Lifetime (that fledgling black TV network that doesn’t call itself a black TV network) has announced a new docu-series (euphemism for “reality TV show”) titled “BAPs” which the network says will pull back the curtain on what the press release describes as an exclusive, privileged and affluent group of African American friends from St. Louis who self-identify as “BAPs” – Black American Princesses and Princes.
Each hour-long episode of “BAPs” will delve into the lives and lifestyle of this circle of friends.
Dressed to the nines with egos to spare, there is no shortage of conflict, humor and heart among the group that includes Anisha, Kristen, Gina, Jason, Riccarda and Brandon. With a dynamic that can change from BFFs to frenemies at the drop of a hat, together they attend St. Louis’ most exclusive social institutions and events… but no occasion is conflict-free. Competing to be the most successful and beautiful person in their circle is sure to bind and divide them, especially when Anisha’s boyfriend, Kendrick, and his niece, Rai-Rai, represent everything a BAP is not.
Ah yes, there’s always a cousin/niece/aunt/uncle Rai-Rai…
Premiering Wednesday, July 23rd, at 10pm ET/PT, “BAPs” follows these lifelong friends who believe being a BAP in today’s world is a birthright.
6 episodes of “BAPs” have been ordered for this season.
“BAPs” is produced by Asylum Entertainment and Steve Michaels, and Jonathan Koch are the executive producers. Lifetime’s Eli Lehrer, Mary Donahue and Kimberly Chessler also executive produce.
Ok, so it’s not exactly like the 1997 Halle Berry movie, if that’s of any comfort to you. Although I’ve been hoping that this reality TV craze is on its tail-end, as more networks seemingly push towards an emphasis on original scripted drama and comedy series instead. I guess not… not yet anyway.