BET & BET+ WHAT TO WATCH & BINGE THIS WEEK* [DOUBLE ISSUE]





BET & BET+ WHAT TO WATCH & BINGE THIS WEEK* [DOUBLE ISSUE]

BET IS CLOSING OUT THE YEAR WITH THE MUCH-ANTICIPATED SEASON FINALES OF “GAMES PEOPLE PLAY,”
“TYLER PERRY’S SISTAS,” AND “KLUTCH ACADEMY”

HIT SERIES “TYLER PERRY’S THE OVAL” “TYLER PERRY’S HOUSE OF PAYNE” AND “TYLER PERRY’S ASSISTED LIVING” TO AIR THEIR MID-SEASON FINALES

NEW EPISODE OF “THE TYLER PERRY SHOW: THE SISTAS AFTER- SHOW EDITION” TO AIR WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 22

NEW BET+ ORIGINAL MOVIES “A CHRISTMAS WISH” AND “CHRISTMAS FOR SALE” TO PREMIERE ON BET+

New York, NY – December 17, 2021 BET to close out the holiday season with much-anticipated season finales of “Games People Play, “Tyler Perry’s Sistas,” and “Klutch Academy” and mid-season finales of hit series “Tyler Perry’s The Oval”, “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” and “Tyler Perry’s Assisted Living”. For additional BET and BET+’s must-see programming for the week of December 16– December 29, see below:

ON BET:

“TYLER PERRY’S HOUSE OF PAYNE”
AIRS TUESDAYS AT 8 PM ET/PT ON BET AND BET HER

Episode #819 “A Payneful Compromise” airs on Tuesday, December 21, at 8 PM ET/PT– Following Curtis’s medical checkup Ella wants Curtis to improve his diet causing the Payne family to learn an important lesson in compromising. #HouseOfPayne

Mid-season Finale: Episode #820 “Fine Wine” airs on Tuesday, December 28, at 8 PM ET/PT– As Ella is spun into Laura’s web of wedding plans, Calvin realizes he may not be as ready to get married as he thought. Curtis and C.J. go to Calvin out of concern that he may be moving too fast. #HouseOfPayne

“TYLER PERRY’S ASSISTED LIVING”
AIRS TUESDAYS AT 8:30 PM ET/PT ON BET AND BET HER

Episode #219 “Stuck in A Ditch” airs on Tuesday December 21, at 8:30 PM ET/PT– Sandra’s junior prom date ditches her at the last minute so the AL crew decide to throw her a prom at the facility. #AssistedLivingBET

Mid-season Finale: Episode #220 “Jumping the Broom” airs on Tuesday December 28 at 8:30 PM ET/PT– Jeremy and Leah plan a ceremony to renew their vows. #AssistedLivingBET

“TYLER PERRY’S THE OVAL” AIRS
TUESDAYS AT 9 PM ET/PT ON BET AND BET HER

Episode #311 “The Children” airs on Tuesday, December 21, at 9 PM ET/PT – The Vice President reveals his cards to Victoria and Hunter, causing them to team up and try to combat his attack. #TheOvalonBET

Mid-season Finale: Episode #312 “The Dutiful Wife” airs on Tuesday, December 28, at 9 PM ET/PT – A press briefing called by the Vice President places Hunter and Victoria in the hot seat behind recent tragedies that transpired. #TheOvalonBET

THE SEASON FINALE OF “GAMES PEOPLE PLAY”
AIRS TUESDAY, DECEMBER 21 AT 10 PM ET/PT ON BET AND BET HER

Episode #210 “The Greater Good” airs on Tuesday, December 21 at 10 PM ET/PT– It becomes clear that the spiders have weaved a larger web and our crew finds themselves wrapped up further in that web than ever before. Marques must face the challenge of pursuing his own interests or the safety of those around him. #GamesPeoplePlay

THE SEASON FINALE OF “KLUTCH ACADEMY” AIRS TUESDAY, DECEMBER 21 AT 11 PM ET/PT ON BET AND BET HER

Episodes #105 “Night of Dreams” airs Tuesday, December 21, at 11 PM ET/PT– The moment they’ve all dreamed of has arrived… the NBA Draft. A nail-biting drama that marks the end of one arduous journey and the beginning of another. After the Draft, euphoria gives way to the realization that things will never be the same.

THE SEASON FINALE OF “TYLER PERRY’S SISTAS” AIRS
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 22 AT 9 PM ET/PT ON BET AND BET HER

Episode #322 “A Woman’s Work” airs on Wednesday, December 22, at 9 PM ET/PT– Fatima devises a plan to put a stop to Hayden’s games once and for all. #SistasonBET

“THE TYLER PERRY SHOW: THE SISTAS AFTER-SHOW EDITION” AIRS
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 22 AT 10 PM ET/PT ON BET AND BET HER

Episode #102 airs on Wednesday, December 22, at 10 PM ET/PT– Following the season three finale of “Tyler Perry’s Sistas,” BET and BET Her will air a new episode of “The Tyler Perry Show: The Sistas After-Show Edition.” Hosted by Tyler Perry, “The Tyler Perry Show: The Sistas After-Show Edition” will give viewers exclusive behind-the-scenes access to Mr. Perry’s hit series and feature the talented cast who bring their favorite characters to life every week, including KJ Smith, Mignon, Ebony Obsidian, Novi Brown, Crystal Renee’ Hayslett, DeVale Ellis, Chido Nwokocha, Anthony Dalton II, Brian Jordan Jr., Kevin A. Walton, and Trinity Whiteside.

ON BET+:

BET+ ORIGINAL HOLIDAY MOVIES “A CHRISTMAS WISH” AND “CHRISTMAS FOR SALE” ARE STREAMING NOW ON BET+

BET+ Original Holiday Movie “A Christmas Wish” is streaming now on BET+: Roz McKenzie, a single mother, is calling upon a miracle so she and her daughter can survive Christmas.

BET+ Original Holiday Movie “Christmas for Sale” streams on December 23 on BET+: A young real estate agent pretends to be a billionaire’s yoga instructor on a holiday ski trip to gain a lucrative real estate listing, but she ends up falling in love with the eccentric and charming gentleman.

* THIS WEEK’S BET & BET+ WHAT TO WATCH & BINGE PRESS RELEASE INCLUDES PREMIERES AIRING AND STREAMING BETWEEN THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16– WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2021

About BET

BET, a subsidiary of ViacomCBS Inc. (NASDAQ: VIACA, VIAC), is the leading provider of premium entertainment, music, news, digital and public affairs content for Black audiences worldwide. BET linear is in 125 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, Brazil, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, sub-Saharan Africa and France. BET is one of the most well-known Black consumer brands worldwide, with multi-platform business extensions including BET Studios, an unprecedented studio venture that offers equity ownership for Black content creators; BET+, the preeminent streaming service for the Black audience; BET Digital, including BET’s wide reaching social platforms and BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; BET HER, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the African-American Woman; BET Music Networks – BET Jams, BET Soul and BET Gospel; BET Home Entertainment; BET Live, BET’s events and experience business; and BET International, which operates BET around the globe.

ABOUT BET+:

BET+ is the preeminent streaming service for the Black audience, with exclusive originals and thousands of TV episodes and movies from the best Black creators. A joint venture between BET and Tyler Perry Studios, BET+ allows users to stream Black culture including hit movies, TV shows, stand-up comedy, award shows, and specials, all in one place, commercial-free. The new service from BET Networks, a subsidiary of ViacomCBS Inc., is the official home of Tyler Perry’s film, TV and stage works. The ad-free subscription video-on-demand service also provides users with access to original content including hit series First Wives Club from Tracey Oliver, Tyler Perry’s Ruthless and Bruh, Will Packer’s Bigger, hit unscripted anthology series American Gangster Trap Queens, exclusive originals from Carl Weber including The Family Business, Sacrifice and Influence to name a few. Visit BET. Plus to learn more and follow @BETPlus on social to join the conversation and get the latest.



BET & BET+ WHAT TO WATCH & BINGE – PREMIERES AIRING AND STREAMING THE WEEK OF THURSDAY, DECEMBER 9– WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 15





BET & BET+ WHAT TO WATCH & BINGE – PREMIERES AIRING AND STREAMING THE WEEK OF THURSDAY, DECEMBER 9– WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 15

BET & BET+ WHAT TO WATCH & BINGE

PREMIERES AIRING AND STREAMING THE WEEK OF

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 9– WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 15

GROUND-BREAKIING SERIES “TWENTIES” AND “TWENTIES AFTER SHOW WITH B. SCOTT” TO AIR THEIR SEASON FINALES

BET+ ORIGINAL MOVIE “MERRY SWITCHMAS” IS STREAMING NOW ON BET+

New York, NY – December 9, 2021 Ground-breaking series “Twenties” and the “Twenties After Show with B. Scott” from creative force Lena Waithe and Hillman Grad Productions to air their season finales this week. For additional BET and BET+’s must-see programming for the week of December 9– December 15, see below:

ON BET+:

BET+ ORIGINAL HOLIDAY MOVIE “MERRY SWITCHMAS” IS STREAMING NOW ON BET+

BET+ Original Holiday Movie “Merry Switchmas” is streaming now on BET+: The holidays take a wrong turn when identical twin sisters agree to switch places for one night only at their parents’ Christmas party. With their boyfriends, a feisty great-aunt, and others tangled in their charade, the sisters end up finding out more about their family and themselves before the night ends. But the real question is whether the sisters can eventually make things right with their family and boyfriends when the truth comes out.

ON BET:

“TYLER PERRY’S HOUSE OF PAYNE”
AIRS TUESDAYS AT 8 PM ET/PT ON BET AND BET HER

Episode #818 “A Little Discipline” airs on Tuesday, December 14, at 8 PM ET/PT– Miranda demands answers when Calvin leaves their son alone with Laura for the first time, and things don’t go very well. Malik has a hard time with a job offer from a company leader he believes to be a bigot. #HouseOfPayne

“TYLER PERRY’S ASSISTED LIVING”
AIRS TUESDAYS AT 8:30 PM ET/PT ON BET AND BET HER

Episode #218 “Pleasant Days Got Talent” airs on Tuesday December 14, at 8:30 PM ET/PT– A talent show reveals to residents of Pleasant Day parts of themselves and their relationships they need to work on and fix. #AssistedLivingBET

“TYLER PERRY’S THE OVAL” AIRS
TUESDAYS AT 9 PM ET/PT ON BET AND BET HER

Episode #310 “Checkmate” airs on Tuesday, December 14, at 9 PM ET/PT – Donald is done pretending with Lilly, and when she doesn’t give him the intel he asks for about Bobby, Donald unleashes a command he can’t take back. #TheOvalonBET

“GAMES PEOPLE PLAY”
AIRS ON TUESDAYS AT 10 PM ET/PT ON BET AND BET HER

Episode #209 “Truth and Consequences” airs on Tuesday, December 14 at 10 PM ET/PT– Kareem tries his hardest to reconcile with family, but things may not be quite as they seem. Laila is faced with a difficult decision to keep hiding or rise-up and confront her past. Marques starts inching close to the answer he’s been looking for. #GamesPeoplePlay

“KLUTCH ACADEMY” AIRS TUESDAYS AT 11:00 PM ET/PT ON BET AND BET HER

Episodes #103 “Homecoming” airs Tuesday, December 14, at 11:00 PM ET/PT– The player’s newly acquired skills are on full display for the world to see at Klutch’s annual Pro Day. And as the pre-draft process nears its end, the men go home to see friends and family before the big day.

“TYLER PERRY’S SISTAS” AIRS
WEDNESDAYS 3 AT 9 PM ET/PT ON BET AND BET HER

Episode #321 “Curve Balls” airs on Wednesday, December 15, at 9 PM ET/PT– The aftermath of a slip up causes life altering decisions to be made. #SistasonBET

“TWENTIES” AIRS WEDNESDAYS
AT 10 PM ET/PT ON BET AND BET HER

Episode #210 “How Do You Feel?” airs on Wednesday, December 15, at 10 PM ET/PT– Hattie and the gang attend Hattie’s father’s comedy show. Here, Hattie learns new things about herself and her father, Marie finds comfort in being alone, and Nia builds her relationship with Vanessa. #TwentiesOnBET

“TWENTIES AFTER SHOW WITH B. SCOTT” AIRS WEDNESDAYS AT 10:30 PM ET/PT ON BET AND BET HER

Episodes #110 “The Finale” airs Wednesday, December 15, at 10:30 PM ET/PT– Twenties cast members Jonica T. Gibbs (“Hattie”), Gabrielle Graham (“Nia”) and Big Sean (“Tristan”) wrap up the finale of the second season of Twenties. Everyone discusses the journey their characters have taken this season and make predictions about what will happen to them in future episodes. They face off in games of “Forgive or Forget” and “Spell the Tea.” #TwentiesOnBET

About BET

BET, a subsidiary of ViacomCBS Inc. (NASDAQ: VIACA, VIAC), is the nation’s leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel is in 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, sub-Saharan Africa and France. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions including BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; BET HER, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the African-American Woman; BET Music Networks – BET Jams, BET Soul and BET Gospel; BET Home Entertainment; BET Live, BET’s growing festival business; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET around the globe.

ABOUT BET+:

BET+ is the preeminent streaming service for the Black audience, with exclusive originals and thousands of TV episodes and movies from the best Black creators. A joint venture between BET and Tyler Perry Studios, BET+ allows users to stream Black culture including hit movies, TV shows, stand-up comedy, award shows, and specials, all in one place, commercial-free. The new service from BET Networks, a subsidiary of ViacomCBS Inc., is the official home of Tyler Perry’s film, TV and stage works. The ad-free subscription video-on-demand service also provides users with access to original content including hit series First Wives Club from Tracey Oliver, Tyler Perry’s Ruthless and Bruh, Will Packer’s Bigger, hit unscripted anthology series American Gangster Trap Queens, exclusive originals from Carl Weber including The Family Business, Sacrifice and Influence to name a few. Visit BET. Plus to learn more and follow @BETPlus on social to join the conversation and get the latest.



BET & BET+ WHAT TO WATCH & BINGE – PREMIERES AIRING AND STREAMING THE WEEK OF THURSDAY, DECEMBER 2– WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 8





BET & BET+ WHAT TO WATCH & BINGE – PREMIERES AIRING AND STREAMING THE WEEK OF THURSDAY, DECEMBER 2– WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 8
12/03/21

BET & BET+ WHAT TO WATCH & BINGE

PREMIERES AIRING AND STREAMING THE WEEK OF
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 2– WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 8

BET+ ORIGINAL HOLIDAY MOVIE “THE BUSINESS OF CHRISTMAS 2”
IS STREAMING NOW ON BET+

FRESH EPISODES OF HIT ORIGINALS “TYLER PERRY’S SISTAS,” “HOUSE OF PAYNE,” “TWENTIES AFTER-SHOW WITH B. SCOTT” AND MORE

New York, NY – December 3, 2021 – BET and BET+’s must-see programming weeks of December 2– December 8 includes:

ON BET+:

BET+ ORIGINAL HOLIDAY MOVIE “THE BUSINESS OF CHRISTMAS 2” IS STREAMING NOW ON BET+

BET+ Original Holiday Movie “The Business of Christmas 2” is streaming now on BET+: For the Franklin family, Christmas will never be the same without their father, Oscar. As their mother hesitates to let love in again, the children struggle to see beyond their own career and relationship problems. They must get outside of themselves and forgive each other for the mistakes of the past in order.

BET+ ORIGINAL SERIES “TYLER PERRY’S BRUH” STREAMS THURSDAYS ON BET+

Episode #219 “It’s Just Dinner” is streaming on BET+ – Greg reacts poorly after realizing Darla is transgender, Bill questions if he has a sex addiction, John tries to let Littia down easy, and Mike asks his therapist for a personal favor. #TylerPerryBruh

ON BET:

“TYLER PERRY’S HOUSE OF PAYNE”
AIRS TUESDAYS AT 8 PM ET/PT ON BET AND BET HER

Episode #817 “Wondering Prince” airs on Tuesday, December 7, at 8 PM ET/PT– When C.J. is made chairman of his high school reunion it’s all up to him to orchestrate a good event. Lisa helps Miranda set up her online dating profile. #HouseOfPayne

“TYLER PERRY’S ASSISTED LIVING”
AIRS TUESDAYS AT 8:30 PM ET/PT ON BET AND BET HER

Episode #217 “What The Wellness” airs on Tuesday December 7, at 8:30 PM ET/PT– Mr. Brown watches What The Well-ness and vows that he’s finished eating meat until he’s left alone with a lot of soul food. #AssistedLivingBET

“TYLER PERRY’S THE OVAL” AIRS
TUESDAYS AT 9 PM ET/PT ON BET AND BET HER

Episode #309 “Glove Up” airs on Tuesday, December 7, at 9 PM ET/PT – As the madness continues in the White House, Victoria demands Allan do the unthinkable. Meanwhile, others are plotting against the First Family. #TheOvalonBET

“GAMES PEOPLE PLAY”
AIRS ON TUESDAYS AT 10 PM ET/PT ON BET AND BET HER

Episode #208 “Undercover Brother” airs on Tuesday, December 7 at 10 PM ET/PT– After a major gaffe on live TV, Kareem faces backlash and must make amends. As MJ gets a larger peek behind the mysterious curtain, Nia spots flags that are deeper than red. During all this, the Vipers must band together for the game of their lives. #GamesPeoplePlay

“TYLER PERRY’S SISTAS” AIRS
WEDNESDAYS 3 AT 9 PM ET/PT ON BET AND BET HER

Episode #320 “We Got Time” airs on Wednesday, December 8, at 9 PM ET/PT– Karen confronts Fatima. Maurice agrees to meet Que at the police station as he turns himself in. Zac and Karen finally have a conversation. #SistasonBET

“TWENTIES” AIRS WEDNESDAYS
AT 10 PM ET/PT ON BET AND BET HER

Episode #209 “Everything I Wanted” airs on Wednesday, December 7, at 10 PM ET/PT– Nia weighs her options, both in movie roles and dating. Marie challenges the premise of Ben’s new movie idea. Hattie is visited by someone from her past. #TwentiesOnBET

“TWENTIES AFTER SHOW WITH B. SCOTT” AIRS WEDNESDAYS AT 10:30 PM ET/PT ON BET AND BET HER

Episodes #109 “All in the Family” airs Wednesday, December 7, at 10:30 PM ET/PT– Comedian Donnell Rawlings, who plays Hattie’s father (“Dwayne”) and Nia Jervier who plays Hattie’s sister (“Vanessa”) join B. Scott. Hattie’s TV family discusses just how messy Hattie’s life is and they give their own views on what men find sexy, cheating and how they deal with their own families. Darnell and Nia also get competitive in a game of “Who’s Your Zaddy?” B. Scott gives a sneak peek at next week’s episode of Twenties #TwentiesOnBET

“KLUTCH ACADEMY” AIRS WEDNESDAYS AT 11:00 PM ET/PT ON BET AND BET HER

Episodes #103 “Coming Up Klutch” airs Wednesday, December 7, at 11:00 PM ET/PT– On the heels of the combine, we’re introduced to the newest Klutch player, Jericho Sims. While the rest of the players prepare for the televised Klutch Pro Day, Scottie Lewis is thrown a major curveball that threatens to derail his entire career.

About BET

BET, a subsidiary of ViacomCBS Inc. (NASDAQ: VIACA, VIAC), is the nation’s leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel is in 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, sub-Saharan Africa and France. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions including BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; BET HER, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the African-American Woman; BET Music Networks – BET Jams, BET Soul and BET Gospel; BET Home Entertainment; BET Live, BET’s growing festival business; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET around the globe.

ABOUT BET+:

BET+ is the preeminent streaming service for the Black audience, with exclusive originals and thousands of TV episodes and movies from the best Black creators. A joint venture between BET and Tyler Perry Studios, BET+ allows users to stream Black culture including hit movies, TV shows, stand-up comedy, award shows, and specials, all in one place, commercial-free. The new service from BET Networks, a subsidiary of ViacomCBS Inc., is the official home of Tyler Perry’s film, TV and stage works. The ad-free subscription video-on-demand service also provides users with access to original content including hit series First Wives Club from Tracey Oliver, Tyler Perry’s Ruthless and Bruh, Will Packer’s Bigger, hit unscripted anthology series American Gangster Trap Queens, exclusive originals from Carl Weber including The Family Business, Sacrifice and Influence to name a few. Visit BET. Plus to learn more and follow @BETPlus on social to join the conversation and get the latest.



BET STUDIOS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH KLUTCH SPORTS GROUP PRESENT “KLUTCH ACADEMY”





BET STUDIOS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH KLUTCH SPORTS GROUP PRESENT “KLUTCH ACADEMY” — A NEW ORIGINAL FIVE-PART DOCUMENTARY SERIES EXECUTIVE PRODUCED BY KLUTCH CEO RICH PAUL, KENYA BARRIS’ KHALABO INK SOCIETY AND TOLLIN PRODUCTIONS
11/04/21

BET STUDIOS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH KLUTCH SPORTS GROUP PRESENT “KLUTCH ACADEMY” — A NEW ORIGINAL FIVE-PART DOCUMENTARY SERIES EXECUTIVE PRODUCED BY KLUTCH CEO RICH PAUL, KENYA BARRIS’ KHALABO INK SOCIETY AND TOLLIN PRODUCTIONS

Premiering November 23 at 11PM/10c on BET, the Unscripted Series will Follow
Six NBA Hopefuls on their Journey to the Draft and Off Season

NEW YORK, NY – November 4, 2021 – BET Studios, in partnership with Rich Paul and KLUTCH Sports Group, present a new original documentary series, “KLUTCH Academy” – a five-part unscripted series to be executive produced by Paul and his KLUTCH Originals banner, Kenya Barris, and the creative team behind the award-winning docuseries The Last Dance, Mike Tollin and Jon Weinbach. “KLUTCH Academy” documents KLUTCH Sports Group—led by CEO Rich Paul— as they prepare six college basketball prospects for pro careers. These talented athletes possess the potential to be stars in the league but will need to work through areas of improvement on and off the court to achieve success and one day reach superstardom. Each one-hour episode will candidly reveal what players and agents experience in the process leading up to the Draft—and showcase that KLUTCH is more than an agency…it’s a tightknit group dedicated to developing young men for life in the NBA and beyond. “KLUTCH Academy” premieres November 23 at 11pm ET/10c on BET.

“With Kenya Barris, Rich Paul, Mike Tollin and Jon Weinbach all on board for KLUTCH Academy, we couldn’t have hoped for a better inaugural project for BET Studios,” said Aisha Summers Burke, Executive Vice-President and General Manager of BET Studios. “The BET Studios venture is all about giving creators an opportunity to tell stories that have yet to be told, and KLUTCH Sports has a remarkable background and history that we know will resonate with our audiences, which is why we’re so glad the series found its home right here on BET.”

“These young men work their entire lives to get a shot at becoming a professional athlete, and at KLUTCH we invest the time and care to help them succeed not only as players, but as human beings prepared to meet all of life’s challenges,” said Paul. “It’s an honor to work with Kenya and BET to share our rookies’ powerful stories, and I’m excited for audiences to get a glimpse at the incredible work my team does every day to help athletes achieve and sustain success.”

“There is no denying the impact that Rich has had. He and the KLUTCH Team have pushed boundaries and completely shifted the narrative,” Barris commented. “And while buzzwords like disruptor and super agent are fitting, it’s the work that they do with these young men, behind the scenes and off-the-court, that is the most impressive and I’m excited for viewers to get a glimpse beyond the headlines into that part of their story.”

“KLUTCH Academy” will give audiences a ‘courtside’ seat to the progression these young athletes undergo as they transition from college into the pros—from signing with an agent to training for pro competition to Draft day anxiety and off-season preparation to managing personal relationships and the challenges young Black men in their unique circumstances face. The show will also pay tribute to Terrence Clarke, who tragically passed away the day after signing with KLUTCH. The cast features a roster of talent who recently had their lives changed being drafted into the NBA.

Brandon Boston Jr. – A former University of Kentucky Forward from small-town Norcross, Georgia, Brandon was selected as the 51st pick by the LA Clippers. The loss of his best friend and college teammate Terrence Clarke in a tragic car accident weighs heavily on Brandon, but also drives him to stay focused and make the most of the opportunity to realize his childhood dream.

Kai Jones – Hailing from the tiny island of the Bahamas, this former University of Texas Forward was selected 10th by the Charlotte Hornets. At 6-foot-11, Kai is the tallest of the KLUTCH prospects, but he’s not nearly “NBA big” yet. He must add weight and show his team he can compete against the world’s best players, has the discipline to work in the weight room and will be ready when his number is called.
Jalen Johnson – A year ago, Jalen was projected the potential number one overall pick of the 2021 Draft. After leaving Duke University, one of college basketball’s iconic programs, questions surfaced about his maturity. But Jalen’s older brother relocated to help him navigate the process of turning pro and is learning everything he can from Rich and the KLUTCH team about managing the day-to-day of NBA pros. Jalen was drafted as the 20th pick by the Atlanta Hawks.
Moses Moody – Moses had an excellent freshman season at Arkansas, and his combination of size and shooting ability placed him on numerous pro scouts’ radar. Now more than ever—after being selected 14th by the Golden State Warriors—he feels the pressure of being the one who will change his family’s future forever.
Jericho Sims – A breakout performance at this year’s combine trended Sims’s draft stock upwards. His 44.5-inch vertical leap (the third highest in NBA Combine history) caught the eyes of NBA scouts and the KLUTCH team. But physicality is simply one phase of a player’s game—selected 58th to the New York Knicks, Jericho faces the challenge of breaking out of his shell to impress NBA front office staff.
Scottie Lewis – As a top-rated high school player, Scottie was projected to be a future first-round Draft pick, but a few lackluster seasons at the University of Florida caused doubts about his game. Redemption came in the 2021 NCAA tournament with a stellar performance that turned his fortune around. Picked 56th to the Charlotte Hornets, Scottie will need to work extra hard to prove he has what it takes to make it in the league.

Terrence Clarke – Hailing from Boston, Massachusetts, Terrence was an accomplished athlete, son, brother, and friend who touched the lives of everyone he encountered. A top prospect from the University of Kentucky, the KLUTCH team and prospects are devastated by his tragic passing but work side by side with his family to make sure his legacy lives on forever.
“KLUTCH Academy” is executive produced by Rich Paul and Fara Leff for KLUTCH Originals, the production arm of KLUTCH Sports Group; Mike Tollin and Jon Weinbach serve as Executive Producers; Kenya Barris serves as Executive Producer through his company Khalabo Ink Society; Tiffany Lea Williams serves as Executive Producer for BET; Mike Gleaton serves as Executive Producer and Showrunner.

For more information visit BET.com. Follow @bet across social media and join the conversation using the hashtag #KlutchAcademy.

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About BET

BET, a subsidiary of ViacomCBS Inc. (NASDAQ: VIACA, VIAC), is the nation’s leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African American audience. The primary BET channel is in 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, sub-Saharan Africa and France. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions including BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; BET HER, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the African-American Woman; BET Music Networks – BET Jams, BET Soul and BET Gospel; BET Home Entertainment; BET Live, BET’s growing festival business; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET around the globe.

About KLUTCH Originals

KLUTCH Originals is a media and content company that serves as the production arm for KLUTCH Sports Group, the premier agency representing the world’s biggest athletes across major professional sports founded by Rich Paul, KLUTCH Sports’ CEO and Head of Sports at United Talent Agency. A provider of premium original content, KLUTCH Originals is currently in development on multiple projects across scripted, unscripted, digital and podcasts.

Founded in 2012, KLUTCH is minority-owned and women-led. KLUTCH’s unique, 360 approach helps clients at any stage of their career maximize opportunities across the rapidly changing entertainment, media and business landscape, and provides strategic support in partnerships, branding, communications, social responsibility and more. With proven expertise in the intersections of sports, entertainment and culture, KLUTCH connects top teams, major leagues and properties with global brands. In 2019 KLUTCH partnered with United Talent Agency (UTA), and in April, KLUTCH was recognized on TIME Magazine’s first-ever list of TIME100 Most Influential Companies.