After the huge success of the miniseries The New Edition Story in January, BET is bringing The Bobby Brown Story, a two-part, four-hour miniseries to the network.
BET announced the news at its upfront presentation in New York City on Thursday, but Brown isn’t the only celebrity who will get the star treatment on the small screen.
As reported by Variety, BET is also looking to capitalize on its success earlier this year with The New Edition Story by green-lighting biopics on Bobby Brown and famed Death Row Records founder, Suge Knight.
Knight’s story will be a part of a six-part documentary on the rise and fall of Death Row Records and its legendary artists — Tupac Shakur, Snopp Dogg and Dr. Dre.
Rapper 50 Cent is bringing a variety/sketch comedy show to the network entitled 50 Central and comedians Kevin Hart, Chris Rock and Steve Harvey will all executive produce their own shows.
In addition to the Robin Thede late night show we reported, Hart is producing a 30-minute scripted dramedy called Divorce Saved My Marriage, Rock will produce a late-night news satire series hosted by Robin Thede and Harvey is producing BET’s Mancave, a weekly comedy show hosted by journalist Jeff Johnson.
In addition to the male-dominated shows, Wanda Sykes will hold it down for the ladies by executive producing a new game show, Face Value.
“BET’s global influence is stronger than ever and we are continuing to expand beyond the television screen to impact our audience – and the world – across multiple platforms,” Debra Lee, BET’s Chairman-CEO said. “Some networks offer reach and some engagement, but no other network offers reach, engagement, culture, lifestyle and influence.”
BET’s original drama, The Quad has been renewed for another season as well.