News for 12/10/2006

The following article appeared in the Summer 2006 issue of Black Professionals Magazine

News for 8/6/2006

Vivica A. Fox eyes daytime talk show

By Kimberly Nordyke
The Hollywood Reporter

Vivica A. Fox is looking to throw her hat into the talk show ring, sources said.

The actress, who most recently starred in Lifetime's drama series "Missing," has been meeting with studios around town to discuss hosting a syndicated daytime project.

It is being positioned in the vein of "The Tyra Banks Show," which targets women 18-34, but to a broader audience composition. Along with "Missing," a role that earned her an NAACP Image Award this year, Fox's recent credits include the "Kill Bill" movies.

News for 2/27/2006

The following article appeared in the January 2006 issue of InStyle Magazine

News for 5/18/2005

The following article appeared in the May 2005 issue of Upscale Magazine

News for 3/21/2005

Missing Renewed For A Third Season

MISSING (Lifetime) - The cable channel has confirmed the sophomore drama will return for a third season this summer, with new episodes set to premiere Sunday, June 12 along with a new season of "Strong Medicine." The news comes in spite a 10% drop in the ratings this season (1.9 million vs. 2.1 million on average last season). Production on the new season of the Lions Gate Television series is set to begin on April 18. As for specifics on the new season, Lifetime executives confirm "sparks are finally going to fly" between Vivica A. Fox and Mark Consuelos's characters while Fox and Caterina Scorsone will start seeing eye-to-eye in their casework. Justin Louis also stars in the series, which is executive produced by Glenn Davis, William Laurin and Debra Martin Chase.

News for 1/17/2005

The following interview appears in the January 2005 issue of Essence Magazine

News for 8/11/2004

Vivica A. Fox Brags About Turning 40

For The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) - It's not every day you'll hear a Hollywood actress bragging about turning 40 the way Vivica A. Fox is doing.

Of course she can boast about aging because she doesn't show it, not even on this day, when she had taken a red-eye flight from Toronto and spent much of the morning promoting her new Lifetime series "Missing."

She's bright-eyed, smiling and talking a mile-a-minute about everything from the single life and the "little young fellas" who keep "checkin'" her out to going shopping for frilly, pretty things _ like the strapless, pink A-line and matching feathery flip flops she's wearing.

"Guurl, I'm excited about 40. I ain't wet behind the ears no more!" she says, laughing. "I'm a woman and I'm cool with me, and if everybody don't like me, that's OK because I ain't goin' to like everybody anyway, and I'm cool with that, too."

Yet it appears television audiences like Fox just fine in the newly retooled "Missing," which premiered last season as "1-800-MISSING" with Caterina Scorsone and Gloria Rueben, who has left the show.

Since last month's season debut, "Missing" has climbed to No. 1 in its time period (10 p.m. EDT Saturdays) with women aged 18 to 49, according to Lifetime, which just ordered five additional episodes of the series.

After a string of ill-fated shows, Fox now has a chance for a more lucrative series run playing FBI special agent Nicole Scott, a frank, off-the-cuff investigator partnered with straight-arrow agent and psychic Jess Mastriani (Scorsone).

Making "Missing" is like "doing a mini-movie every week," Fox says. "I'm doing drama, with a little bit of humor added, and I'm very happy. I like being here."

Series creator Debra Martin Chase seems just as pleased with the casting.

"Vivica's that great combination: She looks amazing, she's smart; women love her, men love her," Chase said. "We were able to take advantage of that and create a character that is vulnerable, who is gentle but tough and is not afraid to kick some butt; who breaks the rules but who has her own code of honor."

Having finished "Kill Bill: Vol. 1 & 2," "Ella Enchanted," and a series of urban romantic comedies, the woman who catapulted her movie career with an out-of-this world kiss with Will Smith in "Independence Day" wasn't interested in returning to television.

But Lifetime had other ideas.

"Vivica's was the first name we went to when Gloria talked about wanting to leave," says Lifetime programming vice president Kelly Goode, "and Debra was just dogged about going after her."

After three months of relentless pursuit, Fox finally got an offer she couldn't refuse: co-executive producing credits on "Missing" and a film production deal with Lions Gate Entertainment, which produces the series in Toronto.

"I feel like I've achieved another level in a business that's not kind to African American actresses," says Fox.

But juggling her roles as producer and star hasn't been easy.

"There's days when I gotta get down on my knees and do positive prayers, especially when I first started the show," she says. "There were always so many questions and ways I'm being split that I have to stay positive to keep my strength, to keep my serenity."

She's needed that a lot lately, after her divorce to singer Sixx-Nine (Christopher Harvest) in 2002 and the abrupt end of her romance with rapper 50 Cent, who began insinuating after the breakup that Fox was "crazy" and using him to get her face on magazine covers.

Fox waited until the BET Awards in May before publicly responding to 50 Cent's comments.

"I spoke out because I needed closure," she said. "I needed to remind everybody, I've been doing this for a long time. I'm not new to the game, I'm true to the game."

Mulling it over now, she says "the mistake that me and 50 made was that we went public too fast. We just got too excited about each other. It was just exciting!"

She added: "I didn't speak about the break-up when it happened, and he was going so public, which was completely disappointing ... I really don't know what I did that made us break up. It was sad, because I really cared for him, but I still wish him well. But I will never publicly put down a black man. I just can't."

Moving ahead, Fox will soon be back on the big screen with Eddie Griffin in the action thriller "Blast," and is awaiting distribution on several projects, including one of four "Beauty Shop" features.

In the meantime, she's looking to finance her "passion project," "Vertical," an independent film that she will produce and star in.

"It's kind of like Vivica's `Training Day,'" she explains. "I play a very dark character that's very charming, which is fun."

Taking a moment, she sighs and smiles. "You know, I just feel at peace with Vivica right now," she says. "A new chapter is getting ready to happen in my life. I'm just thankful and not taking anything for granted and enjoying my life."

News for 7/26/2004

The following article appeared in the July 1, 2004 issue of TV Guide Magazine

News for 5/30/2004

The following article appeared in the May 2004 issue of InStyle Magazine

The following interview appeared in the November 2003 issue of Savoy Magazine

News for 3/4/2004

Vivica A. Fox Dials Lead in '1-800-MISSING'

By Nellie Andreeva

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Vivica A. Fox has replaced Gloria Reuben as the star of Lifetime Television's rookie crime series "1-800-MISSING."

The show, based on the "1-800-WHERE-R-YOU" novels, centers on a FBI investigator who has enlisted a young woman (Caterina Scorsone) with telepathic abilities to help her locate missing persons.

Fox will play a new hard-nosed FBI agent who teams up with the psychic girl. With Fox on board, Lifetime has renewed "1-800-MISSING" for a second season.

Reuben, who starred in the series' first season as no-nonsense FBI agent working with the medium, is set to depart the show to pursue other projects.

"We support Gloria's decision to leave the show and are grateful for all her contributions this past year," said Barbara Fisher, Lifetime's executive vp entertainment. "We wish her continued success in her future endeavors."

Fox's "1-800-MISSING" gig marks Fox's first TV series since CBS' "City of Angels." It is part of a wider pact with the show's producer, Lions Gate Entertainment, under which she will also develop, produce and star in low-budget movies. Her feature credits include the "Kill Bill" films, "Soul Food" and "Independence Day."

Following a stellar premiere in August, "1-800-MISSING" averaged a 2.0 household rating and 2.1 million viewers, regularly winning its Saturday time period among basic cable networks in households.

News for 1/3/2004

The following interview appeared in the November 2003 issue of Heart & Soul Magazine

News for 6/1/2003

Vivica A. Fox interview from the April 2003 issue of Upscale Magazine.

News for 12/2/2002

USA stakes out cop drama pilot with Fox-y lead

LOS ANGELES (The Hollywood Reporter) --- Vivica A. Fox is going undercover with Edmonds Entertainment and USA Network to a develop a sexy cop drama series in the vein of Pam Grier's "Foxy Brown" and the '70s ABC drama "Get Christie Love."

The project is being developed as a two-hour backdoor pilot. Film and TV writer Jeff Eastin has signed on to the pen the script, which is still in the early development stage.

Michael Thorn, USA's vp original series programming, said USA was already looking around for a female cop drama franchise when Edmonds principal Tracey Edmonds and Sheila Ducksworth, Edmonds' head of TV, pitched USA the idea of "a contemporary and more grounded version of 'Foxy Brown.' "

After pacting to develop the project, Thorn said the first thought on everyone's minds was: "Get Vivica Fox."

"Her versatility as an actress drew us to her," Thorn said. "She's a talented comedian and wonderful dramatic actress. And she's a trained martial artist -- she just works perfectly for the franchise."

Set in Los Angeles, the untitled project will be rooted in drama and action, but USA is still aiming for a lighter tone than the current crop of police procedurals on network TV, Thorn said.

"We're not trying to do a dark, gritty undercover cop show," he said.

Tracey Edmonds said the show will be a "blend of action, humor and attitude" with an emphasis on the geographic sprawl and population boom that defines Los Angeles. "We want to capture all the excitement of this new type of law enforcer working against the backdrop of a dynamic and diverse city setting," Edmonds said.

Edmonds will executive produce the project with partner Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds and Fox. Ducksworth will serve as co-exec producer.

For Fox, who already has a production banner dubbed Foxy Brown, the chance to put a new spin on the sexy, savvy female cop was a no-brainer, despite disappointing experiences in series TV with the Fox sitcom "Getting Personal" and the CBS drama "City of Angels."

"I grew up on shows like that," Fox said. "Tough chicks are popular again nowadays, and I'm so glad. I hate those victim girlfriend roles."

Fox added that she was impressed with Edmonds Entertainment's track record on the Showtime series "Soul Food." It was also important that she be afforded creative input as an executive producer, Fox said.

"I want to do a cop show that's fun, sexy and modern with a lot more elements than your basic heavy cop show," she said. "They came in with such a wonderful offer, I couldn't refuse."

In addition to "Soul Food," Edmonds Entertainment is developing a miniseries on the history of hip-hop for HBO and a telefilm about abolitionist Harriet Tubman with Angela Bassett for CBS.

Fox is just back from Ireland after working on the Miramax fantasy feature "Ella Enchanted," and she'll be seen next year in Quentin Tarantino's latest, "Kill Bill."