BET to unveil Hadjii’s ‘Somebodies’

Network finally enters scripted series business

After years of being criticized for not programming enough quality fare, BET is finally getting into the scripted series business.

The African-American-geared cabler is set this week to debut “Somebodies,” the first scripted series in its history.

Written and created by Hadjii, a U. of Georgia grad who also stars in the series, “Somebodies” centers on the life of a young African-American man coming of age in Athens, Ga.

Hadjii wrote all the series’ episodes and directed half of them (with helmers including Rusty Cundieff and Warren Hurtcherson handling directing duties as well). Show was filmed on location rather than on a soundstage.

Skein is based on Hadjii’s 2006 film of the same name, which wound up in the official judging at Sundance. Roger Ebert included “Somebodies” in his annual “Overlooked Film Festival.”

Produced by Generate — led by WB alum Jordan Levin and “Bernie Mac” exec producer Pete Aronson — the “Somebodies” TV series may finally silence critics who have knocked BET for its diet of hip-hop videos and reruns. Show preems Sept. 9.

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