via press release:
GMC’s Airing of Stage Production Love Me or Leave Me
Attracts 874,000 Viewers on its World Premiere Night
ATLANTA, Nov. 19, 2010— GMC, America’s favorite channel for uplifting music and family entertainment, announced today that its first-ever gospel stage production, Love Me or Leave Me, attracted 874,000 viewers* on its World Premiere night. GMC is the first and only network to co-produce gospel plays for television.
Love Me or Leave Me premiered on GMC 7 p.m. ET on Nov. 13, with encores that night at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. It will air again on Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 27 at 7, 9 and 11 p.m. ET.
“We are thrilled by the enthusiastic response shown by our viewers and fans to Love Me or Leave Me and look forward to presenting more original gospel stage productions in the near future,” said Leslie Chesloff, executive vice president, programming. “They are a great fit for our network because they powerfully engage our audience with music and drama that centers on family values.”
Love Me or Leave Me is a powerful and inspirational musical stage play that evokes an array of emotions. Cynthia Wyatt (played by Angela Evans) is a troubled teen who abandons her fraternal twin infants, leaving her own mother Annie Wyatt (Shirley Murdock, A Mother’s Prayer) to raise the children. Now, 25 years later, one of the twins, Josephine Wyatt (Elise Neal, Hustle & Flow, The Hughleys), is an attorney who is engaged to the man of her dreams, Justin Daniels (Christian Keyes, Madea Goes to Jail). Cynthia then returns to the scene to reclaim her place in her children’s lives. Will she be accepted? What made her leave in the first place?
The play also stars Clifton Powell (Army Wives, Ray, Woman Thou Art Loosed), Carl Anthony Payne II (The Cosby Show, Martin), Terrell Carter (Diary of A Mad Black Woman, Meet the Browns, Madea’s Class Reunion) and Terri J. Vaughn (Meet the Browns, All of Us, The Steve Harvey Show).
Love Me or Leave Me was written by John Ruffin, a playwright and film director. Ruffin’s writing credits also include I Won’t Go Back; It’s Too Good To Be True; We’re Dreaming of You, Selena; Love Me and Leave Me; The Other Woman; All for Love; No More Sheets; and Mr. Right Now or Mr. Wrong Later. Ruffin also directed and produced a bi-weekly variety show, Gospeltime, Live At The Legacy.
The GMC broadcast of Love Me or Leave Me was produced by Swirl Films in Wilmington, NC. Eric Tomosunas of Swirl Films has produced and taped numerous stage plays and feature length films for TV and DVD including Love for Sale, A Mother’s Prayer and There’s a Stranger in My House.
GMC (www.watchGMCtv.com), the fastest-growing network in television and the number one digital network in perceived value (source: BETA Research), is America’s favorite channel for uplifting music and family entertainment. Recently, The Parents Television Council™ awarded its Entertainment Seal of Approval™ to GMC for being “an authentic family-friendly cable network.” GMC is the only television network to receive the highly coveted honor in 2010.
GMC can be seen in nearly 48 million homes on various cable systems around the country, on DIRECTV on channel 338 and on Verizon FiOS on channel 224.
* Source: The Nielsen Company, L+SD, 11/13/10, 7P-1A, gmc, TP reach, P2+, 1 min qual.