BET Viewers Embrace ‘Being Mary Jane’

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Gabrielle UnionGabrielle Union’s 90-minute pilot Being Mary Jane pulled in excellent numbers for BET July 2.  It got a 2.0 rating among adults aged 18-49 and 4 million viewers, with only NBC’s America’s Got Talent beating it. It capped a strong week for the cable network with the BET Awards and the sixth season start of sitcom The Game.

This show doesn’t start full time until January 2014, but viewers like what they’ve seen so far. Union stars as news anchor Mary Jane Paul. On the surface, her life is perfect. In reality, she’s her family’s only breadwinner and having no luck in love. The drama is the brainchild of Mara Brock Akil, co-creator of Girlfriends and The Game.

“42 percent of black women have never been married,” the narration begins. Mary Jane’s life shows why that is, at least for her. In practice, it should be simple for a hard working woman with a great career to find a man who shares her drive and desire to raise a family. In reality, the best candidate she comes across is a man already married.

There are obvious comparisons to Scandal’s Olivia Pope, a role Union auditioned for. But since is just the pilot, we don’t know if the affair will be a long running storyline. What we do know is that black faces, particularly black women are still not often represented on TV. BET is uniquely positioned to be able to tell these stories, and initial indications are this is a story its viewers want more of.

Read [The Hollywood Reporter]

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    We LOVE Gabrielle Union as Mary Jane (MJ) Paul in Being Mary Jane!