The Network Adds Four New Pilots Showcasing Stories of Revival and Redemption Including the First New Unscripted Project From Executive Producing Duo Salim and Mara Brock Akil
On the heels of a successful spring programming season, BET Networks announced today its development slate which includes four new unscripted pilots for next season. The pilots join hit comedies like “The Game” and “Let’s Stay Together” which have commanded African American households for three straight seasons. Each project displays the thrills and triumphs of ‘second chances’ experienced through transformations of one’s health, spirit, career and character. BET brings viewers the ups and downs of real life drama, while invigorating the spirit and inspiring viewers to reinvent themselves.
From Salim and Mara Brock Akil (producing duo behind BET’s “Being Mary Jane,” “Sparkle” and the hit shows “The Game” and “Girlfriends”) comes “BACK TO ME WITH JEANETTE JENKINS.” Featuring trainer-to-the-stars, Jeanette Jenkins, the show follows Jenkins as she reshapes the lives and bodies of everyday people with her holistic approach to healthy living. From the physical makeover to the professional comes “HIP HOP SISTERS” starring hip hop icon MC Lyte, Lady of Rage, Yo Yo, Smooth, Monie Love and Lil Mama. These female MCs have made their own success in the rap game but are now joining together to reclaim the Hip Hop Throne as one unit and in the process hope to find their next protÃ©gÃ©. Next, a revival of the soul as gospel legend Kirk Franklin hosts “GONE GOSPEL,” a music competition that takes familiar musical artists of the past and gives them a new opportunity to rediscover their success by immersing them in a gospel boot camp that will renew their lives and careers through song and spirit. The fourth project hits the streets and places a division of U.S. law enforcement under the microscope. ” INTERNAL AFFAIRS” takes a stark look at police officers investigating some of their own. The show reveals the personal struggles and shocking crime stories of the oft-maligned investigators dedicated to taking down criminals within their ranks.
The four projects are currently in development at the network.