March Mania Hits BET With the Premiere of New Original and Returning Series and Specials
The Fight. The Game. The Fashion. The Fun.
NEW YORK, Mar. 3 -- March mania hits BET Networks with the
premiere of two new original series, BLACK POKER STARS INVITATIONAL and
IRON RING, two reunion specials COLLEGE HILL: CLASS REUNION and KEYSHIA
COLE THE WAY IT IS: A FAMILY AFFAIR, the 4th annual RIP THE RUNWAY and
COLLEGE HILL: ATLANTA.
The month kicks off on the fashion scene with the premiere of RIP THE
RUNWAY on Tuesday, March 4 at 10PM*. Executive produced by Sean "P. Diddy"
Combs and hosted by rapper and clothing designer, Nelly and Hollywood's
newest starlet, Lauren London, this year's fashion extravaganza features
collections from today's most eclectic designers including Sean John, Apple
Bottom, Respect M.E. by Adidas, Zac Posen, Rich N Infamous, Coco Ri,
Qristyl Designs, Monif C, and Sixx Foota as well as musical performances by
Snoop Dogg, Missy Elliot, N.E.R.D., Trey Songz, Day 26, Cheri Dennis,
Webbie and Flo Rida featuring T-Pain.
Immediately following at 11PM*, BET reunites the classes of its hit
franchise COLLEGE HILL for an hour-long special, COLLEGE HILL: CLASS
REUNION. In part one of this exciting reunion, the casts of season 3, 4,
and INTERNS will each take the stage for the first time to relive those
moments that made their season unique. From hookups to blow ups, the cast
will finally get their chance to set the record straight.
A week later it's back to the books with the premiere of COLLEGE HILL:
ATLANTA on Tuesday, March 11 at 10PM*. This season, COLLEGE HILL takes over
the "ATL" and for the first time in the series' history, the show follows
the lives of eight college students from different colleges and
universities across the Atlanta area. There's no telling what will
transpire with this colorful group as they learn to live, laugh, and love
under one roof while taking international excursions and arranging charity
events for hip hop artists.
On Tuesday, March 18, BET steps out of the box and into the worlds of
poker and mixed martial arts with the premieres of BLACK POKER STARS
INVITATIONAL and IRON RING. Beginning at 10:30PM*, these two half-hour
series highlight the biggest celebrity trash talking poker players in
Hollywood and the high stakes and competitive drive infused in a celebrity
managed mixed martial arts fighting competition.
The first annual BLACK POKER STARS INVITATIONAL brings together some of
the hottest talent in Hollywood to the Las Vegas grand opening of Planet
Hollywood Casino for fun and high spirited No Limit - Texas Hold 'Em Poker
tournament-all in the name of charity. Players include Katt Williams,
Anthony Anderson, Nelly, Kevin Hart, Miguel Nunez Jr., Eddie Griffin,
Orlando Jones, Faison Love, Eva Pigford, Wood Harris (The Wire), Al
Shearer, Mekhi Phifer, Chris Spencer, Melyssa Ford with special guest
appearances by Eddie Murphy and DMC. Unlike other poker tournaments, the
party doesn't begin or end at the tables on BLACK POKER STARS INVITATIONAL.
Viewers will get an intimate behind-the-scenes look as the cameras continue
to roll from the celebrity guests rendezvous at the private "Millionaire
Airport" in Van Nuys to the hotel check-in and throughout the entire
tournament-capturing all the burns and bags of the biggest trash talkers.
Immediately following at 11:00 PM*, BET introduces IRON RING, a half
hour weekly series that showcases mixed martial arts, the fastest growing
new sports format in entertainment. With $100,000 in prize money up for
grabs, these skilled competitors go toe-to-toe in the IRON RING using the
combined fighting techniques of jiu-jitsu, judo, karate, boxing,
kickboxing, and wrestling in teams owned and managed by Ludacris, Nelly,
Floyd Mayweather, T.I., Lil Jon and Dipset. From competitive team tryouts
and grueling practices to the final face-off at the live championship, IRON
RING not only exposes the hardcore sport of mixed martial arts, but also
explores the human element by providing insight into the lives of the
fighters and coaches.
And, it doesn't stop there! On Tuesday, March 20 at 8PM* the highest
rated series in BET history, KEYSHIA COLE: THE WAY IT IS, returns with a
one- hour reunion special titled, KEYSHIA COLE: THE WAY IT IS "IT'S A
FAMILY AFFAIR". Hosted by Ananda Lewis, catch up with R&B's sensation,
Keyshia Cole and her loving but sometimes challenging family and work life.
**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, a service venture into the lucrative world
of ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET
International, an extension of BET network programming for global
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