BET Debuts First Sitcom for Somebodies

First original BET scripted series
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 9, 2008 7:20 AM CDT
Tyler Craig and Eric Register in a scene from BET's new original scripted series, "Somebodies"    (AP Photo/BET, Elevation Photos)
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(Newser) – BET premieres a new cutting-edge sitcom today—the first original scripted series in its 28-year history. Called Somebodies, it's already being compared with Seinfeld, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. It's set in Athens, Ga., and stars newcomer Hadjii as Scottie, a character who has been a university student far too long, and refuses to grow up and move on.

He's surrounded by a quirky mix of friends and family. “We try to get humor out of real-life situations,” said Hadjii, 32. The program has a "truly Southern feel to it," says a programming exec. Some of BET's highest ratings come from Georgia, particularly in and around Atlanta.