Tichina Arnold's mixed feelings on the UPN/WB merger
CLOUDS ON THE HORIZON: With the future of her 'Everybody Hates Chris' series assured as a headliner on the new CW network -- after the pending merger of UPN and the WB -- Tichina Arnold admits she has decidedly mixed feelings.
'I'm very happy to know 'Everybody Hates Chris' is part of the new programming. It's exhilarating to relaunch the show,' she says of the award-winning comedy created, executive produced and narrated by Chris Rock, with Tyler James Williams playing the young Chris. 'UPN and Paramount have been very into making sure it's promoted and marketed right. There's a wonderful synergy around the show. 'The problem is the flip side,' acknowledges Tichina, who recently took NAACP Image Award honors as Outstanding Actress in a Comedy. 'A lot of people woke up the day after the announcement knowing they weren't going to have a job any more.
'Of course, I have my ear to black Hollywood and the black community, and the overall feeling is, here you have 33 slots, 33 opportunities. They're now being condensed to 13, between the WB and UPN, which is where all the African-American shows are,' she points out. 'There aren't a lot of ethnic shows on the other networks. That's the scary side. The bright side is it creates a whole new door of opportunity. It's just that the odds are a lot higher now, unfortunately.'