BET and VH1 to Share Hip-Hop Drama

In a rare move for two major cable TV networks, BET and VH1 have announced plans to jointly develop and air a hip-hop related original drama called Wifey. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the show will revolve around the widow of a slain hip-hop mogul who takes control of his record company following his death. Rapper and actress Queen Latifah, will executive produce the series, and is expected to bring in some celebrity friends for cameo appearances. “It’s a real progressive move on VH1 and BET’s part to make it happen,” Latifah said. “It gives us a shot at really succeeding as a show and broadening the audience.” The idea for the series was born at VH1, where it was originally envisioned as a reality show, but later evolved into a scripted drama. BET president of entertainment Reginald Hudlin will oversee production on the pilot episode, which will mark that network’s first foray into original scripted drama. While networks have collaborated on programming in the past, the Wifey experiment is unique in that the show will debut and air simultaneously on both channels, which would be a first. “This is absolutely an experiment, a gamble,” said VH1′s executive VP of original programming and production Michael Hirschorn, “These kind of seemingly counterintuitive leaps are the kind of leaps linear networks need to make these days.”

  • derfla the hus’la

    who really gives a fuck? both networks a ran by cracker’s

  • http://www.xxlmag.com mike from the wood

    ain’t that truth

  • http://myspace.com/twooddaproducer T.Wood…..Central Grove Representa

    BET is ran by a black woman..

  • EReal

    Wifey? LOL

    Wifey would get extorted out her ass and for her ass,that what would happen.

    1 hunned.

  • JuSs One

    Ruthless

  • jacquez
  • http://hotbloc.com APG

    Sounds like a good idea. Queen Latifah usually is involved in quality work entertainment-wise.

  • http://xxlmag.com Billy Sunday

    BET and VH-1 are both pwned by Sumner Redstone – Viacom’s ultimate T.I.

  • 11kap

    how about “widowey” ? the woman’s husband isn’t even alive. Please!

  • derfla the hus’la

    T.Wood…..Central Grove Representa Says:

    February 14th, 2007 at 1:02 pm
    BET is ran by a black woman..
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^
    ever heard of a puppet

    Billy Sunday Says:

    February 14th, 2007 at 3:27 pm
    BET and VH-1 are both pwned by Sumner Redstone – Viacom’s ultimate T.I.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^
    thanks Sunday I didn’t know the actuall owner, and the fact that this guy is jewish makes matters even worse

  • thecoolguy

    lol how do u know hes jewish? but nah idk how this show is gonna end up but doesnt seem like sometin i would watch

  • Pancho

    “BET is run by a black woman”
    ^^^^^^^^^^the fuck?

    BET is run by viacom…thus run by the white man…so is VH1.

  • Cuban Link

    doesnt MTV own both of them anyway?

  • http://NONE KILLA BLACK

    Sounds like a good show, but yall need real HipHOP artist on their, with real music, well here iam
    (myspace.com/blu-black)

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  • Joy

    I can’t wait

  • Quality

    Wondering when we are gonna get real shows that we wanna see instead of good ideas from folks behind desks.

    “This is absolutely an experiment, a gamble,” said VH1’s executive VP of original programming and production Michael Hirschorn, “These kind of seemingly counterintuitive leaps are the kind of leaps linear networks need to make these days.”

    Maybe he should think about tapping into non-traditional thinkers and those entangled in ‘White Hollywood’ and give “we” the people what we ‘really’ want.

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  • http://www.myspace.com/hipnoticmusic Hipnotic a.k.a Bossmiz

    hey baby