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Barbershop' goes to TV at a fast clip
By Bill Keveney, USA TODAY

This isn't your theater's Barbershop— but it's close.

Showtime's other new comedy series (premiering Aug. 14, 10 p.m. ET/PT) approximates the hit film. Most of the same characters fill the chairs at the shop in a black neighborhood in Chicago. But this Barbershop features different actors, new characters and changes in tone and plot.

Executive producer John Ridley (Undercover Brother) says the bloodline is "a double-edged sword." It makes the new series identifiable but puts pressure on to freshen the concept. TV allows for more character development, however. "You can do stories that are a little more serialized. You don't necessarily have to wrap everything up," he says.

Barbershop retains its core characters, led by shop owner Calvin (Omar Gooding taking over for Ice Cube). Calvin's wife, Jen (Anna Brown), has a larger role, and there's a new barber, Romadal (Dan White), a thug who has done time.

Barbershop won't hesitate to handle hot issues, from race relations and steroids to gender identification, Ridley says. "We want to be able to be political, but we don't want it, on a weekly basis, to be on race and politics and polemics. We want it to be a lot more fun."
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