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There are so many new music-inspired shows coming to TV: B.I.G., Motown and more

Revolt Staff

 // Jul 28, 2016

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If Empire is no longer keeping your interest and Netflix's upcoming series The Get Down isn't piquing it either, don't worry, there's a lot more music-themed television coming our way.

For starters, the big guy is coming to the small screen. THR reports that TBS is developing a scripted half-hour comedy inspired by the Notorious B.I.G. With his mother Voletta Wallace and former manager Wayne Barrow partnering with producers on the project, the series' plot will loosely be based on the late rapper's lyrics and will follow the "misadventures of an inner-city teen desperately trying to create a better future for his daughter and infant son." It will be titled Think B.I.G.

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Next, Billboard reports that VH1 is teaming up with Ice Cube to bring back Hollywood Squares, but with a hip-hop twist. One of TV's longest-running game shows, the reboot will still feature celebrities sitting in a larger-than-life tic-tac-toe box as they answer pop culture questions in an attempt to help contestants get a winning strike across the board. Hip Hop Squares will be executive produced by Ice's production company Cube Vision and is set to premiere in the fall.

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Additionally, MTV has announced it is launching MTV Classic, a channel that will serve as a hub for all of its major '90s and early 2000s programming. AP reports that fan-favorites Total Request Live, Daria, Beavis and Butt-Head, Real World, Road Rules, Cribs, Punk'd, Unplugged, Jackass and Laguna Beach will be superbly subject to full-season marathons and primetime blocks. MTV Classic will debut August 1, the 35th anniversary of the network's debut.

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And finally, Netflix has ordered a Motown-themed animated kids series. According to Variety, the still-untitled project will center "around an 8-year-old boy named Ben who lives in the city of Motown and discovers he can bring street art to life." The show will be set to the soundtrack of classics from the legendary label as the plan is to have contemporary artists re-record hits from the catalog that "will drive the plot of each episode." Smokey Robinson, who wrote many songs for the label, will serve as executive producer.

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