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Unsung

Unsung

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  • Premiered: 
    November 27, 2008
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  • Network: TV One
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Biography
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
  • Subject Matter: Musical
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Plot Synopsis

Each 60-minute episode of this music biography series highlights the career of one of the most influential -- yet, somehow forgotten -- R&B and soul music artists. Subjects include: The Debarge Family; Phyllis Hyman; Bootsy Collins; Teddy Pendergrass; George Clinton; The O'Jays; Deniece Williams; The Spinners; Vesta Williams; and other music acts whose lives reached an unexpected turning point, putting their careers on hold. Season 6, which premiered on TV One on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 10pm ET, featured Isaac Hayes in the first episode, and then in subsequent episodes showcased EPMD, Midnight Star, Johnny Gill, and Lou Rawls. On Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 9pm, TV One presented a special two-hour installment of UNSUNG that focused on disco, featuring new interviews from disco greats Anita Ward, Gloria Gaynor, Thelma Houston, Earl Young of The Trammps, Harry Wayne Casey of KC & the Sunshine Band, David Hodo and Victor Willis of The Village People, and Nile Rodgers of Chic, among many others. UNSUNG returned for its seventh season on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 8pm ET/PT on TV One, with an episode about Heavy D & The Boyz. Later episodes in Season 7 highlighted careers of The Delfonics, Ce Ce Peniston, The Geto Boys, Lisa Lisa, and more. On Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 8pm ET/PT on TV One, UNSUNG returned with the first of 10 new episodes, starting with a profile of Montell Jordan. Subsequent episodes featured: Hi Five; The Emotions; Martha Wash; Troop; Bone Thugs-N-Harmony; Wilson Pickett; The Chi-Lites; Peaches & Herb; and Rick James. On Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 8pm ET/PT, TV One premiered the eighth season of UNSUNG. The season opener features the story of Rick James, followed by Peaches and Herb (Jan. 21), Angie Stone (Jan. 28) and Meli'sa Morgan (Feb. 4) in subsequent episodes of the new season. On Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at 8pm ET/PT on TV One, UNSUNG returned with new episodes. This season, vewers can reflect on the lives of innovative, soul stirring singers of the '60s and '70s including Ike Turner, Otis Redding and the Godfather of Go-Go, Chuck Brown, as well as return to hip-hop's golden age with Kid 'n Play, DJ Quik and Xscape. In a special episode, Unsung Revisited, viewers receive an update on artists, including Full Force, Zapp & Roger, Sylvester, and Miki Howard, who following their features on the series, have experienced profound changes to their lives and legacy. After a month-and-a-half break, UNSUNG returned with new episodes on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 8pm ET/PT on TV One, exploring the lives of Al B. Sure!, Yarbrough and Peoples, Force MDs and Yo-Yo in the rest of the season. The mid-season premiere features the life and career of talented vocalist Al. B. Sure!. Known as the "New Jack Romeo," Sure's debonair style and sultry vocals stole hearts and paved his way to the top of the R&B charts. However, it hasn't all been smooth sailing. Ready to set the record straight, Sure guides Unsung through his remarkable life story and musical career. UNSUNG returned with new episodes at 8pm ET/PT on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 on TV One, immediately following an eight-hour marathon (Noon-8pm) of encore episodes. These new episodes feature: rap's first mainstream group, The Sugarhill Gang (Feb. 10); Patrice Rushen (Feb. 17); Donell Jones (Feb. 24); and Johnny Taylor (Mar. 2). A new season of UNSUNG premiered on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT on TV One, featuring Kwame, Kelly Price, Next, E-40, Howard Hewitt and Monifah. The season opener chronicles the life of seven-time Grammy-nominated singer Kelly Price, who overcame poverty, homelessness and teen pregnancy to become one of R&B's and Soul's most prolific voices. After a three-month break, UNSUNG returned with new episodes on Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT on TV One. The fall premiere focused on Kurupt, a rapper's favorite rapper, who is widely regarded as one of the greatest rap lyricists ever. He became a household name recording with longtime friends Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre and Nate Dogg at the height of the Death Row Records era in the 1990s. Season 10 of UNSUNG premiered on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at 8pm ET/PT on TV One. The season opener features SWV, who mixed celestial gospel harmonies with street swagger, bringing an edgy sound to female R&B groups that helped define the '90s decade. But internal conflicts split the trio apart in just five short years, leaving wounds that linger to this day. Insights from family and friends are provided by Eddie George, Kelly Rowland, and Bell Biv Devoe. Subsequent episodes feature: Fat Joe (Jan 11); Jon B (Jan 18); Lenny Williams (Jan 25); Case (Feb 1); Dave Hollister (Feb 8); After 7 (Feb 15); and James Brown (Feb 22).
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UNSUNG returned for its eleventh season on Sunday, July 9, 2017 from 9-11pm ET/PT, as TV One debuted back-to-back new episodes:

Wyclef Jean (9pm): Wyclef Jean skyrockets to fame with his group, The Fugees, in the late '90s; hits like "We're Trying to Stay Alive" and "Gone Till November."

Jagged Edge (10pm): The melodic harmonies of Jagged Edge dominate the early 2000s with back-to-back No. 1 hits and two double-platinum albums.

Additionally, new episodes featuring Marvin Sapp (July 16), Switch (July 23), The Dramatics (July 30), Shanice (August 6), and Ice-T (August 13), airing in the show's new Sunday time slot of 10pm, highlight each performer's rise to stardom while providing a glimpse into the lesser-known challenges they endured behind the spotlight.

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Production & Distribution

  • Produced by A. Smith & Co.