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DeSean Jackson’s Bet Series Ready to Dive into NFLer’s Personal Life

26 June 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Two years after his older brother Byron debuted the documentary “DeSean Jackson: The Making of a Father’s Dream,” Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson will continue to document his life off the field with the six-episode Bet docu-series “DeSean Jackson: Home Team.”

Considered a sequel to the coming-of-age documentary, Byron Jackson said that the new Bet series (on which the brothers both serve as executive producers) will showcase the next chapter of DeSean’s personal life as he tackles the challenges of adulthood at 28 years old.

Byron shared that the three-time NFL Pro-Bowl player encounters “getting serious and heated with his love interest, becoming his own man, and his mom and his sister coming to grips with it.”

But Byron did admit that, within the thousands of hours of footage filmed, there were some personal moments that DeSean preferred not to share onscreen.

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- Mannie Holmes

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Bet to Revamp Ashton Kutcher’s ‘Punk’d’

23 April 2015 3:24 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Bet has also hopped on board the nostalgia train, announcing at its upfront presentation Thursday that it plans to revamp “Punk’d,” the hidden-camera show originally hosted by Ashton Kutcher that ran on sister network MTV. A host was not named at the presentation.

The upcoming slate also includes “Zoe Moon,” a sitcom starring Brandy Norwood as a single mom, and “Chasing Destiny,” a singing competition show featuring Destiny’s Child alum Kelly Rowland as she searches for the next big girl group.

“Black consumers experience Bet Networks differently than any other network because of our 35 years of history, tremendous experience and insights. We continue to give our viewers what they want – high-quality content that respects, reflects and elevates them,” said Bet Networks chair-ceo Debra Lee. “With more hours of original programming than ever before, our new shows coupled with our returning hits like ‘Being Mary Jane’ and ‘Nellyville’ make »

- Whitney Friedlander

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