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'Being Mary Jane,' starring Gabrielle Union, is renewed by BET

'Being Mary Jane,' starring Gabrielle Union, is renewed by BET
Gabrielle Union stars in "Being Mary Jane" on BET. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

"Being Mary Jane," BET's first original scripted drama, ended its freshman season with a victory: It's been officially been renewed for a second season.

The drama, which stars Gabrielle Union as a successful cable news personality who has a messy family and love life, has connected with a loyal core of female viewers and has become one of BET's most consistent performers.

More than 5.8 million viewers tuned in for Tuesday's two-hour conclusion of the first season. The second hour drew 3.2 million viewers, almost equaling the January premiere, which attracted 3.3 million viewers.

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"Being Mary Jane" was created by Mara Brock Akil ("The Game") and is directed by her husband, Salim Akil.

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