ALLBLK
Allblk logo.svg
Type of site
VOD streaming service
Available inEnglish
Headquarters
United States
Area servedUnited States, Canada, The Caribbean
OwnerAMC Networks, Robert L. Johnson
Key peopleRobert L. Johnson (founder), Brett Dismuke - General Manager
URLallblk.tv
Launched2014

Allblk (typeset as ALLBLK in press materials but stylized allblk in its logotype; pronounced as "all-black"; Allwaysblk in Canada and the Caribbean), formerly Urban Movie Channel (UMC) is an over-the-top SVOD service operated by the AMC Networks. It was formed by Robert L. Johnson, the founder of Black Entertainment Television, in 2014.[1][2]

The service features original movies and television series aimed at African American audiences, including live stand-up performances, documentaries and reality series, and stage plays.[3]

On January 6, 2021, Urban Movie Channel relaunched as Allblk.[4] The Canadian and Caribbean versions of the service remained under the UMC name until May 2022, when they rebranded as "Allwaysblk".[5]

Original programming

Drama

Title Genre Premiere Seasons Length Status
5th Ward The Series Drama March 2, 2018 2 seasons, 12 episodes 40–65 min. Ended
Craig Ross Jr.'s Monogamy Drama May 4, 2018 3 seasons, 18 episodes 30–41 min. Pending
Bronx SIU Action/Drama/Thriller July 18, 2018 2 seasons, 14 episodes 29–55 min. Ended
40 and Single Drama/Romance October 10, 2018 1 season, 6 episodes 49–61 min.
Jacqueline and Jilly Drama December 5, 2018 1 season, 6 episodes 22 min.
A House Divided Soap opera July 18, 2019 4 seasons, 28 episodes 34–51 min. Pending
Stuck With You Drama February 12, 2020 2 seasons, 12 episodes 35–48 min. Pending
Double Cross Crime drama May 12, 2020 3 seasons, 18 episodes 30–42 min. Pending
Terror Lake Drive Drama/Thriller/anthology July 19, 2020 2 seasons, 13 episodes 25–39 min. Pending
Covenant Anthology/Drama October 14, 2021 1 season, 8 episodes 26–41 min. Pending
Lace Legal drama November 4, 2021 1 season, 6 episodes 26–32 min. Pending
Awaiting release
Hush[6] Drama December 1, 2022[7] 1 season, 8 episodes TBA Pending
Wicked City[8] Supernatural drama December 1, 2022[7] TBA TBA Pending
Snap[9] Psychological thriller/Anthology December 22, 2022[7] TBA TBA Pending

Comedy

Title Genre Premiere Seasons Length Status
The Rich and the Ruthless Comedy/satire July 28, 2017 3 seasons, 18 episodes 18–31 min. Moved to BET+[10]
Minimum Wage Comedy September 30, 2017 1 season, 6 episodes 22–23 min. Ended
Ladies of the Law October 31, 2018 1 season, 6 episodes 22–31 min. Ended
For the Love of Jason Romantic comedy November 11, 2020 2 seasons, 12 episodes 24–26 min. Pending
Millennials Sitcom February 25, 2021 2 seasons, 12 episodes 34–37 min. Pending
Partners in Rhyme Comedy November 18, 2021 2 seasons, 15 episodes 27–38 min. Season 2 ongoing
À La Carte Comedy drama May 12, 2022 1 season, 6 episodes 30–35 min. Pending
Send Help Dark comedy August 11, 2022 1 season, 7 episodes 25–34 min. Pending

Unscripted

Docuseries

Title Genre Premiere Seasons Length Status
Naked Hustle Docuseries August 1, 2018 1 season, 6 episodes 26–29 min. Ended
Beyond the Pole Docuseries January 2, 2019 2 seasons, 14 episodes 28–59 min. Pending
Behind Her Faith Docuseries March 25, 2020 1 season, 4 episodes 23–25 min. Ended
A Closer Look Docuseries November 5, 2020 1 season, 3 episodes 54–57 min. Ended

Reality

Title Genre Premiere Seasons Runtime Status
Trash vs Treasure Reality July 15, 2018 1 season, 3 episodes 42–50 min. Ended
Notorious Queens Reality March 31, 2021 1 season, 6 episodes 42–48 min. Pending

Variety

Title Genre Premiere Seasons Runtime Status
Social Society Variety show/Talk show February 21, 2021 2 seasons, 36 episodes 45–61 min. Pending
My Mane Problem Variety show/Talk show/Docuseries March 3, 2021 1 season, 6 episodes 26–30 min. Pending

Stand-up comedy

Title Premiere Seasons Runtime Status
Comedy Underground December 31, 2013 2 seasons, 8 episodes 31–70 min. Ended

Specials

These programs are one-time original events or supplementary content related to original TV shows.

Title Genre Premiere Length
Lil Duval: Living My Best Life Comedy May 21, 2021 57 min.

Upcoming original programming

Drama

Title Genre Premiere Seasons Length Status
West Philly, Baby[11] Drama 2022 1 season, 6 episodes TBA Series order

References

  1. ^ Lee, Ashley (November 5, 2014). "BET Founder Launching Urban Movie Channel". The Hollywood Reporter.
  2. ^ "BET Founder, Robert L. Johnson, Launches UMC - the Urban Movie Channel". NALIP. November 6, 2014.
  3. ^ "BET Founder Bob Johnson's SVOD Service, Urban Movie Channel, Now Available on iOS (7-Day Free Trial)". Shadow and Act. November 28, 2016.
  4. ^ "Video: ALLBLK - Stream Where You're Celebrated" (Press release). ALLBLK. January 6, 2021 – via The Futon Critic.
  5. ^ Stalcup, Jamie (May 24, 2022). "ALLBLK Relaunches As ALLWAYSBLK In Canada & The Caribbean". Worldscreen. Retrieved August 11, 2022.
  6. ^ Cordero, Rosy (June 2, 2022). "AllBlk Greenlights Drama Series 'Hush' Starring Joyful Drake, Caryn Ward Ross, Erica Mena, More". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 2, 2022.
  7. ^ a b c "AMC Networks Announces Fall Lineup of New Original Series and Films and Returning Fan Favorites Across Its Suite of Channels and Targeted Streaming Services" (Press release). AMC Networks. August 10, 2022. Retrieved August 11, 2022 – via The Futon Critic.
  8. ^ Cordero, Rosy (June 8, 2022). "AllBlk Greenlights Supernatural Drama 'Wicked City' Starring Vanessa Bell Calloway, Taylor Polidore, MoreA". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 8, 2022.
  9. ^ Cordero, Rosy (February 10, 2022). "AllBlk Greenlights Anthology Series 'Snap' From Eric Benet And Devin Hampton". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 10, 2022.
  10. ^ Petski, Denise (April 27, 2021). "Victoria Rowell's 'The Rich And The Ruthless' Series Lands At BET+". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 27, 2021.
  11. ^ Del Rosario, Alexandre (June 24, 2021). "'West Philly, Baby': Drama Series Inspired By Colman Domingo Play 'Dot' Greenlighted At AMC Networks' ALLBLK". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 24, 2021.

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