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Your Complete Guide to Pilots and Straight-to-Series orders

Network
Year
2020-21 BET & BET+ Pilots & Series Orders

2020-21 BET & BET+ Pilots & Series Orders

2 Pilots
8 Series Orders

BET Drama

GAMES PEOPLE PLAY

FKA Games Divas Play

Stylized tale about the L.A. high life, where everyone plays to win. A desperate basketball wife trying to protect her family, a tenacious journalist struggling to rebuild a tarnished career and a scandalous groupie looking to become a star find that it’s murder trying to stay on top. Based on the book 'Games Divas Play' by Angela Burt-Murray,

Studio 20th Century Fox Television/ABC Studios TEAM: Tracey Edmonds (w, d, ep)

Team Tracey Edmonds (w, d, ep)

Cast Lauren London, Parker McKenna Posey, Karen Obilom, Sartunas J. Jackson, Jackie Long, Barry Brewer (recurring), Kendall Kyndall (recurring)

SISTAS (Ordered straight to series; 10 episodes)

Follows a group of single black women from different walks of life who bond over their one common thread: Why am I single? They navigate their “complicated love life” status, careers and friendship through the ups-and-downs of living in a modern world of social media and unrealistic relationship goals.

Studio Tyler Perry Studios

Team Tyler Perry (w, d, ep), Michelle Sneed (ep)

Cast KJ Smith, Ebony Obsidian, Mignon Von, Novi Brown, Chido Nwokocha, DeVale Ellis, Brian Jordan Jr., Kevin Walton, Anthony Dalton

UPTOWN (Ordered straight to miniseries)

The story of Andre Harrell’s iconic New York City record label, Uptown Records, which played a vital role in the careers of some of the most influential voices in hip hop, soul and R&B, including Russell Simmons, Mary J. Blige, Teddy Riley, the Notorious B.I.G. and Sean “Diddy” Combs. Featuring the music and powerhouse hitmakers that helped mold what would come to be known as the Uptown "sound" and define a musical era.

Studio Jesse Collins Entertainment/BET Studios

Team Jesse Collins (w, ep), Andre Harrell (ep), Connie Orlando (ep)

BET Comedy

TWENTIES (Single camera)

Follows the adventures of a queer black girl, Hattie, and her two straight best friends, Marie and Nia, who spend most of their days talking ‘ish’ and chasing their dreams in a show about friendship, finding love and messing everything up along the way.

Studio 20th Century Fox Television/ABC Studios

Team Lena Waithe (w, ep, sr), Susan Fales-Hill (ep, sr), Rishi Rijani (ep), Andrew Coles (ep)

Cast TBA

BET+ Drama

BIRTH OF COOL (Ordered straight to series; 10 episodes)

Follows the adventures and misadventures of both students and teachers at Crispus Attucks High, a predominantly black high school in Compton, as they try to make it through the weird, hilarious, stressful, often sobering, and sometimes surreal academic year while hopefully growing a bit in the process on and off-campus.

Studio Macro Television Studios/Hillman Grad Productions

Team Juel Taylor (w, ep), Tony Rettenmaier (w, d, ep), Lena Waithe (ep), Marta Fernandez (ep), Charles D. King (ep), Rishi Rajani (ep), Aaliyah Williams (ep), David Morris (ep)

Cast TBA

BRUH (Ordered straight to series; 24 episodes)

For John, Tom, Mike and Bill, no expression could characterize their camaraderie more accurately. Whether fulfilling career dreams or finding love, these four college buddies now in their thirties find themselves learning to stand on their own two feet, while leaning on each other for support and guidance. Sometimes their love is tough and their honesty brutal, but they manage to see each other through every scenario with levity and laughter.

Studio

Team Tyler Perry (w, d, ep), Michelle Sneed (ep)

Cast Barry Brewer, Mahdi Cocci, Phillip Mullings Jr, Monti Washington, Chandra Currelley, Candice Renée, Alyssa Goss

KINGDOM BUSINESS (Ordered straight to series; eight episodes)

Follows Denita Jordan, the reigning Queen of Gospel, and her ex-producer/songwriter/lover, Caesar, who created her sound and launched her career. Denita, who also runs an in-house record label and megachurch, is determined to guard her family and its many secrets at all costs to retain her place on the throne. Things seem to be unfolding in Denita’s favor until an unsuspecting young woman on the rise with a checkered past enters the scene. Destined and anointed to challenge gospel music conventions, Rbel, also a former exotic dancer, will see if her new-found voice can carry her to the top of the gospel kingdom.

Studio DAELight

Team John Sakmar (w, ep), Kerry Lenhart (w, ep), DeVon Franklin (ep), Holly Carter (ep), Kirk Franklin (ep), Michael Van Dyck (ep)

Cast Yolanda Adams, Serayah

SACRIFICE (Picked up to series; 10 episodes)

Daniella Hernandez is a highly sought-after entertainment lawyer in Los Angeles who navigates the nefarious lives of her rich and famous clients. She is a recovering alcoholic who compensates for her suppressed addiction with men and the adrenaline of defending the worst in the entertainment world against an overzealous D.A. sworn to bring them all to justice.

Studio Footage Films

Team Kevin Arkadie (w, ep, sr), Chris Stokes (ep), Marques Houston (ep), Paula Patton (co-ep)

Cast Paula Patton, Marques Houston (recurring), James Trevena Brown (recurring), Veronika Bozeman (recurring), Altonio Jackson (recurring), Liliana Montenegro (recurring), Michael Toland (recurring), Nelson Bonilla (recurring)

ZATIMA (Ordered straight to series)

Follows the 'Sistas' characters Zac and Fatima as they navigate the ups and downs of their relationship.

Studio Tyler Perry Studios

Team Tyler Perry (w, d, ep)

Cast Devale Ellis, Crystal Renee Hayslett

BET+ Comedy

MS. PAT (Picked up to series; originally piloted at Hulu; multi-camera)

The story of a former convicted felon-turned-suburban mom whose hustle and resilient spirit was forged on the streets of Atlanta. To much reserve, she now finds herself in conservative Middle America alongside her well-intentioned husband, a struggle of a sister and two distinct sets of kids raised under very different circumstances. Based on Patricia “Ms. Pat” Williams’ stand-up comedy and memoir.

Studio Imagine Television

Team Jordan E. Cooper (w, ep), Lee Daniels (ep,) Brian Grazer (ep) Samie Kim Falvey (ep), Anthony Hill (ep, sr), Patricia “Ms. Pat” Williams (ep)

Cast Patricia “Ms. Pat” Williams, J. Bernard Calloway, Tami Roman, Theodore Barnes, Briyana Guadalupe, Vince Swann

REAL HUSBANDS OF HOLLYWOOD (Ordered straight to limited series)

Follows the daily lives of Kevin Hart and other celebrities, each playing a fictionalized version of themselves, as they venture through their surreal life in Hollywood. Revival of 2013-16 BET series.

Studio Hartbeat Productions/Jesse Collins Entertainment

Team Chris Spencer (w, ep), Wayne Stamps (ep, sr), Kevin Hart (ep), Jesse Collins (ep), Ralph R. Farquhar (ep), Stan Lathan (ep), Bryan Smiley (ep), Mike Stein (ep), Andy Horne (ep), Dionne Harmon (ep), Dave Becky (ep), Johnny Mack (w, p), Buddy Lewis (w, p), Carl Craig (p), Robin Henry (w), Amberia Allen (w), Chris Robinson (d), Ali Leroi (d) Leslie Small (d)

Cast Kevin Hart, Boris Kodjoe, Duane Martin, JB Smoove, Nelly, Nick Cannon, Robin Thicke, Cynthia McWilliams, Jackie Long

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