Over the past few years BET has been working to reform its image. Instead of being the destination for raunchy late-night videos, the network has been making a push to fill its airwaves with programs that are both entertaining and uplifting. Recently, BET rolled out several new shows, films, and reality shows at its upfronts, and from the looks of things, the network just might be the place for quality entertainment featuring black folks.
In the fall, some of the sitcoms returning to the network are The Game, Let’s Stay Together, and Reed Between the Lines. Joined by music shows 106 & Park, Sunday’s Best, and Bobby Jones Gospel Hour. But the real treat lies in the network’s new acquisitions.
Gabrielle Union’s dramaedy has a name change. Formerly known as Single, Black, Female the show will now be called Being Mary Jane. BET has also acquired the rights to air several new films including Ava DuVernay’s award-winning feature Middle of Nowhere; indie gem Luv, starring Common and Danny Glover; and Gun Hill by veteran filmmaker Reggie Bythewood.
Other projects heading to the network: A scripted comedy series from the Wayans family; TJ Holmes’ news program Don’t Sleep; House Husbands, a spin-off from the popular skit from the BET awards; The Mathis Project, an unsolved crime show; and The Mindless Behavior Project based on the singing group.
Could these new additions means BET will finally get it right?
I hope so.
Check out more information about BET’s new line up at Shadow & Act and let us know what you think!