BET gets first scripted comedy, orders up new shows
BET is debuting its very first scripted series, a comedy about black slackers.
I think that means it's a comedy about black people who make slacks, but I'm not certain. I assume "black pantsers" sounds too close to "Black Panthers," and they didn't want anyone to confuse it with that particular organization.
Okay, the real story is that Somebodies is a new sitcom that will be taped in Atlanta, Georgia and will premiere sometime in October, though BET prez Reginald Hudlin said the network will wait until the major networks announce their fall lineups before a timeslot for Somebodies is chosen, which is a wise move for a smaller network like BET. The series is being executive produced by Pete Aronson and Warren Hutcherson of The Bernie Mac Show and will focus on a group of University of Georgia grads trying to decide what to do with their lives. How the ten episodes that have been ordered will develop from that point remains to be seen, but I maintain that the friends could easily go into business for themselves making slacks:
First friend: Stop screwing around and start slacking!
Second friend: I've been slacking all day! Cut me some slack!
First friend: I've been cutting slack all day, you need to cut your own slack, slacker!
Second friend: I'm the slackiest slack slacker, here, slacker, so don't deride my slacking abilities, because you're the sorriest slack slacker in this slack slackery, slacker.
I'm just saying it could work. Oh yeah, and if the title sounds familiar, that's because it's based on the indie movie of the same name.
Other series hitting BET in the fall include an animated sketch comedy from Orlando Jones called Bufu.
Before those series air, you can catch a new hidden camera reality series called S.O.B. in July from comedian D.L. Hughley. Another reality series, also set to air in July, is Baldwin Hills, which focuses on the children of pro athletes, TV personalities, and other affluent and high profile people.
Other reality shows include a spin-off of College Hill called College Hill Interns; Iron Ring, a martial arts competition; Hell Date, a relationship series; Judge Mooney, starring comedian Paul Mooney; and a series of docs about ministers called Exalted.
Also on the slate: Hannibal, an animated series about the African king, produced by Vin Diesel; and Cipha, another animated series, this one about a future world where hip hop has been outlawed. Cipha is being produced by Will Smith.
Reality programming excluded, I must say I'm intrigued by this lineup. I'll check out any animated series at least once, and I like Paul Mooney, too. I guess I'll have to wait and see if any of those shows will be worth tuning in.