Aaron D. Spears joins new BET pilot
The Bold and the Beautiful's Aaron D. Spears may be headed to primetime. The Image Award-nominated actor has been cast in the pilot for a new BET series called Single Black Female.
Aaron D. Spears
) hops from the top-rated daytime drama The Bold and the Beautiful to the hour-long BET pilot Single Black Female
Mara Brock and Salim Akil, the creators of BET's highly successful comedy series the Game
, have cast Spears opposite big-screen actress Gabrielle Union, who will play Mary Jane, the host of an Atlanta-based talk show. Single Black Female
chronicles the professional and private life Mary Jane; Spears will play Mark Bradley, Mary Jane's co-host and dear friend.
Richard Roundtree, an alum of NBC's defunct Generations
series rounds out the cast as Mary Jane's father.
According to The Root
, Single Black Female
will tentatively air in August 2012. Set for primetime, the pilot is a scripted series that BET has lined up in its departure from the reality TV craze. The network shows off its ambition to succeed in its impressive casting picks.
Spears is a man of many talents, as he revealed in his one-on-one with Dan J. Kroll on Soap Central Live's "Triple A" show in April 2011
In the SCL interview, Spears recalled that his father had geared him toward a computer science career. Spears, however, had chosen to play football -- until he was bitten by the acting bug and declined a contract with the New York Jets. It had been a hard decision for Spears, but one that paid off in two consecutive nominations for Outstanding Actor in a Daytimes Series, an award sponsored by the NACCP. Additionally, Spears is a gifted spoken-word recording artist.
Spears began his soap career in 2004, playing Officer Watkins on General Hospital. Spears joined The Bold and the Beautiful in 2009
, and has shifted from recurring to contract status on several occasions.