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Where is Wifey? Widow of a Hip-Hop Mogul

Whatever happened to “Wifey?”

With BET upping their budget for original programming this year and the wonderful Queen Latifah set to develop a new original drama with BET and VH1 — I’m wondering what happened to production of Wifey, the show about the widow of a hip hop mogul? Latifah was set to executive produce. Don’t know if she was going to play ‘wifey’ but that was my hope, as anything Latifah plays in is usually fun.

See this article by Alex Weprin from Broadcasting & Cable, 2/14/2007:

“VH1 and BET (both subsidiaries of Viacom) are teaming up to develop a one-hour drama that is slated to premiere simultaneously on both networks. The show, Wifey, is about the newly widowed wife of a hip-hop mogul who takes over her husband’s record label.

The pilot will be directed by BET President of Entertainment Reginald Hudlin.

“This project represents a first on several levels,” said Hudlin in a statement. “BET has never jointly developed or produced a program with any other network, the premiere/revenue structure is unique,and I imagine it’s the first time that a network head has directed a pilot.”

Queen Latifah is set to serve as an executive producer of the show for her production company, Flavor Unit.”