Somebodies

Posted: September 9, 2008 in Our Expression

BET Opens the Door to Scripted Programming With the Original Series ‘SOMEBODIES’
Based on the 2006 Sundance Audience Favorite, SOMEBODIES Premieres Tuesday, September 9 at 10:30 P.M
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NEW YORK — As part of the 2006 Dramatic Independent Film Competition at Sundance, the film Somebodies made a big impression on audiences and critics alike. Now two years later, the television series picks up where the film ended as BET brings the feature to life in the form of the network’s first scripted series.

Premiering Tuesday, September 9 at 10:30 p.m.* with a special one-hour premiere featuring two back-to-back half-hour episodes, SOMEBODIES is a single-camera comedy written, directed and starring the film’s creator, Hadjii, who shares executive producing duties on the television series with the original feature’s producer, Nathaniel Kohn, and Generate’s Peter Aronson (EP of “The Bernie Mac Show”) and Jordan Levin (former CEO of the WB network). The series premiere and additional episodes are being helmed by Rusty Cundieff (“Fear of a Black Hat,” “Chappelle’s Show”).

Hadjii plays the central role of Scottie, an African-American undergraduate at a large university trying to figure out his place in the world. While his housemates — Marlo, Six, Tory, and Jelly — are preparing to transition out of college and into the real world, Scottie is set to enter yet another year as a “professional student.” Recognizing the need to get his life on track, Scottie embarks on a journey of self-discovery without exactly knowing which path to follow and everyone in his life has an unsolicited opinion on the direction he should take. From his eccentric Southern family (Aunt Agnes, Uncle Skeeter and Uncle Charles) to his sometime girlfriend, always good friend, Diva; from the caustic musings of his fire-and-brimstone preacher (Reverend Hill) to the sarcastic ribbings of his buddies, everyone has an opinion about Scottie’s life except Scottie.

Shot entirely on location in Athens, GA, home to the University of Georgia, the eclectic city shines as a major character in the series. Featuring the original cast from the film, SOMEBODIES is an unconventional, smart, and honest comedy about a young man looking to better himself and do the right thing. Hadjii brings a refreshingly direct, insightful and observational voice to series television as he explores the expectations for black men in today’s society.

SOMEBODIES is executive produced by Hadjii, Nathaniel Kohn, Pete Aronson and Jordan Levin. Reginald Hudlin (President, Entertainment) and Brett King (SVP, Scripted Programming) are the executives for BET Networks.

Link to video preview.

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Comments
  1. Mocha Dad says:

    BET is an enemy to Black America. The station propagates more stereotypes tan any other media outlets. I hope this show is a step forward.

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