Last night, I was on cwtv.com to check out which Girlfriends episodes I've missed. While reading the summaries, I several times saw this piece of encouraging news:
Debbie Allen directed the episode....
We children of the early '90s surely remember the turnaround Debbie Allen brought to A Different World.
In 1988, Allen solidified her reputation as a television director and producer by turning a flawed television series, A Different World, into a long running popular program. Under her leadership the program addressed political issues such as apartheid, date rape, the war in the Persian Gulf, economic discrimination, and the 1992 Los Angeles riot. [Source: Museum of Broadcast Communications, Debbie Allen]
Debbie Allen became the guiding creative force of A Different World, joining the show in the second season as producer-director. A graduate of Howard University, Allen brought firsthand knowledge of the HBCU experience and, with headwriter and fellow producer Susan Fales, Allen took A Different World in a completely new direction. Characters were added, while some existing characters were featured more prominently. ...The storylines also evolved, and controversial topics including racism, pregnancy, date rape, HIV/AIDS and social injustice were carefully balanced against the more prosaic schoolwork, relationships, and fraternity and sorority pledging. Even the opening credits transformed between the first and second seasons; Aretha Franklin, "the queen of soul," replaced Phoebe Snow as the vocalist for the title theme. [Source: http://www.nickatnite.com/shows/differentworld/]
It wasn't overnight, but it happened, and A Different World became the BOMB! True, she joined in the second season, not like the 7th or whatever, and we don't know the level of creative freedom that she is enjoying. Even so with Debbie at the helm, I am keeping hope alive. Hopefully, she's still got the touch.
One word of advice to Debbie: Bring Jill Marie Jones back!