“Central Ave.” has pulled off that rare feat in television — carving out a unique niche in a crowded, competitive genre.
Co-created by Will Packer and Monique Chenault, “Central Ave.,” which had a five-week test run on Fox stations last fall, recently launched into national syndication with co-hosts Julissa Bermudez and Sanya Richards-Ross.
Since premiering in its new iteration Sept. 26, it’s reconfigured the playbook regarding entertainment magazines — both in front of and behind the camera.
“We’re two women of color representing a show format that’s been the same for so long,” says Bermudez, 37, who grew up in Queens. “And to have that diversity along with Will Packer and Monique Chenault, who moved from ‘Entertainment Tonight’ to be our showrunner … we want people to know that this is a fresh take on the entertainment newsmagazine show they haven’t seen before.”
Bermudez and Richards-Ross, a four-time Olympic gold medalist, did not…