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First episode date
2 July 2013


Kurt Farquhar

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Gabrielle UnionLisa VidalMargaret AveryMichael EalyOmari HardwickRichard BrooksB.J. BrittLatarsha RoseRaven GoodwinAaron D. SpearsRichard RoundtreeStephen Bishop

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Being Mary Jane is an American drama television series created by Mara Brock Akil and starring Gabrielle Union, that debuted January 7, 2014, on BET. The 90 minute pilot for the series aired on July 2, 2013. The series follows professional and personal life of successful TV news anchor Mary Jane Paul, who lives in Atlanta, Georgia.


Being Mary Jane has received positive reviews from critics, and the series premiere on BET had more than 4 million viewers. On September 12, 2013, BET renewed Being Mary Jane for a second season, before the first season premiered. The second season premiered on February 3, 2015, and on February 5 the series was renewed for a third season, which premiered October 20, 2015. The second and third seasons received critical acclaim, specifically praising Gabrielle Union's leading performance, Mara Brock Akil's writing, and directing work by Regina King. On January 6, 2016, the series was renewed for a fourth season, which premiered on January 10, 2017.

At the 45th NAACP Image Awards, the pilot movie won award for Outstanding Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special, and Union for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special. The series later received nine another NAACP Image Awards nominations, include two for Outstanding Drama Series.

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The show was originally to be called Single Black Female. The series centers on successful broadcast journalist Mary Jane Paul (played by Gabrielle Union) and her professional and private family life while searching for "Mr. Right":

Mary Jane Paul has it all: she's a successful TV news anchor, entirely self-sufficient – an all-around powerhouse who remains devoted to a family that doesn’t share her motivation. As Mary Jane juggles her life, her work and her commitment to her family, we find out how far she's willing to go to find the puzzle pieces that she, and society, insist are missing from her life as a single Black female.

Omari Hardwick plays a potential Mr. Right. Other cast members include Latarsha Rose, Lisa Vidal, Aaron D. Spears, Richard Roundtree, Margaret Avery, Richard Brooks, Tika Sumpter, Raven Goodwin, B. J. Britt, and Robinne Lee.

The series is produced by Mara Brock Akil, who produced BET's most successful series ever, The Game, and the romantic comedy film Jumping the Broom. The pilot episode was filmed in April 2012 at 780 N. Highland Ave. in the Virginia Highland neighborhood of Atlanta.

Regular cast

  • Gabrielle Union as Mary Jane Paul/Pauletta Patterson: a successful TV news anchor for Satellite News Channel (SNC) who remains devoted to a family that doesn't share her motivation as she juggles her life, her relationships, her work, and commitments.
  • Lisa Vidal as Kara Lynch: the executive producer of the Talkback (Mary Jane's show) at SNC and Mary Jane's best friend.
  • Margaret Avery as Helen Patterson: Mary Jane's overprotective mother, who is battling lupus.
  • Latarsha Rose as Dr. Lisa Hudson: Mary Jane's best friend since elementary school, an OB/GYN. (Seasons 1-3)
  • Aaron D. Spears as Mark Bradley: a co-anchor at the newsroom and the closeted gay friend of Mary Jane
  • Richard Brooks as Patrick Patterson: Mary Jane's older, less-motivated brother.
  • B.J. Britt as Paul Patterson, Jr.: Mary Jane's responsible younger brother.
  • Raven Goodwin as Niecy Patterson: Mary Jane's niece; Patrick Patterson's daughter, who is also a mother.
  • Richard Roundtree as Paul Patterson, Sr.: Mary Jane's compassionate father.
  • Stephen Bishop as David Paulk - Mary Jane's playboy love interest. (Seasons 2-3; recurring Season 1)
  • Omari Hardwick as Andre Daniels': Mary Jane's married love interest. (Season 1)
  • Michael Ealy as Justin Talbot (Season 4)
  • Recurring cast

  • Robinne Lee as Avery Daniels - Andre's wife, who learns of her husband's affair with Mary Jane. (Season 1)
  • Tatom Pender as Tracy - Patrick's girlfriend and mother of their child.
  • Navia Robinson as D'Asia - Patrick's daughter.
  • Brély Evans as Nichelle - Mary Jane's friend and publicist to the stars.
  • Kelly Rutherford as Cynthia Phillips (Seasons 1-2)
  • Salli Richardson as Valerie (Season 2)
  • Gary Dourdan as Sheldon (Season 2)
  • Loretta Devine as Cece (Season 3)
  • Daniella Alonso as Marisol Esparza (Season 3)
  • Thomas Jones as Brandon (Season 3)
  • Ryan Homchick as Lance (Season 1-3)
  • Paul Rolfes as Aaron Felty (Seasons 3-4)
  • Chiké Okonkwo as Lee Truitt (Season 4)
  • Valarie Pettiford as Ronda Sales (Season 4)
  • Ashton Holmes as Garrett (Season 4)
  • Julian Walker as Ty (Season 4)
  • Cesar Cipriano as Dante (Season 4)
  • Guest stars

  • Jasmine Dustin as Ana Hoem (Season 1)
  • Lesley-Ann Brandt as Tamiko Roberts (Season 1)
  • Sheila Frazier as Catherine Stafford (Season 1)
  • Darrin Dewitt Henson (Season 1)
  • Lorraine Toussaint as Aunt Toni, Paul's younger sister and Mary Jane's aunt (Season 1)
  • Wayne Brady as Sean Anders (Season 1)
  • Ludacris as Terrence Mitchell (Season 1)
  • Dorian Missick as Detective Cedric Rawlins (Season 1)
  • Frances Burnett as Dana Shultz (Season 1)
  • Kyle Massey as Cameron (Season 2)
  • India Arie as herself (Season 2)
  • Christina Vidal as Lilly (Season 2) (Christina Vidal plays the sister of Kara, played by her real-life sister Lisa)
  • Nina Parker (season 3, episode 6)
  • Kelly Rowland as Robin (season 3, episode 6)
  • Tamar Braxton as Herself (season 3, episode 10)
  • Adrienne Bailon as Herself (season 3, episode 10)
  • Ava DuVernay (Season 1)
  • Cardi B (Season 4)
  • Dave East (Season 4)
  • References

    Being Mary Jane Wikipedia