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Being Mary Jane season 3 gets premiere date, adds guest stars Loretta Devine and Jill Scott

Missing Mary Jane? It’s time to start the official countdown to season three, which EW can announce will premiere on Tuesday, Oct. 20 in its new time slot at 9 p.m. ET on BET.

The new time slot isn’t the new thing about the Gabrielle Union-starrer about a cable news anchor juggling career, family and romance. Loretta Devine (Grey’s Anatomy) and singer-actress Jill Scott (The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency) will join the hard-hitting series as guest stars this season, EW has learned exclusively. 

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The Game showrunner Mara Brock Akil talks about opening doors for Empire and Scandal

This week, the long-running BET-via-The CW series The Game comes to an end after nine dramatic seasons. When The Game first premiered back in the fall of 2006, shows with majority black casts were exceedingly rare. Since then, the TV landscape has been much more accommodating, with series like Empire, Power, and Survivor’s Remorse being just a few of the shows with minority-majority casts.

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Being Mary Jane creator Mara Brock Akil blogs about THAT finale ending and what's ahead in season 3

Being Mary Jane’s explosive two-part season finale featured a breakup (Gary Dourdan’s Sheldon is no longer in the picture), a makeup (Mary Jane needs Kara if she’s going to rise in the ranks at SNC!) and a tempting primetime job offer for its titular character.

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