Let’s be honest. When you usually think of quality black television shows does BET usually come to mind? It doesn’t for me, or at least it didn’t. I remember the days when BET would show reruns of black shows that were not even in syndication and had been on for less than a year. Admittedly they have gotten a better and I recently read an article that suggests that the programming may get even better thanks to the success of “The Game”.
The game’s debut had 7.7 million viewers making it the top-rated ad-supported sitcom broadcast in cable history. The show following it, “Let’s Stay Together” which was developed by Queen Latifah’s production company, got 4.4 million viewers. Although this show has not gotten very good reviews, especially on Twitter :), I like the concept of the show and am going to give it a chance.
BET has plans to launch two more series by the end of this year and 8 more shows are in development. One show that sounds very promising is “Reed Between the Lines” which stars Tracee Ellis Ross and Malcolm Jamal Warner and is produced by Reggie Rock Bythewood who was behind the show New York Undercovers (I used to loove that show).
One of my biggest complaints of the station used to be that they had the ability and responsibility to portray black people in a more positive light and I wondered with all of the money that the previous owner had why it was that he couldn’t have more quality programming on the station. One of my favorite sayings is “Be the change that you seek in the world”. Let’s hope that BET is now on the track to do just that.
Here’s a link to a the article in the Los Angeles Times http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/tv/la-et-bet-hit-20110125,0,2719250.story.
Okay, I’ve got to say it. I can’t help but to laugh to myself sometimes when girls say to some of these guys on Twitter “OMG, you are sooo sweet. Do they make any more guys like you?” Answer: No, HE’S not even like him. I’m not saying all of the guys who do “sweet tweets” are phonies, but some of them be doing way too much. Imjustsayin.