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Being Mary Jane

the-series-philosopher-Being_Mary_Jane_logoBeing Mary Jane is an American drama television series created by Mara Brock Akil (Cougar Town) and starring Gabrielle Union (City of Angels, FlashForward), that debuted January 7, 2014, on BET. The 90 minute pilot for the series aired on July 2, 2013. The series follows professional and personal life of successful TV news anchor Máry Jane Paul who lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

Being Mary Jane has received positive reviews from critics, and the series premiere on BET had more than 4 million viewers.

The show was originally to be called Single Black Female. The series centers on successful broadcast journalist Mary Jane Paul (played by Gabrielle Union) and her professional and private family life while searching for “Mr. Right”:

Mary Jane Paul has it all: she’s a successful TV news anchor, entirely self-sufficient – an all-around powerhouse who remains devoted to a family that doesn’t share her motivation. As Mary Jane juggles her life, her work and her commitment to her family, we find out how far she’s willing to go to find the puzzle pieces that she, and society, insist are missing from her life as a single Black female.

Omari Hardwick (Saved, Dark Blue) plays a potential Mr. Right. Other cast members include Latarsha Rose, Lisa Vidal, Aaron D. Spears, Richard Roundtree, Margaret Avery, Richard Brooks, Tika Sumpter, Raven Goodwin, B. J. Britt, and Robinne Lee.

The series is produced by Mara Brock Akil, who produced BET’s most successful series ever, The Game, and the romantic comedy film Jumping the Broom. The pilot episode was filmed in April 2012 at 780 N. Highland Ave. in the Virginia Highland neighborhood of Atlanta.

Regular cast

  • Gabrielle Union as Máry Jane Paul/Pauletta Patterson: a successful TV news anchor for Satellite News Channel (SNC) who remains devoted to a family that doesn’t share her motivation as she juggles her life, her relationships, her work, and commitments.
  • Lisa Vidal (Third Watch, The Division, ER, The Event) as Kara Lynch: a lead producer at SNC and Mary Jane’s best friend.
  • Margaret Avery as Helen Patterson: Mary Jane’s overprotective mother, who is battling lupus.
  • Latarsha Rose as Dr. Lisa Hudson: Mary Jane’s best friend since elementary school, an OB/GYN. (Seasons 1-3)
  • Aaron D. Spears (The Bold and the Beautiful) as Mark Bradley: a co-anchor at the newsroom and the closeted gay friend of Mary Jane.
  • Richard Brooks (Law & Order) as Patrick Patterson: Mary Jane’s older, less-motivated brother.
  • B. J. Britt as Paul Patterson, Jr.: Mary Jane’s responsible younger brother.
  • Raven Goodwin (Just Jordan, Good Luck Charlie, Huge, Glee) as Niecy Patterson: Patrick’s teenage daughter, who is also a mother.

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