BET Networks and Blue Butterfly have shared the first trailer for The Wine Down with Mary J. Blige, the upcoming unscripted series for BET.
In it, Blige trades in her entertainer status to introduce herself as a friend and host. Over a glass of Sun Goddess, her premium wine collection, Blige enjoys laughs and hugs and has candid conversations with industry friends, including 50 Cent, Taraji P. Henson and Yung Miami of City Girls.
As the series unfolds, more guests in entertainment, sports, social media, and politics will be announced.
The Wine Down with Mary J. Blige is the result of Blige’s first-look deal with BET in partnership with her production company, Blue Butterfly, to create non-scripted programming. The deal and its second-look contract, aimed at scripted content, were first announced in December 2022.
Of the deal, Blige said, “BET has been one of my biggest supporters throughout my career. Being able to now create together, for them to be so supportive of my vision for the type of content I will create, is something I am grateful and excited for. We already have multiple projects in the works and there is much more to come.”
BET’s Executive Vice President of Specials, Music programming & Music strategy, Connie Orlando, added, “Throughout her legendary career, Mary has blazed trails to become a global superstar. With Blue Butterfly, Mary develops awe-inspiring stories of the Black experience while uniquely using music to set the foundation. Mary has been a vital part of the BET family and we are eager to see our partnership flourish through this partnership.”
The Wine Down with Mary J. Blige premieres March 1 at 10 p.m. ET on BET and BET Her.
Blige is fresh from a poignant performance of “Good Morning Gorgeous” at the 65th Grammy Awards, which was held on Feb. 5. The self-loving anthem, co-produced by H.E.R. and D’Mile, was nominated for three awards, including Record of the Year.
Its parent album, Good Morning Gorgeous (Deluxe), also received nominations, Album of the Year and Best R&B Album. The LP featured the Anderson .Paak-assisted collaboration “Here With Me,” nominated for Best R&B Performance.
Blige is not done with award season. She is up for three awards at the 54th NAACP Image Awards, including Entertainer of the Year. The star-studded ceremony broadcasts live from the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California, Saturday, Feb. 25, at 8 p.m. ET on BET.
Additionally, Blige reprises her ruthless role as Monet Tejada in season three of Starz’s Power Book II: Ghost. The series returns March 17.
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