ADDITIONAL NOTES: a show on hiatus for longer than 12 months - without any news about its future - is assumed to be canceled
DESCRIPTION: (from BET's press release, January 2009) Turning dreams into nightmares, brand new series PLAYED BY FAME premieres Friday, January 30 at 10:00 p.m.* on BET. In this fresh new series, patience is tested and boundaries are broken as celeb-fanatics partake in what appears to be the best opportunity of their lives -- spending the day with their favorite celebrity. But reality quickly sets in as a series of pranks turns what started off as a dream day into the worst time of their lives! Hosted by comedian/actor Al Shearer, whose credits include BET's Hits From the Streets and Teen Summit and Universal Studio's motion picture Honey, PLAYED BY FAME features a hot lineup of celebrity pranksters including comedian/actor Kevin Hart, platinum selling rapper Ludacris, R&B songstress Monica and singer/songwriter Mario. Also featured are celebrities Jazzy Pha, Lamman Rucker, Toccara, Melyssa Ford, Brandon T Jackson, Fatima, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Raheem DeVaughn, Jackie Long, Tia Mowry, Young Buck, Bobby Brown, Marques Houston, E-40, Terry Crews, Keshia Knight-Pulliam, Melinda Williams, Stevie Williams, Charlie Murphy, Wood Harris, Matt Kemp, Mr. Bentley, Eva Marcille, Bobby Valentino, Kel Mitchell and Tichina Arnold.