EXCLUSIVE: I hear BET is picking up hourlong pilot Being Mary Jane (formerly Single Black Female) starring Gabrielle Union to series. Written by Mara Brock Akil and directed by Salim Akil, Being Mary Jane centers on successful talk show host Mary Jane Paul (Union) looking to one day become the No.1 nightly news anchor while searching for Mr. Right.  Latarsha Rose and Omari Hardwick co-starred in the pilot.

I hear production on the series is eyed to be begin in January for a launch later in the year. This marks Mara Brock Akil’s second series on BET along with hit comedy The Game, which also is directed by Salim Akil. Married duo Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil are under a mega deal with BET, which includes a series and several pilot commitments. Mara Brock Akil recently wrote the feature Sparkle, which was directed by Salim Akil. The film, which opens next week, stars Whitney Houston in her final role. The Akils are with ICM. Union, repped by Paradigm and Intellectual Artists Management, was recently seen in Kevin Hart’s sleeper hit Think Like A Man.