BET is seeking to expand its lineup with a new sitcom pilot set to tape in Atlanta this fall starring former Destiny’s Child star Kelly Rowland. The Hollywood Reporter broke the story. A BET spokeswoman confirmed to me it’s going to be shot locally.
In fact, all BET scripted shows are now taped here, including “Let’s Stay Together,” “The Game,” “Reed Between the Lines” and the upcoming dramedy “Being Mary Jane” starring Gabrielle Union.
Rowland, whose acting credits include episodes of “American Dreams,” “The Hughleys” and “Girlfriends,” will star as Dylan, a struggling L.A.-based relationship blogger who lives with her best friend Cherise (Gabrielle Dennis, “The Game”) and wealthy and divorced roommate Brooke (Melanie Liburd, Cinemax’s “Strike Back”).
On the reality front, The Los Angeles Times also says BET is working with former Atlanta bad boy Bobby Brown, who is no stranger to reality shows. He’s been on (of course) the infamous “Being Bobby Brown” on Bravo seven years ago with his late wife Whitney Houston. On VH1, he did “Celebrity Fit Club” in 2010. On CMT, he did “Gone Country” and a silly trifle with Maureen McCormick and Carnie Wilson in 2008.
According to the Times:
The project with Brown, who is currently touring with the reunited New Edition, will be executive produced by James DuBose, who has developed several other celebrity-based reality shows for BET. One of his most high-profile series centered on Philadelphia Eagles star Michael Vick, who staged a comeback after being imprisoned for his involvement in a dogfighting ring.
DuBose has also worked extensively with reality shows related to Atlanta’s Keyshia Cole, including her latest called “Family First” on October 9.
BET confirmed the Times story with me today.
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk