Congrats to stand-up comedian Gary Owen, who with his wife and children will have his life and career documented in a new reality series for BET called Gary Owen Family!
UPDATED (Sept. 12, 2016): It’s now called The Gary Owen Show, debuting Oct. 11, 2016. And I spoke with Gary Owen himself for a half-hour about his decision to do reality TV on BET, his childhood in Ohio, and the transition from the U.S. Navy to stand-up comedy. All in Episode #112 of my podcast, The Comic’s Comic Presents Last Things First, with guest Gary Owen.
The cable network is announcing the series today as part of its 2016 Upfronts, which also includes a scripted comedy riffing off of the real-life tour of Comedy Get Down stars D.L. Hughley, Cedric the Entertainer, George Lopez, Eddie Griffin and Charlie Murphy.
Here’s how BET is selling The Gary Owen Show
The GARY OWEN Show
FAMILY– Gary Owen is arguably Black America’s most beloved non-Black comic. He became part of the family as the first Caucasian man to host BET’s ComicView, and confirmed he was here to stay with his star turns in the Think Like A Man films, Ride Along and Meet The Blacks. He also starred in his own hit stand-up comedy specials including I Agree With Myself, True Story and the upcoming I Got My Associates. Now, he brings his own interracial and blended family to BET in a 30-minute unscripted series that is colorful, truthful and hysterical. Gary Owen loves his wife so much, he wants to marry her again – and the path down the aisle is paved with non-stop laughter as he balances planning a wedding with raising his three rambunctious children and growing his white-hot career. “The GARY OWEN Show FAMILY” is produced by Bunim/Murray Productions. Bunim/Murray’s Gil Goldschein and Jeff Jenkins serve as Executive Producers along with Gary Owen, Stella Bulochnikov, Brian Sher and TIP “T.I.” Harris.
And here’s what an Owen family vacation looked like in 2015. Roll the clip!