Actress Gabrielle Union will be spending more time in Atlanta because her show “Being Mary Jane” has been picked up by BET, according to Deadline.com.
The story says the drama is expected to begin production early next year. The pilot was shot in Atlanta in the spring.
[The Georgia Film, Music and Digital Entertainment Office spokeswoman Stefanie Paupeck says she has not heard anything from BET yet about the status of "Being Mary Jane"]
In the show, Union plays an Anderson Cooper-type journalist who has her own cable show. “She’s a bit of a black sheep in her family in reverse,” Union said in a phone interview in April. “She’s by far the most successful in her family.”
But she has man problems to boot.
Other actors on the show include Lisa Vidal (”The Event,”) Aaron D. Spears (”The Bold and the Beautiful) and Richard Roundtree (”Shaft”). The series is created by Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil of Akil Productions, which produces “The Game.”
Union has spent a lot of time in Atlanta in recent years. She was a star in Tyler Perry’s 2007 film “Daddy’s Little Girl” and the recent drama “Good Deeds.”
Her resume is impressive. She has starred in films such as “Bring it On,” “Bad Boys II,” and “Deliver Us From Eva.” On TV, she’s had regular series roles in “City of Angels” on CBS in 2000 and “FlashForward” on ABC in 2009.
BET is shooting all its other scripted shows in Atlanta, all sitcoms: “The Game,” “Let’s Stay Together” and “Reed Between the Lines.”
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk