Queen Latifah finally becomes “Wifey”
Queen Latifah to produce new TV show Wifey
After what seems like an eternity, it appears quality urban television is on its way.
In a first-of-its-kind development/production/broadcast deal, Viacom channels VH1 and BET are partnering on a one-hour pilot for Wifey, a drama series set in the world of hip-hop.
Under this unique arrangement, the eventual series will premiere simultaneously on both networks. The executive producers include Queen Latifah, Shakim Compere and Dedra Tate for Flavor Unit, Michael Hirschorn and Maggie Malina for VH1, and Reginald Hudlin and Byron Phillips for BET.
Wifey is centered on the newly-widowed wife of a hip-hop mogul who must reassemble her life as she takes over her late husband’s record label. Once there, she discovers her family’s fortunes were built upon lies and crimes that now threaten to destroy everything. With the help of two female friends, they take on the male-dominated world of hip-hop.
“I’ve always wanted to do a series like this,” says Queen Latifah. “My first business was the music business, so doing this show with VH1 and BET about the music industry is exciting for me and my partner Shakim. It’s going to be a fun show.”
Wifey starts production this month and will debut mid year.