Following Reed Between the Lines and Let’s Stay Together, BET is developing a new round of original scripted series, including Gun Hill, a police drama starring Larenz Tate and Second Generation, a comedy with Damien Dante Wayans and Craig Wayans.
The new series are being planned for the 2012-2013 season as part of a push to move the network into a more diverse direction and offer a wider range of programming. "We realize that BET will never be all things to all Black people," Loretha Jones, BET’s President of Original Programming and a former Hollywood studio executive, told the Los Angeles Times. "But we felt we could be more. The diversity of projects shows how we can serve different parts of our demographic while being able to bring the BET voice to different genres."
Gun Hill, which is being developed by Reggie Bythewood (New York Undercover, Get on the Bus), will be the network’s first scripted drama. Staring Larenz Tate, the series centers around the lives of identical twins on opposite sides of the law — one is a cop and the other is a con.
In Second Generation Craig Wayans and Damien Dante Wayans will pick up the family comedy show baton from Keenan Ivory Wayans, creator of the 1990s sketch comedy In Living Color. The “second generation” will break away from their famous uncles and find their own path in Hollywood (Marlon Wayans produces).
In addition to the scripted shows, various reality TV projects are in the works, including shows with Oscar winner Jamie Foxx, comedian/author Steve Harvey, minister T.D. Jakes and TV judge Greg Mathis.
The 2012-2013 schedule will officially be announced early this summer.
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