BET is bringing the black college experience to television with the launch of a new scripted dramatic series titled “The Quad.” Previously set to premiere next week Tuesday, January 31 at 10pm ET, BET has pushed back the date, although by just one day, to Wednesday, February 1 at 10pm ET instead. So if this is a series premiere you had marked on your calendar, take note.
Based on a concept created by Rob Hardy, “The Quad” was created by Felicia D. Henderson and Charles Holland.
Starring Anika Noni Rose and Ruben Santiago-Hudson, “The Quad” follows the ambitious yet secretive life of Dr. Eva Fletcher (Rose), an ambitious newly elected president of the fictitious Georgia A&M University, as well as her administration, and the entering freshman class, led by Zoe, Eva’s rebellious daughter, Cedric, a talented rapper on the rise, and Bojohn, who is looking to achieve victory and success as the school’s first white starting quarterback. The staple of Georgia A&M is their prestigious marching band led by their charismatic yet ruthless leader, Art Diamond. Art’s power and influence proves a challenge for Eva but she manages to find strong allies in Ella Grace, Dean of the history department, and football coach, Eugene Hardwick. Though the students and faculty of The Quad come from different places and face different challenges, one similarity remains—everyone is looking to make a name for themselves at Georgia A&M. Dr. Fletcher is charged with saving the prestigious HBCU from bankruptcy as her marriage crumbles. The series promises to take viewers inside the unique, tradition-filled world of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
“The Quad” also stars Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Jasmine Guy, Peyton Alex Smith and Sean Blakemore.
“The Quad” premieres Wednesday, February 1 at 10pm ET on BET.
Below you’ll find a previously-released first clip from the new series featuring Dr. Fletcher (Anika Noni Rose), as the newly hired president of Georgia A&M (GAMU), engaged in a power struggle with the school’s band director played by Ruben Santiago-Hudson: