‘Being Mary Jane’ Canceled by BET
Actress Gabrielle Union is set to become a free agent once again. The Being Mary Jane star will reportedly be hanging up her teleprompter after season five, according to a press release issued earlier today by BET. The network says they’ll be ending their once popular show with a two-hour tele-film, set to air next fall.
Being Mary Jane debuted back in 2013 and was a hit right out the gate. Unfortunately, ratings declined during the tail end of the first season and continued to do so, even after the show relocated and brought in a slew of famous guest stars. It’s most recent season, which wrapped up last month, averaged a 0.36 demo and 800k viewers.
While once a very promising addition to the BET original programming line-up, the series reportedly became wracked with unhappiness from almost everyone involved, including creator Mara Brock Akil, who left after season three. Union was also not a happy camper, having sued the network for breach of contract last year.
With Being Mary Jane officially out of commission, that leaves The Quad starring Anika Noni Rose as the only remaining drama on BET.