What's Happening Now!!

What's Happening Now!! is an American sitcom sequel to the original ABC 1976–79 sitcom What's Happening!![1] focusing on its main characters as adults. It aired in first-run broadcast syndication from September 7, 1985, to March 26, 1988.

What's Happening Now!!
Opening titles from 1985
GenreSitcom
Created byEric Monte
Written byEric Monte
David Silverman
Stephen Sustaric
Michael S. Baser
Kim Weiskopf
Directed byMichael Schultz
StarringErnest Thomas
Haywood Nelson
Fred Berry (1985–1986)
Shirley Hemphill
Anne-Marie Johnson
Reina King (1985–1986)
Danielle Spencer
Martin Lawrence (1987–1988)
Ken Sagoes (1987–1988)
Composer(s)Henry Mancini
Bruce Miller
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes66 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Michael S. Baser
Mike Milligan
Kim Weiskopf
Producer(s)Larry Balmagia
Bob Peete
Michael S. Baser
Kim Weiskopf
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)Columbia Pictures Television
(1985-1988)
(seasons 1-3)
Coca-Cola Telecommunications
(1987-1988)
(season 3)
DistributorLBS Communications
(1985-1988)
Columbia Pictures Television
(1990—1995)
Columbia TriStar Television
(1995–2002)
Sony Pictures Television
(2002–Present)
Release
Original networkFirst-run syndication
Original releaseSeptember 7, 1985 (1985-09-07) 
March 26, 1988 (1988-03-26)
Chronology
Preceded byWhat's Happening!!

Overview

In the series, Roger "Raj" Thomas (played by Ernest Thomas) has become a fledgling writer. He bought half of the restaurant Rob's Place (renamed Rob's) and was running the business with Shirley (Shirley Hemphill), making money for himself and his new wife Nadine (Anne-Marie Johnson), who was a social worker. Dwayne (Haywood Nelson) has become a computer programmer, and Rerun (Fred Berry) a used-car salesman. Raj and Nadine live in Raj's childhood home while Rerun and Dwayne share an apartment.

Cast

After the first season, Fred Berry asked for more money than the rest of the cast (believing he was the reason people tuned in).[3] Berry's widow, Essie Berry, told Urbanite magazine at Georgia State University that their unwillingness to pay Fred Berry his due in both shows led to their early cancellations.

Episodes

Home media

On June 12, 2007, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment released the first season of What's Happening Now!! on DVD in Region 1.

DVD Name Ep # Release Date
The Complete First Season 22 June 12, 2007

Stations

City Station
Atlanta WGNX 46[4]
Baltimore WBAL 11[5]
Bloomington WYZZ 43[6]
Chicago WFLD 32
Denver KWGN 2[7]
Detroit WKBD 50[8]
Green Bay WGBA 26[9]
Greensboro WMYV 48[10]
Greenwood/Greenville WABG 6
Hartford WTIC 61[11]
Jackson WJTV 12
Kansas City KZKC 62[12]
Los Angeles KTLA 5[13]
Manchester WMUR 9[14]
Miami WBFS 33[15]
WTVJ 6
Milwaukee WCGV 24
Mobile WPMI 15[16]
Nashville WZTV 17[17]
New York WNEW 5[18]
Orlando WOFL 35[19]
Philadelphia WTAF 29[20]
Portland, Maine WPXT 51[21]
Sacramento KTXL 40[22]
San Francisco KBHK 44
Seattle KCPQ 13[23]
Spokane KSKN 22[24]
St. Louis KDNL 30[25]
Washington, D.C. WDCA 20[26]
Wilmington WSFX 26[27]

References

  1. "NBC's 'The InBetween' Series Premiere: How You Know The Cast". International Business Times. May 29, 2019. Retrieved June 23, 2019.
  2. "'What's Happening!!' co-star Danielle Spencer is ailing". Pix11. October 12, 2018. Retrieved June 23, 2019.
  3. "What's Happening!!: Up From the Ashes". tvparty.com. Retrieved 9 June 2010.
  4. "Retro: Atlanta, GA, Monday October 6, 1986 2 Independents". Radio Discussions. November 6, 2014.
  5. "Retro: DC/Baltimore/Delmarva Sat, Sept 5, 1987". Radio Discussions. September 5, 2012.
  6. "Retro: Quad Cities/Springfield/Peoria/Quincy Sat, Mar 12, 1988". Radio Discussions. January 31, 2006.
  7. "Retro: Denver/Casper/Cheyenne/Rapid City Sat, July 4, 1987". Radio Discussions. July 4, 2012.
  8. "Retro: Owosso, MI, Wednesday, December 20, 1989". Radio Discussions. July 8, 2017.
  9. "Retro: Northern Wisconsin, Sat. July 9th, 1988". Radio Discussions. February 1, 2018.
  10. "Retro: North Carolina Monday, January 6, 1986 (Part 3: Piedmont Triad)". Radio Discussions. January 6, 2016.
  11. "Retro: Meriden, CT, Sunday, December 15, 1985". Radio Discussions. April 1, 2018.
  12. "Retro: Kansas City, Sat. September 13th, 1986". Radio Discussions. February 20, 2015.
  13. "RETRO BOSTON TV- THANKSGIVING 1987". Radio Discussions. September 22, 2006.
  14. "KTLA Los Angeles, February 22-28, 1986". Radio Discussions. September 18, 2005.
  15. "Retro: Miami, Florida Monday, November 2, 1987". Radio Discussions. March 13, 2010.
  16. "Retro: Gulf Coast Fri, Sept 18, 1987". Radio Discussions. September 17, 2012.
  17. "Retro:Nashville, TN-Bowling Green, KY Sat 8/15/87". Radio Discussions. June 8, 2007.
  18. "Retro: Scranton Wilkes Barre Market - November 30, 1985 - Saturday". Radio Discussions. November 24, 2012.
  19. "Retro: Orlando, Mon. November 24th, 1986". Radio Discussions. September 30, 2013.
  20. "RetroNewsNow". Twitter. September 7, 2018.
  21. "Retro: Maine Sat, June 6, 1987". Radio Discussions. June 2, 2011.
  22. "Retro: San Francisco/Sacramento, Saturday, August 30, 1986". Radio Discussions. June 10, 2017.
  23. "Retro: Vancouver/Victoria Sat, June 21, 1986". Radio Discussions. July 2, 2010.
  24. "Retro: Spokane, Washington — Wednesday, December 25, 1985". Radio Discussions. February 5, 2019.
  25. "Retro: St. Louis Sat, June 28, 1986". Radio Discussions. June 28, 2010.
  26. "Retro: Lancaster/Baltimore/DC, Sat. December 14th, 1985". Radio Discussions. November 24, 2013.
  27. "Retro: Wilmington, NC, Saturday, May 20, 1989". Radio Discussions. October 24, 2017.
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