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Michael Ealy Just Gave Us Another Reason To Obsess Over "Being Mary Jane" + Nia Long Starts Shooting "Beaches" Remake

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We didn't need another reason to anxiously await the new season of "Being Mary Jane," but Michael Ealy for sure just gave us one.  Deets inside, plus Nia Long on the set of the upcoming Beaches remake.

Michael Ealy just joined the upcoming fourth season of "Being Mary Jane" on BET, and it's all thanks to his homie Gabrielle Union!

His Think Like A Man franchise co-star hit him up asking him to be on the new season kicking off in January.  Despite the fact he wasn't all the way here for another network series, the "Secrets & Lies" star said 'Yes'.  He told Deadline:

“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.”

He's already hit the set with Gabby and Mario Van Peebles (above).

As for his role, he's Mary Jane's annoying producer at her new network in New York:

Ealy will play 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 and Gabby posted up the news saying:

We'll be watching...

 

Speaking of being on the set...

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Nia Long is starring in the Lifetime remake of "Beaches," and she hit the set with co-star Idina Menzel, Taye Diggs' ex-wife.  Nia's set to play Hillary, the role originated by Barbara Hershey in the 1988 original tearjerker.

Kristin Chenoweth was rumored to play the role but she's now busy on Broadway. So Single Moms Club star Nia copped the part.

A tv movie version of this untouched classic though has us like, 'Hmmmmm.'  Nia hasn't had the best of luck lately with movies, so it'll be tricky.  But we wish her (and the reputation of one of our fave movies) the best though.  She seems to be getting her life on the Vancouver, Canada set:

 

When the pic captures the pic. #beachesmovie @idinamenzel @lifetimetv

A photo posted by Nia Long (@iamnialong) on

 

Glam on point!!!@makeupbymotoko & @shaylinjoneshair #easybreezy @lifetimetv #beachesmovie #january2017

A photo posted by Nia Long (@iamnialong) on

 

She's so pretty. My partner in crime @idinamenzel @lifetimetv #beachesmovie

A photo posted by Nia Long (@iamnialong) on

 

The tv movie airs next year.  You here for this?

 

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