BET greenlights 'Together' comedy pilot


BET is ramping up its efforts in the scripted comedy arena.

As it prepares to announce it is ordering a new season of "The Game," resurrecting the former CW sitcom, the cable network also has greenlighted a pilot for "Let's Stay Together," a relationship comedy that would serve as a suitable companion for "Game."

"Soul Food" alumna Malinda Williams and Bert Belasco lead the cast of "Together," a romantic comedy described as an updated, urban "Mad About You" that centers on the newly engaged pediatrician Stacy (Williams) and contractor Charles (Belasco) who take the absurd step of trying to blend their successful, independent 21st century lives into a traditional 20th century marriage.

Joyful Drake, RonReaco Lee and Erica Hubbard co-star in the pilot, written by Jacque Edmonds Cofer ("Martin") and to be directed by Henry Chan.

Drake will play Stacy's younger sister who has always been the more popular one and is used to living the high life. Lee will play her lawyer husband who, inspired by Barack Obama, abandons his quest to become a big-shot corporate attorney in favor of a nonprofit legal aid gig. Hubbard will play Charles' opinionated younger sister.

Williams is repped by APA and Inspire Entertainment. Belasco is with TalentWorks and manager Susan Yoo. Lee is with ICM and Principato Young.

BET's only previous stab at launching an original scripted series was the 2008 comedy "Somebodies," which ran for a season.