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Tyler Perry’s ‘Sistas,’ ‘The Oval’ Renewed at BET

BET will extend its Tyler Perry series Sistas and The Oval for another season. The Paramount Global-owned cable network has picked up the two dramas for new seasons, with production on both slated to resume later this spring at Perry’s Atlanta studios. The renewal will take Sistas through its fifth season and The Oval through […]

Tyler Perry Sets ‘Sistas’ Spinoff at BET+

Tyler Perry continues to expand his BET slate. The multihyphenate has set Zatima, a spinoff of his popular drama Sistas, at streamer BET+. The 10-episode drama features Sistas fan favorites Devale Ellis and Crystal Renee Hayslett reprising their roles as Zac and Fatima, respectively, with the series taking its title from the couple’s ’shipper name. […]

ViacomCBS Launches BET Studios With Kenya Barris, Rashida Jones, Aaron Rahsaan Thomas

ViacomCBS is formally launching BET Studios, which will offer Black creatives an equity stake and a place to produce for outlets within and outside the media conglomerate. Kenya Barris — who left a nine-figure Netflix deal for a stake in the venture — Rashida Jones and SWAT co-creator Aaron Rahsaan Thomas will be principal partners […]

Diverse TV Creators Talk Years of Self-Doubt: “We’ve Been Disappointed So Many Times”

On Monday, the Toronto Film Festival hosted a panel of TV creators whose new and highly original series have connected with audiences and are poised to succeed, but the creators also opened up about enduring years of self-doubt and rejection. “I inundated people with terrible scripts for a long time before Feel Good,” Canadian comic […]

‘The Ms. Pat Show’ Renewed for Second Season on BET+ (Exclusive)

Ms. Pat is sticking around at BET+. The streaming service has renewed its comedy series The Ms. Pat Show for a second season, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The pickup comes three weeks after the 10-episode first season debuted on BET+, and on the heels of star and executive producer Patricia “Ms. Pat” Williams landing […]

Nadja Webb Adds Scripted Development Oversight for BET

Nadja Webb continues to take on new responsibilities at BET. The executive has been promoted for the second time in two years and will now serve as exec vp programming business operations, reporting to BET president Scott Mills. Webb will now lead BET’s scripted programming functions, including development, casting and current for BET’s linear network, […]

Oluniké Adeliyi, Loren Lott Join CBC, BET+ Civil Rights Drama ‘The Porter’ (Exclusive)

Oluniké Adeliyi and American Idol alum Loren Lott have joined the ensemble cast for The Porter, a BET+ and CBC drama about North American railway workers now shooting in Winnipeg. Set in the roaring 1920s in Montreal and Chicago, the drama from Inferno Pictures and Sienna Films follows two Black railway porters who hustle, dream, […]

‘First Wives Club’ Reboot Moving From Paramount Network to BET

In a surprising move, Tracy Oliver's buzzy 'First Wives Club' reboot is moving from Paramount Network to Viacom sibling BET.

Paramount Names Michael Armstrong Exec VP of Worldwide TV Licensing and Operations

Paramount Pictures has named Michael D. Armstrong executive vp, worldwide television licensing and operations.

BET Networks Cancels ‘The Quad’ After Two Seasons

The latest semester for the Anika Noni Rose and Ruben Santiago-Hudson starring drama has ended a week after the sophomore-season finale.

Eminem Unleashes Furious Freestyle Rap Slamming Trump

The rapper blasted the president for his obsession with the NFL, racism and his rhetoric over North Korea.

Tyler Perry Inks Multiyear Content Partnership With Viacom

The deal will cover TV, film and shortform video.