The heat is on with Nicki Minaj and Bruno Mars now that they have officially been placed in a network television battle to create the best comedy show based on their lives. Despite the similarities in the shows, Nicki Minaj may have an edge in a few ways.
The situation between Nicki Minaj and Bruno Mars evolved rather unexpectedly between the end of September and first week of October. During that time, Entertainment Weekly published two separate articles stating that Nicki Minaj and Bruno Mars were both being asked by major television networks to create an autobiographical show.
Will this life story genre that Nicki Minaj and Bruno Mars are involved with become the next ratings battle? About Nicki Minaj, Entertainment Weekly wrote the following on September 29.
“ABC Family announced that Minaj is on board to executive produce and appear in a half-hour comedy based on her family’s immigration from Trinidad in the early 1990s. The comedy is set to focus on her growing up in Queens and the personal and musical evolution that led to her eventual rise to stardom…”
Since Nicki Minaj was born in 1982 and moved to Queens from Trinidad in 1987, the reference to her growing up in the early 1990s means that Nicki Minaj is making a show about a 10-year-old version of herself.
Interestingly, a little over a week later, NBC makes a similar announcement — but about Bruno Mars and not Nicki Minaj. On October 8, Entertainment Weekly announced the following information about Bruno Mars’ new job offer from ABC competitor, NBC.
“The proposed series, whose pilot is being written by Prentice Penny, centers on a boisterous musical family in the Bronx that takes in their wide-eyed 10-year-old relative.”
Having a tween in the show is not the only similarity between the autobiographical Nicki Minaj and Bruno Mars stories. The fact that Bruno Mars was born in 1985 means that the show likely will set in the early 1990s — just like Nicki Minaj’s show.
Of course, one other glaring similarity is that both of the shows take place in New York City. For Nicki Minaj, they will highlight her old Queens neighborhood. As for Bruno Mars, the character based on him will have his residence in the Bronx as the setting.
One of the major differences between the shows will be the fact that one is biographical and the other is autobiographical. Although Nicki Minaj’s true life story will be the basis for her TV show on ABC, Bruno Mars’ is slightly fictional.
According to Biography, Bruno Mars grew up in Hawaii. In fact, Bruno Mars moved to Los Angeles at age 17 and might not have visited another state outside of Hawaii before that.
Alternatively, fans feel Nicki Minaj will be portraying her life precisely and in an autobiographical fashion for her ABC show. A writer at Ebony states, “Likewise, Minaj is not going to allow ABC Family to call the shots on her childhood. Every move serves her legacy and brand.”
Adding to this, about Nicki Minaj’s upcoming ABC show, Deadline posted follow-up details on September 29. Namely, unlike Bruno Mars, Nicki Minaj will definitely be more in control of a lot of what her ABC show creates. Executive producers for the ABC show will be Nicki Minaj, Aaron Kaplan, and Kate Angelo along with Gee Roberson, Brian Sher, and Stella Bulochnikov.
A supporting quote from ABC Family‘s Karey Burke by Deadline states, “Nicki is an international superstar, yet not everyone knows how inspiring and hilarious her true story is, and we can’t wait to share it with the world.”
Although Nicki Minaj has not revealed any other details about her upcoming ABC show, fans will likely have a lot of expectations for Minaj’s accuracy in portraying her life.
For example, in reference to ending the “angry black girl” stereotype, an opinion piece by Leah Sinclair discusses Nicki Minaj directly — and may emphasize the overall importance of a Nicki Minaj-based autobiographical show about her childhood.
In the Guardian, Sinclair states that, in the past, the media “force fed” the public with negative images of black femininity — and “it’s time we started questioning why.”
Will Nicki Minaj’s ABC show give examples from her own life about how negative images of black women in the media affected her rise to fame? Sinclair goes on to stress the importance of positive images about black women and says the following about how the media has failed Nicki Minaj and others in the past.
“The fact that [black women] are consistently portrayed [negatively in the media] says a lot about society’s treatment of black people – the lack of respect and even kindness.”
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