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BET Networks and Centric Spring Into a Fresh Season with Returning Fan Favorites and a Brand New Original Series
SUNDAY BEST, TINY & TOYA and KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES are all due in the coming weeks.

[via press release from BET]

BET Networks and CENTRIC Spring Into a Fresh Season with Returning Fan Favorites and a Brand New Original Series

Gospel Competition "SUNDAY BEST," The Fan Favorite "TINY & TOYA," and the Series Premiere of "KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES" on CENTRIC All Launch This April

LOS ANGELES, March 24 -- Throughout the month of April, BET and CENTRIC celebrate spring by bringing back the shows we love, SUNDAY BEST and TINY & TOYA, and a brand new sassy docu-soap, KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES. This season, viewers will be treated to an exciting lineup of inspirational, compelling, and captivating original programming.

Premiering Easter Sunday, April 4th at 8:00 PM* , SUNDAY BEST gears up for a tougher third season of heart-felt praise as host Kirk Franklin and his team of judges, Donnie McClurkin, Yolanda Adams, and Mary Mary scour the country for the next gospel superstar. This 11 week competition features amazing performances, hilarious and mouth dropping auditions, and surprise celebrity guests. In addition to the stellar talent in the U.S., SUNDAY BEST throws the net even wider with the first ever international auditions in Lagos, Nigeria. 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.

BET brings back the much loved series TINY & TOYA, premiering Tuesday, April 13th, at 10:00 PM*. Back for a second round, viewers pick up where last season left off as Tameka "Tiny" Cottle and Antonia "Toya" Carter continue to create their own success and fulfill their dreams. From Tiny's launch of her Nail Bar and managing two singing groups, to Toya's book deal and keeping her family together, this season is packed with emotion and self discovery. TINY & TOYA is produced by James DuBose Entertainment and BET Networks in addition to Tameka "Tiny" Cottle for 1 Lucky Girl Entertainment and Antonia "Toya" Carter for Visual Beauty Inc.

In addition, CENTRIC debuts the deliciously wicked new series, KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES, Thursday, April 8th, at 8:00 PM*. The drama filled docu-soap follows the fabulous life of Tracey Ferguson, Editor-in-Chief of "Jones" magazine, as she juggles her career, family, and keeping up with Houston's elite. KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES will give viewers a taste of the whirlwind life of Houston's queen of media as she handles day to day demands with grace and a lot of sass. This eight episode series is produced by Film Garden and CENTRIC.

*All times ET/PT

For up-to-the-minute information, footage and photos about these shows, please visit www.bet.com

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 98 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and sub-Saharan Africa. 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; CENTRIC, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the 25- to 54-year-old African-American audience; BET Digital Networks - BET Gospel and BET Hip Hop, attractive alternatives for cutting-edge entertainment tastes; BET Home Entertainment, a collection of BET-branded offerings for the home environment including DVDs and video-on-demand; BET Event Productions, a full-scale event management and production company with festivals and live events spanning the globe; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET in the United Kingdom and oversees the extension of BET network programming for global distribution.

  [march 2010]  


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