Mary J. Blige will host a new talk show for BET called “The Wine Down.”
The show will see Blige and influencers from the worlds of entertainment, sports, social media, and politics have candid and unfiltered conversations, Urban Hollywood 411 reports. Taraji P. Henson and rapper Yung Miami are among her first guests.
The talk show is slated to debut in 2023.
BET has been one of my biggest supporters throughout my career,” Blige said in a statement. “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.”
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,” said Connie Orlando, EVP of specials, music programming & music strategy at BET.
We reported previously that Blige will executive produce an upcoming Lifetime Movie inspired by her iconic single “Real Love”.
“I wrote Real Love based on my real-life experiences, and my fans connected to it in a deeply personal way,” Blige shared in a statement. “It’s exciting to now use this song and my music to create a new story by way of film, continuing to build on a pillar of the foundation of my production company, Blue Butterfly. My passions for acting and music now include developing diverse stories with music as the backdrop. I am grateful to Lifetime for their partnership in the story of ‘Real Love.’”
The upcoming Lifetime movie – Madamenoir notes – is a romantic drama – a coming-of-age – featuring Kendra, a determined young woman who enrolls in upstate New York for her college studies. Her initial plans are to focus on her studies. Still, when she meets Ben, her film class partner, they fall hard in love, which teaches her the meaning of real love despite all the challenges she faces: financial hardship, competition for the top-class position, and disapproving parents.