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Posted Thursday 9/20/18 at 9:25PM EDT
BET makes its Quincy Jones TV special official
The legendary producer and musician will be feted for his 85th birthday as part of Q 85: A Musical Celebration For Quincy Jones, which will tape on Sept. 25. Rashida Jones will honor her dad with the help of John Legend, Jennifer Hudson, Dave Chappelle, Gloria Estefan, Danny Glover, Gladys Knight, Herbie Hancock and Brian McNight.
# TOPICS: Quincy Jones, BET, Q 85: A Musical Celebration For Quincy Jones, Brian McNight, Danny Glover, Dave Chappelle, Gladys Knight, Gloria Estefan, Herbie Hancock, Jennifer Hudson, John Legend, Rashida Jones
Posted Monday 9/10/18 at 8:51PM EDT
BET is finalizing a deal for a Quincy Jones 85th birthday primetime special
After CBS and The Recording Academy pulled out of a planned special, BET is said to be finalizing a deal to tape its own special honoring the legendary producer on Sept. 25.
Posted Thursday 9/06/18 at 10:03PM EDT
BET's The Bobby Brown Story allowed Bobby Brown to rewrite his troubled narrative
Source: The Muse
The two-part BET miniseries, made with Brown's significant involvement, is "a classic example of an artist using their own license to rewrite a contentious public narrative," says Clover Hope. She adds: "For the subjects involved, the self-produced biopic is a kind of unobstructed release of their side of the truth, which is unfortunate for the people in their lives who aren’t around to dispute it. For the viewer, it’s a nostalgic, intimate (and debatable) encyclopedia that gives us both tough and light moments, including the best one from Part 2 of The Bobby Brown Story—a reenactment of a classic scene (Whitney in a visor and Bobby in tiny glasses dancing together in a hotel) from the classic 2005 reality show Being Bobby Brown, which as a friend of mine joked 'put Bravo on the map.'"
Posted Thursday 9/06/18 at 1:41AM EDT
Bobby Brown on The Bobby Brown Story: "I'm grateful that I'm able to tell my story to my kids and let them watch it with me"
"Hopefully people will take away that they didn't know me at all," says Brown, who was consulted on the BET miniseries. "They thought they knew what I been through and what I am. But they don't know how I got to that point. This movie will show them how I got to the downfall and how I picked myself back up. That's the great part.” ALSO: Twitter has been losing its mind over The Bobby Brown Story.
Posted Wednesday 9/05/18 at 2:03AM EDT
BET's The Bobby Brown Story tries to redeem Bobby Brown from public villainy
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"Following the release of three Whitney films since 2015 and even a vulturous TV biopic about the tragic life of daughter Bobbi Kristina, ex-husband and singer Bobby Brown is now clearly asking, 'What About Bobby?'" says Robyn Bahr. "BET's cheaply made (though endlessly watchable) miniseries The Bobby Brown Story unfortunately comes off as a different kind of #MeToo story — one that posits, 'What if abusers were the true victims all along?'"
Posted Tuesday 9/04/18 at 3:42PM EDT
BET casts Sinqua Walls to play Soul Train creator Don Cornelius as a young man
The Power, Once Upon a Time and Teen Wolf vet will star in American Soul, an unflinching 10-episode series inspired "by the personal trials and professional successes of the young, ambitious and troubled impresario Cornelius."
Posted Friday 8/31/18 at 10:58PM EDT
Eminem regrets his anti-Trump freestyle on last year's BET Awards
Source: Page Six
On his new album Kamikaze, the rapper's first song "The Ringer" addresses the freestyle. On the track, Eminem raps that he still hates President Trump, “but if I could go back, I’d at least reword it / And say I empathize with the people this evil serpent / Sold the dream to that he’s deserted."
Posted Tuesday 8/21/18 at 5:47PM EDT
Samantha Bee finds Michelle Wolf and Robin Thede cancelations "very disheartening"
Source: The Daily Beast
“I’m really, really sad about it,” the Full Frontal host says of BET canceling The Rundown with Robin Thede and Netflix axing The Break with Michelle Wolf over the past month. Bee tells The Daily Beast: “You have to take time as a network to develop things. If it’s not working for you in the time slot or whatever, you have to give a show more than 10 episodes to find its legs. It’s brutal. Shows need time to find their audience and they need adequate advertising. They need adequate promotional pushes to make that happen.”
Posted Monday 8/20/18 at 10:18PM EDT
BET is promoting The Bobby Brown Story by allowing people to enter a 30-foot replica of the singer's head
BET put up the "art installation" as part of New York's Harlem Week to allow potential viewers to enter the "complex and creative mind" of the pop star. Or as a press release put it: “As the public physically enters his mind, they experience 3-dimensional storytelling, passing through his ephemeral thoughts, capturing his highs and lows, surrounded by projection mapped brain synapses and floating 3D holograms of key imagery from his life.”
Posted Wednesday 8/01/18 at 12:04AM EDT
Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story drew 1.2 million viewers airing on BET and Paramount Network
The premiere of the Jay-Z-produced Paramount Network docuseries was simulcast on BET. Viewership on the Viacom cable networks was about evenly split. ALSO: Rest in Power takes on the myth of post-racial America.
Posted Friday 7/27/18 at 1:14PM EDT
Bobby Brown denies abusing Whitney Houston while promoting the BET miniseries on his life in the hotel where she died
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Brown had a tense press conference this morning at the Beverly Hilton hotel, where the Television Critics Association press tour is being held and where his late ex-wife Whitney Houston drowned in a bathtub in 2012. "The spirit of my ex-wife is probably still here… It just feels good to be here and to promote this movie and to be able to smile and to be here with my wife and my kids," Brown said while promoting the upcoming BET miniseries The Bobby Brown Story. Brown raised eyebrows when he denied abusing his late ex-wife. “There were no violent incidents between me and Whitney,” he said, denying that there were even 911 calls placed. Brown added: “The public record is wrong."
Posted Thursday 7/26/18 at 10:37PM EDT
BET's cancelation of The Rundown with Robin Thede is a mystery
Source: Fast Company
There was no mention of ratings performance in the reporting and BET's announcement of the cancelation of The Rundown, which received universally positive reviews. "It seems as if The Rundown was a casualty of a recent changing of the guard at BET," says KC Ifeanyi. "Chairman and CEO Debra Lee, who greenlit Thede’s show, stepped down in May, paving the way for Scott M. Mills to oversee strategy and operations for BET as president. Reportedly, Mills’s vision is to increase the network’s scripted content and original movies. How there’s no room in that vision for a late-night political satire show driven by an underrepresented voice in the conversation is perplexing to say the least."
Posted Wednesday 7/25/18 at 4:06PM EDT
BET cancels The Rundown with Robin Thede after one season
Thede, the former head writer for Larry Wilmore's The Nightly Show, received rave reviews with the launch of her BET late-night show last October. "But the lack of renewal news after the show wrapped its initial 24-episode run in April was a sign that BET was wavering on a second season," reports Variety. Thede, the only black late-night talk show host, said of BET's decision: “I’m thankful that BET took a chance on me and the show,” Thede told Variety. “I’m already in development on several other projects and I’m looking forward to hosting the TCA Awards on August 4.” ALSO: Thede tweets thanks to "all of YOU. Except Ben Carson."
Posted Thursday 7/05/18 at 8:54PM EDT
BET docuseries prompts Las Vegas police to re-examine the Tupac Shakur killing
In an interview for the docuseries Death Row Chronicles that aired in February, Keffe D (aka Duane Keith Davis) said he was in the front seat when the iconic rapper was murdered in a 1996 drive-by shooting. Davis' cousin was one of the men investigated for the killing.
Posted Monday 6/25/18 at 1:35PM EDT
Jamie Foxx seemed to be hosting the BET Awards as if his career depended on it
Source: Los Angeles Times
"Rarely has a celebrity tasked with moving along a televised awards show taken as much pleasure in the job as Foxx appeared to during this three-hour special broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles," says Mikael Wood of last night's awards show, adding: "The host’s high visibility was all the more remarkable given that some observers had questioned Foxx’s participation this month after a woman accused him of sexual assault— a charge clearly at odds with the reputation the BETs have established in recent years as a locus of progressive politics. (Foxx has denied that he assaulted anyone.)"