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Being 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.