There has been a wealth of great TV shows featuring Black characters in a lead role in the past few years, including Scandal, How To Get Away With Murder, Insecure, Queen Sugar, Greenleaf, Empire and Atlanta. One of the shows that was in the forefront of that moment is BET’s first foray into original programming Being Mary Jane. The show, starring Gabrielle Union as Mary Jane Paul heads into its fourth season in January, though not without some controversy.
Now, BET has just revealed more details about Mary Jane Paul’s new opportunities and inevitable challenges in store for Season 4. Returning on Jan. 10 at 10 p.m., the new episodes find Union’s character working as a correspondent on “Great Day USA,” a national morning news show in New York City.
Paul makes the move to achieve her lifetime career goal of becoming a national lead anchor. At “Great Day” Mary Jane meets her idol, veteran lead anchor Ronda Sales, and realizes that working closely with your heroes isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
Things are further complicated when her old nemesis, Justin Talbot, appears as a new producer.
Along with the new job and city, Mary Jane resolves to start fresh in every way possible, including her love life. She quickly falls for Lee Truitt, successful standup comedian from the UK who tests MJ’s preconceived notions about what (or who) she needs in her life.
Back in Atlanta, the Patterson’s deal with the fallout from Niecy’s run-in with the police. With Mary Jane in New York, they grow closer as they realize their new roles within the family and do what they can to step up to the plate for one another.