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[01/14/10 - 04:06 PM]
Gospel Greats Donnie Mcclurkin and Yolanda Adams Join the All-Star Team of Judges for the Third Season of BET's 'Sunday Best'
The 10-week competition will venture to Lagos, Nigeria in West Africa for the first ever international auditions.

[via press release from BET]

Gospel Greats Donnie McClurkin and Yolanda Adams Join the All-Star Team of Judges for the Third Season of BET's 'Sunday Best' Premiering Easter Sunday, April 4, at 9:00 P.M.*

First-Ever International Auditions in Lagos, Nigeria Raise the Stakes in the Search for the Next Great Gospel Star

PASADENA, Calif., Jan. 14 -- Premiering on Easter Sunday, April 4 at 9:00 p.m.* BET's hit singing competition, SUNDAY BEST returns for a third season of higher praise and tougher competition. Hosted by gospel legend Kirk Franklin, the new season welcomes gospel recording artists, Pastor Donnie McClurkin and Yolanda Adams to the stellar team of judges including returning multi-award winning siblings Erica and Tina Campbell of Mary Mary. And if the U.S. talent pool wasn't enough, SUNDAY BEST kicks off the 10-week competition by venturing to Lagos, Nigeria in West Africa for the first ever international auditions. U.S. auditions will begin in February 2010. In addition to the coveted title of SUNDAY BEST, the winner of season three will receive prizes from the Ford Motor Company, General Mills, Nationwide Insurance and Walgreens.

Season two of SUNDAY BEST ended on a high note with 1.7 million viewers tuning in to the excitement as Y'anna Crawley, a single mother from Washington, D.C. took home the title, a national record contract and a 2009 Lincoln MKS. Many of the finalists from season two are also in high demand, traveling the country and living out their music career dreams. And the good news doesn't stop there. Third runner-up Latice Crawford and top 10 finalist Jeff Spain are madly in love and will be featured in a new reality series, ALMOST MARRIED, scheduled to premiere on BET this summer. The series will follow the two during the course of their relationship, their desire to get engaged and perhaps married.

Season three of SUNDAY BEST will tape in April. Each week during the hour-long contest viewers will be treated to musical performances from the remaining SUNDAY BEST hopefuls along with candid feedback from the all-star team of judges and surprise visits from an array of celebrity mentors.

The current season of SUNDAY BEST is executive produced by D'Angela Proctor Steed and Nia T. Hill of Strange Fruit Media, Kirk Franklin and Erica and Tina Campbell.

The Ford Motor Company, General Mills, Nationwide and Walgreens are returning sponsors of the third season of SUNDAY BEST.

For up-to-the-minute information, footage and photos on SUNDAY BEST, please visit www.bet.com.

*All times ET/PT

About BET Networks

BET Networks, a division of Viacom Inc. ( 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 businesses 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 offers ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, an extension of BET network programming for global distribution.





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[07/01/16 - 09:44 AM]
TV One Addresses National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month with "The Secret She Kept"
Kyla Pratt, Gavin Houston, Kellita Smith and Vanessa A. Williams star in the original movie, premiering Sunday, July 10 on the cable channel.

[07/01/16 - 09:09 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: "Big Brother" Rises in Latest Victory for CBS
The Eye wins the evening among total viewers and adults 18-49.

[06/30/16 - 06:50 PM]
"Big Brother" Announces the First Ever "Battle Back" Competition
All four "Battle Back" competitions and the reveal of the winner, will air exclusively during a special episode on Friday, July 22.

[06/30/16 - 02:53 PM]
Science Channel to Premiere "Unearthed" July 5 at 10PM
From the Pyramids to the Parthenon and Big Ben in London, the series reveals the deepest secrets of each structure by using the latest technology to solve mysteries.

[06/30/16 - 02:49 PM]
TLC's "My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding" Returns with More Unique Dresses and Crazy Catfights
The series' fifth season premieres Sunday, July 17 at 10:00/9:00c.

[06/30/16 - 01:50 PM]
Kellita Smith ("The Bernie Mac Show") Joins the Cast of "In The Cut," Hit Bounce TV Comedy Series Returns for Season Two Tues. July 5 @ 9PM (ET)
Also on tap this season are Angie Stone, Claudia Jordan, Kenny Lattimore and Rolonda Watts.

[06/30/16 - 12:33 PM]
"Queen Sugar" to Debut with Two-Night Premiere Event Tuesday, September 6, and Wednesday, September 7 at 10 PM ET/PT on OWN
Led by acclaimed film director Ava DuVernay, who directed the first two episodes, all episodes in the series' debut season are directed by women.

[06/30/16 - 12:22 PM]
"Basketball Wives" Star Shaunie O'Neal Takes "Shaunie's Home Court" New Series Debuts on VH1 Sunday, July 17th at 10:30 PM ET/PT
The half hour comedic unscripted program follows O'Neal as she works to keep her lively family in line.

[06/30/16 - 11:47 AM]
Original Episodes of NBC Hits "Superstore" and "The Voice" Blind Auditions to Air During the Rio Summer Olympics
Look for said installments on Friday, August 19 and Sunday, August 21 at 10:30 p.m. following Olympics coverage.

[06/30/16 - 10:58 AM]
Marvel Television Returns to San Diego Comic-Con
The fun kicks off Thursday, July 21, with the first-ever San Diego Comic-Con Marvel and Netflix panel session.

[06/30/16 - 10:46 AM]
MTV Invades San Diego Comic-Con with the Return of "Teen Wolf," "MTV Fandom Fest" and "MTV Fandom Awards"
MTV will be on-the-ground with its own branded booth, giving fans an all-new interactive VR experience on the floor of the San Diego Convention Center.

[06/30/16 - 10:34 AM]
Animal Planet's "Dr. Dee: Alaska Vet" Returns with More Heartwarming Animal Rescues
The all-new season premieres Saturday, July 16 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on the cable channel.

[06/30/16 - 09:49 AM]
Starting Friday, Your Favorite Films Written and Directed by Albert Brooks Are Available in the U.S.
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[06/30/16 - 09:31 AM]
Cartoon Network Studios Connects Rising Talent with Mentors in Inaugural 3-Day Animation Jam, July 9-11
This 3-day animation jam continues the tradition of Cartoon Network's widely-recognized, artists-first approach in developing and discovering fresh and innovative content across all platforms.

[06/30/16 - 09:21 AM]
Academy Award(R) Winner and Marine Corps Veteran Gene Hackman Narrates Iwo Jima Film for Smithsonian Channel(TM)
The one-hour special provides new evidence and analysis proving that U.S. Marine Corps Pfc. and Purple Heart recipient Harold Schultz was one of the flag raisers in Joe Rosenthal's iconic Iwo Jima photo on Mount Suribachi.