1920s: second season; BET Drama Returns next month with After-Show – canceled + renewed TV shows
Around twenty, by Lena Waithe, is gearing up for a big comeback. The drama will return next month, and there will now be a broadcast after each episode with B. Scott hosting.
Jonica T. Gibbs, Christina Elmore, Gabrielle Graham, Sophina Brown and Jevon McFerrin, Alex Akpobome, Louie Anderson, Madeline Byrne, Rick Fox, Ashli Haynes, Kiki Haynes, Donell Rawlings, Nia Jervier, Bernard David Jones, Lea Robinson, Big Sean, Shylo Shaner, Iman Shumpert, Marsha Thomason, Kym E. Whitley, Vanessa L. Williams and Parker Young on the series based on Waithe’s own life.
BET revealed more about the return of Around twenty in a press release.
“Today, BET announces the release date of a successful series, AROUND TWENTY and new after-show companion, TWENTY-YEARS AFTER-SHOW WITH B. SCOTT, Wednesday, October 13 from 10 p.m. ET / PT on BET and BET Her. From designer, screenwriter and executive producer Lena Waithe and Hillman Grad Productions, the GLAAD Media Award-nominated series follows “Hattie,” a queer black woman in her twenties, played by Jonica T. Gibbs (Good problem) and her two straight best friends, ‘Marie’ played by Christina Elmore (Unsafe) and ‘Nia’ played by Gabrielle Graham (Possessor), as they try to find their place in life, love and the professional world in Los Angeles. BET will preview a new half-hour series on key themes explored in Around twenty title 1920s After Show with B. Scott. The post-show will provide candid commentary and insight into some of the characters‘ misadventures and successes. B. Scott will be joined by the cast and an esteemed guest list, including voices from the black LGBTQ + community who haven’t always had a platform to share their personal experiences.
The success of Around twenty reflects an evolution at BET: defending inclusiveness on all platforms and in all productions. In the spirit of expanding the possibilities to do more, the network is delighted to continue its partnership with Lena Waithe and to work with B. Scott to create spaces for diverse voices to be seen, heard and celebrated. The after-show also marks B. Scott’s return to BET, a homecoming, in preparation for eight years. B. Scott is widely regarded as one of the pioneers of the blogging industry – known for dropping industry-shaking exclusives in publications such as Variety, US Weekly, People and Essence. Scott and their work are often cited in reputable media including “The Wendy Williams Show”, “The Real”, TMZ and “The Breakfast Club”.
In the season opener, episode # 201 “One Night Only?” “Hattie” juggles working on her script, moving to a new location and trying to make it work with “Ida B”. played by Sophie Brown. Meanwhile, ‘Nia’ begins her first day on Cocoa’s Butter, and ‘Marie’ questions her relationship with ‘Chuck’, played by Jevon McFerrin.
What do you think? Are you excited for the return of Around twenty to bet? Will you be watching the new after-show after the new episodes aired?