“Being Mary Jane” will end its run in 2018 with a two-hour finale movie, Variety has confirmed.
The series starring Gabrielle Union has aired on the network for four seasons, with the fourth season concluding on Sept. 19. The show revolves around a successful broadcast journalist Mary Jane Paul (played by Union), and her professional and private life. The series originally launched as a movie on BET before being turned into a series.
Season 4 of the series was executive produced by Will Packer and Erica Shelton Kodish, who also serves as the series showrunner and writer. Packer and Shelton Kodish join Union, series creator Mara Brock Akil and her husband Salim Akil as executive producers and co-executive producer Jeff Morrone. BET, Will Packer Productions and Akil Productions produced the fourth season of the series. Korin D. Huggins, head of television for Will Packer Productions, will oversee on behalf of Will Packer Productions. Akil served as showrunner for the show’s first three seasons, but departed with Salim ahead of Season 4 for an overall deal with Warner Bros.
“’Being Mary Jane’ has been a landmark series not only for BET, but for African American women around the world who saw themselves in Mary Jane, her family, friends and coworkers. From the captivating storytelling, to the richly complex characters, to the powerful issues tackled on the series, we remain immensely proud,” said Connie Orlando, head of programming for BET Networks. “We are grateful to the cast and creators of Being Mary Jane, who have worked tirelessly to bring this world to vivid life over the past 4 seasons. We also thank the many loyal viewers whose hearts and minds were captured every week, and kept Mary Jane trending worldwide. We look forward to closing out Mary Jane’s journey with a series finale that is sure to blow fans away!”
BET, a Viacom-owned cable network, was one identified by the company’s new CEO Bob Bakish as one of its core cable brands along with VH1, Comedy Central, Spike (soon to be re-branded as the Paramount Network), MTV, Nickelodeon, and Nick Jr.