BET’s New Slate of Programming Continues to Entertain, Empower and Engage Its Audience

BET is in tune with what African-American viewers want: high-end drama and comedy, along with more refined reality and hard-hitting investigative documentary series.

On Wednesday, April 17, BET announced its upcoming slate of programming for 2018-2019, which will include all-star talent and a dramatic increase in original content.

“Creating powerful, engaging and provocative content has been BET Networks’ legacy for decades,” said Connie Orlando, Head of Programming, BET Networks. “With the increase in our original programming slate for 2019, we’re committed more than ever to telling the most compelling and authentic stories about the Black experience.”

BET Networks President Scott Mills spoke to The Hollywood Reporter ahead of the announcement to discuss the network’s reorientation toward original, scripted content.

“Our new focus is on shows that are dramatic, character-driven, aspirational and authentically anchored in the African-American experience,” said Mills.

“We are confident that content in that vein is going to allow us to more consistently pull big audiences you’ve seen us pull with The New Edition Story, the BET Awards, Being Mary Jane and The Game.”

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Here’s a look at some upcoming programming:

Paramount Pictures’ Boomerang has boomeranged back from Viacom’s deep library

Eddie Murphy’s 1992 film Boomerang is being modernized into a 30-minute comedy series, which BET will partner with Paramount TV to produce. The show mines evergreen themes from the OG film like office politics, shown through the lens of today’s culture. Expect to see plotlines develop around gender roles and the relationship between Gen-X and millennials in the workplace.

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There’s No Safe Space in Paramount Network’s Heathers Reboot

Paramount Network’s Heathers is a modern take on the 80s cult classic, with sardonic, NSFW dialogue, and fierce fashion (rather than shoulder pads, this squad rocks faux fur and statement chokers).

And this time, the elite Heathers are not three white girls with long hair and thin legs rocking color coordinated twin sets. Heather M. is black, Heath is gender-fluid and their vicious ringleader Heather C. is a plus-sized, body-positive badass.

Watch the trailer:

Meet the Heathers on Instagram:

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A Super Sweet Resurgence of Reality on MTV

In 2005, a show called My Super Sweet 16 premiered on MTV. I was 14, fixated yet mildly disturbed as I watched teenagers just a couple of years my senior scream at their parents for buying  the wrong type of Mercedes as a birthday present.

Hillary Duff sang the infections theme song (which is stuck in my head as I type this). The episodes typically involved 16-year-olds barking orders at their parents and outlining outlandish demands, such as a casual half million dollar budget. The birthday princess would change costumes more times than Rihanna at the VMAs.

We watched in lurid fascination as catfights unfolded between friends, celebrity guests, and parents. We witnessed harsh consequences for parents who bought their children an underwhelming amount of diamonds:

Yashika, aka the Veruca Salt of diamonds, makes herself clear. (Photo courtesy of MTV)

This was the golden age of early 2000s reality TV. As always, MTV defined what was in vogue—and at the time, it was delightfully depraved, unscripted programming.

Along with My Super Sweet 16, MTV produced some of the most addictively decadent shows of that era—Laguna Beach, Cribs, 8th & Ocean, The Osbournes, et al. Americans were collectively hooked.

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Nick Gets Kuu Kuu With Gwen Stefani’s Exclusive Animated New Show

Fans of superstar Gwen Stefani won’t want to miss Nickelodeon’s latest animated series, Kuu Kuu Harajuku. Inspired by executive producer Stefani’s love of Harajuku cultureKuu Kuu Harajuku follows the kuu kuu adventures of the band HJ5 – Love, Angel, Music, Baby and G – through their super cute world of music, fashion and style.

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Gwen Stefani is executive producer for Nickelodeon’s newest animated series, Kuu Kuu Harajuku. Photo courtesy of Nickelodeon.

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Amber “Muva” Rose Lights Up The Late Night With Sex-Positive Talk Show on VH1

You might know Amber Rose as Kanye West’s provocative ex-girlfriend, Wiz Khalifa’s ex-wife, and the subject of a bizarre Twitter feud between her two most famous ex-partners.

But in her new VH1 talk show, the model, entrepreneur, and activist showcases a different side of her public persona.

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 11: Amber Rose attends the VH1 Hip Hop Honors: All Hail The Queens at David Geffen Hall on July 11, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for VH1)

Amber Rose attended the VH1 Hip Hop Honors: All Hail The Queens at David Geffen Hall on July 11, days after her show premiered on VH1. Photo courtesy of Getty.

Don’t be mistaken—the Amber Rose Show is not holding back. The former stripper and author of self-help book, How to Be a Bad Bitch, is edgier than ever. VH1 promises Rose’s show has the power to reinvent late night talk shows, and after watching her pilot, I agree.

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