Bishop T.D. Jakes of The Potter’s House in Dallas, Texas, has been tapped to host a new talk show scheduled to debut in the fall on BET as part of the network’s move toward more faith-based programming.
Describing “T.D. Jakes Presents: Mind, Body & Soul” as “better talk,” BET Networks promises that the show, airing on Sundays, will cover a wide range of issues such as health and wellness, finance and relationships.
BET Senior Vice President of original programming Charlie Jordan Brooks said in September 2012 that the network, which caters to African-American viewers, was “trying to bring [spiritual themes] into the fabric of our programming in general.”
In other news, Gabrielle Union will star in “Being Mary Jane,” about a successful TV news anchor juggling relationships, work and comittments to her family. The series is the first original project developed for the network by Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil, the husband-and-wife team behind BET’s signature series “The Game” who have a deal with the network.
The cast of “Being Mary Jane,” which will premiere early next year, includes Omari Hardwick, Lisa Vidal, Richard Roundtree, Richard Brooks and Margaret Avery.
The network also announced three other new series, including “Burns BBQ,” an unscripted series about the daily operation of a long-standing family-owned barbecue business; ; and the return of “Comic View,” the stand-up comedy showcase that originated on BET.
Shows returning back to the network include “Real Husbands of Hollywood,” “Bobby Jones Gospel,” “Let’s Stay Together” and “The Game.”
The fate of other BET series, including “Second Generation Wayans” and “Reed Between The Lines” remains uncertain.