After reaching new heights with its programming over the last two years, BET is climbing higher.
The network announces a slate of new shows in development, including the first unscripted series from creative powerhouses Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil. Already home to four top-rated shows among Black audiences, including the smash hits The Game and Let's Stay Together, BET will continue to push the envelope with new projects in reality television, drama and comedy.
The Akils, creators of The Game and the upcoming hour-long drama Being Mary Jane, will executive produce Back to Me, their first-ever reality series on the network. The unscripted series follows trainer-to-the-stars Jeanette Jenkins as she reshapes the lives and bodies of everyday people with her holistic approach to healthy living. Every week, two subjects will be chosen based on their home video submissions to have their bodies and lives transformed by the celebrity trainer, who is behind many of the hottest bodies in Hollywood (including Kelly Rowland, Tia Mowry, Nia Long and Terrence J).
Jenkins tells BET.com, "I wanted to create a show that motivates, educates and inspires people to live a healthy life. You can improve all areas of your life when you take care of you, your temple and this can be done in a fun, super fresh and exciting way!"
Hip Hop Sisters is a docu-drama following the re-launch of six female rappers’ careers. MC Lyte, The Lady of Rage, Yo Yo, Smooth, Monie Love and Lil' Mama join forces and declare themselves The Hip Hop Sisters. Their goal is to reclaim their titles as The Queens of Hip Hop as they manage their drama-filled personal careers and lives and search for the next great female MC.
Gone Gospel is a one-hour music competition docu-series, hosted by Kirk Franklin, that takes popular musical artists of yesteryear and immerses them in a gospel boot camp, giving them a second chance to dig deep and transform their lives as they write their own personal inspirational anthem. In each episode, the cast members will be mentored by gospel greats as they compete against each other in challenges that will test them musically and emotionally. At the end of the journey, one winner will be crowned.
Internal Affairs chronicles the fascinating true-crime stories of internal affairs officers. It presents a series of stunning human dramas as officers face the most daunting personal challenges of their lives. Investigating officers can find themselves ostracized and shunned by their peers. The discovery of their colleagues' criminal activities haunts them and takes them to places they've never anticipated. At the same time, their dedication to law enforcement brings with it the commitment to treat these criminals as any other. It's these emotional human elements combined with high-stakes criminal investigations that makes Internal Affairs unique, compelling and provocative.
BET has had huge success with original programming over the past three seasons, from nurturing comedy series The Game to its biggest ratings ever to becoming the talk of Tinseltown with Real Husbands of Hollywood. The network has become the clear choice for Black audiences and celebrities with shows, specials and original movies across every genre.
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