Being Mary Jane Canceled: BET Drama Will Wrap Up With 2-Hour Series Finale in 2018
Mary Jane Paul is signing off the air—for good. Being Mary Jane, Gabrielle Union‘s BET drama centered on the titular TV news anchor, has been canceled by the cable network, E! News has confirmed. However, even though a fifth season is out of the cards, fans of the drama will get to say goodbye to the beloved character as BET has ordered a two-hour TV movie to serve as the official series finale. Union is expected to return as Mary Jane, but no other cast members or producers from the original series are currently attached.
“Being Mary Jane has been a landmark series not only for BET, but for African American women around the world who saw themselves in Mary Jane, her family, friends and coworkers. From the captivating storytelling, to the richly complex characters, to the powerful issues tackled on the series, we remain immensely proud,” Connie Orlando, EVP and Head of Programming at BET Networks, said in a statement. “We are grateful to the cast and creators of Being Mary Jane, who have worked tirelessly to bring this world to vivid life over the past 4 seasons. We also thank the many loyal viewers whose hearts and minds were captured every week, and kept Mary Jane trending worldwide. We look forward to closing out Mary Jane’s journey with a series finale that is sure to blow fans away!”
Being Mary Jane debuted on the network in 2013 as a TV movie, making the decision to wrap things up in the same fashion something of a full-circle moment. The first full season debuted in January of 2014. Over the course of four seasons, the series starred Union, Lisa Vidal, Margaret Avery, Latarsha Rose, Aaron D. Spears, Richard Brooks, B..J. Britt, Raven Goodwin, Richard Roundtree, Omari Hardwick and Stephen Bishop.
Union penned a letter to her fans with a heartfelt message:
To Every Fan of Being Mary Jane,
We have all worked so tirelessly to bring you a show that we could be proud to be a part of. Mary Jane has become my favorite character. We’ve screwed up together, laughed together, evolved together, and raised hell together. I love all her imperfections, and through playing her I became more forgiving of others who are imperfect and on the journey of self discovery and improvement. We watched her struggle with relationships with both men and women, and we watched her finally start to get her shit together. But the journey isn’t over yet. We, as a Being Mary Jane family, cannot wait to bring you this final 2 hour series finale movie that will answer all your questions about each and every character. More than anything, however, we want to thank you with every fiber of our being for faithfully watching the show and supporting our work… from the actors, writers, producers, directors and enormous crew over the years, we are humbled and we remain grateful.
As one of those black women who just had to stop watching Scandal a while ago, the void of having a problematic, messy black heroine in my life was filled by Mary Jane (Issa from Insecure is there too). Mary Jane was a dark-skinned black woman in journalism who was trying to find both professional successes, but also black love and romantic fulfillment. The show was boldly unafraid to deal with issues of colorism, police brutality, classism, blackness and homosexuality. Not to mention showing that just because you are a successful black woman doesn’t mean you can’t engage in some ratchet thot behavior. Bless.
With Being Mary Jane and Scandal leaving the air we are going be in desperate need for some brown woman to pick up the power suits and wine bottles to be the black anti-heroine we deserve.