Women are continuing their reign over prime-time television.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Being Mary Jane—the BET drama that follows TV journalist Mary Jane (played by Gabrielle Union) as she juggles career, family and her love life—is gaining two new stars this upcoming season: singer and actress Jill Scott and acting veteran Loretta Devine.
Devine will play a bookstore owner whose car was hit by Jane in the season 2 finale, and Scott will play a tough-love mother to Raven Goodwin’s character.
“Season 3 is about new beginnings, putting lessons learned to the test and, of course, healing,” creator and showrunner Mara Brock Akil told EW. “After receiving that phone call from David and getting into a car accident, Mary Jane has no other options but to work on her recovery from the accident, from toxic relationships and from her self-destructive ways. It’s a season that will remind fans why they fell in love with Mary Jane to begin with. She’s flawed and somewhat broken, but watching her piece her life together is beautiful.”
The show’s third season will begin Tuesday, Oct. 20, in a new time slot: 9 p.m. ET.
Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele is a staff writer at The Root and the founder and executive producer of Lectures to Beats, a Web series that features video interviews with scarily insightful people. Follow Lectures to Beats on Facebook and Twitter.