This is probably a very rare occurrence; maybe the first time it’s actually ever happened. Both BET and TV One (both black TV networks serving essentially the same audience) have original movies premiering tonight, August 29, at the exact same time, 8PM.
So, if you are planning on staying in tonight, and either broadcast was on your agenda, which movie will you watch live, and which will you DVR, or watch a rebroadcast of, later? This is one ratings event whose results I’m looking forward to seeing.
First, TV One’s 2014 comedy, “Girlfriends’ Getaway,” returns with a sequel, reuniting original cast members Garcelle Beauvais, Malinda Williams, Terri J. Vaughn, and Essence Atkins, with an end-of-summer premiere.
Directed and produced by Roger M. Bobb, the sequel is about four girlfriends who travel to Puerto Rico for a destination wedding, only to face chaos when a simple affair turns into extravagant, expensive nuptials.
Here’s the story breakdown: Beauvais stars as Vicki, a 40-something successful real-estate agent who is one week away from marrying her handsome, yet conservative high school teacher fiancé, Garrett (Stephen Bishop). The low-key wedding turns into a disaster as best friend Camille, a freelance blogger played by Williams, loses sight of the true meaning of marriage and encourages her to kick-it up a notch for a four-page magazine spread. Joined by Camille and fellow best friends Sophie (Vaughn) and Lauren (Atkins) five days before her wedding, Vicki’s intimate affair goes off-the-rails with the support of wedding coordinator Marie Nunez (Xiona R. Nieves-Vargas) as she upgrades everything without consulting her fiancé. But the problems in Puerto Rico aren’t just Vicki’s, as Sophie, a fiery second-time mom, is on a mission to shed the baby weight, and manage her marriage to Kyle (Khalil Kain). And Lauren (Atkins), a Zen-loving, free-spirited yogi attempts celibacy after a year-long self-realization journey, but finds it difficult when she meets Antonio (Eli Cay).
“Girlfriends Getaway 2” premieres on Saturday, Aug. 29 at 8 p.m. ET.
Trailer below. Click over to the next page for BET’s “Let the Church Say Amen,” also premiering tonight):
And second, your summer season TV watch list just got a little bit longer, as BET Networks debuts Regina King’s feature length film directorial debut, an adaptation of “Let the Church Say Amen,” the best-selling novel by Reshonda Tate Billingsley, which stars Naturi Naughton as Rachel Jackson, a wayward preacher’s kid who is struggling to pull her life together. With a six-year-old son out of wedlock and a high school diploma, Rachel’s mission in life is to marry her son’s father in order to become a traditional and respectable family and regain her father’s respect.
The two hour movie, which will be a “BET Premiere Cinema” event, also stars Steve Harris, Lela Rochon, Hosea Chanchez and Collins Curtis Pennie. It’s produced by Queen Latifah, Shakim Compere, Shelby Stone, Roger Bobb and Regina King, who is also executive producer.
It also premieres tonight, August 29, at 8PM ET on BET.
I should note that both BET and competitor TV One have been individually busy producing original movies this year; for example, on the more active TV One’s slate are “The Summoning,” “Runaway Island,” “Girlfriends Getaway 2,” “Welcome to the Family,” “Will To Love” and a few others. On BET’s end, in addition to “Amen,” there’s “The Start Up,” which stars Diggy Simmons as Blake Monroe, founder of TheJetsetters.com, an entertainment and lifestyle blog. Joining Simmons in front of the camera are Teyana Taylor, Bria Murphy, Allen Maldonado, Chris Brew, and Stephanie Charles. The film is executive produced by Mara Brock Akil, Salim Akil, Kenya Barris, James DuBose and Laurie Dobbins.
Ahead of tonight’s premiere of “Amen,” watch 5 clips from the film below: