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BET Adds Idris Elba's 'Luther' To Its Lineup (Airing This Saturday)

by Tambay A. Obenson
July 11, 2012 10:52 AM
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Smart move by BET, and I applaud it. Even though we've championed Luther here on S&A, and I know a lot of you folks have already watched the series - both seasons - I'm also aware that there's still a large percentage of America (specifically black America) who have yet to watch a single episode, and probably don't even know that the series exists, which is unfortunate.

But with this pickup by BET, it should expand the show's accessibility, and more people will get to know what may be some of Idris Elba's best on-screen work. 

As reported by on BET's website this morning, the critically-acclaimed, Golden Globe-winning series (Idris won for his performance) will air in a marathon this Saturday, July 14th, starting at 8:30AM/7:30C on BET.

The website doesn't say, but I'm guessing the marathon will include both existing seasons.

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  • anon | July 17, 2012 2:03 PMReply

    its not a black show so why is it on bet a bitof a strange pick?

  • Akimbo | July 17, 2012 5:20 PM

    Because the lead of the show, I think his name is Albus Dumbledore, is a black man. I don't know why they posted that random white guy's picture up top. Sorry they confused you.

  • Samiiyah | July 14, 2012 5:20 PMReply

    BET thank you!!! this show is the best thing Ive seen in a long while.. we need to support Idris and bring programming like this to OUR channel We dont get much so we have to value and take stock of something that doesnt portray us giggling and dancing all the time. give a venue for our black actors BET support their capabilities and reward their mistakes a a good try .. but get rid of the stereo typical and give us what everyone on every other channel gets. Stop Hiding our greatness..

  • NanaJohn | July 14, 2012 10:28 AMReply

    I am black (100% mom&dad) and I do not like the BET channel but I will be watching this weekend. Great move for BET because the programming they create and produce is so tacky and over the top.

  • domenick's dad | July 13, 2012 4:08 AMReply

    don't steal nick and teennick! my son loves nick and teennick!he's always looking forward to 90's nick and spongebob!don't take those channels away!

  • domenick | July 13, 2012 4:00 AMReply

    dont do this!dont steal teennick (plus 90's nick)! jeese! i love that channel!retards (thats not a bad word)

  • Micah | July 11, 2012 8:50 PMReply

    I'm really excited BET is airing Luther. I just wonder if they simply aired as a series if more people would have been reached. It may have giventhe audience to chat with one another and the show could grow. In any case good job BET.

  • D.C. Kirkwood | July 11, 2012 8:23 PMReply

    Smootches Tambay. Just set my DVR. I just love Mr. Elba, I don't care if it's Crest commercial count this sista in!!!!

  • charmane | July 11, 2012 6:37 PMReply

    I had never heard of the show until he was nominated. Great show, and agree it should expand its popularity, but wondering how it would fit in with BET's current line up. The network isn't known for having quality television.

  • Missy | July 11, 2012 12:41 PMReply

    Wow...BET is not playin'! I'll definitely watch since I've only seen 2 episodes so far ( I know, shame on me). And @Ashton, you're correct but on the flip side, they're adding viewers and FINALLY diversifying their audience instead of being so one-dimensional. Besides the awards shows, I barely watch BET but I'm excited about the movies they'll be premiering like "Luv" and " Middle of Nowhere." Also, I got my fingers crossed for the new show with TJ Holmes.

  • Nina McAlpin | July 11, 2012 12:32 PMReply

    Oh No! I love, love loved Luther! I have the season in my archives! Unfortunately, my cable company here in Chicago, Direct TV is dropping BETand all of Viacom's stations, because they now want us to pay extra for them! This is why de-regulation is so bad for the consumer. Direct TV and Viacom are trying to gouge us! No more BET, MTV, VHI, NICKELODEON, TVLAND, COMEDY CENTRAL, or any Station owned by Viacom.

  • Adam Scott Thompson | July 11, 2012 12:20 PMReply

    Best move by BET since they decided to resurrect the news. You remember the news, don't you? It was that thing that used to air before "Uncut" and "Success in Life with Robert Tilton."

  • Ashton Morris | July 11, 2012 11:37 AMReply

    I respect the move but I feel that Luther isn't a show for BET audience. But I might tune in to watch Luther because I love the show.

  • charmane | July 11, 2012 6:40 PM

    I 100% agree. Luther appeals to a broad audience and by BET picking it up it maybe seen as a "black" series, which it is not. I will just look for it on BBC, I really don't want to have to sit through BET's advertising just to watch one quality show

  • Adam Scott Thompson | July 11, 2012 12:19 PM

    Agree w/ Akimbo. Three types of TV shows you can always bank on: police, medical and legal procedurals. Don't know that the accents will matter much -- or maybe that's just me. Honestly, I sometimes need Negroglyphics just to decipher what my fellow African-Americans are talking about. lol

  • Akimbo | July 11, 2012 11:51 AM

    I don't know, it's a cop show starring Idris Elba; two things the masses tend to enjoy. Perhaps it's deeper than the average procedural, but I think people will give it a look-see. I honestly think the foreign setting/accents could (but not necessarily will) be the biggest deterrent.

  • Kenneth | July 11, 2012 11:25 AMReply

    I'm sure more than a few people will turn on their TVs on Saturday and will say, "Stringer Bell sounds different. And why is he sitting in a police station? Is he snitching?"

  • WOW | July 14, 2012 7:13 PM

    WOW NOW BROWN COW, Miles Ellison, your comment had to be the most foolish and obnoxious piece of bullshit that you've said this year. Seriously, you've watched BET, right? Obviously you have or you wouldn't have made such a dumb-ass statement without talking about something you've experienced, right? So you're implying that those who watch BET are what, exactly? OR! Are you saying every black face on BET is an obnoxious caricature?! OR?! Are you being a signifying monkey and implying that you're better than "those" folks?

  • Miles Ellison | July 14, 2012 6:10 PM

    If they're watching BET, there will be disappointment that he's not some obnoxious caricature (like the characters on The Game).

  • arnold drummond | July 11, 2012 11:22 AMReply

    Thanks! Just set my DVR to record the marathon, which includes seasons 1 (six episodes) and 2 (four episodes).

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