BET unveiled several upcoming projects during its upfront presentation, including new series featuring Gabrielle Union and T.D. Jakes.
Union will star in "Being Mary Jane," about a successful TV news anchor juggling relationships, work and comittments to her family. The series is the first original project developed for the network by Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil, the husband-and-wife team behind BET's signature series "The Game" who have a deal with the network.
The cast of "Being Mary Jane," which will premiere early next year, includes Omari Hardwick, Lisa Vidal, Richard Roundtree, Richard Brooks and Margaret Avery.
The network also announced three other new series, including "Burns BBQ," an unscripted series about the daily operation of a long-standing family-owned barbecue business; "T.D. Jakes Presents: Mind, Body & Soul," a Sunday talk show hosted by the spiritual leader; and the return of "Comic View," the stand-up comedy showcase that originated on BET.