On October 23rd, TV One premiered, "Jean Of The Joneses,"arguably its best film since starting its monthly trend of original movies. "Jean Of The Joneses" is a witty, hilarious melodrama about a family of sisters with very strong and very different personalities, seeking to put the missing pieces of their family puzzle together after their estranged father randomly comes to their mother's home and dies on her doorstep.
The cast is filled to the brim with "Black Girl Magic," anchored by comedic connoisseur, Erica Ash, "Hit The Floor" star, Taylour Paige, and veteran actress and comedienne, Sherri Shepherd.
"Jean Of The Joneses" trended steadily on Twitter during its two-hour debut, and despite thousands of tweets and raving reviews, audiences felt slighted. The movie alone wasn't enough. Viewers were left wanting more, and they want more than a sequel. They want a series.
The success of "Jean Of The Joneses" proves contrary to popular belief, black audiences enjoy dry humor, awkward verbal exchanges , witty writing and are ready for a fresh look at their lives.
In this case, a series actually make perfect sense. There are so many open-ended storylines that can breathe life into at least two to three seasons (if not more). By the end credits we're left to wonder what becomes of Taylour Paige's character as she commits to a new relationship, Erica Ash's character as she flip flops about continuing her pregnancy and how a newly discovered half-sister will fare in the Jones family.
In the coming months, it will be interesting to see if TV One takes the bait, makes the investment and turns the film into a series. If so, it would be a smart move. Fans have already fallen in love with the plot twists, the cast is packed with star power and the production and writing are "next-level" to say the least . Obviously, kicking off a series would require a lot of financial and logistical muscle, but it would be great for the network and black audiences alike.
So, here's hoping we'll get to see the crazy, classy and confident Jones family
in the future, and kudos to TV One for giving the film a much deserved platform.
Check out the "Jean Of The Joneses" trailer below: