BET presented its upcoming lineup at the network’s annual upfront presentation on Thursday, confirming an eighth season of its hit comedy The Game and announcing its first miniseries, The Book of Negroes, as well as the pickup of three new series.
Based on the Commonwealth Prize-winning novel by Lawrence Hill, The Book of Negroes is a six-part historical drama starring Cuba Gooding Jr., Louis Gossett Jr., and Aunjanue Ellis. It tells the story of Aminata Diallo, who was abducted from West Africa and sold into slavery in South Carolina at the age of 11. The miniseries follows Aminata through her emancipation in England.
New programs include The Start Up, a scripted series featuring hip-hop star Diggy Simmons as the founder of an entertainment/lifestyle blog TheJetsetters.com; reality competition Gone Gospel, pitting singers outside of the gospel genre against each other as they carve out the next chapter in their careers; and Got Game, a dating show that makes contestants go incognito to see if they can make a match based on personality – or “game” – alone.