*Despite filming it’s entire second season, the plug has been pulled for BET’s “Reed Between the Lines.”
The show’s star, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, confirmed the network’s decision to not air the sophomore season in an email to AccessAtlanta.com.
“There’s really not much to say about ‘Reed Between The Lines,” the actor wrote. “BET decided not the air the second season, even though it was shot. As a result, there’s really nothing to say about the show.”
Ray Ford arrives for the Disney ABC “2013 WInter TCA Tour” event at The Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa on January 10, 2013 in Pasadena, California
*Ray Ford of “Don’t Trust the B— in Apt 23” fame has been cast in the Fox pilot “Fatrick,” while Zoe Soul of BET’s “Reed Between the Lines” will join Michael K. Williams and Carmen Ejogo in the sequel to “The Purge.”
Ford is reuniting with “Fatrick” co-creator/exec producer Nahnatchka Khan, who created “Apt 23.” He’ll play Maurice, the longtime best friend of Patrick, a thirty-something guy realizing that his life isn’t quite where it should be and forced to face the damage caused by years of being the chubby kid called “Fatrick.”
Maurice is the only one who knows “both Patricks” and now serves as his therapist.
Ford, whose credits include and “Grey’s Anatomy,” has also been cast in the comedy as the 12-year-old Maurice.
Gabrielle Union in a scene from “Being Mary Jane”
*“Being Mary Jane” has yet to air its first season (or even a second episode). Still, BET has already ordered a season 2, according to Deadline.com.
The decision to quietly move forward comes after the 90-minute pilot’s impressive 4 million viewers.
Union stars as a successful TV news anchor in the series from Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil, the duo behind BET’s flagship comedy “The Game,” which is currently in production on Season 7.
Tracee Ellis Ross, Malcolm Jamal Warner of BET’s “Reed Between the Lines”
Meanwhile, Deadline is reporting that BET has given up on its Tracee Ellis Ross comedy “Reed Between the Lines.”
Ross starred as Dr. Carla Reed, a successful psychologist trying to balance her family and career, and Malcolm-Jamal Warner as her husband. It was renewed for a second season in April 2012 but underwent a revamp later that year when Ross departed.
BET is yet to schedule Season 2. The first season of “Reed” spawned a spinoff, “Young Man On Campus” starring Jacob Latimore, which didn’t go past the pilot stage.
*BET’s family comedy “Reed Between the Lines” just got the death sentence when Tracee Ellis Ross broke the news about leaving the show last week.
She didn’t divulge the juicy details until now.
In an interview with Essence.com, the actress revealed being on the show was not necessarily something on her timeline of long-term jobs.
“It was that BET hadn’t decided if they were picking up the show yet or not,” said Ross. “During that time when they didn’t know, I was offered a really amazing pilot for NBC, and BET graciously allowed me to go and do it.”
From there, she said, things kind of got sticky because she was trying to do both.
“Then the timing got complicated and there was a need to move forward. [BET] had to figure out how to deal without me because I wasn’t available. But it’s not because I wanted to leave.”
In fact, she said the show has potential and she “loves” it. If the opportunity presents itself in her life of complication, she could maybe return one day.
Oh, did we tell you the NBC pilot she left “Reed” for was not picked up?
*Tracee Ellis Ross is tired of pretending she likes the show, “Reed Between the Lines.”
Ok, that’s not what she said, but she is leaving the terribly scripted so-called BET comedy. Her departure comes shortly after joining the cast of NBC’s fall pilot, “Bad Girls,” a show about women in federal prison. The show wasn’t picked up, though.
So what’s the plan?
In a statement Ross said that, “Reed Between the Lines” was a show, “I believe in and care about,” and that there was a “chance,” that she might return at some point.
“Reed Between the Lines” will (unfortunately) continue without her.
Ross played Carla, the wife of Alex Reed (Malcolm Jamal Warner). The busy power couple attempts to manage raising three children while maintaining a loving relationship.
The second season will launch next July, but the couple will be separated as Carla moves away to Los Angeles to pursue her dream job.
*Charlie Robinson, perhaps best known for his run on the 80s sitcom “Night Court,” has been added to the cast of BET’s “Reed Between the Lines’ as a series regular.
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The veteran actor will play Monroe Reed, the father of Malcolm Jamal Warner’s character Dr. Alex Reed, according to Deadline.com.
Robinson just finished the run of August Wilson’s Jitney at Pasadena Playhouse.