Tuesday, 26 February 2013

THE BUZZ REPORT: Shebada’s new TV sitcom on the way + Usain Bolt sets a US$300,000 date with Paris

Keith ‘Shebada’ Ramsey is headed to your living rooms. According to our sources, the popular actor-comedian leads a cast of experienced and up-and-coming actors that will start filming episodes for a new TV sitcom called Shebada in Charge as early as next week. Deon Silvera and Akeem Mignott are among the other names attached to the project that Stages Productions is hoping will hit TV screens sometime later this year. 

Also in the casting room, Oliver Samuels will reunite with Boy Blue co-stars Audrey Reid and Dennis Titus in Embassy Saga, a laugh-out-loud comedy scheduled to premiere in Kingston in April. 

And while we’re on the subject of Jamaican theatre, nominations for the 2013 Actor Boy Awards are to be announced in early March. “We’re hoping to do that next week because the judges are still putting together their lists,” explains showrunner Maurice Bryan. This past Monday, a pre-Actor Boy lyme was held at the A-Bar in Springs Plaza, Kingston. The awards ceremony is set to take place at the Little Theatre on Monday, March 25. 

As he looks to take his recording/performance career to new heights, Romain Virgo has expanded his management team. The 23-year-old reggae star’s affairs (including his bookings) will now be handled via a partnership between Vikings Productions and Shane Brown’s Jukeboxx Productions. 

Sprint superstar Usain Bolt has confirmed that he will compete in the 200 metres at the Areva meeting in Paris on July 6 as part of his preparations for the World Championships. Areva forms part of the annual Samsung Diamond League, comprised of a total of 14 meets. The organizers have reportedly set aside a hefty US$300,000 as part of Bolt’s pay package.

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