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Lena Waithe to adapt web series 'Twenties' into pilot for BET

Comedian Lena Waithe is probably best known for her YouTube series (and soon-to-be film) Dear White People, but soon enough, she will taking her talents to television.

EW has confirmed that Waithe has signed a deal to write a pilot for BET based on Twenties, another YouTube series. Twenties, which debuted last August on YouTube, follows a number of black women in their 20s as they try to find their place in the world. “We want to be entertaining, but we also want to make people think and not just sit back mindlessly,” Waithe told Variety. “We really want them to sit up and pay attention.”

BET renews 'The Game', announces first miniseries and 3 new shows

BET presented its upcoming lineup at the network’s annual upfront presentation on Thursday, confirming an eighth season of its hit comedy The Game and announcing its first miniseries, The Book of Negroes, as well as the pickup of three new series.

Based on the Commonwealth Prize-winning novel by Lawrence Hill, The Book of Negroes is a six-part historical drama starring Cuba Gooding Jr., Louis Gossett Jr., and Aunjanue Ellis. It tells the story of Aminata Diallo, who was abducted from West Africa and sold into slavery in South Carolina at the age of 11. The miniseries follows Aminata through her emancipation in England. READ FULL STORY

Keke Palmer to host new daily talk show for BET (and make history)

TV and film star Keke Palmer is taking on daytime!

The Akeelah and the Bee star will host her own daily talk show this summer on BET tentatively titled The Keke Palmer Project. At age 20, Palmer will be the youngest talk show host in television history. The initial four-week run will premiere on the network in July and film in Los Angeles. The show will include celebrity interviews as well as cover topics important to Palmer and her generation like social issues, pop culture, fashion, sex, and more. READ FULL STORY

Queen Latifah-produced 'Single Ladies' revived at BET's Centric

VH1 may have axed rom-com series Single Ladies from their lineup in February, but the show about three best friends working in the world of Atlanta fashion, music, and celebrity has just received a second life on BET’s sister network, Centric.

'Being Mary Jane': Gabrielle Union on her racy new BET series and auditioning for 'Scandal'

Four million viewers got a taste of BET’s first hour-long drama series Being Mary Jane, from Girlfriends creators Salim and Mara Brock Akil, last summer with a TV movie. Now Gabrielle Union returns on Tuesday night at 10 p.m. for Jane‘s first full season as the titular Atlanta news anchor who struggles with her loved ones (including a friend who tries to kill herself), romance (she’s torn between a married suitor and a playboy), and career (contending with journalistic ethics in the face of a Katrina-like disaster). Not exactly lightweight fare.

“I’ve shot a lot of stinkers, and you’re just like, ‘Eh,'” admits the star. “But this one, every day I was like, ‘This is so good.'” She adds, “It’s authentic and it’s brutally honest. You’ll see characters that within an episode you may love, you may hate, you may cry with.”

EW talked to Union, who just got engaged to NBA star Dwayne Wade, about playing such a complicated woman and Jane’s many sex scenes.

'Scandal' will air reruns on BET

Gladiators, it’s time to recruit your friends: Despite only 29 episodes of the show complete so far, buzzy drama Scandal will begin airing in repeats on BET, the network confirmed to EW.

BET will air two 14-hour marathons from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on August 10 and August 17. Starting Wednesday, August 21, the series will air two episodes at a time on Wednesdays from 9-11 p.m. The Hollywood Reporter first announced the news.

The show, which will return to ABC for its third season Thursday, October 3, was nominated for an Emmy on Thursday for lead actress Kerry Washington and guest actor Dan Bucatinsky.

B. Scott rejects BET apology over attire clash

A TV personality who says BET forced him to tone down his typically feminine look to appear on its pre-awards show is rejecting the network’s apology.

BET was contrite after B. Scott, an openly gay fashion and advice columnist who has several television shows and a Web following, said the network yanked him off its red carpet coverage for Sunday’s BET Awards and forced him to change from heels to flats and put on a suit instead of the long flowing black shirt he was wearing. He also accused them of making him pull his long flowing locks back into a ponytail.

BET said the incident “was a singular one with a series of unfortunate miscommunications from both parties. We regret any unintentional offense to B. Scott and anyone within the LGBT community and we seek to continue embracing all gender expressions.”

But Scott, in an interview Tuesday, said the apology was half-hearted and said he was always very clear about what he planned to look like on air.

B. Scott in spat with BET over on-air attire [Updated]

Web personality and TV host B. Scott has slammed BET on his personal blog for what he claims was poor treatment behind the scenes at Sunday night’s BET Awards.

B. Scott, who is openly gay, posted today an open letter on his website saying BET only allowed him to participate in their on-air red carpet coverage if he removed his heels and makeup, as well as make other changes to his attire.

According to his account of events, B. Scott was set to host the network’s red carpet pre-show Sunday night before their annual award show, and despite going through several stages of attire approval, the network “yanked” him backstage “and told [me] that my look from head to toe ‘wasn’t acceptable,'” Scott wrote on his blog. “They asked me to pull my hair back, they asked me to change my attire. Let’s be clear, I wasn’t wearing a ball gown and stiletto heels. I was wearing long pants and a long shirt.”

Halle Berry, Chaka Khan among 2013 BET honorees

Actress Halle Berry and musician Chaka Khanwill be honored at the 2013 BET Honors.

The network announced Thursday that basketball star Lisa Leslie, music executive Clarence Avant and religious leader T.D. Jakes will also be celebrated at the Jan. 12 event in Washington at the Warner Theatre. The special airs Feb. 11.

BET Honors highlights African Americans performing at top levels in the areas of music, literature, entertainment, education and more.

Maya Angelou was among the honorees at this year’s BET Honors.First Lady Michelle Obama presented her award.

Actress Gabrielle Union will host the special. Performers will be announced at a later date.

'The Game' season finale scoop: Rick Fox returns to stir up trouble with Tasha? -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

After being absent from The Game for a spell, Rick Fox is headed back into the mix on the BET comedy’s fifth-season finale, which will air June 5 at 10 p.m. And don’t expect the former professional basketball star — who plays a fictionalized version of himself on the show — to just come and go quietly: Fox’s presence will likely stir up trouble for his old flame Tasha (Wendy Raquel Robinson), who’s enjoying what seems to be a healthy relationship with her childhood best friend Pookie (Rockmond Dunbar).

EW has an exclusive look at Rick’s reappearance on the series — the video clip is below — and enjoyed a quick chat with Robinson, who sheds light on what his return means for Tasha.



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