BET plans Lil’ Kim reality show Countdown to Lockdown, and show that follows a drum line

BET is planning two new reality shows, including a previously revealed show that followed Lil’ Kim before she went to prison.

Lil’ Kim: Countdown to Lockdown is “a six-episode reality series about the last two weeks in the life of the raunchy female rapper before she began a one-year prison sentence in September for perjury linked to a shooting between rival hip-hop camps,” according to the New York Times.

Also on BET’s lineup is Season of the Tiger, which “chronicles the achievements and pressures of football players and band members at Grambling State University, a historically black school in Louisiana,” the paper reports. Neither show has a premiere date yet.

The shows are designed to let BET “reach its base with more breadth and creativity, while also trying to woo new viewers.” That strategy has its critics–including original Real World star Kevin Powell. “There has been such a pandering to younger people. … We have to stop participating in the one-dimensional portrayals of ourselves. And BET as the premier television network for black people has to take the lead on that,” he said.

Chief of BET Plans to Broaden Programming Appeal [New York Times]

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