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‘The Jackson 5ive’ Cartoon Series Turns 49 Today. Watch the Pilot Episode. [EUR Video Throwback]

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*On this day in 1971, a Saturday morning cartoon starring The Jackson 5 premiered on ABC. Creator Motown Productions had two main goals for its fictionalized portrayal of the group, showcase their music and milk their superstar status. In the program’s short run, they managed to do both.

The roles of Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon, and Michael were voiced by actors. The real siblings were simply too busy touring. However, Diana Ross voiced her own appearance in the pilot episode, and Marlon was voiced by none other than Edmund Sylvers, the lead singer of fellow musical family The Sylvers.

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With the title spelled “The Jackson 5ive,” each episode followed the group’s various adventures alongside Michael’s pet mice Ray and Charles, and his snake Rosie. The pilot episode was loosely based on the group’s origin story, complete with their “producer” Berry Gordy, voiced by white actor/comedian/impressionist Paul Frees. See his vast array of voice characters [some of them considered racist by today’s standards] below.

In the cartoon version of the Jackson 5’s origin story, Ross discovered the siblings when they had to save her from Rosie, who had slithered into her dressing room. The episode goes on to show their struggle to get discovered in Motown.

The group’s only tangible contributions to the show were the live photographs each member took that morphed into their cartoon likeness during the show’s title sequence, and posing for promotional photos that were used as posters and print ads to advertise the series.

The show’s theme song was a medley of the group’s No. 1 hits: “I Want You Back,” “The Love You Save,” “ABC,” “I’ll Be There” and “Mama’s Pearl.” The early 1971 episodes included two Jackson 5 songs each, from one of four albums: “Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5,” “ABC,” “Maybe Tomorrow” and “Third Album.” In later shows from 1972, eight songs were pulled from Michael’s solo album “Got to Be There” and two songs came from the Jackson 5’s “Lookin’ Through the Windows.”

The show ran for about a year before it was cancelled on Oct. 14, 1972.

Below is the pilot episode that aired on September 11, 1971.

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Alfonso Ribiero Explains Why He Missed ‘Fresh Prince’ Reunion with Janet Hubert

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*Alfonso Ribeiro has opened up about why he wasn’t on set with original Aunt Viv, Janet Hubert, during the recent “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” reunion. 

The HBO Max special aired on Thursday, Nov 19 in celebration of the beloved comedy’s 30-year anniversary.

We previously reported… Hubert and Will  Smith reunited for the first time in 27 years for the reunion taping.

“After 27 years, being here today and having the conversation that Will and I had together, it’s healing,” Hubert said during her conversation with Smith, Today.com reports. 

Hubert originally played Aunt Viv for three seasons before she was replaced by Maxwell Reid. The actress previously criticized both the series and Smith, blaming him for her allegedly being blacklisted in Hollywood. Reports of a feud between the two stars have since circulated over the 27 years since.

READ MORE: Janet Hubert (Aunt Viv) Says Reuniting with Will Smith After 27 Years Was ‘Healing’

 

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“We never really together publicly talk about Janet, and what happened, and for me it felt like I couldn’t celebrate 30 years of ‘Fresh Prince’ without finding a way to celebrate Janet,” Smith tells co-stars Reid, Karyn Parsons (Hilary), Alfonso Ribeiro (Carlton), Tatyana Ali (Ashley), DJ Jazzy Jeff (Jazz) and Joseph Marcell (Geoffrey) in the reunion taping. 

Ribeiro, who played Carlton on the show, didn’t stick around for the emotional moment between Smith and Hubert. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, het claims he couldn’t be on set that day due to filming commitments with “America’s Funniest Home Videos”. 

“Unfortunately I had to go shoot that day. All of the social media content and the photographs were taken without me,” he said. “I literally did my own photo shoot on the couch so they could put me in the group photo. The actual special was filmed in one day, but all the other stuff was done on the other days.”

Meanwhile, Hubert also addressed speculation about why Ribeiro didn’t show up, telling fans to “let it go.”

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BLIND ITEM: The Broke Rapper

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*The following Blind Item comes from Hollywood insider Enty Lawyer. Please address all inquiries and complaints to the original source.

The one named always broke A- list rapper is going to use his new management company as a way to meet women and connect them with men. If any person he signs does have actual talent, he will have to turn them over to any of the dozens of people he owes money to.

Can you guess the always broke A- list rapper?

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Gabrielle Union Teams with Jemele Hill to Produce Comedy ‘New Money’ at Showtime

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Gabrielle Union attends the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 09, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California.
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Gabrielle Union attends The 2018 Night Of Opportunity Gala at Cipriani Wall Street on April 9, 2018 in New York City.

*Gabrielle Union is executive producing a comedy series for Showtime called “New Money,” TheWrap reports. 

The project is in collaboration with Unions I’ll Have Another production company, Lodge Freeway Media’s Jemele Hill and Kelley Carter, who will also executive produce the potential series.  “New Money” centers on “Black women who have solidified their careers, achieved financial independence and moved past the awkwardness and money struggles of their twenties,” per the synopsis, via TheWrap.

Now in their 30s, the women “must deal with the repercussions their ‘new money’ brings – including hangers-on, false friends, unwanted media attention, and greedy relatives – while also navigating the treacherous world of dating.”

READ MORE: Gabrielle Union Reaches ‘Amicable Resolution’ with NBC Following ‘AGT’ Investigation

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Dwyane Wade, Zion (AKA Zaya), Gabrielle Union and baby Kaavia.

Patrik-Ian Polk (“P-Valley,” “Being Mary Jane”) will write the script, alongside Union, Hill, Carter and Holly Shakoor Fleischer will co-executive produce.

In related news, on the Nov. 23 episode of Daily Pop, Union dished about the holiday traditions she and husband Dwyane Wade look forward to every year.

“The only thing that has been consistent about how me and my husband have celebrated is our lack of consistency,” Union joked. “Because both of our lives are so transient.”

She added,  “My husband was never in one place. He always played on Christmas. A lot of times he played on Thanksgiving,” explained the L.A.’s Finest actress. “So celebrating in different cities—it might be in a hotel room in Philly having a turkey sandwich— as long as we’ve been together, that’s only our real tradition.”

Union and Wade are parents to a baby girl named Kaavia James, and Gabby is also a stepmother to Wade’s other children Zaire, 18, Zaya, 13, Xavier, 6 and his nephew Dahveon, 19. 

“We’re gonna keep some of the things we’ve always done, like a candied ham,” she shared. “Since I was a kid, there has been a candied ham. Even when there wasn’t a turkey, there was a ham.”

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