BET ending ‘Being Mary Jane’ with two-hour series finale in 2018

Posted on Thursday, October 12, 2017 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Another Atlanta-based TV series is over.

A few days after Starz announced the end of “Survivor’s Remorse,” BET said it’s closing shop on “Being Mary Jane” starring Gabrielle Union after four seasons with a two-hour finale film in 2018.

The show, shot in metro Atlanta, is about an Atlanta-based news anchor with serious relationship and family issues. It began as a movie in 2013 and did well enough for BET to give it a green light as a series. BET has aired 51 episodes, including a super-sized 20-episode season four.

The season four finale came on September 19.

Mara Brock Akil )(“The Game”) and her husband Salim Akil created and ran the show for the first three seasons but left for a new deal with Warner Brothers. The season four showrunner Erica Shelton Kodish departed for her own deal with CBS. It’s proof that good talent is hard to keep in such a competitive TV landscape.

Atlanta’s Will Packer – best known for films such as “Ride Along” and “Straight Outta Compton” – joined in as executive producer season four. He is also an executive producer of BETs other Atlanta-based scripted drama “The Quad” about a fictional historically black college.

 


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