The Viacom-owned cable network picks up repeats of seasons one and two and will air current episodes in the fall after they are broadcast on ABC. The Viacom-owned cable network has acquired off-network rights to ABC’s breakout hit Scandal, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively. Under the pact, BET will begin airing seasons one and two of the Kerry Washington political-fixer drama this summer. Additionally, original episodes from the upcoming third season of the Shonda Rhimes series will air no sooner than eight days after original first-run episodes are broadcast on ABC. The agreement extends season-one Scandal episodes to BET in addition to Netflix, where they’ve been streaming since September 2012. 100-episode mark to explore off-network deals. The move will likely help ABC broaden the serialized drama’s audience among its core demographic, though Rhimes has been vocal about the series not specifically being a show catering to African-Americans.
1 broadcast series among African-Americans, averaging 2. In its second season, Scandal catapulted from a modest performer in its seven-episode first season to a bona fide hit in its Thursday 10 p. 5 million total viewers and a 2. We’re thrilled to be joining forces with ABC in airing this dynamic series,” BET chairman Debra Lee said. Scandal is a cultural phenomenon that has resonated with viewers for the past two seasons and we’re excited to be part of its continued journey. At BET, Scandal comes as the Viacom-owned cabler continues to find success with its original scripted fare. 6 million viewers and a 1. Scandal marks BET’s first syndicated scripted drama acquisition.
The network in the past has aired repeats of comedies The Parkers, Moesha and Family Matters and continues to air Wendy Williams’ syndicated talk show. Rhimes created Scandal and executive produces the show alongside Shondaland partner Betsy Beers and Mark Wilding. BET’s Barbara Zaneri, exec vp program strategy, scheduling and acquisitions, negotiated the deal. The Hollywood Reporter, LLC is a subsidiary of Prometheus Global Media, LLC. The news arrives amid continued reshuffling at the Viacom networks. The programming shuffle at Viacom continues. In a surprising move, Tracy Oliver’s buzzy First Wives Club reboot is moving from Paramount Network to Viacom sibling BET. The half-hour scripted dramedy — based on the 1996 movie that starred Diane Keaton, Bette Midler and Goldie Hawn — was originally developed by Keith Cox for TV Land but moved to broader-skewing Paramount Network when the executive’s purview expanded to both networks.
We are thrilled that Tracy Oliver and Paramount Television’s First Wives Club will be coming to BET Networks,” BET Networks president Scott Mills said Tuesday in a statement. We have been big fans of Tracy, the project and its incredible cast all along. The concept she has for the series fits perfectly with our programming strategy of character-driven content anchored in the black experience, and it aligns seamlessly with our core audience. The news comes as a surprise given the bigger budget for the buzzy reboot, which stars Jill Scott, Michelle Buteau and Ryan Michelle Bathe. Sources say Cox had been extremely high on the retooled First Wives Club, which was poised to help bring in a new demographic to the former male-focused Spike TV. Paramount Network has had a challenging first year on the scripted front. TV Land imports American Woman and Nobodies were canceled, and Heathers was burned off after Viacom couldn’t find a new U. Yellowstone, the first series developed specifically for the new network, was renewed and joins a 2019 scripted lineup that now includes TV Land import Younger and new Darren Star drama Emily in Paris. For BET, meanwhile, First Wives Club becomes a buzzy addition to a rapidly growing roster of scripted originals that also includes its Boomerang reboot, comedy Peachtree Place, American Soul and In Contempt.
Mills, who was brought in last December to take over for longtime exec Debra Lee, previously told The Hollywood Reporter that he had hoped to bring First Wives Club over to BET amid the scripted reshuffling. The Hollywood Reporter, LLC is a subsidiary of Prometheus Global Media, LLC. Anywhere there’s a crowd, you can bet she’s at the center of the action. In 2004, the series received two NAACP Image Award nominations: Flex Alexander earned a nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series and Kyla Pratt earned a nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. In 2005, UPN launched a One On One spinoff titled, Cuts. TV actor Marques Houston as Kevin Barnes and actress Shannon Elizabeth as Tiffany. NOVEMBER SWEEP IS FAST APPROACHING, AND WE’VE ALL BEEN ON THE EDGE OF OUR SEATS IN ANTICIPATION OF THE TOP-SECRET SURPRISES THAT EACH NETWORK HAS BEEN STASHING UP ITS SLEEVE.