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Gabrielle Union Will Be Mara Brock Akil’s “Single Black Female” In Upcoming BET Pilot

Gabrielle Union Will Be Mara Brock Akil's "Single Black Female" In Upcoming BET Pilot

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.

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