American Soul is coming back.
BET announced Tuesday the scripted drama and Boomerang have both been renewed for second seasons.
American Soul chronicles the life of Soul Train creator Don Cornelius and the impact of his iconic dance series on African-American culture.
The cast includes Sinqua Walls (Power) as Cornelius, along with Kelly Price, Jason Dirde, Iantha Richardson, Christopher Jefferson, Katlyn Nichol, and Jelani Winston. The star-studded guest lineup has included Destiny’s Child alums Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, K. Michelle and Bobby Brown.
The first season of American Soul premiered in February and now ranks as the No. 1 cable scripted drama for African-Americans in the key 18-49 demo and in total viewers, according to Nielsen. The series is produced by Jesse Collins Entertainment, with Jesse Collins, Jonathan Prince, Devon Greggory and Tony Cornelius executive producing.
“We are incredibly grateful to continue to tell the American Soul story. Season one was so well received by the culture and we feel that season two will be even more fun and exciting,” Collins said in a statement.
Boomerang is a follow-up to the 1992 feature film by the same name starring Eddie Murphy and Halle Berry. The series takes place 25 years after the movie that saw Marcus (Murphy) fall for Angela (Berry). The show centers on their daughter Simone Graham (Tetona Jackson) as she steps out from her parents’ shadows.
The series is a co-production of BET and Paramount Television, with Lena Waithe and Halle Berry serving as executive producers. It ranks as cable’s No. 1 new scripted comedy among African-Americans ages 18-49 and in total viewers.
“Making Boomerang has been one of the highlights of my career and the positive feedback we’ve gotten from fans and critics has been so validating. I’m beyond excited to dive even deeper into these characters’ lives in season two,” Waithe said in a statement.
Added BET President Scott Mills, “BET Networks is so proud to be the television home for the compelling scripted series Boomerang and American Soul… Our continued partnership demonstrates BET’s commitment to the elevation of creative and authentic storytelling that viewers expect from the brand.”
News of the renewals came on the same night of the American Soul season finale.