‘First Wives Club’ Finds New Home At BET
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The First Wives Club television adaptation Tracy Oliver is producing, starring Jill Scott, Ryan Michelle Bathe and Michelle Buteau, has found a new home. Variety reports that when the series premieres next year, it’ll now air on BET instead of it’s original cable network, Paramount.
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The show will follow three New York women, who reconnect after being jilted by their first husbands. Their sisterhood sustains them as they find a way to move forward, but first it helps them get payback. First Wives Club, based on the popular film and the book from which it was inspired, was originally set to air on TV Land. It then landed at the Paramount Network, which ordered 10 half-hour episodes back in April. Although Paramount will continue to produce the project, the president of BET networks Scott Mills expressed how happy the company was to be establishing a relationship with the Girl’s Trip screenwriter.
“We are thrilled that Tracy Oliver and Paramount Television’s First Wives Club will be coming to BET Networks,” he said. “We have been big fans of Tracy, the project and its incredible cast all along. The concept she has for the series fits perfectly with our programming strategy of character-driven content anchored in the Black experience, and it aligns seamlessly with our core audience.” BET has been doubling down on its investment in scripted programming recently. The network is already partnering with Paramount on producing an adaptation of the classic Black romantic comedy, Boomerang. They’re also working on a show based on the life of Don Cornelius called American Soul. Now that they’re working with Oliver they might have more surprises coming soon.


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