What's Happening Now!!
is an American sitcom
that ran in syndication
. It was the sequel
to the sitcom What's Happening!!
, which ran from 1976
. Like the original series, What's Happening Now!!
is loosely based on the motion picture Cooley High
(written by Eric Monte
and directed by Michael Schultz
The show was often aired in transitional hours where stations would go from the afternoon cartoons to the evening sitcoms.
In the series, Roger "Raj" Thomas (played by Ernest Thomas
) has become a fledgling writer. He bought half of the restaurant Rob's Place (renamed Rob's) and was running the business with Shirley (Shirley Hemphill
), making money for himself and his new wife Nadine (Anne-Marie Johnson
), who was a social worker. Dwayne (Haywood Nelson
) has become a computer programmer, and Rerun (Fred Berry
) a used-car salesman. Raj and Nadine live in Raj's childhood home while Rerun and Dwayne share an apartment.
The antics and sarcastic one-liners were reminiscent of the first series. Raj's little sister Dee (Danielle Spencer
) showed up on a sporadic basis in guest spots, with the explanation that she had gone away to college. Raj and Nadine also became foster parents to a young girl named Carolyn, played by Reina King
(sister of actress Regina King
), who had displayed the sass that was seen in Dee when she was younger.
By the second season, both Fred Berry and Reina King left the series. To cover this, the writers... Read More