BET‘s drama Being Mary Jane is not slated to debut as a regular series until early next year but I hear the network has already quietly ordered a second season, following the 90-minute pilot’s big premiere in July when it drew 4 million viewers and a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating. Being Mary Jane, starring Gabrielle Union as a successful TV news anchor, hails from Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil, the duo behind BET’s flagship comedy The Game, which is in production on Season 7.
Meanwhile, I hear BET has pulled the plug on comedy Reed Between The Lines. The show, got off to a solid start with Tracee Ellis Ross starring as Dr. Carla Reed, a successful psychologist trying to balance her family and career, and Malcolm-Jamal Warner as her husbad. It was renewed for a second season in April 2012 but underwent a revamp later that year when Ross departed. BET is yet to schedule Season 2. The first season of Reed spawned a spinoff, Young Man On Campus starring Jacob Latimore, which didn’t go past the pilot stage.
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BET today unveiled its slate of new and returning series to advertisers at its upfront presentation in Los Angeles. Mara Brock Akil was front and center as her hit comedy series The Game was renewed for a seventh season, and her newest project, drama Being Mary Jane, originally picked up as a movie, was formally ordered to series. Other new series pitched to advertisers include a revival of standup showcase ComicView after a five-year hiatus, a weekly talk show starring Bishop T.D. Jakes, and Burns BBQ, a reality series produced by Arthur Smith. The network had the attendees on their feet with a performance by Chaka Khan, who sang her anthem Tell Me Something Good. With multiple cable networks, including OWN, looking to tap into the strong and loyal Black TV audiences, BET’s president of original programming Loretha Jones touted BET as being “better connected” to the African-American community than any other network. Here are details about BET and sibling Centric’s new and returning series:
NEW PROGRAMMING ON BET:
· BEING MARY JANE– From the producers of the award-winning, record breaking BET comedy THE GAME, GIRLFRIENDS and box-office hits JUMPING THE BROOM and SPARKLE comes an original series starring the gorgeous and talented Gabrielle Union. The series is a follow up to the release of the BEING MARY JANE movie of the week slated to launch on BET this summer. Read More »
BET has ordered a 12-episode second season of semi-scripted comedy Real Husbands Of Hollywood. The series, created by Kevin Hart and Chris Spencer, debuted to more than 4 million viewers in January. Labeled the “fakest … Read More »
Codeblack Films has acquired the theatrical rights to the documentary Free Angela and All Political Prisoners. Written and directed by Shola Lynch, the film about Angela Davis premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year. Free Angela … Read More »
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EXCLUSIVE: More than two decades after Will Smith launched his acting career with The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, another young rapper is transitioning to scripted comedy with the help of a husband-and-wife writing/producing duo. BET has greenlighted the Untitled Diggy Simmons Project, a two-hour backdoor comedy pilot/original movie starring 17-year-old rapper/blogger Daniel Dwayne Simmons, aka Diggy Simmons, and executive produced by Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil, the team behind BET’s hit comedy The Game and upcoming original movie/backdoor pilot Being Mary Jane, which is set to premiere next year as part of the BET Premiere Cinema movie franchise. Being Mary Jane, starring Gabrielle Union, is expected to go to series.
The Diggy Simmons project, said to have an Entourage vibe to it, is described as a fresh and edgy look at Diggy Simmons, his life as a blogger, and the close group of loyal friends who hold him down on his rise to the top. Simmons will play the main character Blake. Also cast in the project are Allen Maldonado as Manny, Blake’s best friend. Manny lives with his twin sister Tae (Teyana Taylor), who is Blake’s ex-girlfriend, after their grandmother died. Chris Brew will play Dot, a tech geek, now a student at NYU, and a childhood friend of Blake and Manny. Bria Murphy will play Manny’s girlfriend Nia. Stephanie Charles will play Sheri, Dot’s ex-girlfriend. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: I hear BET is picking up hourlong pilot Being Mary Jane (formerly Single Black Female) starring Gabrielle Union to series. Written by Mara Brock Akil and directed by Salim Akil, Being Mary Jane centers on successful … Read More »
Keyshia Cole is back on BET with a new docu-reality series. Cole, star of the 2006 BET unscripted show Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is, will topline Keyshia Cole: Family First (working title), a … Read More »
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