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What's Happening Now!! is an American sitcom sequel to the original ABC 1976–79 sitcom What's Happening!! focusing on its main characters as adults. It aired in first-run broadcast syndication from September 7, 1985, to March 26, 1988, and, like the previous series, What's Happening Now!! is loosely based on the motion picture Cooley High (written by Eric Monte and directed by Michael Schultz).
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The original What's Happening!! was a modest success in its network run on ABC, despite some serious production problems. But repeats of the show's 65 episodes did reasonably well in syndication. In some markets, the show was perceived to appeal to both children and adults in a similar way to The Brady Bunch and Happy Days. The show was often aired in transitional hours where stations would go from cartoons to evening sitcoms. In a few markets the show actually had higher ratings in syndication than during the network run. This, combined with a trend of former network series finding new life in first-run syndication that was going on during the 1980s, led to the development of what eventually became What's Happening Now!!. The show was produced by Columbia Pictures Television for its entire run. Colex Enterprises, a joint effort of CPT and LBS Communications, served as distributor for the first two seasons. In 1988 the partnership was dissolved and CPT's sister company Coca-Cola Telecommunications joined LBS as distributor. Shortly after the series ended, all 66 episodes were added to the previous show's syndication package, continuing on many local stations across the United States in an on-again, off-again manner until 2009. BET reran both series from September 20, 1993 to October 27, 1995. TV Land, which reran the previous series during the 2005–2006 television season, aired 30 select episodes during the summer of 2007. On February 21, 2014, a marathon of What's Happening Now!! aired on BET Her. The show is currently airing on FamilyNet in reruns, as of September 1, 2014. TV One began showing reruns on May 8, 2015, airing twice a week on Friday nights.