BET has responded to reports that it’s pulling the plug on its flagship late night gabfest, The Mo’Nique Show….The oft-controversial network is choosing another term for the sudden move: “Production hiatus.”
Word that the Oscar-winning comedienne had been sent packing over at Black Entertainment Television first hit the curb when The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Rodney Ho published the cancellation rumor in his Wednesday column.
The New York City Radio World is mourning the loss of one of its own. Urban radio and TV personality DJ Megatron, a regular fixture as a segment host on BET’s 106 & Park since 2006, was shot and killed near his Staten Island, New York home early Sunday in what police suspect was a random robbery gone wrong.
Megatron, whose real name was Corey McGriff, was fatally wounded in the stomach while heading to a store around 2 AM. NYPD officials say the 32-year-old rising hip hop star was found dead with a single gunshot wound. Police were called when a neighbor heard the gun fire and called 911. By the time paramedics arrived, Megatron was dead. He was found on the sidewalk, his fitted baseball cap at his side.
Two years after exiting her eight-season run as lawyer-turned-restauranteur Joan Clayton on TV’s Girlfriends, Tracee Ellis Ross will be returning to the tube in Reed Between The Lines, a new half-hour comedy greenlit by BET.
In the new show, Ross plays Dr. Carla Reed, a busy psychiatrist, wife, and mother, who’s struggling to balance career and family.
Hip-hop’s royal couple are going head-to-head at next month’s BET Awards. In nominations for the 2010 ceremony announced on Tuesday, both Jay-Z and Beyonce earned nods for Video of the Year, Best Collaboration, and Viewers’ Choice. In fact, Jay-Z received two nominations in the Video of the Year category.
Hov is the top contender at this year’s ceremony, leading the pack with five nominations. He’s also up for Best Male Hip-Hop Artist. Trey Songz, Beyonce, Melanie Fiona, and Alicia Keys follow with four nods each. Baby-faced Canadian crooner Justin Bieber, 16, scored a nomination in the best new artist category.
The 2010 BET Awards, hosted by Queen Latifah, airs live from The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on June 27.
T.I.’s intense control issues where his homely fiancee Tameka “Tiny” Cottle is concerned is apparent to almost anyone who has ever had the misfortune of sitting through an episode of the BET reality hit Tiny & Toya.
Now fresh off a stint in the slammer, the self-professed King of the South is finally putting his foot down over the docu-series, which takes fans inside the lives and exploits of Tiny and fellow Atlanta socialite Toya Carter — the former wife of rapper Lil Wayne.
BET has inked a deal with Paramount to produce a new season of the cancelled CW sitcom The Game. The show — which starred Tia Mowry, Brittany Daniel, and Wendy Raquel Robinson as the girlfriend, wife, and mother (respectively) of three professional football players in San Diego — was the spinoff of Girlfriends and ran for three seasons before The CW pulled the plug last June.
BET picked up the series for syndication and decided to develop new episodes after the reruns performed well with its audience.