*BET Networks has announced its 2016-17 slate of series and telepics that include works from John Singleton, comedian Gary Owen, rapper Snoop Dogg, and a new drama called “The Yards” starring Anika Noni Rose.
Singleton’s “Rebel” is described as a take on the seminal police drama that examines the unique and conflicted relationship officers of color have with their jobs — at a time when police forces are under intense scrutiny for brutality and misconduct. It follows Oakland police officer Rebel Cole as she navigates her job and life after her brother is slain by police. Singleton executive produces with Dallas Jackson. “Rebel” is produced by Mar Vista Entertainment for BET and co-written, executive produced and directed by visionary filmmaker John Singleton. Dallas Jackson also serves as Executive Producer.
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“Gary Owen Family” is among the network’s unscripted pickups. It is a half-hour reality series following the comedian as he prepares for a vow renewal ceremony with his black wife. Owen is quite possibly Black America’s most beloved non-Black comic. He is the first Caucasian man to host BET’s ComicView, and has appeared in urban films such as “Think Like A Man” films, “Ride Along” and “Meet The Blacks.” He also starred in his own hit stand-up comedy specials including “I Agree With Myself,” “True Story” and the upcoming “I Got My Associates.”
Owen’s new BET reality series is described as a 30-minute unscripted series that is colorful, truthful and hysterical. Gary Owen loves his wife so much, he wants to marry her again – and the path down the aisle is paved with non-stop laughter as he balances planning a wedding with raising his three rambunctious children and growing his white-hot career. “Gary Owen Family” is produced by Bunim/Murray Productions. Bunim/Murray’s Gil Goldschein and Jeff Jenkins serve as Executive Producers along with Gary Owen, Stella Bulochnikov, Brian Sher and TIP “T.I.” Harris.
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