BET Networks Announces New Programming At Annual Upfront Presentation

    BET Networks Announces New Programming At Annual Upfront Presentation

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NEW YORK, April 2, 2013

NEW YORK, April 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- BET Networks announced the following
programming at its annual Upfront presentation:

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NEW PROGRAMMING ON BET:

  oBEING MARY JANE – From the producers of the award-winning, record breaking
    BET comedy THE GAME, GIRLFRIENDS and box-office hitsJUMPING THE BROOM and
    SPARKLEcomes an original movie starring the gorgeous and talented
    Gabrielle Union. This is a story to which millions of modern women will
    both relate and respond. Mary Jane Paul is a one-woman-show: a successful
    TV news anchor, and an entirely self-sufficient powerhouse who remains
    devoted to a family that doesn't share her motivation. Intense drama and
    unforgettable moments unfold as Mary Jane juggles her life, her
    relationships, her work,and commitments to her family. Starring:
    Gabrielle Union, Omari Hardwick, Lisa Vidal, Richard Roundtree, Richard
    Brooks and Margaret Avery. Executive Producers: Mara Brock Akil (also
    Creator) and Salim Akil. Follow us on Twitter: @BeingMaryJane; like us
    on Facebook: Facebook.com/BeingMaryJane. PREMIERE: 1Q/14
  oBURNS BBQ– Being a small business doesn't mean thinking small. This new
    unscripted reality series takes viewers into the daily operation of a
    long-standing family barbecuebusiness changing hands from one generation
    to the next. But dothe young self-involvedentrepreneurs have what it
    takes to carry the torch and the family legacy? Production Co: A. Smith
    and Co. Productions. Follow us on Twitter: @BurnsBBQBET; like us on
    Facebook: Facebook.com/BurnsBBQBET PREMIERE: 2Q/14
  oCOMIC VIEW – Some of our biggest names in comedy got their big break on
    the COMIC VIEW stage. The beloved original comedy series is back,
    reimagined for a new season on BET. Showcasing the best and brightest in
    stand-up, COMIC VIEW takes funny to a new level in 2014. Executive
    Producer: James Dubose. Follow us on Twitter: @BETComicView; like us on
    Facebook: Facebook.com/BETComicView. PREMIERE: 4Q/13
  oT.D JAKES PRESENTS: MIND, BODY & SOUL – BET brings better talk with
    spiritual leader, educator and humanitarian Bishop T.D. Jakes as host of a
    brand new talk show. Covering a wide range of topics including health and
    wellness, finance and relationships, Bishop Jakes unearths deeper
    conversations and insighton the topics that matter count on Bishop T.D.
    Jakes to take talk to another levelevery Sunday. Executive
    Producer:Marilyn H. Gill. Follow us on Twitter: @BETGospel; like us on
    Facebook: Facebook.com/BETGospel.PREMIERE: 4Q/13

RETURNING HITS ON BET:

  o106 & PARK – 106 & PARK  is the #1 video countdown show anywhere on
    television. Now in its 13th year, our flagship program has been remixed
    and is bigger and bolder than ever. With four charismatic new hosts, a
    state of the art set surrounded by digital walls, and a brand new look,
    the new 106 & PARK  is the ultimate destination for the A-list of music,
    film, television, style, and sports. 106 & PARK  rules the social media
    space, engaging millions of audience members beyond TV via the
    award-winning106 & PARK mobile app. Every weeknight, the show celebrates
    and reflects real youth culture as the home of the "livest audience,"
    delivering what's hot and what's next in pop culture. Hosted by energetic
    and dynamic young talents Bow Wow, Paigion, Shorty and Miss Mykie.
    http://bet.com/106andPark Follow us on Twitter & Instagram: @106andPark;
    like us on Facebook: Facebook.com/BET106andPark. 4Q/13
  oAPOLLO LIVE – America's original amateur competition show got the ultimate
    makeover in 2012: a new host—the hilarious Tony Rock, the addition of
    three respected music experts, and a world premiere on BET. The classic
    variety show at Harlem's iconic Apollo Theater delivers the original
    interactive talent showcase, evaluated by Michael Bivins, Doug E. Fresh
    and Gladys Knight. Apollo Live also boasts a bevy of special guest
    appearances and performances—and of course, stars the electric and wildly
    opinionated Apollo Theater live audience. http://bet.com/ApolloLive Follow
    us on Twitter: @ApolloLiveTV; like us on Facebook:
    Facebook.com/ApolloLive. Executive Producers: Jamie Foxx, Marcus King,
    Don Weiner and Jonelle Procope PREMIERE: 4Q/13
  oBOBBY JONES GOSPEL – GRAMMY® winner Dr. Bobby Jones, Jr., the "Ambassador
    of Gospel" and host of the longest continuously running original series on
    cable television, delivers his ministry and praise on the Network's
    flagship gospel program and the longest-running gospel program on cable.
    This weekly standout features joyous performances and riveting interviews
    from gospel music's most talented entertainers, choirs, evangelists, and
    others. http://bet.com/bobbyjonesgospel Follow us on Twitter: @BETGospel;
    like us on Facebook: Facebook.com/BETGospel. PREMIERE: 4Q/13
  oLET'S STAY TOGETHER – In 2011 the premiere of LET'S STAY TOGETHER debuted
    at #2 right behind THE GAME, making it a certified smash hit. This fun,
    flirtatious comedy about two couples and one sexy single is back for a
    fourth season of laughs and love lessons. Audiences adore and relate to
    this cast. Averaging nearly 3 million viewers in its first season,
    theseries debut ranks among the top 3 Tuesday sitcom premieres over the
    past 10 years. Making relationships work is easier said than done, but
    Season 4 is sure to be filled with juicy new plot twists that will
    continue to keep LET'S STAY TOGETHER on viewers' must-watch list.
    http://bet.com/LST Follow us on Twitter: @LetsStay2gether; like us on
    Facebook: Facebook.com/LetsStayTogether. Executive Producers: Jacque
    Edmonds Cofer (also Creator), Queen Latifah and Shakim Compere. PREMIERE:
    1Q/14
  oREAL HUSBANDS OF HOLLYWOOD – The fakest reality show ever is a real-life
    runaway smash. Taking the #1 spot on the Entertainment Weekly must-see
    list and acclaimed by both the Los Angeles and New York Times, REAL
    HUSBANDS OF HOLLYWOOD is the #1 sitcom on Cable Television among all
    adults 18-49. Led by comic genius Kevin Hart with an all-star cast (Boris
    Kodjoe, Nick Cannon, JB Smoove, and Duane Martin), Season 2 will provide
    more appointment television full of new rivalries, special guests and
    laugh-out-loud cliffhangers. http://bet.com/RHOH Follow us on Twitter:
    @BETRealHusbands; like us on Facebook: Facebook.com/BETRealHusbands.
    PREMIERE: 4Q/13
  oSUNDAY BEST - The NAACP Image Award-winning gospel competition show is
    poised for another smash hit season. Proving to be a franchise player,
    this top-rated cable music competition series always uplifts and inspires
    in its mission to identify the next great gospel star. Hosted by Kirk
    Franklin with celebrity judges Yolanda Adams, Donnie McClurkin and CeCe
    Winans, aspiring gospel singers compete for America's vote—and a major
    recording contract. SUNDAY BEST puts emerging talent on the path to
    greatness. Season 4 winner Le'Andria Johnson won the 2012 Best Gospel
    Performance GRAMMY®. http://bet.com/SundayBest Executive Producer: Marilyn
    H. GillFollow us on Twitter: @BETSundayBest; like us on Facebook:
    Facebook.com/BETSundayBest. PREMIERE: 3Q/14
  oTHE GAME – THE GAME on BET is a record-breaking, history-making
    phenomenon, with 7.7 million viewers on premiere night in 2011, making BET
    the home of the #1 sitcom debut in the history of cable TV. In 2013,
    players come and go but THE GAME goes on, with Lauren London and Jay Ellis
    joining the cast. Brandy returns in her expanded role as Chardonnay, aka
    Mrs. Jason Pitts along with series favorites Hosea Chanchez, Coby Bell and
    Wendy Raquel Robinson. Season 7 promises to deliver more sexy dramedy as
    the cast negotiates the ups and downs of love and football.Executive
    Producers: Mara Brock Aki (also Creator), Salim Akil, Kenny Smith and
    Erica Montolfo-Bura http://bet.com/TheGame Follow us on Twitter:
    @TheGameBET; like us on Facebook: Facebook.com/TheGameBET. PREMIERE:
    1Q/14
  oTHE SHEARDS – It takes faith and family to find your voice. The first
    season of this unscripted reality series brought viewers into a world
    characterized by equal parts praise and pressure for Kierra and J. Drew,
    the children of gospel legend Karen Clark Sheard and Bishop Drew Sheard.
    This season, as they pursue dreams of success beyond what their parents
    envision for them, the siblings lean on their spiritual foundation—and one
    another—more than ever. Production Company:Entertainment
    Onehttp://bet.com/TheSheards Follow us on Twitter: @BETGospel; like us on
    Facebook: Facebook.com/BETGospel. PREMIERE: 3Q/14

RETURNING MEGA-SPECIALS ON BET:

  oBET AWARDS - The BET AWARDS franchise is the #1 Program in Cable
    Television History among the Black audience, and is still a top 10 awards
    show on television (Broadcast & Cable) among total viewers. It continues
    to hold the leadership position because it gathers the biggest stars in
    music, sports, Hollywood, and philanthropy all on one stage for one
    incredible night. Now in its 14^th year and better than ever, The BET
    AWARDS delivers electrifying performances, moving tributes and the most
    unforgettable moments on TV. http://bet.com/betawards Follow us on
    Twitter: @BETAwards; like us on Facebook: Facebook.com/TheBETAwards.
    PREMIERE: 2Q/14
  oBET HIP HOP AWARDS – The BET HIP HOP AWARDS returns for its eighth smash
    year to highlight who did it better in hip hop music, with bold
    performances and breakthrough freestyle cyphers that set social media on
    fire. This is the one show where the hottest rap stars of today share the
    stage with the hip-hop icons of tomorrow. This show serves millions of
    people who love hip hop culture, which continues to define a generation
    and defy convention. http://bet.com/hiphopawards Follow us on Twitter:
    @HipHopAwards; like us on Facebook: Facebook.com/HipHopAwards. PREMIERE:
    4Q/13
  oBLACK GIRLS ROCK – BLACK GIRLS ROCK! is the tribute show that became a
    movement. This NAACP Image Award-nominated special is both timely and
    timeless, saluting dynamic leaders in entertainment, business,
    philanthropy and beyond. Past award winners include Ruby Dee, Susan L.
    Taylor, Missy Elliott, Janelle Monáe, and Taraji P. Henson. Featuring
    emerging and legendary talent, touching tributes to present-day role
    models and soulful, surprising musical performances, BLACK GIRLS ROCK!
    celebrates the brilliance and beauty of women of color who shape our world
    and uplift our girls. http://bet.com/BGR Follow the conversation:
    #BlackGirlsRock; PREMIERE: 4Q/13
  oCELEBRATION OF GOSPEL – The biggest night that celebrates gospel music,
    America's truly original and internationally loved art form, only happens
    on BET. Hosted by Steve Harvey, one of the most popular personalities in
    media, the 14^th annual CELEBRATION OF GOSPEL is a star-studded gathering
    of some of the best voices in Gospel and R&B. Impossible to duplicate,
    this is the only awards show that literally moves your spirit.
    http://bet.com/COG Follow us on Twitter: @BETGospel; like us on Facebook:
    Facebook.com/BETGospel. PREMIERE: 2Q/14
  oTHE BET HONORS – The Washington Post says, "the annual BET HONORS have
    just about perfected the ideal mix of glamour, inspiration, humor and sex
    appeal." We could not have said it better! The BET HONORS shows the world
    "what extraordinary looks like" by saluting luminaries whose lives and
    revolutionary work contribute to and elevate our culture. Airing during
    Black History Month, The BET HONORS is a shimmering night of dynamic
    performances and tributes that cross genres and generations. In 2012,
    First Lady Michelle Obama presented Dr. Maya Angelou with her honor. In
    2013, Phylicia Rashad conferred the honor upon Halle Berry and Ledisi sang
    "Everlasting Love" for Chaka Khan. Now that's extraordinary viewing for
    the whole family. http://bet.com/honors Follow us on Twitter: @BET; like
    us on Facebook: Facebook.com/BET. PREMIERE: 1Q/14

NEW PROGRAMMING ON
CENTRIC:

  oFIRST FAMILY – In a humorous twist of art imitating life at 1600
    Pennsylvania Avenue, Centric premieres a star-studded scripted comedy
    about a presidential African American family residing in the White House.
    Christopher B. Duncan is President William Johnson and Kellita Smith stars
    as his wife, First Lady Katherine Johnson. Together, they run the free
    world and raise four children. Co-stars Gladys Knight, Jackee Harry, John
    Witherspoon, and Marla Gibbs round out their dynamic extended family.
    PREMIERE: 2Q/13
  oMR. BOX OFFICE – One of Hollywood's most bankable stars got himself into
    trouble with the law, and is ordered to give back by fulfilling an
    unlikely sentence: community service as a high school English teacher in
    South Central Los Angeles. Bill Bellamy leads an all-star cast in this
    scripted comedy that looks at the human side of stardom. Also stars Vivica
    A. Fox, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Gary Busey, and Jon Lovitz. PREMIERE: 2Q/13

RETURNING HITS ON CENTRIC:

  oAS WRITTEN - Through candid interviews featuring intimate stories about
    what drove the creative process for current album releases, AS WRITTEN
    unlocks the door to the creative process and exposes the inspiration
    behind the work of some of your favorite R&B and soul artists. PREMIERE:
    4Q/13
  oBEING – The new season of BEING takes viewers into the lives of some of
    the music industry's most legendary artists, including Chaka Khan and
    Stevie Wonder. Their struggles and triumphs have helped to shape the
    careers of so many; without them, the music scene would be vastly
    different. This docu-series shares firsthand accounts from the artists and
    those who recall what it was like for these entertainers as they ascended
    to stardom and how they've managed to stay on top. PREMIERE: 1Q/14
  oCENTRIC CERTIFIED – CENTRIC CERTIFIED is Centric's emerging artist
    campaign designed to expose Centric's audience to the next generation of
    R&B/Soul stars. CENTRIC CERTIFIED will highlight the best in new music
    with promos that bring the viewer into the world of the artist. CENTRIC
    CERTIFIED artists also receive prominent placement on CentricTV.com with
    photo galleries, live-streamed music, and unique video content. CENTRIC
    CERTIFIED will highlight the best in new music. PREMIERE: 4Q/13
  oCENTRIC COMEDY ALL-STARS – Featuring some of today's hottest comedians,
    CENTRIC COMEDY ALL-STARS will be one of the hottest tickets in Vegas
    during "Centric Soul Weekend." This two hour special promises to deliver
    some side splitting, family friendly humor and keep viewers on the edge of
    their seats. PREMIERE: 1Q/14
  oCULTURE LIST – Busy adults need an easy way to get the scoop on what's
    cool and happening right now. CULTURE LIST delivers the latest for our
    discerning, well-heeled audience. Our returning music-based lifestyle
    series covers the worlds of film, fashion, beauty, fitness and
    entertainment with lifestyle segments each week. From books and movies to
    celebrity news and music, it's all here on CULTURE LIST—complete with
    viewer calls to action for social and digital extensions. PREMIERE: 1Q/14

RETURNING MEGA-SPECIALS ON CENTRIC:

  oSOUL TRAIN AWARDS – The Hippest Trip In America keeps grooving forward.
    The iconic brand that defined a generation returns for 2014 with its
    signature awards show. Featuring never before-seen musical collaborations
    and powerful tributes from world-class performers, the Soul Train Awards
    brings you the most revered and promising voices in soul and R&B. And
    since airing on both our networks is always better, The Soul Train Awards
    is simulcast on Centric and BET.PREMIERE: 4Q/13
  oCENTRIC SOUL WEEKEND – "Centric Soul Weekend" will be an amazing on the
    ground experience shared by viewers, artists and clients alike, as Las
    Vegas comes alive with a celebration and showcase of the best of
    African-American culture. PREMIERE: 4Q/13

About BET Networks

BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), is the nation's
leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs
television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET
channel reaches more than 90 million households and can be seen in the United
States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and sub-Saharan Africa. BET
is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of
business extensions: BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black
entertainment, music, culture, and news; CENTRIC, a 24-hour entertainment
network targeting the 25- to 54-year-old African-American audience; BET
Digital Networks - BET Gospel and BET Hip Hop, attractive alternatives for
cutting-edge entertainment tastes; BET Home Entertainment, a collection of
BET-branded offerings for the home environment including DVDs and
video-on-demand; BET Event Productions, a full-scale event management and
production company with festivals and live events spanning the globe; BET
Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless
devices; and BET International, which operates BET in the United Kingdom and
oversees the extension of BET network programming for global distribution.

About CENTRIC

Centric is a 24-hour music and entertainment channel that reflects the
lifestyle and sophistication of today's African-American and multicultural
adult viewer. With a finger on the pulse of an ever-changing beat, its
compelling music content fuses Soul, R&B, Neo-Soul, Hip Hop, Reggae, Gospel,
Jazz, Old School, New School and everything in between with today's hottest
artists. It is a unique mix of music, culture and lifestyle programming that
embodies the lives, tastes and aspirations of the CENTRIC viewer: All you. All
day. All night.

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