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Posted at 07:01 PM ET, 04/18/2012

BET unveils new late night series, “house husband” spoof at upfronts

T. J. Holmes (BET)
BET unveiled its new-season programming plans Wednesday in New York — a slate that includes a scripted comedy about how hard it is to break into the entertainment industry when you’re a Wayans family member; a “house husbands” spoof of Bravo’s “Housewives” franchise; an “America’s Most Wanted”-ish reality series starring judge Greg Mathis; and a late-night comedy show starring T. J. Holmes.

A former CNN anchor/reporter, Holmes will deliver “smart, biting social commentary on significant issues important to African Americans” that “mainstream media tends to disregard,” BET said Wednesday of its new late-night strip, “Don’t Sleep!” The show will include correspondents — and live music.

“House Husbands” is a semi-scripted skewering of all things “Housewives,” based on Kevin Hart’s “The Real Husbands of Hollywood” sketches that the network unveiled during the 2011 BET Awards. Hart will star and exec-produce.

“Second Generation Wayans” is a fully scripted comedy series exec-produced by Marlon Wayans, and starring Craig Wayans, Damien Dante Wayans and George O. Gore II (the guy who played Big Head Junior in Damon Wayans’s sitcom “My Wife & Kids”). The guys “struggle” to make it in Hollywood while suffering from being members of “America’s first family of comedy” — as opposed to the rest of you who are trying to make it in Hollywood while blissfully free of “celebrity relatives.”

The crime series “The Mathis Project,” starring Mathis himself, promises to “empower neighborhoods plagued by unsolved homicides” by uniting local volunteers and law enforcement to gather information — and to “get community members to do what, for some, is unthinkable: Reveal what they know.” It’s being produced by ITV Studios, which also produces Fox’s “Hell’s Kitchen” and “Kitchen Nightmares,” among other programs.

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