BET: Revives ‘ComicView’, Adds T.D. Jakes Talk Show, More

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  • BET unveiled its slate of new and returning series to advertisers at its upfront presentation in Los Angeles.

    According to, Mara Brock Akil was front and center as her hit comedy series “The Game” was renewed for a seventh season, and her newest project, the Gabrielle Union drama “Being Mary Jane,” (originally picked up as a movie) was formally ordered to series.

    Other new series pitched to advertisers include a revival of standup showcase “ComicView” after a five-year hiatus, a weekly talk show starring Bishop T.D. Jakes, and “Burns BBQ,” a reality series produced by Arthur Smith.

    The network had the attendees on their feet with a performance by Chaka Khan, who sang her anthem “Tell Me Something Good.” With multiple cable networks, including OWN, looking to tap into the strong and loyal black TV audiences, BET’s president of original programming Loretha Jones touted the cable network as being “better connected” to the African-American community than any other network.

    Below are details about BET and sibling Centric’s new series

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