If you thought the success of shows like Scandal, Being Mary Jane, and Tyler Perry’s The Haves and Have Nots signaled the end of the reality show deluge and a rise in scripted shows targeting Black audiences you were wrong.

Lifetime, the self-proclaimed network for women, is throwing their hat into ring and is hoping to highlight a slice of Blackness that’s rare seen on TV: BAPs.

Despite the shared name, Lifetime’s BAPs is a far cry from the 1997 Halle Berry film in which she played a flamboyant hairdresser who fled to Hollywood to be in music videos. Lifetime’s BAPs, however, feels like a peek inside a Jack & Jill meeting where all the Black folks are accomplished, moneyed, and properly bourgie.

Here’s how Lifetime breaks it down (via Shadow & Act):

Dressed to the nines with egos to spare, there is no shortage of conflict, humor and heart among the group that includes Anisha, Kristen, Gina, Jason, Riccarda and Brandon. With a dynamic that can change from BFFs to frenemies at the drop of a hat, together they attend St. Louis’ most exclusive social institutions and events… but no occasion is conflict-free. Competing to be the most successful and beautiful person in their circle is sure to bind and divide them, especially when Anisha’s boyfriend, Kendrick, and his niece, Rai-Rai, represent everything a BAP is not.

Wait. Rai-Rai? Um, okay.

Lifetime has ordered up six one-hour episodes of BAPs, which will premiere on Wednesday, July 23rd, at 10pm.

Will you be tuning in?

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  • Bearlikesbones

    I LIVE in St. Louis and think this is a hilarious attempt. On a different note, I hate houses with lion statues in front. Looks like a nice rehab though. Wonder if they own the vacant lot next door. You can get those lots cheap here in some neighborhoods.

  • vintage3000

    Special black snowflakes who pretend to get lost driving through the hood in their own city. Pass.

  • Me

    i see basicness all over that trailer. basic restaurant that anybody with a job could afford to eat at at least once a month, basic house that any couple could afford, basic accomplishments like playing violin as a kid, and basic thinking like acting like just being in the presence of projects and poor folks will ruin your life. what makes them royalty? the fact that they are basic middle class just like millions of other black folks?

  • Jaznea

    They need to put the Youtube series like “Awkward Black Girl”, “The First”, and “Unwritten rules” on TV. Those are the creations of young Black directors and what we want to see (I mostly speak for myself haha). But seriously I know most people know “Awkward Black Girl” but there is some good series made like “Black Actress” speaking about the troubles of a black actor. They are doing this all wrong.