Bounce TV is bringing in the month of October strong with some familiar funny faces and a few surprise musical guests. Starting Monday, Oct. 2, “Family Time” returns for its fifth season followed by the brand-new series, “Grown Folks.”
In a recent set visit, AXS spoke with the cast and EP of “Family Time,” as they were preparing to shoot their Halloween episode. Bentley Kyle Evans, known for shows such as “Martin” and “The Jamie Foxx Show,” leads the team as executive producer/writer/director. Actor/rapper/comedian Omar Gooding, Angell Conwell, comedian Clayton Thomas and his real-life wife Tanjareen Thomas star in the show, along with Rodney Perry, Paula Jai Parker, Richard Gant, Jayla Calhoun and Evans’ own son Bentley Kyle Evans Jr.
Gooding says that he jumped at the opportunity to do “Family Time.” The multitalented artist has already had the opportunity to tap into his musical side on the series alongside special guest stars Salt-N-Pepa. He tells AXS he’s looking forward to a chance to do more of that and hinted that it is possible fans might be seeing some of their favorite rappers making appearances in future seasons.
The show, of course, also loves to spotlight comedians. Aside from Clayton and Perry, “Family Time” has welcomed some pretty spectacular entertainers to the studio. While Bentley shared that his own dream guest star would be Eddie Murphy, and others expressed how they’d love to have Martin Lawrence on the show, Conwell made it a point to credit Evans with the fact that he often opens up the door to those who we don’t get to see enough of; both in front of and behind the camera.
Jokes aside, family remains at the heart of the series, which is true for what happens both on-screen and off. Evans’ daughter has joined the team as a writer, along with his wife and nephews who are also involved in the show, making “Family Time,” well, family time.
Evans says that a lot of his inspiration actually comes from his own family dynamic. He and his business partner Trenton Gumbs have been able to use that to find the winning combination of where funny meets authentic and display it in a positive light. “My goal is to continue to write funny situations,” Evans said. “As you live your life, those stories will start to fall out. No matter what you’re dealing with, I think you can learn to find the comedy in every situation.”
This season of "Family Time" will feature a variety of guest stars including singer/songwriter and TV personality Tameka “Tiny” Harris and TV host Fonzworth Bentley. Season 5 begins airing tonight, Oct. 2, on Bounce TV at 9 p.m./ET.
Evans’ new show, “Grown Folks,” makes its debut immediately after, at 9:30 p.m./ET. Guest stars will include GRAMMY-nominated singer Durrell “Tank” Babbs, singer/songwriter/producer Brian McKnight, and comedians Joe Torry, Ellia English, Tammi Mac, among others.