BET Networks’ Fall 2009 line up is definitely packed with Star Power. BET has introduced their fall line up which includes documentaries, talk shows, reality shows and game shows. Infusing the star in their star power, many of the shows this fall include some of today’s biggest and brightest stars including, Monica, Ludacris and DTP crew, Mo’nique, Tyrese Gibson and Kim Coles. Below are just a few of the shows they plan to debut:
This Fall, GRAMMY(R) Award-Winning Artist Monica Makes Her Reality Debut With New Series ‘MONICA’ on Tuesday, October 27, at 10:00 p.m. BET Introduces a New Docu-Drama Following the Artist as She Prepares for Her Big Comeback — And the Stakes Couldn’t Be Higher
On Tuesday, October 27, at 10:00 p.m. BET premieres MONICA, a new eight-episode series that follows R&B singer Monica as she works on her fifth album, launches a new clothing line and tackles the hardest job of all – full-time mother of two young sons. After a brief hiatus from the music industry, does Monica have what it takes to handle it all? You be the judge on Tuesday, October 27.
Monica is back in the spotlight with an intimate, behind-the-scenes view into her day-to-day world. This reality show will not only chronicle her personal life, but will take viewers along her journey as she works on her highly anticipated fifth studio album, appropriately titled Still Standing. The series will also highlight her efforts as she designs a high-end line of boys’ clothing called Regions of Rock, an “urban rock” line of clothing ranging from infant sizes to boys’ size 20.
Born and raised in Atlanta, Monica Denise Arnold is a talented R&B / pop singer, songwriter and actress. She began her singing career as a member of Charles Thompson and the Majestics, a 12-piece traveling choir that led to her signing a recording contract with Arista Records in 1995. Monica went on to become the youngest R&B recording act in history to have two consecutive chart-topping hits on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
While maintaining a recording career, Monica added another title to her credits – actor. She has appeared in several films, including Boys and Girls (2000), ATL (2006) and MTV Films’ Love Song (2000). She has also made several television appearances on Living Single, Beverly Hills: 90210, Felicity and American Dreams.
Even with all the success of her entertainment career, Monica undeniably has experienced personal tribulations. It was with the spiritual guidance of her parents and family that she withstood the devastating suicide of her boyfriend Jarvis “Knot” Weems, and it is that same support that helps her keep standing today. Monica is a strong, poised, vivacious woman, and with this reality show, she wants to show viewers and fans that anything is possible once you have set your mind to do it.
MONICA is executive produced by Monica and James DuBose of DuBose Entertainment.
BET News Travels to the Frontline of the Issues Devastating the African American Community with ‘HEART OF THE CITY’ Premiering Saturday, September 12, at 10:00 p.m. New Monthly Docu-Series Tackles the Headlines Facing Black America, Beginning With the Drop-Out Rate in Detroit
From gang wars to police brutality to the sexually transmitted disease epidemic facing young women, BET News goes inside America’s cities to examine the issues devastating our communities in a new one-hour documentary series, HEART OF THE CITY. Each month HEART OF THE CITY will tell the stories of those most directly affected by leading issues in the African American community, and go beyond simply reporting on the challenges to highlighting the efforts of those working tirelessly to create change with real solutions. Premiering on Saturday, September 12, at 10:00 p.m.*, HEART OF THE CITY will first travel to Detroit, the ground zero of our national education crisis, to understand why so many African Americans are failing and why the system is failing our kids.
What’s been a growing problem for years is now a full-blown emergency. More than 6 million American students drop out of high school, most of them Black and Latino. Almost half of all African American youth never finish high school. That’s more than double the rate of whites. During the premiere episode of HEART OF THE CITY: DROPPED OUT IN DETROIT, BET News will travel to the predominantly Black city of Detroit, where the statistics are even more shocking: two out of every three teens drop out.
The decision to quit school has a long-lasting domino effect on the lives of these youths, their families, communities, cities and even states, which suffer huge losses in income revenue, skilled productivity and increased social spending. In Detroit, and nationwide, drastic solutions are called for. The Obama administration has sounded the alarm over the crisis and has zeroed in on Detroit to come up with a formula to turn the tide of this national crisis. Through strong and intimate storytelling, HEART OF THE CITY: DROPPED OUT IN DETROIT will break down the causes and effects of this massive crisis, and present them through the eyes of students, parents, teachers and educationists living this crisis.
“INSIDE DTP” The Brand New Docu-Reality Series Reveals the World of Atlanta’s Music Scene and The Music Empire of DTP and Its Founders, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Chaka Zulu and Jeff Dixon.
INSIDE DTP, premiering Tuesday, October 27, at 10:30 p.m., offers a behind-the-scenes look at the Atlanta music scene and the powerhouse record company DTP founded by Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Chaka Zulu and Jeff Dixon.
INSIDE DTP is a docu-reality series that takes an inside look at the glamorous, high-stakes world of record label Disturbing Tha Peace, also known as DTP. The record company took the music world by storm in the 1990s with hundreds of millions of dollars in sales, celebrity endorsements and global appeal. DTP showed the world that hip-hop was a lifestyle, not just music. In recent years, however, the climate of the music industry has changed drastically, and DTP, once a dominant force in hip-hop music, must now find other ways to maintain its level of success – but company founders Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Chaka Zulu and Jeff Dixon are not about to lose. DTP is ready to reinvent and resuscitate the entire music industry as they demonstrate how true family bonds, loyalty and innovation will help their company excel in this hyper-competitive industry.
Viewers will not only see the challenging process of developing an album from concept to retail, but they’ll also meet a broad cast of characters driven by a competitive spirit and a drive to succeed.
The executive producers of INSIDE DTP are James DuBose of DuBose Entertainment and Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Chaka Zulu and Jeff Dixon – all of Disturbing Tha Peace Entertainment.
Tyrese to Narrate BET’s Newest Docu-Drama, ‘FIRST IN’. Singer, Model and Actor Tyrese Gibson Is the Voice of This Groundbreaking New Series Chronicling the Lives of Compton’s Firefighters and Paramedics As They Respond to Emergencies on a Day-to-Day Basis.
FIRST IN premieres on Friday, October 2, at 10:00 p.m. Narrated by entertainment mogul Tyrese Gibson, this 10-episode half-hour original series delves into the lives of Compton’s firefighters and paramedics as they try to balance the high stress of a gruesome 72-hour work schedule and family life. Emotions run high as the men and women work long hours in a fast-paced, high-intensity atmosphere with the pressure to save lives every day.
Though Compton only has a population of about 100,000 people, there are a reported 75 active gangs operating within the area, which makes this a unique environment for the city’s emergency teams. With one of the highest crime rates in the country, gunshot wounds, dead bodies and mangled cars are just another day on the job for these highly trained professionals. Day after day, all the drama is caught on tape as the team – consisting of an ambulance operator, multiple firefighters, an intern and the youngest Battalion Chief in the country, Marcel Melanson, of the Compton Fire Department – fights battles both on the job and at home.
A native of the Compton area, Gibson is best known for his starring role in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, as well as other movies such as Baby Boy and Four Brothers. In addition to his career as an actor, Gibson is a successful GRAMMY((R))-nominated recording artist with hits like “Sweet Lady,” “Just a Baby Boy” and “How U Gonna Act Like That.” He is also the creator of the comic book Mayhem, to be published through Image Comics with a release date of Wednesday, August 5. Additionally, he is the first and only African American male model to land a multi-million dollar contract with GUESS.
FIRST IN is created and directed by Michael McQuarn, who executive produced the series along with Nickie Shapira and Courtney Le of 8(th )Wonder Entertainment. Tyrese Gibson also served as an executive producer of the series, and Mike Le served as a co-executive producer, both on behalf of Tyrese’s HQ Pictures, a division of HeadQuarter Entertainment.
Award-Winning Comedienne and Actress Mo’Nique Makes a Highly Anticipated Return to BET for New Late Night Show Debut, ‘THE MO’NIQUE SHOW,’ Premiering this Fall
Mo’Nique Brings Side-Splitting Laughs Every Weeknight, Plus Special Celebrity Guest Appearances and Red-Hot Music Performances. The sassy and sultry Queen of Comedy Mo’Nique returns to BET this fall for her highly anticipated late night show debut, THE MO’NIQUE SHOW, on Monday, October 5 (time TBD). Carving out a well-deserved spot on the night show circuit, comedienne Mo’Nique takes the show host helm, granting BET viewers VIP access to the hottest party on television.
From A-list celebrity guests to sizzling performances by the hottest musical artists in the game, Mo’Nique delivers viewers a fun-filled hour of entertainment every night. With a resident deejay to keep the studio audience on their feet and Mo’Nique bringing the funny as only she can, THE MO’NIQUE SHOW will undoubtedly force viewers to extend their bedtime an extra hour.
BET’s new late night show bridges the gap between “old school” and today’s entertainment culture through innovative and humored-filled segments that pay homage to legendary stars, as well as spotlight today’s celebrities and their contributions to better our communities and the world at large.
“I’m very excited to finally bring my signature voice and comedy to late night television,” said Mo’Nique, host of new BET late night show THE MO’NIQUE SHOW. “This show will definitely give BET viewers the late night show experience, but at the same time, offer something uniquely different to the late show circuit, and I can’t think of a better home to welcome cable’s late night female host but BET.”
Tune in every week night beginning October 5 for a late night party that only the biggest queen in the comedy game can deliver.
Taping from Atlanta’s Turner Studios, Mo’Nique, Sidney Hicks and Marilyn Gill serve as the show’s executive producer. Get ready for Mo Laughs. Mo Love. Mo’Nique on Late Night. Only on BET!
Viewers can visit www.bet.com/OnTV/BETShows for more information on these shows and more.