A Different World

1987, TV Show


Fox's Batman Prequel Gotham Taps Jada Pinkett Smith as Major Villain

Jada Pinkett Smith

Jada Pinkett Smith has joined the cast of Fox's Batman prequel Gotham, TVGuide.com has learned.

The drama pilot, which has a series commitment at Fox, explores the origin stories of... read more

Kris Kross Rapper Chris Kelly Dead at 34

Chris Smith and Chris Kelly of Kriss Kross

Chris Kelly, one-half of the 1990s rap duo Kris Kross, has died, the Fulton County, Ga. medical examiner's office confirms. He was 34.

His cause of death is not yet known. An autopsy is set to be performed early Thursday and further information is expected to be released later that afternoon. According to CBS' Atlanta affiliate, Kelly was found... read more

A Different World Star Lou Myers Dead at 77

Lou Myers, best known for playing Mr. Vernon Gaines on the '80s sitcom A Different World, died Tuesday, TMZ reports. He was 77.

The president of Myers' non-profit organization told the site that he passed away late Tuesday night in West Virginia following a heart-related emergency. His heart stopped and although doctors were able to... read more

Exclusive: A Different World Vet Heads to Grey's Anatomy

Dominic Hoffman

There's a new doc at Seattle Grace.

A Different World's Dominic Hoffman will guest-star on Grey's Anatomy this season, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.

Like the other Season 9 guest stars, details on his role are being kept under wraps, but we can reveal that he'll play... read more

Rap Legend Heavy D Dies at 44

Heavy D

Rapper Heavy D died Tuesday, TMZ.com reports. He was 44.

Heavy D, born as Dwight Arrington Myers, was rushed to a Los Angeles hospital... read more

Singer Phoebe Snow Dies at 60

Phoebe Snow

Phoebe Snow, who scored a top 5 hit in 1975 with "Poetry Man," died Tuesday in Edison, N.J., as a result of complications from a brain hemorrhage she suffered last year, The Associated Press reported. She was 60.

"The loss of this unique and untouchable voice is incalculable," her manager, Sue Cameron, said. "Phoebe was one of the brightest, funniest and most talented singer-songwriters of all time and, more importantly, a magnificent mother to her late brain-damaged daughter, Valerie, for 31 years. Phoebe felt that was her greatest accomplishment"...
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Cheers & Jeers: Detroit 1-8-7 Shoots and Scores

D.J. Cotrona, J.D. Williams and Natalie Martinez

Cheers to Detroit 1-8-7 for a truly brilliant — and shocking — episode.

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ABC's underrated-in-every-sense-of-the-word cop drama proved just how good it is — not just good for you — with "Stone Cold," scorchingly directed by Cadillac Records' Darnell Martin. The hour's main case... read more

Exclusive: Greek Dad Comes from A Different World

Kadeem Hardison, Amber Stevens

Cyprus-Rhodes student Ashleigh Howard's pop is no less than Hillman College grad Dwayne Wayne.

Kadeem Hardison, who played Dwayne on the Cosby Show spin-off A Different World, will guest-star on ABC Family's Greek next season, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively. He will play proud parent Brian Howard.

Ashleigh is played by Amber Stevens, daughter of TV/radio personality Shadoe Stevens.

Ashleigh's pop pays a visit as part of Cyprus-Rhodes University's father-daughter weekend event.

For that same occasion ... read more

I just read your response to ...

Question: I just read your response to L.C.'s question and would like to say thank you. I am an African-American woman and have never found humor in any of Tyler Perry's buffoonish material. You will probably get slammed for your response, but I want you to know I really appreciate what you said about overembracing this show just because it has a black cast. I remember great shows like Frank's Place and A Different World, which had great writing and realistic characters. And while Seinfeld and Friends did not have a black cast, my experience is more in line with those shows than with House of Payne. I just wanted to say thank you for responding to that reader the same way I would have. Answer: Fair enough, and thanks for bringing up the remarkable Frank's Place, which deserved so much better than it got on CBS way back when. The truth is that there probably should be room on TV for sitcoms that aim both high and low, and this takes me back to the earlier High School Musical 2 question. ... read more

As an African-American TV ...

Question: As an African-American TV viewer, I am happy to watch a TV show that has a diverse cast. My current favorites are Ugly Betty, Grey's Anatomy and Scrubs. But sometimes I miss the days of watching family shows like The Cosby Show and A Different World, where the central cast are African-American. I know that UPN at one time had a number of shows geared toward an African-American audience, but since the merger with the WB, that is no longer the case. Don't get me wrong, I still like to watch Girlfriends, but the other "urban" comedies on the CW I can do without. Do you think that, with the success of Ugly Betty (diverse cast, but built around a Hispanic heroine and a Hispanic family), good shows centered around a minority family are coming soon? Along those same lines, I also remember hearing about a new sitcom created by Tyler "Madea" Perry called House of Payne. Has the show been picked up by any networks, and if so, when will it be on? If not, why do you think that it hasn't ... read more

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Premiered: September 24, 1987, on NBC
Rating: TV-PG
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Premise: A spin-off of 'The Cosby Show' finds Denise Huxtable on her own at Hillman College. Although Denise only remained at school for one year, several of her core of classmates stuck it out for the sitcom's six-year run.



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