January 25, 2011 |
"The Game" used to be a loser. In its three seasons on the CW, the comedy about women involved with players of a fictional San Diego pro football team had a devoted but small following. When producers offered to revamp the series to make it more compatible with the CW's long-form, youth-oriented direction, executives declined, eventually canceling "The Game" in 2009. Less than two years later, "The Game" has turned into a winner with a fresh start on Black Entertainment Television, scoring record ratings in its debut that outdistanced the heavily promoted January premieres of several series, including FX's "Lights Out" and ABC's "Off the Map. " But more significantly, "The Game," which airs Tuesdays and features the original cast, including Tia Mowry Hardrict and Wendy Raquel Robinson, has been a game-changer for Black Entertainment Television.
March 31, 1997 |
Even as the television industry seeks approval from the government and the public for its controversial new ratings system, it has failed to convince two of its own. While most cable channels are slowly joining the major broadcast networks in labeling TV shows to help parents guide their children's viewing, two significant exceptions are beginning to stand out: PBS and cable's Black Entertainment Television.
January 23, 1996 |
O.J. Live. Finally. No limits. No restrictions. No holds barred. That's the claim, at least, of Black Entertainment Television executives planning to air an interview Wednesday with O.J. Simpson--his first live question-and-answer session since his acquittal on murder charges. Jefferi K. Lee, president of BET Networks, said Monday that he expects the hourlong interview, scheduled to be broadcast Wednesday at 7 p.m. on the cable network, to be informative and forthcoming.
February 5, 2006 |
WHEN executives from the WB started thinking about a new student drama that would mirror the lives of their 12- to 34-year-old audience, they bypassed the traditional standby, high school. So did the creators of Oxygen's new comedy "Campus Ladies," who sought a setting for adults who dream of recapturing their youth.
August 19, 1991 |
Only two years ago, Black Entertainment Television founder Bob Johnson seemed something of a pariah in Hollywood. His Washington-based cable network's reliance on music videos and other inexpensive shows drew widespread criticism from black producers who accused Johnson of squandering the resources of the nation's only black-owned cable channel. And Johnson seemed equally testy about Hollywood, saying, "I don't get excited sitting around with Hollywood types talking about programming."
August 27, 1989 |
A few years after founding Washington-based Black Entertainment Television in 1980, owner Robert Johnson boasted that the nation's only black-owned cable network--then barely breaking even with B-movies and music videos--would be showing more costly dramatic series and soap operas "as early as 1986."
January 25, 1996 |
O.J. Simpson has played many roles during his long career on the public stage--football hero, corporate pitchman and comic actor. In his interview with Black Entertainment Television on Wednesday, he assumed still another part--victim. How well it will play remains to be determined.
November 28, 2001 |
The rap continues over the rap and music videos featured on Black Entertainment Television, or BET. The Council of Presidents, a coalition of leaders from national African American college sororities and fraternities, are scheduled to meet this weekend to discuss continuing concerns over videos airing on the black-themed network that feature scantily clad women and rappers bragging about their money, jewelry and sexual prowess. The group has been worried about the impact of the videos on youth.
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January 26, 1996 |
O.J. Simpson's first interview since his acquittal on double murder charges may or may not sell his videos. But it already has given his current legal antagonists a new line of attack and representatives of women's groups fresh fodder in their quarrel with the former football star. Evidence of both results could be seen Thursday, the fourth day of Simpson's deposition in the wrongful death lawsuits filed against him by the families and estates of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Lyle Goldman.