BET to premiere new 'Baldwin Hills' docu-reality series on July 10
By Christopher Rocchio, 07/02/2007
BET has announced the premiere of Baldwin Hills, a new Laguna Beach-like docu-reality series that will follow the lives of 12 African-American teens, some of whom have wealthy parents and enjoy the accompanying lifestyles and others who have had a much tougher upbringing living in a nearby neighborhood.
Baldwin Hills is scheduled to premiere Tuesday, July 10 at 10PM ET/PT, with BET planning to air encore episodes on Wednesdays at 8:30PM ET/PT; Fridays at 8PM ET/PT; and Sundays at 9PM ET/PT.
Each half-hour episode of the 10-episode series will follow the lives of 12 African-Americans ranging in age from 16- to 19-years-old from Baldwin Hills, CA. The district sits in South Los Angeles and is home to African-American lawyers, doctors, actors, and athletes, as well as other professionals. Baldwin Hills will follow the lives of some of their children, who have to overcome their sense of entitlement.
Another section of Baldwin Hills is described by BET as a "rough neighborhood" where drugs and violence run rampant and the youth that live there don't enjoy the same social stature as some of the district's wealthier residents.
In addition to Baldwin Hills, BET plans to premiere four other new original shows this July, including Hell Date, a new reality series that will trick contestants who are aiming to find their soulmates into going on dates with actors and actresses whose goal is to make the experience a "nightmare."