BET Networks announced today it has licensed over 100 episodes each of two hit sitcoms, The First Family and Mr. Box Office, from Entertainment Studios to air on Centric starting April, 2013.
Both first-run original series feature are scheduled to premiere in prime-time on Centric weeknights beginning Friday April 19, 2013.
The First Family, a sitcom about an African American family that resides in The White House, and Mr. Box Office, a sitcom about the biggest movie star in the world who is sentenced to community service, teaching English at the “toughest” high school in America…
The First Family cast includes Christopher P. Duncan (The Jamie Foxx Show) as President William Johnson; Kellita Smith as First Lady Katherine Johnson; Gladys Knight as his mother; Marla Gibbs as the First Lady’s mother; Paul Rodriguez as Dictator Rafael; and Jackee Harry as the First Lady’s sister.
Mr Box Office stars Bill Bellamy (as Mr Box Office), Tim Meadows, Vivica A. Fox, former NBA star/actor Rick Fox, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Jon Lovitz (SNL) and Gary Busey.
“We’re thrilled to partner with Entertainment Studios and add these two incredible series to our growing comedy programming slate on Centric,” said Paxton K. Baker, EVP and General Manager of Centric.
“This is an historic deal,” said Byron Allen, Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of Entertainment Studios. “We have bypassed the broadcast networks to produce two original sitcoms with hundreds of episodes that feature prominent TV and film stars, and we couldn’t be happier to have BET Networks as our cable premiere partner.“
The deal was negotiated by Barbara Zaneri, Executive Vice President, Program Strategy, Scheduling and Acquisitions, BET Networks and Byron Allen, Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer, of Entertainment Studios.
Now we wait for trailers for each.