News: BET Pulls Plug On "106 & Gospel" Show

Tuesday, Apr 14, 2009 2:30PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Five months after the cancellation of BET's "Rap City," the network has reportedly pulled the plug on its Sunday "106 & Gospel" television series.

While an official announcement has yet to be made through BET, the show is reportedly ceasing future production.

BET doesn't want you to know it yet, but it has officially canceled the '106 & Park' spin-off '106 & Gospel.' The short-lived gospel-themed music video and interview series never really stood a chance at building an audience with its noon time slot on Sundays. Why BET would air a show at noon on a Sunday when the core audience for the series - churchgoers - is at church is unclear. Guests who were scheduled to tape future episodes of the show have been told that their appearances have been canceled. (Black Voices)

The show made its debut earlier this year.

BET has pulled the plug on its '106 & Park' spinoff, '106 & Gospel,' which was hosted by 21:03 member Jor'el Quinn and Trin-i-tee 5:7 singer Angel Taylor. The spiritual spin-off of the countdown show-which featured a format of pretaped segments and live interview-premiered on January 11, 2009 and aired at noon on Sundays. (Hip Hop Pop Crunch)

BET executives previously expressed their thoughts on the show's impact on audience members.

"Black entertainment in effect started with Gospel music and Gospel will always be in its fiber," said Stephen G. Hill, President of Programming, BET. "What's exciting is how the youth have taken the hottest rhythms and beats, mixed it with classic gospel sound and put their own stamp on the music and spirit. 106 & GOSPEL will give the viewers contemporary gospel sights and sounds like no other show on television -- get ready!" (BET)

The network canceled its long-running "Rap City" show last November.

50 Cent, Lil' Wayne, Nas, Busta Rhymes and LL Cool J will join forces to help close out BET's longest-running program "Rap City" with the show's finale this weekend. Beginning in 1989 as the ultimate source for hip-hop music videos and in-depth artist interviews along with freestyles, the program also featured guest DJs who were given the opportunity to co-host the show. The "Rap City" finale airs on Saturday, November 8 at 10 p.m. EST (SOHH)

BET has yet to confirm or deny the gospel-based show's termination.

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