Unfortunately, it’s a wrap for Gabrielle Union’s popular drama series, “Being Mary Jane.” After four seasons, BET announced that the show has been canceled.
The series, which follows a successful newscaster named Mary Jane Paul (Union) who is juggling her career, love life, family, and friends in New York City, by way of Atlanta, has been a thrill to watch. Especially with storylines that many women can relate to.
Although the show won’t return for another season, BET isn’t just leaving us hanging. The network is giving fans a two hour TV movie, set to finish off the story of Mary Jane as the season finale.
Connie Orlando, EVP and Head of Programming at BET Networks stated, “Being Mary Jane has been a landmark series not only for BET but for African American women around the world who saw themselves in Mary Jane, her family, friends, and coworkers. From the captivating storytelling to the richly complex characters, to the powerful issues tackled on the series, we remain immensely proud.” She continued, “We are grateful to the cast and creators of Being Mary Jane, who has worked tirelessly to bring this world to vivid life over the past 4 seasons. We also thank the many loyal viewers whose hearts and minds were captured every week and kept Mary Jane trending worldwide. We look forward to closing out Mary Jane’s journey with a series finale that is sure to blow fans away!”
Being Mary Jane’s first season aired in January 2014, and we were glued to our television screens.
Gabrielle Union confirmed the cancelation of the show with an Instagram post for viewers. She stated, “We, as a Being Mary Jane family, cannot wait to bring you this final 2-hour series finale movie that will answer all your questions about each and every character. More than anything, however, we want to thank you with every fiber of our being for faithfully watching the show and supporting our work…from the actors, writers, producers, directors and enormous crew over the years, we are humbled and we remain grateful. Thank you!”
To Every Fan of Being Mary Jane, We have all worked so tirelessly to bring you a show that we could be proud to be a part of. Mary Jane has become my favorite character. We’ve screwed up together, laughed together, evolved together, and raised hell together. I love all her imperfections, and through playing her I became more forgiving of others who are imperfect and on the journey of self discovery and improvement. We watched her struggle with relationships with both men and women, and we watched her finally start to get her shit together. But the journey isn’t over yet. We, as a Being Mary Jane family, cannot wait to bring you this final 2 hour series finale movie that will answer all your questions about each and every character. More than anything, however, we want to thank you with every fiber of our being for faithfully watching the show and supporting our work… from the actors, writers, producers, directors and enormous crew over the years, we are humbled and we remain grateful. Thank you!
You know #BlackTwitter was not happy with the news.
— est. Oct. 26 ♿ (@Debrabamidele) October 11, 2017
— GreatIsNate (@TheGreatIsNate) October 11, 2017
— ScorpNov (@mrs_scorpiot) October 16, 2017
BET has the NERVE to cancel #BeingMaryJane !! What else is there to watch on that channel? Nada.
— Jan. (@_WhoaThere) October 11, 2017
#BeingMaryJane became a completely different show after Mara Brock Akil’s exit.
I like the first version best.
— You Know My Name (@LookAtDustin) October 11, 2017
#BeingMaryJane it’s the 90s all over again. We gonna lose all the black shows after we establish a strong following for the network.
— dontdothat (@thegreenpants) October 11, 2017
The show had a great run, and fans of the show will be able to say goodbye to their favorite news anchor. The TV movie will air in 2018.
Written By: Adia Taylor