BET took over Beverly Hills Tuesday afternoon to announce it’s new slate of shows for late 2013 and early 2014 to advertisers and the press.
The highlight of the upfront presentation was the announcements of two new series featuring Gabrielle Union and T.D. Jakes.
Union will star in “Being Mary Jane,” about a successful TV news anchor juggling relationships, work and comittments to her nagging family. The series is the first original project developed for the network by Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil, the husband-and-wife team behind “The Game”.
The cast of “Being Mary Jane,” which will premiere early next year, includes Omari Hardwick, Lisa Vidal, Richard Roundtree, Richard Brooks and Margaret Avery.
To kick off the slate of new shows and returning favorites, BET brought out Chaka Khan to sing “Tell Me Something Good” while celebs like Regina King, Chris Spencer, DeVon Franklin and Bill Bellamy stood to sing along.
The network also announced three other new series, including “Burns BBQ,” an unscripted series about the daily operation of a long-standing family-owned barbecue business due to premier in mid 2014; “T.D. Jakes Presents: Mind, Body & Soul,” a Sunday talk show hosted by the spiritual leader and set to premier this fall; and the return of “Comic View,” the famous stand-up comedy showcase that originated on BET.
Stars from other returning series — including “Real Husbands of Hollywood,” “Bobby Jones Gospel,” “Let’s Stay Together” and “The Game” — entertained the ballroom of VIPs at the Montage hotel in Beverly Hills. The fate of other BET series, including “Second Generation Wayans” and “Reed Between The Lines” remains uncertain.
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