BET (Black Entertainment Television) is the television channel exclusively involved with airing the programmes target mainly for the African American audience. The channel was established for the exact purpose that it serves with great efficiency even now. In its early days, the 80s that is, it kept its programming limited to the reruns of acquired programmes, which was mainly a line-up of black comedies, from other channels. In addition to that, it also aired popular music videos. Over the years, the network expanded its programming strategy and began investing in its original films and TV shows. It has also branched out into other channels like BET News, BET Hip-hop and BET Gospel, each of which caters to a different form of entertainment for the black audience.
Initially, the slate of its shows consisted mainly of comedies, but now, the channel has indulged itself in making dramas and mysteries as well. It has delivered shows like the animated comedy, ‘Black Panther’, situation comedies like ‘Reed Between the Lines’ and ‘Zoe Ever After’, and reality series like ‘Chasing Destiny’, ‘Harlem Heights’, and ‘Real Husbands of Hollywood’. One step at a time, the network is breaking the boundaries of its genres and with every year, it gets one step closer to gaining complete versatility.
The channel’s current programming includes dramas like ‘Being Mary Jane’ and ‘American Soul’, while comedies like ‘Boomerang’ have been received favourably by the audience. It also serves documentaries, reality shows and sports shows. In its upcoming shows, BET is broadening its horizons with shows that touch innovative concepts and tell the untold stories, specifically of the black community. So with all that said now, here’s the list of upcoming new BET series coming out in 2019 and 2020. We hope that these latest BET shows are as good as some of the recent releases.
5. Peachtree Place (TBA)
Will Packer has been a part of films like ‘Obsessed’, ‘Stomp the Yard: Homecoming’, ‘Ride Along’, ‘About Last Night’, ‘Straight Outta Compton’, ‘Girls Trip’ and ‘What Men Want’. He has been involved in television with series like ‘Being Mary Jane’, ‘The Quad’, and is working on a series that focuses on the Atlanta Child Murders. While working on a project of this intense nature, he has also attached himself with a comedy series for BET.
Written by Felischa Marye, who has also served as a writer for ‘13 Reasons Why’, ‘Baby Steps’ and ‘Single Ladies’, this series follows the story of a group of friends in their early 30s trying to find some stability in their lives. The one thing that stays missing from their lives is love and the reason for this lies in their own feelings for each other. Even though they are close to each other, there are secrets between them. They soon realise that truth will have to come out in order for them to move forward. But what will it cost them? This ten-episode series will be executive produced by Packer and Marye, along with Shelia Ducksworth, who is associated with Will Packer Media as the Head of Scripted Development and Production. Casting hasn’t been finalised yet as the project is still in the early developmental stage, but you can expect the release of this show very soon.