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Posted Friday 2/02/18 at 3:15AM EST
CBS is poised to reunite with MTV, BET, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon under a proposed merger with Viacom
A reunion could benefit both companies, especially since Viacom’s cable channels have a big international footprint while giving a boost to CBS All Access. CBS and Viacom split into separate companies in 2005.
Posted Thursday 1/18/18 at 9:48PM EST
BET's Black Card Revoked tests the blackness of its contestants
Comedian Tony Rock hosts the comedy game show, premiering tonight, featuring celebrity guests playing the Black Card Revoked card game.
Posted Wednesday 1/17/18 at 11:05PM EST
Actor playing Bobby Brown in BET miniseries says despite his warts-and-all portrayal, he received the singer’s blessing
The Bobby Brown Story's Woody McClain, a professional dancer who has performed with Brown, says all the controversies will be explored, including the singer’s trouble with drugs, his kinky love life, his problems with Whitney Houston and the death of daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown. “We go all the way — anything it takes to get the job done that is what we are going to do,” McClain said of the follow-up to The New Edition Story. “Viewers will be so shocked. We are talking about everything we know and everything we don’t know.”
Posted Wednesday 1/10/18 at 2:01PM EST
BET’s Mancave announces its all-male cast
Each episode of the Steve Harvey-produced late-night talk show will feature new celebrity guests in a male-centric discussion. The cast includes R&B singer Tank, comic Gerald “Slink” Johnson and record producer Marcos “Kosine” Palacios.
Posted Monday 11/20/17 at 1:56PM EST
BET cancels hip-hop drama The Breaks
The Breaks aired its first season on VH1 earlier this year, and it was announced in April that a second season would air on BET. But those plans have been scrapped.
Posted Friday 11/17/17 at 7:14AM EST
Robin Thede’s The Rundown is “Black Twitter personified within the late-night mold”
The former head writer on Larry Wilmore’s Nightly Show “takes from that familiar, white male–dominated genre and serves it up through a biting, unmistakably black lens” on her weekly BET show, says Aisha Harris. She points to one segment where Thede took on the topic of black Trump supporters with the seriousness of John Oliver and Samantha Bee.
Posted Thursday 11/09/17 at 2:25PM EST
BET is bringing the party game Black Card Revoked to TV
Tony Rock will host the game show that will challenge contestants’ “Black Card.”
Posted Tuesday 11/07/17 at 10:17AM EST
Actor who played Bobby Brown in The New Edition Story will reprise the role for The Bobby Brown Story
Woody McClain will star in the BET two-part followup to the New Edition miniseries.
Posted Friday 10/13/17 at 4:15AM EDT
Robin Thede’s BET talk show The Rundown “is a late-night show for a generation that’s tired of white men doing the same thing every night”
Thede transitioned seamlessly from being head writer on Larry Wilmore's The Nightly Show 14 months ago to helming her own talk show on Thursday night, becoming the first black woman in late-night since 2011. “Her reactions are sharp and gif-able,” says Ashley Ray-Harris. “The segments are compact and informational; ready to be consumed in your news feed the next day. Instead of feeling like a desperate reach at relevance, it feels realistic. Thede knows that’s exactly where her audience is going to see this content; not on a TV with cable with commercials.
Posted Wednesday 10/11/17 at 5:14PM EDT
Being Mary Jane to end in 2018 with a two-hour movie
The BET series starring Gabrielle Union started as a TV movie and will end after four seasons with a TV movie.
Posted Wednesday 10/11/17 at 4:44AM EDT
Eminem disses President Trump in a BET Hip Hop Awards freestyle
The rapper generated nearly a million tweets with his four-and-a-half-minute take down of the president. “We better give Obama props ’cause what we got in office now is a kamikaze that’ll probably cause a nuclear holocaust,” Eminem said in his freestyle rap.