'Fresh Prince of Bel Air,' 'Family Matters,' 'Martin,' 'Jamie Foxx Show' & Others Licensed By BET

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by Tambay A. Obenson
March 20, 2013 3:18 PM
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Certainly some of the more successful black TV shows that have ever been broadcast on television; Now you can enjoy reruns of them, courtesy of BET, who I'm sure are glad that none of the selected series listed below, are streaming on Netflix!

All the details via press release from BET follows:

BET NETWORKS LICENSES PACKAGE OF ICONIC AFRICAN AMERICAN COMEDIES FROM WARNER BROS. DOMESTIC TELEVISION DISTRIBUTION

Network Snags Premiere Off-Net Comedies Including "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air," "Family Matters," "Martin," "The Jamie Foxx Show" and "The Wayans Bros." To Air Only On BET And Viacom Media Networks

(March 20, 2013 - New York and Burbank) - BET Networks announced today it has licensed an extensive package of iconic, successful off-net programming from Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution. The series, which features such world-recognized and award-winning actors such as Will Smith, Jamie Foxx and Martin Lawrence , includes "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air," "Family Matters," "Martin," "The Jamie Foxx Show" and "The Wayan Bros." to air on BET and CENTRIC. In addition, Nick at Nite has retained the rights to continue airing "Full House" as well as "Living Single," which will air on MTV2. The deal was unveiled today by Debra L. Lee, Chairman and CEO, BET Networks and Ken Werner, President, Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution.

"We're thrilled to bring our audience more of the classic hits and award-winning actors they love on both BET and CENTRIC," said Debra L. Lee, Chairman and CEO of BET Networks.

"A deal of this magnitude underlines the importance of securing well-known proven hit programming as a part of the foundation of a successful network schedule," said Werner. "These series perform strongly across ethnic and age demos - maintaining their original fan bases while consistently being discovered by new audiences."

The deal, which was negotiated by Barbara Zaneri, Executive Vice President, Program Strategy, Scheduling and Acquisitions, BET Networks and Tom Cerio, Executive Vice President, Cable Sales, Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution, includes:

* The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air - Will Smith stars as a teenager from inner city Philadelphia who's sent to California to live in with his wealthy relatives in the hopes that they will "straighten him out and team him some good old-fashioned values," but Will soon takes his rightful place as "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air."

* Martin - Comic superstar Martin Lawrence plays a small-time talk-radio host - as well as a number of outrageous characters who make his life difficult, creating uproarious laughs in this hilarious comedy series.

* Family Matters - What matters most? Family, of course. Especially if you are a member of the close-knit Winslow brood where the only things that really count are love, laughter and Family Matters.

* The Jamie Foxx Show - Multitalented comedian and Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx stars as an entertainer hitting his stride both musically and romantically.

* The Wayans Bros. - Shawn Wayans and Marlon Wayans star as two brothers in this fresh, cut-loose, physical comedy about two distinctively different brothers sharing an apartment in New York.


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2 Comments

  • PK | March 22, 2013 2:19 PMReply

    ...Cool. I guess. "Fresh Prince of Bel Air" is already on 3 channels (TBS, ABC Family, and Nick...which is part of Viacom ).
    "Living Single" comes on Oxygen I think. It also airs on TVone like "Martin".
    "Jamie Foxx Show" has been airing on CENTRIC, part of the BET family for years already, as does "The Wayan's Brothers" . "Family Matters" has been a part of Nick at Nite for years, but I do like seeing it in during weekends/daytime through BET the last week or two.

    I'm sure there are other black sitcoms that they can resurface. With MTV2 getting Living Single, and already having "Martin" and Centric/BET having "NY Undercover", I feel like they're just competing with TVone which has aired those 3 shows for a while, in addition to previously airing "The Parent'hood" "Roc" "South Central", "The Hughleys""Hangin with Mr. Cooper"... and pretty much every 70s' black sitcom . I wish BET would revive some shows not airing anywhere else. GMC has had "Moesha"& "Sister Sister" for a while (now Centric/BET does too). Why are they circulating the same series? BET should get the rights to "That's So Raven"...they've aired Disney sitcoms before. They could also get "One on One", "Cousin Skeeter" "Me and The Boys", "Waynehead"etc.

  • CC | March 20, 2013 11:18 PMReply

    Is this saying they "too" can air the programs? Or, is this saying they will no longer be shown on any station except BET? If my memory serves me well, for nearly 2 years I've been watching all the programs on several different stations.

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