BET Cancels ‘106 & Park’

BET plans to air the last episode of the fourteen year old video countdown show on December 19th. My first thought was why not move it to mornings before canceling it completely but that might not fair well for Viacom owned VH1 Morning Buzz. There is no doubt that BET’s programming has struggled over the years, The Game is fledgling since the exit of Tia Mowry and Pooch Hall. Real Husband of Hollywood is currently it’s only staple headlined by Kevin Hart. This summer BET hinted at gearing up for reality based fall TV including shows with Nelly and Keyshia Cole but even with those the question remains what should BET be playing?? For me the station long ago lost it’s hip hop roots and I think a return to that would be essential, something like a ESPN First Take for Hip Hop or a Round Table discussion of the latest artist and music news. TV One has surpassed BET in original programming but we did watch some gems this year like the BET Awards, BET Hip Hop Awards, Celebration of Gospel, BET Honors, and The Message. The fact that it may be more cost effective to show reruns than 106 & Park is a huge ouch to the music industry, cable programing and BET but hopefully they have something in the works that will satisfy us all. As for 106 & Park the show plans to go digital with streaming on http://www.bet.com

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