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BET Greenlights 4 New Unscripted TV Pilots - 1 From Mara Brock & Salim Akil

by Tambay A. Obenson
June 11, 2013 12:55 PM
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In addition to picking up USA telecast rights to Clement Virgo's adaptation of Book Of Negroes, upcoming new original programming at BET announced today, include another project from Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akilalthough unlike their other original series with the cable TV network, the duo will enter unscripted TV territory, with a new series titled Back to Me with Jeanette Jenkins.

Described as a makeover show centered on celebrity trainer Jeanette Jenkins, it's just one of four new unscripted pilots greenlit by BET.

The other 3 include: 

- Hip-Hop Sisters, which will follow femme rappers, MC Lyte, Yo Yo, Lady of Rage, Smooth, Monie Love and Lil Mama, as they attempt to relaunch their careers.

- Gone Gospel, a singing contest hosted by Kirk Franklin, in which competitors are sent to a "Gospel Boot Camp" to revive their careers.

- And finally, Internal Affairs, a true-crime series that focuses on cops investigating their own.

Today's news represents BET's continued effort to fend off new and old competition for our eyeballs, via a big original programming push - especially with Oprah Winfrey's OWN now seemingly rebranding itself as a black TV network.

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  • Adam Scott Thompson | June 11, 2013 7:14 PMReply

    I'm actually intrigued by "Internal Affairs" (just hoping they don't use the "Affairs" part to feature a whole lot of unnecessary buckin'-nekkids).

    The rest of that... *Eddie Murphy yawn from "Remember the Time"*

  • JP | June 11, 2013 2:53 PMReply

    The name Smooth isn't ringing any bells.

  • Aaron | June 12, 2013 7:56 AM

    Last I heard about Smooth is when she married some foreign millionaire right after her first album dropped then she dipped out of the country.

  • ALM | June 11, 2013 6:20 PM

    She did some work with the group Immature/IMX back in the day.

  • Troy | June 11, 2013 3:04 PM

    Smooth, I believe, is best known for the cut "You Been Played" from the Menace II Society soundtrack. I also believe she is the sister of, or related in some way to, Chris Stokes...

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