Eunetta T. Boone Was the One of the Most Talented Writers on TV before Dying from Heart Attack
Eunetta T. Boone might sound like an unfamiliar name for the general audience, but she was well-known in the entertainment business for being one of the most talented writers and producers on TV. Her wit and sense of humor were behind series like “Raven’s Home,” “One on One,” and “Cuts.”
Boone, a Washington D.C native, started her career as a sports journalist for the Baltimore Sun, becoming the first African-American woman to cover sports in the state.
Eunetta Boone. One of our vets. You have seen her work on television comedies from “My Wife and Kids” and “The Hughleys” to “One on One” and “Living Single.” She worked as a screenwriting instructor at UCLA Extension in between gigs. Rest well, sweet lady. Thanks for the laughs. pic.twitter.com/741tpIL4a5— Ava DuVernay (@ava) March 21, 2019
She had a Bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Maryland and a Master’s from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. She also taught screenwriting at UCLA Extension for six years.
In the ‘90s, Boone decided to switch her career after attending a workshop on screenwriting offered by the Maryland Film Commission. That experience helped her get accepted on Warner Bros. at a time when the market was craving for African-American centered series.
Eunetta worked on the writing staff of “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” with Will Smith, and Fox’s “Roc,” and then started producing for “Living Single” and “Lush Life,” among others.
She also earned co-executive-producer positions on “The Hughleys” and “My Wife and Kids.”
Boone created the father-daughter comedy “One on One” for UPN, which ran for five seasons from 2001 to 2006 with Boone as showrunner.
During my years as an editor at JET magazine, I penned many cover stories and articles about TV shows that Eunetta Boone executive produced. The industry lost a giant. Rest in Paradise. 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/6ccIe6wpK3— Margena A. Christian (@DrMargenaXan) March 21, 2019
“Because we sit at that table every day, hour upon hour, deciding what's acceptable and what's not. And ultimately what it comes down to is what's funny, and then defining funny in a way that's not demeaning."
Eunetta also created the spinoff series “Cuts,” which ran two seasons on UPN from 2004-2006. She took a break from TV after both series ended, and dedicated to teaching at UCLA.
Last year, she returned to her job as a producer on Disney’s “Raven’s Home.” Sadly, she passed away in March of an apparent heart attack.
“Eunetta was a pioneer and an inspiration to everyone she met,” Raven-Symone said. “She was a masterful storyteller, an empathetic leader and a beacon of light to so many. I’m sending love and my deepest sympathies to Eunetta’s family and friends and all who knew and loved her.”
Eunetta Boone talking to students and giving advice on freelancing, giving advice on working in the business, etc! pic.twitter.com/VixYfirR1q— MSUSpokesman News (@themsuspokesman) April 25, 2016
Disney Channel released the following statement:
“Eunetta Boone was a wonderful person and a consummate storyteller and teacher, and through her leadership on many productions including ‘Raven’s Home,’ she did so well what she enjoyed most — mentoring creative talent. Eunetta will be dearly missed and fondly remembered by everyone who knew her.”
May she rest in peace.