Television in Brief


LOS ANGELES — Hip-hop mogul Master P says his new show brings something that’s missing from reality TV: positivity.

The rapper invited cameras to follow his life with five of his children, ages 10 to 25, for “Master P’s Family Empire.”

“We’re about to make it cool to watch good, positive, family TV,” Master P, whose real name is Percy Miller, said in a recent interview. “The Kardashians are entertaining, but what we’re doing is positive entertainment, which is supposed to not be cool. With my family, we’re going to make it cool, because we’ve been cool our whole lives.”

The show, set to launch in November on Reelz, will follow the single dad as he navigates raising his youngest children while his oldest carve out entertainment careers.

Son Romeo, 25, is a rapper and actor. Son Veno, 22, is a model. Daughter Cymphonique, 18, is a Nickelodeon star and aspiring singer-songwriter. The youngest boys are Hercy, 12, and Mercy, 10.

NEW YORK — OWN network is pulling the plug on a prospective reality series about the father of 34 children by 17 women.

The network says in a statement: “Production has ended and the series will not air.”

It went on to say that the original idea was to follow Atlanta music producer Jay Williams “as he worked to put his life and fractured relationships in order,” the network says, “and to hold him accountable every step of the way.”

Williams had appeared on the OWN reality show “Iyanla: Fix My Life” with life coach Iyanla VanZant before his own spinoff series was announced a few months ago. It was due to premiere in September.

OWN gave no explanation for its change in plans.

NEW YORK — Netflix has acquired the satirical comedy “War Machine,” with Brad Pitt set to star as General Stanley McChrystal, adding a major dose of star power to the streaming service’s growing stable of original films.

Netflix, which announced the acquisition this week, will produce the film, to be directed by Australian filmmaker David Michod (“Animal Kingdom,” “The Rover”).

Shooting is set to begin in August, with the movie scheduled for release on Netflix sometime next year.

“War Machine” is based on Michael Hastings’ book “The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan.” Hastings penned the infamous 2010 Rolling Stone profile of McChrystal that led to his resignation. The book and profile were based on weeks of nearly unfettered access to the general in 2010.

“War Machine is a rip-roaring, behind-the-facade tale of modern war decision-makers, from the corridors of power to the distant regions of America’s ambitions,” said Ted Sarandos, chief content officer for Netflix.

Associated Press