BET Acquires Cable Rights To 'The Queen Latifah Show'

BET Networks has acquired cable rights to the popular daytime talker The Queen Latifah Show, the network announced Thursday.

Beginning March 31, the network will air episodes of the freshman series as part of its late-night block the same day after it airs on in syndication, according to network officials. The Queen Latifah Show joins The Wendy Williams Show in the network’s late night block of programming.

The deal also follows BET’s acquisition of new talk show, The Real, which is set to debut this fall.

R. Thomas Umstead

R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.