Upfronts 2013: BET Greenlights ‘Being Mary Jane’ To Series

Renews ‘The Game,’ ‘Apollo Live’ For Additional Seasons

BET continued to build its scripted portfolio by greenlighting a full season of Being Mary Jane and renewing hits The Game and Let’s Stay Together for additional seasons, the network announced during its upfront presentation Tuesday in Los Angeles.

The network will debut in first quarter 2014 Being Mary Jane, which stars Gabrielle Union as a successful TV news anchor trying to balance her work and personal life. The series will join on BET’s scripted series lineup The Game, which has been renewed for a sixth season; Let’s Stay Together, which will return for a third campaign; and freshman comedy series Real Husbands of Hollywood, which was recently renewed for a second season.

On the reality front, the network will launch in second quarter 2014 Burns BBQ, which follows the fortunes of a small family barbeque business changing hands from one generation to the next. In addition, BET picked up for a second season The Sheards, which follows the children of gospel legend Karen Clark Sheard and Bishop Drew Sheard.

The network will also bring back its stand-up comedy series Comic View as well as launch a new Sunday morning talk show TD Jakes Presents: Mind, Body & Soul. Other returning unscripted shows include Apollo Live, 106 & Park, Bobby Jones Gospel, and Sunday Best, according to the network.

BET sister service Centric will jump into the scripted arena with the debut of First Family, about an African-American family residing in the White House; and Mr. Box Office, which stars Bill Bellamy as a Hollywood star who runs into trouble with the law and has to serve community service as a South Central Los Angeles high school teacher.

Returning shows include As Written, Being, Centric Certified; Centric Comedy All-Stars and Culture List.  

BET and Centric will also return such signature special events as the BET Awards, BET Hip Hop Awards; Black Girls Rock; Celebration of Gospel; BET Honors; and Soul Train Awards.