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! 

  • http://www.purplekeychain.blogspot.com purplekeychain

    Okay, look, my beef with black TV shows in general is that the acting and scripting is always SO sub par. All the black folks on camera have to be wholesome, godfearing, Cosby-sweater-wearing, never cursing, never stumbling over words — I mean, okay, TV is not reality, but on American black TV, black actors on black-centered shows never bring ANY realism to their characters. They are either Cliff and Claire Huxtable, or they the family in one of those wack-a*s TP shows (meet the johnsons, house of something? i don’t know…). But rarely something in between, although there are a few exceptions – like Girlfriends, Bernie, etc. – that kind of started out crappy and stereotypical and OVER-acted, but turned out to be okay towards the end when the actors began putting realness (I learned that word from RuPaul, don’t hate) into their characters.

    The Wayans just need to STAND DOWN from being in front of the camera and stick to being behind it when it comes to comedy, especially Shawn and Marlon. I’ll give Marlon his due for his role in GI Joe — he needs to stay away from comedy, though, because he is NOT funny.

  • http://www.purplekeychain.blogspot.com purplekeychain

    Okay, look, my beef with black TV shows in general is that the acting and scripting is always SO sub par. All the black folks on camera have to be wholesome, godfearing, Cosby-sweater-wearing, never cursing, never stumbling over words — I mean, okay, TV is not reality, but on American black TV, black actors on black-centered shows never bring ANY realism to their characters. They are either Cliff and Claire Huxtable, or they the family in one of those wack TP shows (meet the johnsons, house of something? i don’t know…). But rarely something in between, although there are a few exceptions – like Girlfriends, Bernie, etc. – that kind of started out crappy and stereotypical and OVER-acted, but turned out to be okay towards the end when the actors began putting realness (I learned that word from RuPaul, don’t hate) into their characters.

    The Wayans just need to STAND DOWN from being in front of the camera and stick to being behind it when it comes to comedy, especially Shawn and Marlon. I’ll give Marlon his due for his role in GI Joe — he needs to stay away from comedy, though, because he is NOT funny.

  • Pat

    I applaud the baby steps, they were long overdue..I also would like to see news coverage and political forums to educate/enlighten those on laws and the like affecting us..

  • Freebee33

    I think TJ Holmes’ show might do that, i hope lol.

  • Mina

    I agree purple. Marlon was great in GI Joe but he needs to do more serious roles because his comedy is just tongue in cheek and isn’t really gut bustingly funny. As long as BET stops playing the same old movies every night and reruns during the day, I might actually watch it. I do like Let’s Stay Together. I think it’s gotten better since they’ve added Kyla Pratt because she kinda represents the college going girls.

    You are right about all these shows being like the Cosby show with no cussing or realism. To be honest, I don’t want to see a show where it’s all cussing and fighting like RHWOA or Basketball Wives, or the old College Hill crap. I mean, if they could make black version shows of The New Girl or stuff on Fox and NBC, I’d watch it.

    I want to see like a comedy about Eritreans, Ethiopians, and other African (Americans) in America. You know, something new and fresh. Or even African Canadian-Americans or Afro-Mexican Americans…I want to see another culture, ethnicity, etc besides our traditional soul food eating selves.

  • Whatever

    Yes, I will definitely support! It’s worth giving it a chance. Reed between the Lines and Let’s Stay Together have grown on me and I hope they continue down the road of original programming and improve the quality over time. Crossing my fingers that they get it right!

  • Jaslene

    They made this promise years ago.

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