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Kelly Rowland Lands Lead Role In New Scripted BET Pilot From 'Buppies' Creator

by Tambay A. Obenson
August 17, 2012 1:27 PM
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Kelly Rowland

Kelly Rowland has signed up to star in a comedy pilot for BET, exec-produced by The Bernie Mac Show's Warren Hutcherson, and written and co-executive produced by Julian Breece (remember him? He created that Tatyana Ali web series we featured on the old S&A site called Buppies).

I wondered what he'd been up to since then, and if that web series, which was picked up by BET, and aired on its website, opened up any doors for him.

To be titled What Would Dylan Do, Rowland will of course star as the titular Dylan, described as "a struggling L.A.-based relationship blogger" rooming with her best friend Cherise, and Brooke (she's divorced and wealthy), when her ex-fiancee comes back into her life, causing her to rethink their relationship.

Joining Rowland in the cast will be Brandon Scott (aka Dr. Ryan Spalding on Grey's Anatomy) who will play Dylan's ex-financee (don't worry, if you don't know him, he's black); also Gabrielle Dennis from The Game will play bext friend Cherise, while newcomer Melanie Liburd will play the rich divorcee Brooke.

BET hasn't ordered the series yet; the pilot will be shot, and decisions will be made from there.

The cable TV network continues to ramp up its original scripted series slate for next season. I'm looking forward to watching all these new shows it's already announced. 

And in case you were wondering, the former Destiny's Child member has done some acting, like starring in the 2004 rom-com The Seat Filler, to appearances in Girlfriends, Single Ladies and Think Like A Man.

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  • Micah | August 19, 2012 6:37 AMReply

    Can we all agree that Kelly is fine, even in that getup she's rocking.

  • Orville | August 17, 2012 7:12 PMReply

    I hope Kelly's show gets on the air, it is smart for her to expand her brand and move beyond music.

  • Kori341 | August 17, 2012 7:02 PMReply

    Supporting cast looks solid and every time I see Kelly I like her more and more. She'll be a nice fit for TV. I remember Buppies too so I will definitely watch. Whenever it comes out, that is.

  • ALM | August 17, 2012 6:02 PMReply

    If Brooke is wealthy, why does she have two roommates?

  • ALM | August 19, 2012 5:01 PM

    @ Mark & Darla: Reading comprehension is fundamental. Brooke is NOT Kelly's character on the show. Have two seats, one for Mark and one for Darla.

  • Mark & Darla | August 18, 2012 2:35 PM

    No it wasn't just a question, it was a sly negativity toward Kelly. The only person who was serious with their comment was you. Because if I was that serious would have written a whole page response to your comment.

  • ALM | August 18, 2012 12:24 AM

    @ Mark, Darla, and The Black Police: It was just a question. Please refrain from taking a standard question so seriously. Akimbo understood where I was going with this.

  • the black police | August 17, 2012 9:51 PM

    Is it so inconceivable that someone might want roomies (who seem to be friends in this case) for another reason other than rent sharing?

  • Mark & Darla | August 17, 2012 7:00 PM

    On the " Golden Girl" Blanch was rich why did she need three roommates?

  • Akimbo | August 17, 2012 6:47 PM

    Don't ask me to apply too much logic to a BET show, but maybe because she's scared to or has never lived alone.

  • NIELA | August 17, 2012 2:20 PMReply

    I really liked Buppies and never understood why they didn't make it a show. Kudos to Mr. Breice who had a few films at Sundance I think. This could be good.

  • Darkan | August 17, 2012 2:13 PMReply

    @Fay, it was a joke, alluding to the fact that being that the actor has been on Grey's Anatomy which there haven't been too many black men on the show, most people would assume as did I since I not an avid fan of Grey's Anatomy that the love interest of her show would be white. Also based on the synopsis and the way things are described one would totally see how being that she's a professional, wealthy woman that the money didn't come from a brother. That also seems to be the major issue when you watch some films. He was being facetious. No need to ring the alarm. Smh.

  • mark | August 18, 2012 4:48 PM

    To be fair, Grey's Anatomy has had several black men in recurring and regular roles. Had Isaiah Washington not gone bat shit crazy, he would still be one it's leading men. Other than Washington, the show's father figure is a black man played by James Pickens Jr. Additionally, Grey's has had Daniel Sunjata and Jason George as recurring love interests. Currently, Jesse Williams, who has been featured on Shadow and Act, is a regular.

    If anything, Grey's does a poor job of featuring Asian men as doctors. Seriously, when's the last time you went into a major hospital and didn't see a South or East Asian doctor on staff?

  • Nadia | August 17, 2012 2:20 PM

    LOL! I think Fay is new here. Come on now where's your sense of humor Fay? What Darkan said, as well as the fact that it seems like in 8 out of ten announcements on projects that feature a black female in a romantic situation, you'll probably find a white man as her lover. It's a joke. Lighten up.

  • Fay | August 17, 2012 1:58 PMReply

    "Don't worry if you don't know him he's black"?! Did you seriously just write that? I really hope that line is referring to a joke made in the series, because not only is that racist, it implies that us, as readers, are racist as well.

  • ojie king | August 17, 2012 1:43 PMReply


  • Boothe | August 17, 2012 1:40 PMReply

    *relieved that Brandon Scott is Black*

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