New Programs on BET Include Kirk Franklin’s “Gone Gospel”, TD Jakes-Produced “Let The Church Say Amen”

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Viacom’s BET said it would launch its first miniseries, a new scripted series and a dating program as part of its coming programming slate.

The network said it would air the six-part epic “The Book of Negroes,” a historical drama based upon the Commonwealth Prize winning novel by Lawrence Hill. The story follows Aminata Diallo’s capture in Africa, enslavement in America and emancipation in England., and stars Cuba Gooding Jr. and Aunjuane Ellis. Produced in partnership with eOne and The CBC.

“Our new shows and feature films, combined with our returning hits like ‘Real Husbands of Hollywood’ and ‘Being Mary Jane,’ make BET’s original slate stronger than ever,” said Debra L. Lee, chairman and CEO, BET Networks, in a prepared statement.

Other new programs include:

“Gone Gospel”: Musicians compete in weekly challenges and embark on a journey to rebuild their careers. Under the mentorship of star-making songwriters, producers and life coaches, the artists will write an inspirational anthem.There will be egos. Hosted by Kirk Franklin. Executive produced by Marilyn Gill and Kirk Franklin.

Let The Church Say Amen” (special): Actress Regina Kingsteps behind the camera to bring ReShonda Tate Billingsley’s inspirational best-seller to the screen. Enter the world of Rachel Jackson,a preacher’s daughter who surmounts incredible odds to reconcile with the father she disappointed. Stars Naturi Naughton, Steve Harris, Lela Rochon Fuqua, Hosea Chanchez and Collins Pennie. Produced by Queen Latifah, Shakim Compere, Shelby Stone, and Regina King. Executive producers are Reina King and TD Jakes.

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SOURCE: Variety
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