During its annual Upfront presentation to the advertising community, BET Networks, revealed their new programming content including scripted programs and original movies for both BET and CENTRIC.
During the presentation, BET announced new late night series DON’T SLEEP! featuring TJ Holmes (seen above) new scripted series SECOND GENERATION WAYANS, HOUSE HUSBANDS featuring the hillarious Kevin Hart, and new reality series THE MATHIS PROJECT that will have Judge Mathis work to solve cold cases in urban cities.
BET is also launching a new film offering, BET PREMIERE CINEMA, which will give its viewers a first look at never-before-seen films on TV such THE MINDLESS BEHAVIOR PROJECT and critically acclaimed Sundance hits MIDDLE OF NOWHERE and LUV, after their theatrical run, as well as BET original films BEING MARY JANE featuring Gabrielle Union (below) and GUN HILL.
The Network also announced the new BET AWARDS EXPERIENCE that includes an interactive multi-platform Hollywood takeover of the L.A. Live Complex during BET AWARDS Week in 2013. CENTRIC will unveil its plans to expand SOUL TRAIN AWARDS into a three-day experience including a Comedy Showcase and Concert as well as launch a new talent competition series APOLLO LIVE. BET will reinforce its position as the #1 provider of content for consumers of black culture globally with unprecedented reach to all types of African American consumers across all demographics and genres.
Check out more information on the new programming below:
NEW PROGRAMMING ON BET:
- DON’T SLEEP! – Award-winning journalist T. J. Holmes gives viewers a great reason to stay up with his new original late night series DON’T SLEEP!, Holmes delivers smart, biting social commentary on significant issues important to African Americans. Guaranteed to shake up late night, DON’T SLEEP! presents and tackles current headlines that affect our community while also creating awareness about vital stories mainstream media tends to disregard. Airing four nights a week, DON’T SLEEP! is also infused with numerous in-studio and on-location correspondents injecting perspective, humor, and commentary about a wide range of topics. The witty late-night series is keenly focused on keeping Black America engaged, awake and in the know. Follow us on Twitter: @BETDontSleep; like us on Facebook: http://bet.us/HFjqzY.
- HOUSE HUSBANDS – An insanely funny sketch from the 2011 BET Awards (which quickly became a phenomenon) is coming to primetime. HOUSE HUSBANDS will be a semi-scripted, reality-TV satire sure to skewer all things “Housewives”-like. This half-hour comedy is executive produced by and stars Kevin Hart. Prepare for weekly hilarity. Follow us on Twitter: @BETHousHusbands; like us on Facebook: http://bet.us/Iq1rkb.
- THE MATHIS PROJECT – This powerful new crime investigative series aims to empower neighborhoods plagued by unsolved homicides.JUDGE GREG MATHIS unites local volunteers and law enforcement to gather information that has the potential to solve the case – and get community members to do what, for some, is unthinkable: reveal what they know. Mathis’ investigative skills will bring these cases to a close by exposing the truth that witnesses, anonymous tipsters and “word on the street” sources have kept hidden for years. The crime investigative series stars and is executive produced by Judge Greg Mathis and is produced by ITV Studios America. Follow us on Twitter: @BETMathisPrjct; like us on Facebook: http://bet.us/Iq1rkb.
- SECOND GENERATION WAYANS is a hilarious new scripted comedy based on the lives of the members of the next generation of the Wayans family. However, as it turns out, being a Wayans isn’t all fun and games. Viewers see the good, the funny and the ugly as the young trio emerges from the long shadows of their uncles to carve out their own paths to stardom in Hollywood. Executive produced by Marlon Wayans, Rick Alvarez andDevon Shepard. The series stars Craig Wayans, Damien Dante Wayans and George O. Gore II, who also serve as executive producers, and alsofeatures Tatyana Ali. Follow us on Twitter: @BET2ndGenWayans; like us on Facebook: http://bet.us/IIbkf5.