nullAfter what was a strong backdoor pilot movie premiere over the summer (4 million viewers and a 2.0 rating with adults 18-49, making it that night’s highest rated cable TV show, and the 2nd highest rated show on all of TV), BET’s first original scripted hour-long drama, Being Mary Jane, now has a debut date: Tuesday, January 7 at 10 pm.

Created by Mara Brock Akil, and starring Gabrielle Union, the series chronicles the work, social and family life of a successful African American career woman (Mary Jane Paul, played by Union), an acclaimed host of a 24-hour national cable news network. As Mary Jane juggles her life, her work and her commitment to family, viewers follow how far she’s willing to go to find those puzzle pieces that she, and society, insist are missing from her life as a single black female.

Omari HardwickRichard RoundtreeMargaret AveryLisa VidalRichard BrooksTika SumpterRaven GoodwinB.J. BrittAaron SpearsLatarsha RoseStephen Bishop and Robinne Lee, round out the cast.

A new clip from the upcoming series follows below:

Clip From BET’s ‘Being Mary Jane’ from Tambay A Obenson on Vimeo.