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Terri J. Vaughn, Jacob Latimore, Dondre Whitfield Headline New BET Series "Young Man On Campus"

by Tambay A. Obenson
April 2, 2012 6:29 PM
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Terri Vaughn

BET continues its push towards more original scripted series with Young Man On Campus, a comedy pilot starring Jacob Latimore as a 15-year-old college prodigy and, as the title states, the youngest man on a college campus, who shares a dorm room with his basketball star cousin Marco.

Latimore and Eric D. Hill, Jr. as brother Marco, will be joined by Trishelle, the single (widowed) mother of the two boys, who'll be played by Terri J. Vaughn.

Trishelle is described as "an earthy mama bear who truly wants Jacob to have every advantage in life that she didn’tShe got a second job driving the campus bus at Mt. Pleasant five years ago to get an employee discount on her children’s tuition, and while Jacob got in on a scholarship, she keeps the job to keep an eye on him."

Also cast in the pilot episode are Dondre Whitfield as Prof. Derek Watson, who discovers Jacob's genius, and Vanessa S. Simmons as Aliyah, a "hot girl whom both Jacob and Marco have crush on."

Young Man On Campus was created by Jacque Edmonds Cofer (executive producer of Reed Between The Lines and Let's Stay Together - both BET shows).

This makes it the second new scripted series announced recently for BET's next season; the other being Mara Brock Akil’s drama Single Black Female which will star Gabrielle Union.

Competition is a good thing, as the black TV network space starts to get crowded...

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  • Yolanda | April 3, 2012 10:44 AMReply

    This was a back door pilot first shown on Reed Between the Lines. On that ep Dawnn Lewis played the mother.

  • Spike Lee | April 2, 2012 11:38 PMReply

    This is a terribly written article.

  • Akimbo | April 2, 2012 11:55 PM

    I assure you that the show's writing will be much worse.

  • Dionne | April 2, 2012 7:30 PMReply

    This story line actually began on episode of Reed Between the Lines.

  • ok | April 2, 2012 6:49 PMReply

    sounds like the "smart guy".

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