Millions of hard-core “Being Mary Jane” fans are having heart palpitations this morning after learning that Black Entertainment Television decided to cancel the popular Gabrielle Union-lead drama show, one of the few original BET programming that worked.
BET announced that the show will come to a close with a two-hour movie for its series finale to air next year on the network.
Seems fitting that since the series started out as a TV movie, that the show would close out in similar fashion.
The announcement of the movie comes after the fourth season’s finale aired on Sept.19 and the network decided not to pick it up for a fifth season.
“ ‘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 co-workers. From the captivating storytelling, to the richly complex characters, to the powerful issues tackled on the series, we remain immensely proud,” said Connie Orlando, EVP and head of programming, BET Networks.
“We are grateful to the cast and creators of Being Mary Jane, who have 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!”
Instead of wallowing in despondency over the premature cancellation of the show, “Being Mary Jane’s” dynamic and charismatic star Gabrielle Union is instead teasing fans to look forward to the final season:
— #BeingMaryJane (@beingmaryjane) October 11, 2017
Many fans chose to express their dismay with the termination of “Being Mary Jane” via social media.
— est. Oct. 26 ♿ (@Debrabamidele) October 11, 2017
Being Mary Jane is not cancelled! It can’t be 😭 pic.twitter.com/JDmZMYwmk6
— Lisa 🦋 (@Lbeeex1) October 11, 2017