Channel 5’s VOD service My5 has picked up the exclusive UK rights to the two-hour Being Mary Jane finale. International rights to the series, which previously aired on this side of the pond on BET International, are controlled by Channel 5’s parent company Viacom. The two-hour finale, as well as the previous four seasons of the show, will be available on My5 from Wednesday May 1st.
Created by Mara Brock Akil, Being Mary Jane follows the complex life of Mary Jane Paul, a fiercely independent and successfully TV news anchor encountering the highs and lows of balancing life, love, family and a demanding career. The cast includes Gabrielle Union, Michael Ealy, Morris Chestnut, Lisa Vidal, Richard Roundtree, Margaret Avery, Richard Brooks, BJ Britt, Raven Goodwin and Nicholas Gonzalez. The series wrapped its run state-side last week. The executive producers are Mara Brock Akil, Salim Akil, Gabrielle Union, Jeff Morrone and Devon K. Shepard.
The finale, titled Becoming Pauletta, picks up from the fallout between Mary Jane and Justin that closed season four. While the question remains whether she has found the right man in her life, fans are also left to wonder if she will ever have a child of her own. When viewers last saw Mary Jane, she revisited the fertility clinic to have her frozen embryos implanted… right before she comes home to a surprise marriage proposal from Justin! Will Mary Jane say yes to Justin? Will she get her long-awaited chance at a family? Will she get her fairytale ending or will she reinvent what it means to live happily ever after? With so many unanswered questions, only time will tell if Mary Jane has finally found a way to have it all.
This is the latest acquisition for My5 as Channel 5 has been positioning the VOD service as a platform with its own exclusive titles, rather than a mere catch-up service. To that end, they recently concluded a deal with Sony Pictures Television giving My5 exclusive VOD rights to Australian drama Bloom and Sony Crackle’s Sean Bean fronted drama The Oath. That follows other recent deals for Hulu’s East Los High and a package of dramas from HOT Telecommunication Systems – Israel’s largest multi-channel cable television company