BET Boosts Original Offerings

Apr 18, 2007  •  Post A Comment

BET planned to show advertisers a slate of 16 new original shows at its upfront presentation to advertisers Wednesday evening.

The shows are in a wide variety of genres, ranging from scripted series and animation to sports and inspirational.

BET’s new scripted show is called “Somebodies.” Based on a hit from the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, the show is a single-camera sitcom set in Athens, Ga.

In animation, BET will be offering “Cipha,” a science fiction series set in a future where hip-hop is outlawed. The show is from Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment.

“Hell Date” is a cross between a dating show and a comedy show. Contestants are asked about their perfect mate, and an actor or actress makes sure that when they meet their dream date, it’s a terrible experience.

Other shows including “Judge Mooney,” featuring comedian Paul Mooney; “College Hill Interns”; “Hannibal,” executive produced by Vin Diesel; and “Sunday Best,” a show that searches for the best undiscovered gospel singers.

(Editor: Horowitz)