*It’s a good day for comedians-turned-talk show hosts at BET. The netowrk announced at its annual Upfront presentation Wednesday that “The Mo’Nique Show” will return for a second season, and spinoff network Centric will begin simulcasting “The Steve Harvey Morning Show” this fall.
BET also announced a new partnership with Flavor Unit Entertainment to produce original programs including scripted series “Let’s Stay Together,” which highlights the challenges of modern relationships of five young, aspirational African Americans, and “The Cookout 2,” a sequel to the popular feature film, “The Cookout,” which finds a suspended NBA star playing the game of his life to rescue his family.
Other fresh additions to BET programming include new episodes of the former CW sitcom “The Game,” “Toya” (without her partner Tiny), “The Laurieann Gibson Project,” starring the infamous “Making the Band” choreographer, and “The Kennedys,” focusing on famous Watts skateboarder Terry Kennedy.
As for new specials, BET will present “106th & Park 10th Anniversary Special,” “Black Girls Rock: A Celebration of Black Women,” “BET 30: 30 Moments, 30 Years,” and “Top 10 Rappers of the 21st Century” and “A Very BET Christmas.”
Details of all new BET and Centric programming are listed below.
NEW PROGRAMMING ON BET
LET’S STAY TOGETHER – When two independently minded sisters take the step toward marriage, life puts their love to the test. This sophisticated romantic comedy series keeps its sense of humor as it tackles the intricacies of sex, intimacy, and communication. SCHEDULED TO PREMIERE 1Q 2011
THE LAURIEANN GIBSON PROJECT – Choreographer and principal dancer Laurieann Gibson (Making The Band) knows what it takes to make it, and knows real talent when she sees it. Now Laurieann joins forces with BET to give the next generation of dancers a chance to realize their dreams. Expect dramatic thrills every step of the way until the finale of this intense competition series. SCHEDULED TO PREMIERE 3Q 2011
THE GAME – By popular demand, BET answers the prayers of Sabres fans everywhere. New episodes of THE GAME will be produced by and air exclusively on BET. After enjoying record ratings in syndication, THE GAME, created by Mara Brock Akil and executive produced by Kelsey Grammer and Salim Akil, will follow the lives of the fictitious San Diego Sabres–and the women who love them. SCHEDULED TO PREMIERE 4Q 2010
THE KENNEDYS – BET drops viewers into the world of superstar skateboarder Terry Kennedy as he leverages his fortune and fame for both his extended family and his community. Ride with Terry as he surmounts the obstacles that come with launching an apparel line and breaking ground on a skate park in Watts, California. SCHEDULED TO PREMIERE 4Q 2010
NEW SPECIALS ON BET
106 & PARK 10TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL – 106 & PARK has mirrored what’s fresh and important in urban culture in a language that always speaks directly to the youth. Ten years later, 106 & PARK is still front and center. As part of BET Network’s celebration of 30 years on the air, 106 & PARK throws the party of the year to commemorate a decade of showcasing all things hot. Expect a galaxy of stars from hip hop to Hollywood, plus interviews and performances that will look back at the biggest moments in 106 & PARK history. SCHEDULED TO PREMIERE 4Q 2010
BLACK GIRLS ROCK: A CELEBRATION OF BLACK WOMEN – African American women are leading in the White House and the Fortune 500, dominating professional sports, driving political discourse, and winning Hollywood’s top awards. A celebration is in order. Expect one without equal from BET. SCHEDULED TO PREMIERE 4Q 2010
BET 30: 30 MOMENTS, 30 YEARS – BET celebrates 30 years of Black entertainment with a look back at thirty moments that shaped the channel and shook the world. From intimate interviews and revealing exclusives to electrifying performances, this special will serve as a time capsule of monumental moments in history as experienced through the unique lens of BET. SCHEDULED TO PREMIERE 4Q 2010
TOP 10 RAPPERS OF THE 21ST CENTURY – This countdown of new millennium MCs is sure to set the Internet ablaze with chatter. We’re only ten years into the century, but these lyricists have taken hip hop to new places. There’s no better channel than BET to rank them with the help of your favorite cultural commentators, videos and media highlights. SCHEDULED TO PREMIERE 4Q 2010
A VERY BET CHRISTMAS – The holidays are a time for joy, music and family. For the first time ever, BET brings together a stellar lineup of the year’s hottest talent to celebrate the season with a charitable New York City concert and surprise guests. A VERY BET CHRISTMAS will both express our gratitude and renew our faith. SCHEDULED TO PREMIERE 4Q 2010
RETURNING HITS ON BET
106 & PARK – After ten years and over 2,000 episodes, the network’s flagship music program remains the #1 music video countdown show anywhere on television. 106 & PARK continues to count down the top ten video hits as A-list music, film, television, and sports celebrities appear with hosts Terrence and Rocsi. With new interactive segments, Wild Out Wednesday, Freestyle Friday and the livest audience ever, 106 & PARK amplifies the voice of a generation.
BOBBY JONES GOSPEL – GRAMMY® winner Dr. Bobby Jones, Jr., the “Ambassador of Gospel” and host of the longest continuously running original series on cable television, delivers his ministry and praise on the network’s flagship gospel program and the longest-running gospel program on cable. This weekly standout features joyous performances and riveting interviews from gospel music’s most talented entertainers, choirs, evangelists, and others.
THE FAMILY CREWS – America’s favorite sitcom dad Terry Crews (Everybody Hates Chris) has his hands full with his real-world family of seven. Season One saw Terry renew his vows to Rebecca, his dynamic wife of 20 years. The family also prepared for the arrival of their first grandchild. THE FAMILY CREWS is growing up and getting bigger. Let’s see how our action hero handles it all in the second season.
THE MO’NIQUE SHOW – Uncompromising and unstoppable, multiple award winner Mo’Nique (Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, BAFTA, NAACP Image Award, and Academy Award® for Best Supporting Actress) returns for another incredible season of laugh-out-loud comedy, candid celebrity interviews, and sensational musical guests you won’t see anywhere else. Expect new heights as Mo’Nique continues to change the face of late night.
TOYA – Antonia ‘Toya’ Carter returns to BET after two seasons with best friend Tiny. With the titles of mother, author and reality superstar under her belt, viewers will get to see more of the woman no longer in the shadow of her ex husband, Lil’ Wayne. 2011 belongs to Toya.
RETURNING MEGA-SPECIALS ON BET
BET HIP HOP AWARDS – The BET HIP HOP AWARDS pays tribute to a culture that changed the world. With style, substance, and swagger like no other, the BET HIP HOP AWARDS 2009 was the #1 hip hop-themed telecast on television for the third consecutive year. RETURNING 4Q 2010
THE BET HONORS – THE BET HONORS celebrates our best and brightest: entrepreneurs, corporate citizens, educators, public servants and entertainers are lauded with moving musical tributes. Hailed by The Washington Post as an event that “favored achievement with honor over gaudy success,” THE BET HONORS is the bridge between generations. RETURNING 1Q 2011
CELEBRATION OF GOSPEL – CELEBRATION OF GOSPEL rings in each new year with awe-inspiring power and anointed, electrifying performances. Always a star-studded gathering of gospel and R&B greats, CELEBRATION OF GOSPEL holds the crown as the highest-rated gospel program anywhere on television for nine years running. RETURNING 1Q 2011
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RIP THE RUNWAY – RIP THE RUNWAY sets the best of Black fashion to music. Electric performances, bold designers and sexy models melt the winter chill. No wonder it’s the #1 fashion-themed telecast on television three years running! RETURNING 1Q 2011
BET AWARDS – The BET AWARDS is the most watched awards program among African American viewers in cable history, and #1 with African American viewers 18-34 year after year. After an unparalleled 10th anniversary extravaganza, the BET AWARDS will continue to deliver unforgettable moments, tributes, and performances in 2011. RETURNING 2Q 2011
SPRING BLING – Packed with stars and fans, this weekend of performances and beachfront games is the ultimate Spring Break celebration. RETURNING 2Q 2011
NEW PROGRAMMING ON CENTRIC
VINDICATED – VINDICATED illuminates the journeys of men and women exonerated for crimes they did not commit. This docu-series takes a compassionate, hopeful look at an often painful and unjust past with exonerees adjusting to life beyond prison walls in the present. Hosted by Common. SCHEDULED TO PREMIERE 1Q 2011
THE STEVE HARVEY PROJECT – Award-winning comedian and author, Steve Harvey, and his co-hosts light up weekday mornings with the STEVE HARVEY MORNING SHOW. The show features the latest in news, entertainment, and celebrity interviews and the offers dating advice through the popular Strawberry Letter segments and is coming to TV via CENTRIC. SCHEDULED TO PREMIERE 4Q 2010
ALMOST MARRIED – Some walks down the aisle take longer — or take unexpected turns along the way. This original reality series chronicles the path of former SUNDAY BEST competitors Latice Crawford and Jeff Spain, a young, faithful African American couple on their way to marital bliss, from setting the date to jumping the broom. SCHEDULED TO PREMIERE 4Q 2010
RETURNING HITS ON CENTRIC
LEADING MEN – Meet the LEADING MEN who live their lives in public and allow viewers to take a rare look at their private side. Prominent African American men who have impacted American culture artistically, socially, and politically are candid and revealing.
LEADING WOMEN – One-on-one conversations provide an intimate look at the private lives of dynamic, powerful sisters who lead. Learn how these LEADING WOMEN make time for family, work, friendships, and most of all, themselves.
SOUL TRAIN AWARDS – Showcasing the evolution of SOUL TRAIN’s impact on musical history from the ’70s to now, the new SOUL TRAIN AWARDS is all about the melodic marriage of music and dance. Expect the best soul singing talent to show out and be celebrated!