Dish On BET Networks’ Upcoming Season (And Centric Too!)By Delaina Dixon | April 25, 2014 | Entertainment
TV DivaGal attended the BET Upfront — where the network annually announces its upcoming programs and specials to potential advertisers — inside the Zeigfeld Theater in New York City Wednesday night, and the first thing I noticed was the nightΓÇÖs host Boris Kodjoe getting into his mic. ThatΓÇÖs definitely a nice way to start the evening.
To celebrate one of its most successful years, the BET Upfront was also an awards ceremony, honoring itself of course, for being the no. one network for the African-American audience.
Legendary rapper MC Lyte emceed the night, which featured comedic monologues from Bill Bellamy and┬áDonnivin Jordan, host of the new donΓÇÖt-judge-a-book-by-its-cover dating series Got Game.
BET is also rolling out the new dramatic series The Start Up, starring┬áDiggy Simmons (pictured above) and singer Teyana Taylor. And yes, BET Networks’ hit show The Game is returning for its unprecedented eighth season as well as Being Mary Jane, the most tweeted TV movie of 2013. In a crop top, hip-hugging skirt and her huge engagement ring, star Gabrielle Union looked fierce as she revealed the new season is currently in production.
HereΓÇÖs some big news of the night: BET’s sister network Centric is relaunching as the first network for the Black Woman. Single Ladies, which has been seen on VH1 for the past three seasons, is moving to the new network for season four. Centric has also partnered with Queen Latifah, who will create original programming for its new Diva-licious audience. We can’t wait!
But back to BETΓÇª Keke Palmer (pictured right) is joining the talk show circuit with the launch of The Keke Palmer Project, geared to speak to millennials. IΓÇÖm most looking forward to BETΓÇÖs original slate of movies which includes Let the Church Say Amen directed by Regina King; The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker, a multicultural version of the ballet directed by Diva dancer herself, Debbie Allen; and Book of Negroes, BETΓÇÖs first mini-series.
BET isnΓÇÖt leaving out the men. The network is launching H.I.S., an online platform to bring the black man health, image and service.
The night closed out with legendary human beat box Doug E Fresh actually doing the Dougie. Now thatΓÇÖs a party!