Will ‘Monogamy’ Work?

(Above: Chrystee Pharris and Darius McCrary)

‘Craig Ross Jr.’s Monogamy,’ a six-episode drama about four couples participating in an unconventional form of marriage therapy, premieres today, May 4, on subscription streamer Urban Movie Channel.

How unconventional is the marriage therapy? Well, it’s called “Swap Therapy” and involves the eight husbands and wives trading spouses for two months “while being completely away from, and out of communication with, their regular lives.”

New episodes will debut every Friday through June 8.

The ensemble cast consists of Brian White (Ray Donovan), Jill Marie Jones (Girlfriends), Darius McCrary (Star), Vanessa Simmons (Growing Up Hip Hop), Wesley Jonathan (The Soul Man), Blue Kimble (Media), Chrystee Pharris (Media) and Caryn Ward Ross (The Game).

Ward Ross is also executive producer and married to the guy who gets his name in the title: series creator Craig Ross, Jr.

We don’t think he put his name there because of ego, though, but rather to distinguish his new production from other films and TV series named Monogamy. Those include a 2010 Rashida Jones/Chris Messina romance drama that you can stream on Amazon Prime, Hulu and Fandor; and a 20-episode 2014 web drama that Ty Saulsbury produced, directed, wrote and stars in.

Subscriptions to Urban Movie Channel (UMC) cost $4.99 a month or $49.99 annually, after a seven-day free trial. UMC is available online and via iOSAndroidRokuAmazon Fire TV or other devices. For more info, visit umc.tv.



About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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