Brittany Daniel Upped To Regular On BET’s ‘The Game’; A.J. Buckley In CBS’ Wall Street Drama Pilot

By | Tuesday April 1, 2014 @ 5:38pm PDT

After recurring in four episodes of Brittanydaniel1Season 7 of The Game, Brittany Daniel has been promoted to regular on the hit BET comedy series, which has just been picked up for an eighth season. Daniel, repped by APA, Inphenate and attorney Doug Stone, plays Kelly on the series, which follows the “football family” of the San Diego Sabers, exec produced by Mara Brock Akil, Salim Akil, Kenny Smith, Erica Montolfo-Buro and Kelsey Grammer. Daniel also appeared in The Game when it aired on the CW. It was canceled by that network in May 2009 and resuscitated by BET in early 2011. Daniels other TV credits include VH1′s Totally Awesome and a recurring role on It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia.
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TCA: BBC America Bags ’70s Espionage Thriller ‘The Game’, Takes Over Natural History Programming From Discovery; John Simm Cast In ‘Intruders’

By | Saturday January 11, 2014 @ 1:59pm PST

BBC America The GameBBC America announced this morning it had picked up a six part ’70s-set espionage thriller The Game from Toby Whithouse. Brian Cox stars in the project which is set to debut in the fall BBCA GM Perry Simon announced. Simon noted the network had its best year ever, ratings wise, including its best fourth quarter ever, its best December ever and its best Christmas ever with the Doctor Who special. “This Jew finally believes in Santa Claus,” he joked.

Simon also announced 24 Hours on Earth will premiere Tuesday March 11 at 9 PM as part of the network’s new BBC Earth programming block on Tuesday evenings. The production is a second-by-second virtual day and shows how animals and plants exploit specific moments in the 24-hour cycle. Simon told TV critics attending Winter TV Press Tour 2014  “how personally excited I am to begin migrating this programing over to BBC America. I really think this content can be transformative for our channel.” Read More »

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Jere Burns Upped On ‘Justified’, Michael Rispoli, Ruth Negga, Danielle Nicolet In Arcs

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Jere Burns has been upped to regular after four seasons as a recurring on FX’s Justified. Burns plays menacing heroin dope dealer Winn Duffy, who offered a partnership to Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins) in the Season 4 finale. His recent roles include the cable dramas Breaking Bad, Bates Motel and Burn Notice. Burns is repped by Innovative Artists and Trademark Talent.

Ruth Negga has booked a recurring arc on ABC’s new superhero series Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. No intel on her role, which is the Irish actress’ first U.S. TV role. Her credits include the features All Is By My Side, Una Vida and Noble and the UK series Love/Hate, Secret State and Misfits. Negga is with ICM Partners, Principal LA and Jonty Brook in the UK. Read More »

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BET’s ‘The Game’ Season Six Finale Scores Strong Female Stats

By | Wednesday September 4, 2013 @ 5:07pm PDT

An average of 3.8 million people watched the sixth-season finale of BET’s The Game at 10 PM last night, and 1.9 million watched the replay at 10:30. The episode is this season’s No. 1 comedy series … Read More »

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BET Scores With Return Of ‘The Game’ & ‘Being Mary Jane’ Debut

By | Wednesday July 3, 2013 @ 3:15pm PDT

The midseason return of BET’s The Game and the pilot premiere of Being Mary Jane proved a winner for the cable network last night. The 90-minute Being Mary Jane was the highest-rated show on cable and the second-highest-rated program on all of TV on Tuesday with a 2.0 rating. Only NBC’s America’s Got Talent did better in adults 18-49 last night with its 2.3 rating. Starring Gabrielle Union, the 10:30 PM-midnight telecast from BET Productions and Akil Productions pulled in 4.013 million viewers and is the top weeknight primetime TV movie of the year in 18-49 and women 18-49. The Being Mary Jane series is set to debut in 2014. Meanwhile, the mid-Season 6 return of The Game saw the sports comedy score a 1.7 rating with 3.589 million viewers at 10 PM. Read More »

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BET Renews ‘The Game’, Officially Picks Up ‘Being Mary Jane’ To Series, Revives ‘ComicView’, Orders T.D. Jakes Talk Show

By | Tuesday April 2, 2013 @ 2:00pm PDT
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BET NetworksBET 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 »

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BBC1 Orders ‘Strange’ Series & Dramas From ‘Downton’ Producer, ‘Being Human’ Creator

By | Friday November 30, 2012 @ 4:57am PST

Ramping up its event drama output, BBC One has commissioned three new series for 2013. Period fantasy drama Jonathan Strange And Mr Norrell is a six-part series based on the best-selling novel by Susanna Clarke and adapted by Wallander‘s Peter Harness. The book is an alternate history of England set during the Napoleonic Wars and focusing on a magician and his apprentice who use their powers to help the government but who are ultimately pitted against one another. New Line optioned the movie rights back in 2005 with Christopher Hampton adapting, but the film was never made. The series is produced by Cuba Pictures in association with Feel Film and Farmoor. Cuba recently produced Rufus Norris’ well-received festival title Broken. Toby Haynes, who directed the Season 2 Sherlock finale, The Reichenbach Fall, is helming. Nick Hirschkorn and Nick Marston are producers, Justin Thomson-Glover, Patrick Irwin and Matthew Read are exec producers. Read More »

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‘The Game’ Adds Regular, Disney Channel Pilot ‘Bits & Pieces’ Assembles Cast

By | Friday June 22, 2012 @ 11:53am PDT
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Newcomer Jay Ellis has landed a new series regular role on the BET comedy series The Game. He will play Blue, a running back and the No.1 draft pick from an Ivy League school who is highly educated and often … Read More »

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BET Orders New Series, Including Comedy With Craig And Damien Wayans, Renews ‘The Game’, ‘Let’s Stay Together’ & ‘Reed’

By | Thursday April 12, 2012 @ 1:00pm PDT
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A slew of programming announcements out of BET’s upfront presentation, which is going on right now Los Angeles. The network has greenlighted three new primetime series, including comedies Second Generation Wayans, co-written by and starring Craig and Damien Wayans, nephews … Read More »

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BET Renews Comedy Series ‘The Game’ And ‘Let’s Stay Together’

By | Tuesday April 10, 2012 @ 2:12pm PDT
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EXCLUSIVE: I hear that BET has quietly renewed its flagship comedy series The Game for a sixth season (third on the cable network), and the Queen Latifah-produced sophomore Let’s Stay Together for a third. The pickups, which I hear are … Read More »

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‘Ugly Betty’s Michael Urie Gets Lead In ‘Partners’, Pooch Hall Joins ‘Ray Donovan’

By | Thursday February 16, 2012 @ 11:16am PST
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Ugly Betty alum Michael Urie has landed one of the leads in CBS’ half-hour pilot Partners. The multicamera comedy, from Will & Grace creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan, centers on lifelong friends and business … Read More »

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‘The Game’ Opens Season 2 With 5.3 Million Viewers, ‘Dance Moms’ Hits Series High

By | Wednesday January 11, 2012 @ 2:13pm PST
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The Game solidified its status as a smash hit by drawing 5.3 million viewers for its Season 5 premiere. It was down 31% from its record-setting BET premiere last year (7.7 million) but higher than most scripted series on cable. Season 2 of The Game‘s companion sitcom, Let’s Stay Together,Read More »

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It’s Official: BET Renews ‘The Game,’ ‘Let’s Stay Together,’ Picks Up ‘Reed Between The Lines’

By | Wednesday April 20, 2011 @ 9:40am PDT

BET Networks is set to unveil its full lineup, which we told you about over the weekend, during its upfront presentation today in New York. Here’s the network’s release in advance of the event:

NEW YORK – April 20, 2011 – Coming off of the success of its best

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BET Renews ‘The Game’ & ‘Together,’ Picks Up ‘Reed Between The Lines’ To Series

By | Sunday April 17, 2011 @ 11:57pm PDT
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No surprise here — I hear BET has quietly renewed its blockbuster comedy series The Game for a fifth season. The cable network may hold the official announcement until its upfront presentation … Read More »

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‘The Game’ Makes Big Return On BET

By | Wednesday January 12, 2011 @ 1:14pm PST
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The CW may be having second thoughts about canceling The Game and getting out of the comedy business. The return of The Game on BET, which resurrected Mara Brock Akil’s series months after the CW axed it, drew a massive … Read More »

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Primetime Pilot Panic: ’90210′ Picked Up; ‘Rich Girls’ Probably; CW Renews ‘Game’

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2ND UPDATE: I hear How To Teach Filthy Rich Girls (WBTV/Alloy) is ”probably” picked up at CW, It was considered a slam dunk, like 90210. (Is it true HTTFRG‘s title has been changed to “Surviving The Filthy Rich”?)

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