Mary J. Blige has landed her own talk show thanks to a new partnership with BET.
This week, it was announced that the network had entered into a two-part agreement with Blige and her production company, Blue Butterfly Productions. The first-look non-scripted and a second-look scripted deal will give the “Not Gon’ Cry” vocalist a wide range to develop content that is close to her heart.
One of the very first projects is “The Wine Down,” a talk show hosted by Blige that will interview some of the most prominent people in entertainment. Blige plans to discuss the latest in politics, music, social media, and much more all over a glass of wine provided by the singer’s wine company, Sun Goddess. Taraji P. Henson and Yung Miami of the City Girls are slated to appear on the show.
“The Wind Down” will be executive produced by Blige alongside her partners Ashaunna Ayars and Nicole Jackson, as well as Davis Entertainment producers Lisa Erspalmer, John Davis, and Jordan Davis.
Blue Butterfly Productions was founded by the singer in 2019 and has been making strides since. The company is responsible for executive producing Blige’s Amazon documentary, “My Life.” Her sold-out “Strength of a Woman Festival and Summit” was also completely put on by Blue Butterfly in May. Given its demonstrated capabilities, the rising powerhouse is also developing several projects with Lifetime and Sony Pictures Television.
Following the news, the 51-year-old released a statement praising the black entertainment network for their continued support of her 30-year career.
“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,” she shared.
“The Wine Down” will make its debut in 2023.