Wednesday, April 30, 2014

BET gives talk show to Keke Palmer; renews Real Husbands of Hollywood, The Game, Being Mary Jane, launches new shows.

BET (StarSat 151) has renewed Real Husbands of Hollywood (also seen in South Africa on Sony Entertainment Television, DStv 127) for a third season, Being Mary Jane for a second season, The Game for a 8th season and 106 & Park.

BET is also starting a new comedy series, The Start Up, a music competition series, Gone Gospel, as well as a dating show, Got Game. The Book of Negroes is a new 6 part historical drama series with Cuba Gooding Jr., Louis Gossett Jr. and Aunjanue Ellis.

It's not yet clear which of these new shows Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) will play out on BET as a TV channel, and which shows will be sold to other TV channels seen in South Africa.

BET which already has The Wendy Williams Show is also launching a brand-new daily talk show with Keke Palmer (photo) which Telepictures will produce.

Keke Palmer who played the title role in the movie Akeelah and The Bee in 2006 is just 20, which means her talk show debut will make her the youngest ever American TV talk show host with a daily talk show. Keke Palmer's talk show will cover fashion, pop culture, social issues, sex and  feature celebrity interviews.

If her talk show is a success following four weeks of daily episodes as a try-out starting on BET in July, its not yet clear if Keke Palmer's talk show would be added to BET International's schedule for the United Kingdom and Africa/South Africa, or would be sold elsewhere to channels like M-Net Series Reality (DStv 114) for instance.