TV One has officially announced the television premiere date for Stella Meghie’s debut feature film, Jean of the Joneses. The critically acclaimed comedy-drama, is scheduled for it’s television premiere Sunday, October 23 at 7 p.m. ET (encore at 9 p.m. ET).
Loosely based on Meghie’s personal experiences, this indie comedic drama follows 25-year-old Jean and her multi-generational dysfunctional, middle-class Jamaican-American family of women. When an estranged grandfather dies on the doorstep of the family’s brownstone during Sunday dinner, tensions rise, and old conflicts come to a boil as Jean uncovers the family’s buried secrets.
“I was so fortunate to work with TV One on my first feature film. I couldn’t have had a more creatively supportive team than Karen Peterkin, D’Angela Proctor and Brad Siegel. I’m so proud of Jean of the Joneses and excited to present it TV One’s audience.” – Stella Meghie
Jean of the Jonses stars Taylour Paige (Hit the Floor), Sherri Shepherd (Top 5, 30 Rock) and Michelle Hurst (Orange is the New Black). It made its world premiere in the Narrative Spotlight section at South by Southwest Festival (SXSW) in March, and went on the screen at the LA Film Festival (LAFF) in June.
“Jean of the Joneses is an original film like none other seen on our network. As we continue to raise the bar with our original movies, we are motivated to continue presenting opportunities for increased visibility to new talent – like Stella Meghie – whose powerful film demonstrates our commitment to support and nurture brilliant storytellers at all stages in their career.” – Brad Siegel, TV One President
Meghie started her career in entertainment after making the decision to leave the fashion and beauty industry to pursue her passion in screenwriting. In 2010, she attended The University of Westminster, and during her first year wrote the first draft of the semi-autobiographical feature Jean of the Joneses. The screenplay wound up winning the 2012 Showtime Tony Cox Feature Film Screenplay Competition, and Meghie earned a joint fellowship between Tribeca and Canadian Film Centre in 2014.
In addition to the TV One acquisition of Jean of the Joneses, Meghie recently signed with CAA. She currently has a blind script deal at Warner Bros., a pilot in development with John Wells Productions, a comedy optioned by BET titled Funny Woman (a rom-com about trying to remain friends with your ex while looking for new love), and a deal to pen a feature script for VH1, which is being produced by Alicia Keys’ production company AK Worldwide. Meghie is also a Showtime Tony Cox Award recipient, and is currently developing the MGM film adaptation of Nicola Yoon’s debut novel titled Everything, Everything starring Amadla Stenberg.