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Posted Friday 4/20/18 at 10:50PM EDT
BET and MTV will show Janelle Monáe's new short film ahead of her album release
Dirty Computer: An Emotion Picture revolves around a “young woman named Jane 57821 (Monáe), who is living in a totalitarian near-future society where citizens are referred to as ‘computers.’”
Posted Tuesday 4/17/18 at 7:01PM EDT
BET orders T.I. reality competition, plus docuseries on the 1992 Olympic Dream Team and 1990s girl groups
The NBA and USA Basketball will help make the docuseries Dream Team on the United States Olympic basketball team that dominated the 1992 Summer Olympics with Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson. BET has also ordered the docuseries Ladies Night, which will delve into the girl groups of the 1990s, including En Vogue, Spinderella, SWV and Salt-N-Pepa. Rapper T.I., meanwhile, will helm The Grand Hustle, which will have contestants competing in Atlanta to become the next big hustler.
Posted Thursday 4/12/18 at 10:36PM EDT
BET orders Dwayne Johnson-produced docuseries Finding Justice
Johnson is teaming with his ex-wife/manager Dany Garcia on a six-episode docuseries focusing on African Americans fighting injustices throughout the country.
Posted Tuesday 4/10/18 at 1:35PM EDT
BET is adapting Eddie Murphy's Boomerang and making a drama on the life of Soul Train's Don Cornelius
"Premium scripted content" is the goal with the pickup of three new series: a half-hour comedy based on Murphy's 1992 movie Boomerang, American Soul based on Cornelius' life and the comedy Peachtree Place about five 30-somethings in Atlanta.. "The shows that have been most successful on BET are all scripted," says new BET president Scott Mills.
Posted Monday 4/09/18 at 1:45PM EDT
BET cancels The Quad after two seasons
The Anika Noni Rose-starring drama set in a historical black college struggled in the ratings in Season 2.
Posted Wednesday 3/14/18 at 1:13PM EDT
MTV, Nickelodeon and other Viacom networks went dark for 17 minutes to support of National Walkout Day against gun violence
Both MTV and Comedy Central changed their logos to orange, the color that connotes gun violence awareness in support of the student walkouts.
Posted Monday 3/12/18 at 2:09PM EDT
BET's The Bobby Brown Story finds its Whitney Houston
Rosewood alum Gabrielle Dennis will play the iconic singer on the two-part BET miniseries.
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.