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.