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Morris Chestnut Inks Development Deal w/ BET + New Show

by Tambay A. Obenson
July 22, 2013 3:06 PM
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As I've said before, regardless of what you might still think of BET, the network is certainly doing what it can to demonstrate a genuine desire to completely shift public perception, given its recent original content push, and aggressive moves to acquire popular content (like its recent Scandal syndication deal).

Today, our friends at Humor Mill Mag are reporting exclusively that Morris Chestnut has just inked a development deal with BET, that includes a new TV show.

This is ontop of the existing development deal that the network has with Team-Akil (Mara Brock and Salim), which has already been fruitful for BET.

Humor Mill adds that the deal with Chestnut includes a starring vehicle for the actor, in a show that he will also develop, as well as his developing other new projects for the network.

Chestnut is certainly no stranger to TV, most recently appearing in 10 episode of Showtime's drama series Nurse Jackie, playing Dr. Ike Prentiss.

It shouldn't be much of a surprise that he's making moves behind the camera also, as he stated in a recent interview with South African news site, Independent Online, discussing his starring in and producing a feature film titled Asylum Down, in which he will play "a reluctant heir to the gold and platinum reserves owned by a modern-day African royal family, who takes over the land and pushes it into the ruthless world markets, which could be to the family's detriment."

"I am venturing into doing more things behind the camera. I don’t want to be director, I enjoy just bringing projects together. You know, in America I have sold a couple of television shows. None of them have aired yet. I will probably get a few projects as a producer so that is my next step in Hollywood."

He was a producer on Not Easily Broken, by the way, which he starred in with Taraji P. Henson.

Up next for Chestnut is the upcoming sequel to The Best ManThe Best Man Holiday.

No word yet on what else we can expect from this new deal with BET.

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  • sakinah | July 23, 2013 12:23 PMReply

    Its always good to see such a positive and diffinitely good looking brother still doing television

  • Katie | July 23, 2013 10:18 AMReply

    It's definitely different. I'll hold my opinions until I actually see it. If I see any Tyler Perry-esque bullchit, I'm clocking out.

    I'm serious, enough already.

    P.S. Good God that man is good looking! Now that's what I call movie star good looks *babble and drools* @A@

  • Edwina@WINONA INC. | July 22, 2013 10:58 PMReply

    Good for you, Morris. Always nice to see ya!

  • Jess | July 22, 2013 8:24 PMReply

    I'd love to see him in something risky and groundbreaking. But we'll probably get something soapy, since it's BET and even OWN has put its toes in that pond. Either way, I'll be happy.

  • ChgoSista | July 22, 2013 4:46 PMReply

    I ain't read nan word in this article--to focused on this chocolatey photo of him--GOOD GAWD...

  • ALM | July 22, 2013 3:28 PMReply

    I would love to see a modern, updated version of the bachelor life similar to what he did in "Out All Night".

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