Being Mary Jane” season 4 is shaping up to be something special.

Not only is Gabrielle Union‘s complicated and beautifully flawed character, Mary Jane Paul, moving to the Big Apple, but she’s going to have a new leading man in the mix.

Michael Ealy has joined the season 4 cast of the hit BET series as Justin Talbot, the new producer of Great Day USA who, unfortunately for Mary Jane, also is the man who previously got her fired from CNN. Upon arriving at Great Day USA, he remains a thorn in Mary Jane’s side, and she must learn to cleverly circumvent his power plays.


Michael Ealy - Gabrielle Union - Mario Van Peebles


The 43-year-old actor, who currently stars in “Secrets and Lies” on ABC, admitted he wasn’t interested in doing another network TV show, but he reconsidered when Gabrielle extended a personal invitation to him.

I had turned down several network offers, as I really was not interested in doing another show at the time, but because Gabrielle is a friend, I told her that I’d seriously think about and talk with my team. At the end of the day, I felt like we all have a social responsibility to help elevate material with people of color in any way that we can, and if there was an opportunity for me to help my friend and the cultural perceptions of our work, then I would do my part.

Oh, yes! BET just gave me another reason to be tuned in this January!

Will you be watching?

Watch the “Being Mary Jane” season 4 teaser.