Last May we announced the mega mutil-year production deal between BET/Viacom and husband/wife team, Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil, the brains behind the network's hit series, The Game, the movie Jumping The Broom and the upcoming Sparkle remake.
The deal included a 3-year agreement, with commitments to new, original series, which means we should expect more new scripted programming from BET, courtesy of the Akils.
One of those new scripted series is a drama called Single Black Female, which was first announced about a week ago.
BET has given a pilot order to what will be an hour-long series from the Akils, which will follow the professional and private family life of a black woman, who is also the host of a popular Atlanta-based talk show host.
Today, it's been announced that Gabrielle Union has been hired to play the lead in Single Black Female.
The fact that it'll be an hour-long show is worth noting. How many hour-long scripted drama series does BET air, or has BET ever aired?
I'm not a fan of The Game, nor did I care all that much for Jumping The Broom, and I've already expressed my concerns about a Sparkle remake; BUT, I gotta give props to the Akils. The content they create may not be my cup of tea, but they're in a rare position right now that many I'm sure covet.
And congrats to Ms Union on what just may become a full series order.