BET Opens the Door to Scripted Programming With the Original Series 'SOMEBODIES'
Based on the 2006 Sundance Audience Favorite, SOMEBODIES Premieres Tuesday,
September 9 at 10:30 P.M.*
NEW YORK, Aug. 26 -- As part of the 2006 Dramatic
Independent Film Competition at Sundance, the film Somebodies made a big
impression on audiences and critics alike. Now two years later, the
television series picks up where the film ended as BET brings the feature
to life in the form of the network's first scripted series.
Premiering Tuesday, September 9 at 10:30 p.m.* with a special one-hour
premiere featuring two back-to-back half-hour episodes, SOMEBODIES is a
single-camera comedy written, directed and starring the film's creator,
Hadjii, who shares executive producing duties on the television series with
the original feature's producer, Nathaniel Kohn, and Generate's Peter
Aronson (EP of "The Bernie Mac Show") and Jordan Levin (former CEO of the
WB network). The series premiere and additional episodes are being helmed
by Rusty Cundieff ("Fear of a Black Hat," "Chappelle's Show").
Hadjii plays the central role of Scottie, an African-American
undergraduate at a large university trying to figure out his place in the
world. While his housemates -- Marlo, Six, Tory, and Jelly -- are preparing
to transition out of college and into the real world, Scottie is set to
enter yet another year as a "professional student." Recognizing the need to
get his life on track, Scottie embarks on a journey of self-discovery
without exactly knowing which path to follow and everyone in his life has
an unsolicited opinion on the direction he should take. From his eccentric
Southern family (Aunt Agnes, Uncle Skeeter and Uncle Charles) to his
sometime girlfriend, always good friend, Diva; from the caustic musings of
his fire-and-brimstone preacher (Reverend Hill) to the sarcastic ribbings
of his buddies, everyone has an opinion about Scottie's life except
Shot entirely on location in Athens, GA, home to the University of
Georgia, the eclectic city shines as a major character in the series.
Featuring the original cast from the film, SOMEBODIES is an unconventional,
smart, and honest comedy about a young man looking to better himself and do
the right thing.
Hadjii brings a refreshingly direct, insightful and observational voice
to series television as he explores the expectations for black men in
SOMEBODIES is executive produced by Hadjii, Nathaniel Kohn, Pete
Aronson and Jordan Levin. Reginald Hudlin (President, Entertainment) and
Brett King (SVP, Scripted Programming) are the executives for BET Networks.
*All times ET/PT
About BET Networks
BET Networks, a division of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), is the
nation's leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public
affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The
primary BET channel reaches more than 87 million households according to
Nielsen Media Research, and can be seen in the U.S., Canada and the
Caribbean. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a
diverse group of business extensions: BET.com, a leading internet
destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; BET Digital
Networks -- BET J, BET Gospel and BET Hip Hop, attractive alternatives for
cutting-edge entertainment tastes; BET Event Productions, a full-scale
event management and production company; BET Home Entertainment, a
collection of BET-branded offerings for the home environment including DVDs
and video-on-demand; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video
content for wireless devices; and BET International, an extension of BET
network programming for global distribution.
Generate (http://www.generatela.com) is an independent production and
management studio creating professional entertainment properties targeted
at Millennials across all media platforms with an emphasis on exploiting
opportunities in the digital landscape. Launched in early 2006, Generate is
the first production and management studio established by media leaders
with a proven track record with young audiences and blue-chip advertisers
to create content across multiple platforms embraced by young adults.