Mary J Blige just landed a new deal with BET and first up on the slate is a talk show titled The Wine Down.
According to a Deadline report on Tuesday (December 20), The Wine Down will feature Mary having “raw, provocative, insightful and real” conversations with “the hottest, most outspoken” celebs in their respective fields over wine. She’ll also executive produce.
The show is part of a first-look non-scripted deal between the network and the legendary singer’s Blue Butterfly media company that launched in 2019. And it’s quite likely the guests will be sipping on Mary’s Sun Goddess wine, which she launched with Italian winemaker Marco Fantinel in 2020.
“BET has been one of my biggest supporters throughout my career,” Mary J. Blige said in a statement. “Being able to now create together, for them to be so supportive of my vision for the type of content I will create, is something I am grateful and excited for. We already have multiple projects in the works and there is much more to come.”
It’s been a huge year for Mary, and it kicked off with her nostalgic Super Bowl halftime performance alongside Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar and 50 Cent. Following the performance, streams of her 2001 song “No More Drama” saw a massive 520 percent increase.
Mary released her 14th studio album, Good Morning Beautiful, the same weekend as her Super Bowl appearance, and it received six Grammy Award nominations including Album of the Year and Best R&B Album. The multi-hyphenate also released her first children’s book, Mary Can!, continued her role as Monet in Power Book II: Ghost, and she was even commemorated with her own day in Atlanta.
And in addition to her partnership with BET, Blue Butterfly has also announced a first-look scripted TV deal with Lionsgate Television.
Mary is also among the nominees for Best Singer of 2022 for the annual HipHopDX Awards. Find out if she won on Wednesday December 21.