BET 'Summer of Chills' Lineup Revealed Including Taryn Manning Suspense Thriller 'Karen'

BET 'Summer of Chills' Lineup Revealed Including Taryn Manning Suspense Thriller 'Karen'

The Taryn Manning feature is full of suspense and premieres on Sept. 14.

UPDATED ON : AUGUST 25, 2021 / 01:35 PM

Written by BET Staff

Get ready to wrap up your summer with BET's lineup of feature films that are full of suspense and thrillers. The "Summer of Chills" slate is packed with three BET original movies and the debut of two additional projects that will stream on BET+.

You will want to grab your popcorn for the highly anticipated movie Karen, airing on Sept. 14, which is sure to feel like it has been ripped right out of the headlines. The nail-biting feature stars Taryn Manning, an entitled racist, Caucasian woman who will go to any length to get a Black couple (Cory Hardict and Jasmine Burke) who have moved into the neighborhood to leave.

The pejorative term "Karen" was coined after gaining traction on social media as a "​​middle aged woman, typically blonde, makes solutions to others' problems an inconvenience to her although she isn't even remotely affected," according to Urban Dictionary

Check out the “Summer of Chills” lineup below:

  1. 'Always & Forever'

    Airing on Aug. 31 at 10PM ET/9PM CT | Encore on Sept. 3 at 10PM ET/9PM CT

    (Courtesy of BET)

    After a tragedy reunites Nicole with her childhood friends, they each find themselves in danger, targets of a deranged stalker. Nicole knows this can’t be a coincidence. The secrets of their past are coming back to haunt them. This thriller stars Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Robbie Jones, Loretta Devine, Wood Harris, and Lauren London.

  2. 'Twice Bitten'

    Airing on September 7 at 10 PM ET/9 PM CT | Encore on September 10 at 10 PM ET/9PM CT

    (Photo Credit: The Nasser Group)

    LisaRaye McCoy stars in this whodunit about a sexy conman targeting his next mark for his latest scam. Things hit a snag when suspicion mounts and the scheme spirals into desperation, betrayal, and murder. Twice Bitten also stars Kevin A. Walton, Shanica Knowles, Dorian Gregory, and Ledisi.

  3. 'Karen'

    Airing on Sept. 14 at 10 PM ET/9 PM CT | Encore on Sept. 17 at 10 PM ET/9 PM CT

    (Photo Credit: Donna Permell)

    An entitled, racist, Caucasian woman (Taryn Manning) pulls out all the stops to rid her neighborhood of the peaceful African American couple (Cory Hardrict and Jasmine Burke) who just moved in next door. Additional cast includes Greg Alan Williams, Lorenzo Cromwell, and V. Bozeman.

  4. 'Influence'

    Airing on Sept. 21 at 10PM ET/9PM CT | Encore on Sept. 24 at 10PM ET/9PM CT

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    From New York Times best-selling author Carl Weber, comes the story of the Hudson’s—a family of African American lawyers led by famed attorney Bradley Hudson. Along with his son Lamont, daughter Desiree and new wife Carla, they are handed the task to defend Grammy Award-Winning singer Savannah who has been charged with the murder of her husband, Kyle Kirby. 

    Influence stars Roger Guenveur Smith, Kellita Smith, Nadine Ellis, Gary Dourdan, Broderick Hunter, Columbus Short, Todd Anthony, Drew Sidora, Deborah Cox, Anthony Hamilton, and Bebe Drake. Influence is a BET+ Original Film that initially debuted on Feb. 20, 2020.

  5. 'Sacrifice'

    Airing on Sept. 28 at 10 PM ET/9 PM CT | Encore on Oct. 1 at 10 PM ET/ 9 PM CT

    Still of Nelson Bonilla as Miguel, Paula Patton as Daniella Hernandez, and V. Bozeman as Tamika Bland from BET's "Sacrifice" pilot episode. (Photo: Peter Forest/BET)
    (Photo Credit: BET+)

    Featuring a star-studded cast including Paula Patton, Erica Ash, V. Bozeman, and Marques Houston, this legal thriller follows entertainment lawyer Daniella Hernandez as she navigates the unruly lives of her rich and famous clients. The reputation of Daniella and her clients proves problematic to LA law enforcement and fractures the relationship with her sorority sister turned nemesis District Attorney Beverly Rucker. The film also stars Juan Antonio, Altonio Jackson, Nelson Bonilla, Michael Toland, James Trevena Brown, Liliana Montenegro, and Josué Ramon Gutierrez.

    Sacrifice is a BET+ Original Film that originally debuted on Dec. 19, 2019, and has been picked up as a BET+ Original Series set to launch later this year.

(Photo Credit: Donna Permell)

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