By Greg Braxton
2:37 PM EDT, May 24, 2013
Those eager to see "Being Mary Jane," the film that serves as the launchpad for BET's first scripted series, which will premiere early next year, might have to take a nap.
The film will premiere July 2 at the unusual hour of 10:30 p.m. following the midseason premiere of its signature comedy, "The Game."
"Being Mary Jane" -- the film and the series -- stars Gabrielle Union as a successful TV anchor juggling relationships, work and commitments.
The series is the first original project developed for the network by Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil, the husband-and-wife team behind "The Game," which started at the CW. The couple have an exclusive development deal with BET.
The cast of the series includes Richard Roundtree, Omari Hardwick, Richard Brooks and Margaret Avery.
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