Fans of Being Mary Jane have been concerned about the fate of the show since we learned creators Mara Brock and Salim Akil inked a deal with Warner Bros. and would be leaving BET this spring. Now die-hard watchers can rest assured knowing the show has been placed in good hands, as Will Packer and Erica Shelton Kodish have come on board for the fourth season of the series.
According to Deadline, Packer will serve as Executive Producer of Being Mary Jane, while Shelton Kodish, former co-executive producer of The Good Wife, will serve as the new showrunner. While the Akils are retaining their executive producer credit on the BET series, Will Packer Productions will partner with Akil Productions and BET to produce the new season, which is set to begin filming in Atlanta later this year.
“Being Mary Jane is full of characters and stories about which BET viewers are passionate. We knew it would take special talent to further this very important mission and we’re lucky to have found them in this dynamic duo,” said Stephen Hill, President of Programming, BET Networks. “Will’s a master producer and storyteller and Erica is a dynamic writer whose experience in developing complex, multi-dimensional women makes her the ideal scribe to continue Mary Jane’s journey.”
Shelton Kodish seems equally thrilled to be joining the BET family, commenting:
“I’m honored to have an opportunity to partner with Will Packer, Gabrielle Union, and BET to create stories for Being Mary Jane. Mara Brock Akil has created a show that has a unique ability to address issues relevant to black women and I’m thrilled to be in a position to tell those stories.”