Being Mary Jane Proves a Smash Hit For BET

The Nielsen ratings continue to confirm going scripted was a smart move for Viacom's BET. The original TV-movie/pilot for Mara Brock Akil's Being Mary Jane was watched by 4.013 million viewers on Tuesday night.

The soapy drama, starring Gabrielle Union as a neurotic TV journalist (Is there really any other kind?) with complicated work/life/family issues, hit a 2.0 among adults 18-49 and was the second highest-rated program on television for the night; No. 1 on cable.

The Haves and The Have Nots’ Tika Sumpter Dishes Oprah, Tyler Perry and Smooching Chace Crawford! (VIDEO)

You may only have One Life to Live, but Tika Sumpter continues to prove her career was merely just beginning when she appeared on the ABC Daytime sudser from 2005-11. The in demand actress has been busy with high profile guest spots on primetime series like Gossip Girl and The Game and big screen turns in flicks like Think Like a Man and Sparkle. Now she's returning to the soap world in OWN and Tyler Perry's The Haves and The Have Nots (premiering May 28 at 9/9c).

Pop Sugar
recently caught up with Tikalicious to talk about her new gig as the venomous Candace Young on Haves, and even got her to spill what it's been like working with Oprah Winfrey! Watch the video below.

Tika Sumpter to Star in OWN/Tyler Perry Scripted Series!

One Live to Live alum Tika Sumpter isn't letting any grass grow under her feet. Sumpter has landed a role in one of OWN and Tyler Perry's scripted series. Oprah Winfrey made the announcement herself on Twitter stating:

New Star in the making @iamtikasumpter All New Tyler Perry shows coming to @OWNTV in May. 

Tika Sumpter on My Man is a Loser Co-Star John Stamos: “He’s A Good Kisser”

Just how great is John Stamos at smooching? The Game and Gossip Girl star Tika Sumpter spilled some tea with Celebuzz  about her upcoming indie comedy, My Man Is a Loser. The movie focuses on two married friends, Marty (Michael Rappaport) and Paul (Bryan Callen), who turn to their single playboy buddy (Stamos) for help in saving their marriages. The One Live to Live alum plays Stamos' girlfriend Clarissa and seems to enjoy her make out sessions with Stamos. Sumpter stated:

He is everything you would want. He is charming. How could you not like him? He’s a good kisser.

To find out what Sumpter's friends have to say about her working with the Glee and General Hospital actor click here!

Photo of John Stamos by PR Photos

Check Out Tika Sumpter With The Late Whitney Houston and Jordin Sparks in Trailer For Sparkle!


Sony Pictures has released the trailer for the highly-anticipated remake of the 1976 cult classic Sparkle. The movie marked the late Whitney Houston's film comeback, and turned out to be  the singer's final acting role.

Set in the 50's and 60's, Sparkle tells the tale of three sisters from Harlem who embark on a career in music. Houston plays Emma, the mother of the trio, which includes:  One Life to Live alum Tika Sumpter and  American Idol winner Jordan Sparks. Sparkle hits theatres Aug. 17.  Watch the trailer below!


Tika Sumpter Shows Esquire Her “Place”

As talented as she is striking, former One Life to Live star Tika Sumpter's stock is rising in Hollywood on par with U.S. gasoline prices. Sumpter, who has recurring roles on both The CW's Gossip Girl and BET's record-breaking The Game, took a little time out of her busy schedule to share her place with Esquire for their Me In My Place photo essay collection.  Wouldn't it be awesome if BET did a cable soap starring Sumpter, Debbi Morgan, Darnell Williams and Victoria Rowell? Ah, the possibilities. Click here to see more!

Photo credit: Esquire