Being Mary Jane is easy when you look like Gabrielle Union!
The gorgeous 40-year-old actress returns to TV Tuesday, July 2, when her new series Being Mary Jane premieres on BET in the form of a two-hour movie (you know, like Battlestar Galactica).
The show is a big deal for the network as it’s their first original drama series and hails from the producers of BET’s hit series The Game. But it seems like courting Union to join their lineup is an even bigger deal for BET as they boast “We Got Gabrielle” in a trailer for Being Mary Jane. Hey, can you blame ‘em?!
Union, who is dating NBA star Dwayne Wade, plays the titular character, Mary Jane Paul, a successful TV anchor and a self-sufficient woman who remains devoted to her family, even if they don’t share her ambition or motivation. BET is hoping women everywhere relate to Mary Jane as she juggles work, relationships and family.
TVLine’s Renewal Scorecard has spawned a spin-off!
By popular demand, we present you with our first-ever Cable Renewal Scorecard, a handy, constantly-updated and easy-to-navigate cheat sheet featuring the current status of more than 100 of the buzziest* non-broadcast (plus PBS) offerings.
(*Due to issues related to length and our own sanity, not every cable series is included).
We’ll be updating this list regularly with the latest industry intel, so we strongly suggest you bookmark this puppy and check back for updates.
And now, the Scorecard (grouped by network)…
Bunheads: Season 1 ended Feb. 25; Season 2 renewal could go either way
Baby Daddy: Season 2 premiered May 29; Renewed for Season 3
Chasing Life: Season 1 to debut in early 2014
The Fosters: Season 1 premiered June 3
Melissa & Joey: Season 3 premiered May 29; Renewed for Season 4
The Lying Game: Season 2A ended March 13; Season 2B renewal could go either way
Pretty Little Liars: Season 4 premieres June 11; Renewed for Season 5
Ravenswood: Season 1 to debut in October
The Secret Life of the American Teenager: Series finale aired June 3
Switched at Birth: Season 2B premieres June 10
Twisted: Season 1 premieres June 11
Bates Motel: Season 1 ended May 20; Season 2 to debut in 2014
The Glades: Season 4 premiered May 27
Longmire: Season 2 premiered May 27
Breaking Bad: Season 5B/Final Season premieres Aug. 11
Hell on Wheels: Season 3 premieres Aug. 3
The Killing: Season 3 premiered June 2; Season 4 renewal is too early to tell
Low Winter Sun: Season 1 premieres Aug. 11
Mad Men: Season 6 finale airs June 23; Season 7 renewal a sure thing
The Walking Dead: Season 4 premieres October 2013
Being Human: Final season premieres July 13
Copper: Season 2 premieres June 23
Doctor Who: Season 7 ended May 18; Renewed for Season 8
In The Flesh: Season 1 premieres June 6
Luther: Season 2 ended July 2011; Season 3 premieres Sept. 3
Orphan Black: Season 2 to debut in 2014
Ripper Street: Season 1 ended Feb. 24; Season 2 to debut in early 2014
The Game: Season 6 currently airing; Season 7 to debut in 2014
Let’s Stay Together: Season 3 ended May 21; Season 4 to debut in 2014
Banshee: Season 1 ended March 15; Season 2 to debut in early 2014
Strike Back: Season 2 ended Oct. 2012; Season 3 to debut in mid-to-late 2013
American Horror Story: Season 2 ended Jan. 21; Season 3 to premiere in October
The Americans: Season 1 ended May 1; Season 2 to debut in early 2014
Anger Management: The 90-episode Season 2 premiered Jan. 17
Archer: Season 4 ended April 11; Season 5 to debut in 2014
The Bridge: Season 1 premieres July 10
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Season 9 to debut this fall; Renewed for Season 10
Justified: Season 4 ended April 2; Season 5 to debut in early 2014
The League: Season 4 ended Dec. 20; Season 5 to debut this fall; Renewed for Season 6
Legit: Season 1 ended April 11; Season 2 to debut in 2014
Louie: Season 3 ended Sept. 2012; Season 4 to debut in Spring 2014
Sons of Anarchy: Season 5 ended Dec. 4; Season 6 to debut in fall 2013
Wilfred: Season 3 premieres June 20
The Borgias: Season 3 finale airs June 16; A shortened Season 4/wrap-up TV-movie is a safe bet
Californication: Season 6 ended April 7; Season 7 to debut in 2014
Dexter: Season 8/Final Season premieres June 30
Episodes: Season 3 to debut in early 2014
Homeland: Season 2 ended Dec. 2012; Season 3 to debut Sept. 29
House of Lies: Season 2 ended April 7; Season 3 to debut in 2014
Masters of Sex: Season 1 premieres Sept. 29
Nurse Jackie: Season 5 finale airs June 16; Season 6 renewal could go either way
Ray Donovan: Season 1 premieres June 30
Shameless: Season 3 ended April 7; Season 4 to debut in 2014
Web Therapy: Season 3 premieres July 22
Black Sails: Season 1 premieres Jan. 2014
Da Vinci’s Demons: Season 1 currently airing; Season 2 to debut in 2014
Magic City: Season 2 premieres June 14
The White Queen: Season 1 premieres Aug. 10
Rectify: Season 1 ended May 20; Season 2 to debut in 2014
Being Human: Season 3 ended April 8; Season 4 to debut in 2014
Continuum: Season 2 premieres June 7
Defiance: Season 1 currently airing; Season 2 to debut in 2014
Haven: Season 3 ended Jan. 17; Season 4 to debut in October
Lost Girl: Season 3 ended April 22; Season 4 to debut in 2014
Warehouse 13: Season 4 currently airing; Season 5/Final Season to debut in 2014
Dallas: Season 2 ended April 15; Season 3 to debut in 2014
Falling Skies: Season 3 premieres June 9
Franklin & Bash: Season 3 premieres June 19
King & Maxwell: Season 1 premieres June 10
The Last Ship: Season 1 to debut in 2014
Legends: Season 1 to debut in 2014
Lost Angels (fka L.A. Noir): Season 1 to debut in 2014
Major Crimes: Season 2 premieres June 10
Monday Mornings: Officially cancelled
Perception: Season 2 premieres June 25
Rizzoli & Isles: Season 4 premieres June 25
Southland: Officially cancelled
The Exes: Season 3 premieres June 19
Happily Divorced: Season 2B ended Feb. 13; Season 3 is a long-shot
Hot in Cleveland: Season 4B premieres June 19; Season 5 to debut in late 2013
The Soul Man: Season 2 premieres June 19
Burn Notice: Season 7/Final Season premieres June 6
Covert Affairs: Season 4 premieres July 16
Graceland: Season 1 premieres June 6
Necessary Roughness: Season 3 premieres June 12
Psych: Season 7 finale aired May 29; Renewed for Season 8
Royal Pains: Season 5 premieres June 12
Suits: Season 3 premieres July 16
White Collar: Season 4 ended March 5; Season 5 to debut in fall 2013
Well, at least one piece has fallen into place concerning the mystery of the upcoming sixth season of The Game. And Lord, what a piece it is…
TVLine announced this past Wednesday that The Game has cast Lauren London (This Christmas, ATL) in the series regular role of Kiera, a former child star (think Keisha Knight Pulliam from The Cosby Show) who is transitioning into more adult roles after being on a sitcom at the age of five. There is no word still on who will be her male counterpart Bryce “The Blueprint” Westbrook, and frankly I can’t think of anyone who could fill that role myself at this point. Maybe Diana Ross’s son Evan Ross of recent 90210 fame could get it, but that’s stretching it.
As for Lauren London being cast, I’m going to stay neutral on what she could bring to the role. She is a recognizable actress, though, to not only the BET audience, but an audience in general. London’s film roles, which range from being T.I.’s love interest in ATL to Hayden Panetierre’s bestie in I Love You, Beth Cooper, have made her a household name despite what some detractors might say. Plus, a household name is something BET could use to make The Game relevant next year. As for the casting of Bryce, besides Evan Ross, what do you guys think about Brandon T. Jackson or Robert Ri’chard? Or… does Bryce have to be black at all? Hmm…
Go in on the comments below about your thoughts on Lauren London joining The Game and who should be her co-star.
The Game has found a new player.
Lauren London (90210) is joining the BET comedy’s sixth season as a series regular, TVLine has learned.
The actress — whose credits also include Single Ladies and Madea’s Big Happy Family – will play Kiera, a former child star who is currently appearing in a Cosby Show-esque sitcom. Producers are also on the lookout for an actor to play an all-star running back. Both roles are intended to fill the void left by departing cast members Tia Mowry and Pooch Hall (aka Melanie and Derwin).
Back for the new season are Wendy Raquel Robinson, Coby Bell, Hosea Chanchez, Brandy Norwood and Barry A. Floyd.