Photo: BET
Photo: BET

Briefs: ‘The Oval’ and ‘Sistas’ ratings, NBC series ‘Council of Dads’ in Savannah, Atlanta Ultimate Women’s Expo lineup

Originally posted Monday, October 28, 2019 by RODNEY HO/ on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Viacom signed up Tyler Perry for a reason: make an impact. And he did with his first two dramas for BET “The Oval” and “Sistas,” which debuted last Wednesday.

“The Oval” opened with 1.5 million overnight ratings across BET, VH1 and BET Her and “Sistas” followed up with 1.3 million on the three networks. 

“The Oval” is a family drama based in the White House. It’s not political - more “Downton Abbey” than “West Wing.” 

“Sistas” focuses on four single black women and their love lives, careers and friendships in 2019. It’s a modernized version of “Living Single.”

The shows air on Wednesday nights at 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. respectively. 


Photo: Getty Images: (L) Sarah Wayne Callies (R) Tom Everett Scott. They are starring in a mid-season NBC show "Council of Dads" shooting in Atlanta.

NBC has begun shooting a family drama in Savannah called “Council of Dads” starring Sarah Wayne Callies, Clive Standen and Tom Everett Scott that is set to air in early 2020.  

It’s the network’s first scripted effort in Georgia since “Good Girls” left last year to shoot season two in California per the requirement of lead actress Christina Hendricks’ contract. So far, it’s the only new broadcast series shooting in the state this season. 

Here’s the basic premise: when Scott (played by Scott), a loving father of four, has his entire life’s plan thrown into upheaval by an unexpected medical scare, he calls on a few of his closest allies to step in as back-up dads for every stage of his growing family’s life in case he dies. Thus the phrase “Council of Dads.”

Callies ( “Colony,” “Prison Break,” “The Walking Dead”) plays his pregnant wife. Staden (“Taken”) is one of the council members. 

Tony Phelan and Joan Rater (“Grey’s Anatomy”serve as executive producers alongside Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman and KristieAnne Reed.


Photo: (L) Bravo of Kim Zolciak (C) Getty Images of Porsha Williams and (R) Tameka Tiny Cottle

The Atlanta Ultimate Women’s Expo November 8 and 9 at Cobb Galleria Center will feature a bevy of local reality show stars from “Real Housewives of Atlanta,” “T.I. and Tiny,” “Married to Medicine,” “Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta” and “Love and Hip Hop Atlanta.”

Among the keynote speakers: Porsha Williams ( “RHOA,” “Dish Nation”), Kim Zolciak ( “RHOA,” “Don’t Be Tardy”), Dr. Heavenly Kimes (”Married to Medicine”), Toya Wright ( “Tiny and Toya”), Momma Dee (”Love and Hip Hop Atlanta”) and Tameka “Tiny” Harris ( “T.I. and Tiny”). Hip-hop legend MC Lyte will appear as well. 

The expo (which is charging $10) runs two days so check the schedule to see who appears when

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Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho covers radio and television for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.