Being Mary Jane
The Nielsen ratings continue to confirm going scripted was a smart move for Viacom's BET. The original TV-movie/pilot for Mara Brock Akil's Being Mary Jane was watched by 4.013 million viewers on Tuesday night.
The soapy drama, starring Gabrielle Union as a neurotic TV journalist (Is there really any other kind?) with complicated work/life/family issues, hit a 2.0 among adults 18-49 and was the second highest-rated program on television for the night; No. 1 on cable. READ MORE
Are you ready for a little Mary Jane in your life? No, I'm not taking about the kind Snoop Lion covets.
BET has released the trailer for Mara Brock Akil’s Being Mary Jane. The series stars Gabrielle Union as a “successful African-American career woman, who has achieved a decorated career as the host of a fast-paced”.
Rounding out the all-star cast are: The Bold and the Beautiful’s Aaron D. Spears, The Haves and The Have Nots' Tika Sumpter, Omari Hardwick (For Colored Girls,The A-Team), Richard Roundtree (Shaft) and Margaret Avery (The Color Purple).
Take a look at what’s to come after the jump!
EXCLUSIVE: Aaron D. Spears Talks Series Regular Gig in BET's Being Mary Jane, Black Hollywood and His 'Bold and Beautiful' FutureBy Jamey Giddens on May 01, 2012
Shortly after beginning a conversation with Aaron D. Spears you quickly realize why his bio states he's into poetry and spoken word performances. This cat has a lyrical quality to his responses that recalls Larenz Tate's character Darius Lovehall in Love Jones. I recently caught up with The Bold and the Beautiful actor, who is in Atlanta filming the pilot for BET's high profile, hour-long drama series Being Mary Jane.
Spears snagged the series regular role of Marcus Bradley, co-anchor of the titular Mary Jane, a high-powered, cable TV journalist played by Gabrielle Union. We talked about how he reacted when he learned he'd gotten such a plum part in this much-buzzed about vehicle from Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil (The Game, Jumping The Broom). We also chewed the fat on the current state of Black Hollywood. As Think Like a Man tops the box office for a second week, Spears believes we're experiencing another "renaissance" for filmmakers of color, but this time, will it last?
I also found out how Spears' Bold and Beautiful boss Brad Bell feels about his new gig, as well as what the future holds for Justin Barber, the suave, publishing exec he portrays on the world's most-watched daily serial.
Daytime Confidential: Congratulations on booking a series regular role in BET’s upcoming drama series Being Mary Jane! How did you react when you first learned you’d been cast in the high profile project?
Aaron Spears: You know, in this business you have so many up and down, roller coaster rides; it was satisfying knowing I have a way to provide for my family. That was my initial reaction, the satisfaction of knowing there’s a possibility of me having a weekly check that will substantiate my expenses.
Daytime Confidential: In Being Mary Jane, you play Mark Bradley, the co-anchor of the title character Mary Jane, played by Gabrielle Union. What has it been like working with her?
AS: She’s really cool; really down to earth. She has a great sense of humor. She’s very witty — smart and witty. She has great comebacks. So it was like, cool. You know how you have some women that can be your, like your friend, so to speak? You know? As a guy, you feel as though “Yeah I can hang out with her” and go to different locations and it would all be good. Everything would be fine and kosher. I feel like she has adapted to various locations and circumstances. READ MORE
Tika Sumpter just might be the hardest working sistah in Hollywood! Since leaving ABC Daytime's One Life to Live she's had series-long arcs on hit shows such as The Game and Gossip Girl, sexed up music videos for R&B stars like Jason Derulo, appeared in the No. 1 movie Think Like a Man and now she's been cast in BET's high-profile primetime drama project Being Mary Jane! READ MORE