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A&E Pushes Back Premiere of Show About Race

Jul 12, 2016  •  Post A Comment

A&E is delaying the launch of a new topical series that focuses on race. The cable channel announced that the comedic show “Black and White,” which had been scheduled to debut this Wednesday, will instead premiere on July 27.

While the move comes amid elevated racial tensions in the country, including last week’s slaying of five police officers at a Black Lives Matter rally in Dallas, the network’s announcement did not provide a reason for the schedule change.

The announcement describes “Black and White” as “a provocative weekly in-studio show that tackles the third rail of both comedy and politics: race. Hosted by Christian Finnegan and Sherrod Small, this new series covers the biggest headlines sweeping the nation through the fresh and hilarious points of views of these comedians and longtime friends.”

Elaine Frontain Bryant, EVP and Head of Programming for A&E Network, commented in the scheduling announcement: “A&E is proud to bring our viewers bold, new programming with a unique point of view — or in the case of ‘Black And White,’ two points of view. Sherrod and Christian are the perfect comedic duo to deliver real conversations about hot button topics that will entertain as well as incite viewers to join the conversation.”

The announcement adds: “Taped in front of a studio audience, ‘Black and White’ is a smart, funny and honest conversation about race in America. The show tackles current and relevant stories in the news through the prism of race and uses comedy to diffuse the tension. Utilizing sketch, parody and social experiments, this series shines a light on the state of race in our country.”

The program, which is set for an eight-episode run, premieres Wednesday, July 27, at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT on A&E.

Here’s a teaser for the show, which still has the original premiere date …

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