Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
A New Edition Biopic Might Be Coming to a Theater Near You If This Fan-Made Trailer Goes Viral A New Edition Biopic Might Be Coming to a Theater Near You If This Fan-Made Trailer Goes Viral HBO Seeks Diverse, Emerging Writers for HBOAccess Writing Fellowship HBO Seeks Diverse, Emerging Writers for HBOAccess Writing Fellowship Films & TV Series That Are Coming to (and Leaving) Netflix's Streaming Library Next Month (March) Films & TV Series That Are Coming to (and Leaving) Netflix's Streaming Library Next Month (March) Check Out These Photos of Mo'Nique, Queen Latifah, Khandi Alexander & Michael K. WIlliams From HBO's Bessie Smith Bio + Premiere Date Set Check Out These Photos of Mo'Nique, Queen Latifah, Khandi Alexander & Michael K. WIlliams From HBO's Bessie Smith Bio + Premiere Date Set Oscars Telecast Ratings at 6-Year Low. So Was Nielsen Right About Correlation Between Black Nominees & Viewers? Oscars Telecast Ratings at 6-Year Low. So Was Nielsen Right About Correlation Between Black Nominees & Viewers? Here's the Story That the Denzel Washington/Antoine Fuqua 'Magnificent Seven' Remake Will Tell Here's the Story That the Denzel Washington/Antoine Fuqua 'Magnificent Seven' Remake Will Tell Ava DuVernay Won Ava DuVernay Won Watch Footage From Marlon Wayans' Richard Pryor Audition Tape Watch Footage From Marlon Wayans' Richard Pryor Audition Tape Mike Tyson Went to Algeria to Make the Country's "First Martial Arts Film"... Here's a First Look at the Results Mike Tyson Went to Algeria to Make the Country's "First Martial Arts Film"... Here's a First Look at the Results If You Missed PBS' August Wilson Documentary, 'The Ground on Which I Stand,' Watch It in Full Now! If You Missed PBS' August Wilson Documentary, 'The Ground on Which I Stand,' Watch It in Full Now! Now in Demand: Black Actors - Morris Chestnut Books Starring Role in Investigative Drama Pilot for Fox Now in Demand: Black Actors - Morris Chestnut Books Starring Role in Investigative Drama Pilot for Fox Here's One Reason Why Eddie Murphy's 'SNL' Appearance Was So Awkwardly Brief... Here's One Reason Why Eddie Murphy's 'SNL' Appearance Was So Awkwardly Brief... Now You Can Watch All 10 Oscar Nominated Short Films (Live Action & Animation) Online Now You Can Watch All 10 Oscar Nominated Short Films (Live Action & Animation) Online Jill Marie Jones Scores Female Lead Role in Starz Original Series Based on 'Evil Dead' Film Franchise Jill Marie Jones Scores Female Lead Role in Starz Original Series Based on 'Evil Dead' Film Franchise Mo'Nique's Decision to Not "Play the Industry Game" Gets Her Blacklisted. The Actress Speaks... Mo'Nique's Decision to Not "Play the Industry Game" Gets Her Blacklisted. The Actress Speaks... For the First Time, the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards Will Be Broadcast on TV - on OWN For the First Time, the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards Will Be Broadcast on TV - on OWN Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Apparently, Hosting The Oscars Isn't As Coveted A Gig As I Previously Assumed... Apparently, Hosting The Oscars Isn't As Coveted A Gig As I Previously Assumed... Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie... Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie...

Hour-Long BET Special 'The Back Story: 12 Years A Slave' To Air 11/1, 9PM

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act October 31, 2013 at 7:11PM

Hour-Long BET Special 'The Back Story: 12 Years A Slave' To Air 11/1, 9PM
2
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alfre Woodard, director Steve McQueen and Lupita Nyong’o discuss “The Back Story: 12 Years A Slave” hosted by Shaun Robinson / Photo Courtesy of BET Networks
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alfre Woodard, director Steve McQueen and Lupita Nyong’o discuss “The Back Story: 12 Years A Slave” hosted by Shaun Robinson / Photo Courtesy of BET Networks

Even though I'm already suffering from 12 Years A Slave fatigue, given just how much coverage we've given the film, not only since its film festival circuit debut, but a good year+ before that, when the project was initially announced, I have to remind myself that the majority of you still haven't seen it, because it hasn't yet opened nationwide. 

The weekend it debuted in theaters, it opened on 19 screens; the weekend after that (last weekend), it expanded to 123 screens; and this weekend, starting tomorrow, it'll expand even further, playing on a total of 412 screens across the country. Still not quite as wide as some of you might like (especially if none of those 412 screens are in your neck of the woods, meaning you'll have to wait at least another week to see the film that's been the talk of the town for about a month now).

As the film expands to 412 screens tomorrow, BET will air a special on 12 Years A Slave, also tomorrow, November 1, at 9pm ET/PT.

Titled The Back Story: 12 Years A Slave, the hour-long special will include a sit-down with the film's key cast and crew, during which they will discuss the film's "back-story" in-depth.

Stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alfre Woodard and Lupita Nyong’o, as well as director Steve McQueen, will join the conversation, along with noted scholars, cultural critics and historians, which will be moderated by Access Hollywood anchor, Shaun Robinson, before a live studio audience.

Viewers and the audience will be treated to clips from the film during what the network says will be impassioned discourse.

Encores of the special will air on Saturday, November 2, at 12pm ET/PT on BET, and on Centric at 10am ET/PT.

For more information about the special, visit http://www.BET.com.

This article is related to: TV News


Shadow & ActNewsletter