BET Adds Kelly Rowland Singing Competition, ‘Punk’d’ Revival to 2015 Slate

Former Destiny’s Child member will search for the next big female supergroup in “Chasing Destiny”

Singer and former “X Factor” judge Kelly Rowland embarks on a quest to find a Destiny’s Child-like female supergroup in the upcoming competition series “Chasing Destiny,” BET Networks announced at its annual upfront presentation on Thursday.

The series is from Den of Thieves and executive producers Jesse Ignjatovic, Evan Prager, Rowland, Tim Weatherspoon and Danny Rose and co-executive producers Jared Morell and Jordan Barrow.

The project is among the new and returning programming on the network’s 2015 slate. BET also announced the 2015 programming for Centric, its network aimed at black women.

In addition to “Chasing Destiny,” new BET programming includes:
“About the Business” — the docu-series follows a group of friends operating in “the elite world of urban Hollywood” and stars Eva Marcille, Sparkle Holmes, Danielle Crawley, Crystal Renay and EJ King. The series is produced by Entertainment One (eOne) and executive producers Tara Long, David Shaye and Eric Hoberman for eOne, and Shanta Conic.

“Criminals at Work” — docu-crime series explores workplace crime “from inside jobs to corporate espionage.”

“Zoe Moon” — a romantic sitcom stars Brandy Norwood as the titular character, a live-out-loud newly single mom embarking on a new life and career as a fledgling cosmetics mogul. The series comes from executive producers Debra Martin Chase, Scooter Braun and Danny Rose; executive producer/writer Erica Montolfo-Bura and co-executive producer Brandy Norwood.

“The Label” — the rise and occasional fall of classic record labels are explored in this docu-series from executive producers Chaka Zulu, Jeff Dixon and Chris “Ludacris” Bridges.

“DeSean Jackson: Home Team” — Series follows Washington Redskins’ wide receiver DeSean Jackson and the core group of women surrounding him, including his “momager” Gayle. The series is produced by Rogue Atlas Productions in association with Lionsgate Television. Eli Frankel, Ryan Holcomb, Elise Duran, Jackson and Byron Jackson are executive producers. Jay Fragus and Lawrence Bell are co-executive producers.

“Punk’d” — BET reboots the hidden-camera series for its own audience. The series is produced by Katalyst Media and from executive producer Jason Goldberg.

New Movies/Mega-Specials:
RocNation Sports Live Boxing — BET partners with RocNation Sports as exclusive broadcast partner.

“Brotherly Love” — High school basketball superstar drama, starring Keke Palmer, Cory Hardrict , Romeo Miller, Macy Gray, Malik Yoba, Quincy Brown and Eric Hill. Written and directed by Jamal Hill. From Flavor Unit Entertainment.

“November Rule” — A sports shoe entrepreneur sets strict relationship boundaries that result in the loss of his dream woman. It stars Tatyana Ali, Mo McRae, DJ Qualls, La La Anthony, Faizon Love and Jay Ellis, and is directed by Mike Elliot and executive produced by Flavor Unit Entertainment.

“Deuces” — Ambitious undercover agent Jason Foster infiltrates an airtight crime ring ran by a charismatic young boss, Stephen “Deuces” Brooks — who is dating Foster’s sister. Starring Larenz Tate, Lance Gross and Meagan Good. Written and Directed by Jamal Hill. From Flavor Unit Entertainment.

“S.N.I.T.C.H.” — Pusha T stars in a story of distrust and apparent betrayal among childhood friends. From Flavor Unit Entertainment.

New BET News Specials:
“Katrina – 10 Years Later” — a look back at the storm and current conditions in New Orleans’ 9th Ward and other neighborhoods on the 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

“O.J. Simpson- 20 Years Later” — revisit “the trial of the century” on the 20th anniversary of the acquittal of O.J. Simpson.

“Justice & Race” — documentary explores the convergence of hot-button issues in America.

“Muhammad Ali” — A biographical tribute to the former heavyweight champion.

New Programming on Centric:
“According to Alex” — Alex Martin Dean’s daughter Amara and her fiancé move home and turn to Alex and the rest of the family to help raise their new baby girl. Produced by 44 Blue Productions and One Ho Productions and from executive producers Whoopi Goldberg, Tom Leonardis, Stephanie Noonan Drachkovitch and Alex Martin Dean. Co-Executive Producer Esther Frank.

“#MyCurrentSituation” — Documentary series highlights the many roles that black women play in everyday life and the various situations in which they find themselves.

“Curve Appeal” – half hour docu-drama series that follows award-winning fashion director and celebrity stylist Timothy Snell (Queen Latifah“>Queen Latifah, Angela Bassett, Tisha Campbell-Martin) and his team as they work to dress both his celebrity clients and everyday women. From executive producers Queen Latifah, Shakim Compere and Ianthe Jones and co-executive Producers Tim Snell, Cameron Kadison and Diane Perez.

“From The Bottom Up” — Six-part docu-series follows the journey of five women, after falling from grace, as they try to turn their lives around and find redemption. Stars Christine Beatty, Sara Stokes, Chrystale Wilson, Kim Smedley and Stacii Jae Johnson. From Flavor Unit Entertainment and Executive Producers Queen Latifah“>Queen Latifah, Shakim Compere, Nicci Gilbert, Luchia Ashe, James Dubose and Yaneley Arty.

Returning to BET:The Game” (final season),  “Being Mary Jane,” “Bobby Jones Gospel” (final season), “Real Husbands of Hollywood,” “Nellyville” and “It’s a Mann’s World.”

Returning Mega-Specials on BET: “Bet Awards’ 15,” “Bet Hip Hop Awards,” “Black Girls Rock!,” “Celebration of Gospel” and “The BET Honors.”

Returning Mega-Specials on Centric: “Soul Train Awards” and “Centric Soul Weekend.”

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