*BET’s new series “Let’s Stay Together” fits squarely within the formula of TV romantic comedies in many ways. The cast is young and attractive, every problem can be fixed in about 22 minutes, and there is lots and lots of talk about sex.

But “Let’s Stay Together” is instantly distinctive from the cookie-cutter rom-com. For one thing, the cast is all black, a rarity on prime-time TV.

Half of a comedy block to be launched on Jan. 11, “Let’s Stay Together” is a positive response to what observers of BET have been demanding for years: original scripted programming for its primarily African American audience.

“Let’s Stay Together” is a pivotal step in that direction, declare BET executives, and a key milestone in the 30-year history of BET. They have recruited star power to make the point even stronger: The show’s executive producer is Queen Latifah, who helped develop the series under the banner of her Flavor Unit Production company.

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