes include more gritty and topical story lines involving children born out of wedlock, family deception and betrayal, gangs, sex, Internet relationships and drugs.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 21, 1996 | VIC EVERETT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In the land of Hollywood, image is everything. Father Time having his way with you? Try a face lift. Enough meat on your nose to make a sandwich? Get a nose job. Yet Brandy Norwood sees life a little differently, allowing something dark and ugly to appear in public--a one-inch scar--resting near her elbow. What happened? "I got that at Crenshaw High School," she says rubbing her arm as if it just happened. "I was a guest during their half-time show, and was driving one of those carts.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 19, 1995 | BETH KLEID, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times. national and international news services and the nation's press
Dredding an R: Sylvester Stallone's latest action fest, "Judge Dredd," is in the midst of quibbling with the MPAA over its R rating. Disney, distributors of the comic book-based film opening June 30, wants a PG-13. "They made about 20 suggestions and we did all that and it's still an R, and then they gave 10 more suggestions, and we did all that, and it's still an R," said Stallone over the weekend. "I don't know how it works. You never know what's going to offend them."
ENTERTAINMENT
August 28, 1998 | JERRY CROWE
TELEVISION 'Magic' Takes Defensive Stance: Earvin "Magic" Johnson is taking aim at black celebrities, blaming them for the failure of his talk show, "The Magic Hour," which was canceled in early August after less than two months on the air. Johnson, in an interview with Rabercom's Entertainment Urban Report, an online entertainment magazine, said that A-list African American celebrities declined to appear on his show.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 10, 1999 | GREG BRAXTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Moesha," UPN's hip-hop-flavored comedy that broke ground as the first network TV series to revolve around an African American teenage girl, will receive special recognition tonight in a salute by the Museum of Television & Radio during the 16th annual William S. Paley Television Festival.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 23, 1998 | GREG BRAXTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ah, November, when a young girl's fancy turns to shopping marathons at the mall, winter formals and losing her virginity. At least that is what is taking place this week in two different series as a pair of TV's most popular and strait-laced teenage girls contemplate having sex for the first time. And both 15-year-old Lucy Camden and 17-year-old Moesha Mitchell are the ones taking the initiative, not their boyfriends.
Los Angeles Times Articles
|