SILVER SPRING, MD. – JULY 27, 2016 – Building on the success of the network’s original film strategy led by hits Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story and its 2015 American Black Film Festival screenplay competition winner Bad Dad Rehab. TV One steps into the sports arena with its latest original film, Ringside. The film is written, produced and directed by nationally syndicated radio host Russ Parr (Hear No Evil, The Undershepherd, 35 and Ticking). Moreover, Ringside stars Tyler Lepley (The Haves and the Have Nots, Baggage Claim) as undefeated boxer Jaxon Holley. It explores the personal battles he faces outside of the ring while preparing for the biggest fight of his career. Ringside premieres on TV One on Sunday, Sept. 4 at 7 p.m. Eastern. Also, an immediate encore presentation will air at 9 p.m. ET and an additional airing on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 5 p.m. ET.
Jaxon is a fast-rising star in the tough world of professional boxing. Nonetheless, Jaxon’s “street cred” and perceived worthiness to challenge his upcoming opponent (current champion) is under fire due to his middle class upbringing and advanced education. As he trains for the title fight, the trash-talking, steroid-taking champ Spencer does everything he can to take Jaxon off his game. Spencer “Timber” Collier is played by Allen Maldonado (Straight Outta Compton, Black-ish).
The stakes are high and so is the family drama. Plus thirsty groupies, and a manager with a serious gambling problem are all vying for Jaxon’s attention. Every aspect is making it difficult for Jaxon to stay focused on the task at hand – winning the belt. Nevertheless, in the midst of being pushed to the limit both physically and mentally, Jaxon meets a beautiful photographer Endira (Raney Branch; The Originals, Grey’s Anatomy). Endira captures his heart while hiding a devastating secret.
Playing Jaxon & The Cast
“I love portraying complex characters, and Jaxon definitely fits into that category,” said Lepley. “On the surface, he fits the mold of the stereotypical braggadocios boxer. [Yet] that’s simply a persona. In reality, he’s a hardworking, highly educated man who cares about nothing more than providing for his family and friends. Bringing him to life onscreen pushed me as an actor in the best of ways.”
Who is else is apart of the Ringside cast? The all-star cast includes: Tequan Richmond (Ray, Everybody Hates Chris, General Hospital). Also stars Jackie Long (Real Husbands of Hollywood, ATL) and popular Atlantic Records singer/songwriter Sevyn Streeter. Julissa Bermudez (Meet the Browns, Empire, Girls), and Charlamagne Tha God (The Guy Code; radio personality) appear in the TV One original. Moreover, Kwame Patterson (The Wire, Castle) and Da’Vone McDonald (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) are also part of Ringside’s talented cast.
TV One’s Ringside
“With Ringside, TV One continues to focus on bringing original film content to our core audience. While also introducing new viewers to all that we have to offer here as a network,” says D’Angela Proctor, SVP of Original Programming and Production for TV One. “We’ve produced 19 original films over the past two years and are thrilled to add Ringside to that catalogue. This movie is set in the boxing world, but it’s really a film about the complexities of family and the downsides of fame. Tyler and the rest of the cast really created a compelling and engaging story under Russ’s direction. We can’t wait to share Ringside with our viewers.”
Ringside is written and directed by nationally-syndicated radio host Russ Parr (Hear No Evil, The Undershepherd, 35 and Ticking). It is also produced by Swirl Films with Eric Tomosunas and Keith Neal serving as Executive Producers. Furthermore, Leah Daniel Butler, C.S.A. serves as Casting Director. Lamar Chase serves as Executive in Charge of Production. Donyell McCullough is Sr. Director, Talent & Casting and Robyn Green Arrington is Vice President of Programming and Production. Lastly, D’Angela Proctor is SVP of Original Programming and Production for TV One.
“Ringside is about a boxer, but it’s not a boxing movie, per se,” said director Russ Parr. “We all face battles at different points in life, and that’s what Ringside is about. The battles we have to face even when we don’t feel like fighting.”
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Want more information about TV One’s programming, including Ringside? Viewers can join the conversation by visiting the network’s companion website at www.tvone.tv. Furthermore, TV One viewers can also join the conversation by connecting via social media. TV One can be found on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (@tvonetv). Use the hashtag #Ringside and catch clips and promos on TV One’s YouTube Channel.