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New BET web series about area students

April 20, 2011 - 05:00 PM
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It hurt when Bravo pulled the plug on the Real Housewives of D.C., but BET thinks the nation's capitol is interesting enough to serve as the setting for one of its shows.

The cable network announced its 2011 programming line-up this morning (in advance of an Upfront presentation this evening) and it includes The Come Up, a web series built around a group of ambitious D.C. area teenagers.

The Come Up "follows the lives of seven teens in Washington, D.C. as they actively pursue their dreams to make it as future music executives, doctors, lawyers, and superstar athletes," according to the release. It's unclear whether these are fictional or actual D.C. teens.

The statement also named the students' schools as the Duke Ellington School of Performing Arts, and "Silver Spring High School," which isn't the name of an actual high school—not in Silver Spring, Md., in the last few decades, at least, so it's either a typo or a clear indication that the web series is scripted.

Neither Duke Ellington nor Montgomery County Public Schools were able to comment immediately (due to spring break), so no word yet on whether the program, be it a reality show or not, will involve filming at area schools.

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