Ms. Pat, ‘Average Joe,’ ‘Diarra From Detroit’ and More Seek Nominations (EXCLUSIVE) : BET Media Submits for More Emmys Than Ever Before

BET wants some Emmys

Published Time: 08.06.2024 - 00:31:26 Modified Time: 08.06.2024 - 00:31:26

BET wants some Emmys.

In a year where major streamers and legacy networks dominate the Emmy conversations, BET Media Group, which includes BET+ and BET Studios, has had a record-breaking year for its critically acclaimed content, such as Lee Daniels’ racy sitcom “The Ms. Pat Show,” the drama thriller “Average Joe” and the dark comedy “Diarra From Detroit.” All in all, the legacy broadcast media network has submitted in over 35 Primetime Emmy categories, the most in its history.

BET+ surprised many in 2022 and 2023 when it picked up back-to-back nominations for “The Ms. Pat Show” director Mary Lou Belli. A veteran in the TV business, she’s helmed notable episodes of “Sister, Sister,” “Monk” and “NCIS.” After dropping its fourth season on May 23, Belli is up for consideration once again for the premiere episode “I’m the Pappy,” alongside co-creator and showrunner Jordan E. Cooper for “The Book of Denise” episode. Commonly referred to as the youngest showrunner on television, Cooper is fresh off his two Tony nominations in 2023 for best play and featured actor for his work in the sketch comedy “Ain’t No Mo’.” “The Ms. Pat Show” has been submitted in six Emmy races, including outstanding comedy series.

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Most recently, the new hit dark comedy “Diarra From Detroit” from star, writer and executive producer Diarra Kilpatrick has garnered glowing reviews, leading to BET executing a full FYC campaign. Already in the club with an Emmy nom for actress in a short form (comedy or drama series) in 2018 for “American Koko,” Kilpatrick is bringing in a lot of industry goodwill. Executive produced by Kenya Barris, a four-time Emmy nominee for ABC’s hit family comedy “Black-ish,” the show follows a divorcing schoolteacher who refuses to accept being ghosted by her rebound Tinder date. The show is submitted in 10 categories, including guest drama actress for Phylicia Rashad.

Also up for Emmy consideration is BET’s dark drama “Average Joe” starring two-time Emmy nominee Deon Cole (writing for a variety program for “The Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien” and “Cona -

n”), who pivots from his brilliant comedic work to a bloody and violent narrative. Inspired by creator Robb Cullen’s life, “Average Joe” follows a blue-collar plumber (Cole) who chases money stolen by his deceased father, triggering a chain of bloody and violent events.

Rounding out the entries is the sophomore season of “Kingdom Business,” which has put forward Grammy Award winners Kirk Franklin and Warryn Campbell in the music supervision and song category for the number “The Way.” In addition, the show has veteran director Oz Scott (“Black Lightning”) and Loretta Devine in supporting drama actress on the ballots.

“This year was extraordinary for BET Media Group in both scripted and unscripted programming, and we are proud to expand our lineup of FYC-eligible content,” said Scott Mills, President and CEO of BET Media Group. “Critically acclaimed shows like ‘Average Joe,’ ‘Diarra from Detroit,’ and ‘The Ms. Pat Show’ are wonderful examples of the quality, breadth, and depth of the authentic stories we produce with our amazing creative partners.”

The network has also submitted its “Celebrity Squares” in the game show category along with host D.C. Young Fly, in addition to the 2023 BET Awards in the variety special (live) category, where it will compete against the Oscars, the Super Bowl Halftime Show and other event ceremonies.

On Thursday, BET held its FYC Emmy House at Neuehouse Hollywood in Los Angeles, celebrating its series and creatives.

The full list of BET’s Emmy submissions is below. Emmy voting begins on Thursday, June 13.

Read: All Primetime Emmy predictions in every category onVariety’sAwards Circuit.

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