If you’ve always thought Chris Brown’s tumultuous past few years were perfect reality show fodder, then you’ll definitely be excited to hear about BET’s latest rumored project.
According to TMZ, sources say BET, a division of Viacom (NASDAQ:VIA), wants to bring a Chris Brown reality show to the network and is holding focus groups to see if viewers would be interested in it.
The series would focus on Brown’s life after jail, sources say. Numerous production companies are said to be interested in signing Brown. But none has yet brought the singer on board.
With his string of run-ins with the law and the never-ending dramatics in his romantic relationships, it makes sense that BET would want to develop a reality show around Brown’s life and recovery following jail. A source speaking to TMZ added that a focus group recently held by BET in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles showed that viewers would be tuning in.
The group -- reportedly all black females – was asked if they would watch a show following Brown’s attempt to stay drug-free and out of trouble following his release from jail. The group was reportedly split on the show's premise, but most admitted they’d still watch to see if Brown would mess up again.
Brown was released from Los Angeles County jail on June 2 after serving time for violating his probation. According to reports, the singer has been attempting to stay clear of his past temptations, keeping a low profile and avoiding partying and clubbing.
On Wednesday, Brown rejected a plea deal in his misdemeanor assault case. The agreement would have meant no jail time or probation for the performer. The case is scheduled to go to trial on Sept. 8.
Brown was charged with assault after Parker Adams, 20, claimed Brown and his bodyguard Chris Hollosy punched him and broke his nose after he tried to jump into a photo outside the W hotel in Washington in October 2013. Brown’s bodyguard was found guilty of hitting Adams in April. Brown was supposed to go to trial in April as well, but the trial was delayed.
Adams also filed a $1.5 million suit against both Brown and Hollosy.