‘BET Presents: The Encore’ Could Have All-Male Group in the Future
It’s hard to find a TV show with all-male R&B singers, but that could change with BET Presents: The Encore. As it currently stands, the series follows former girl group members as they work to create an album within a month. However, creator Carlos King has said he’s “definitely” open to a version with former boy band members.
Carlos King on the future of ‘BET Presents: The Encore’
Released in June 2021, BET Presents: The Encore follows Nivea, Aubrey O’Day (Danity Kane), Kiely Williams (3LW), Pamela Long (Total), Shamari DeVoe (Blaque), Irish and LeMisha Grinstead (702), and Felisha and Fallon King (Cherish) on their journey to create a solid EP. Known as Blueprint, the group has created a total of five songs, which they’ll perform in front of an audience at the end of the show.
As of writing, the show has not been renewed for a second season. But if it does happen, King has suggested he wants the original cast back.
“I love my cast,” he told The Jasmine Brand. “I would like for you all to see how it ends then I want Black Twitter to tell me who they want back.”
“But I definitely think for me, I want to follow the reality,” he continued. “So is a group going to form in the end and if so who’s in the group? Those are the things I have to always take into consideration if we are blessed enough to get a second season. But I’ve been reading a lot of tweets and people have already been pitching me artists they want on the show, so we’ll see what happens.”
He’d also be open to a male-centric version of the show
Asked if he would consider a cast with all males, King said he could definitely see it happening. He even had an idea of who he’d like to be on it, listing off members of some of the most iconic boy bands in music.
“I think that’ll be dope,” he said. “To see a male version of former boy band members… like imagine Sisqo the Dragon (Dru Hill), Raz-B (B2K), Q Parker (112), Day26, [Bel Biv DeVoe]… like imagine these amazing boy bands working on something. I think that’ll be dope.”
“So if we’re blessed with the opportunity for that to happen, I would definitely take advantage of it,” he added. “I want to see that.”
For now, though, his focus is on ‘BET Presents: The Encore’
As of writing, there are just a few more episodes of the show. The ladies just had a listening party for their songs, receiving positive feedback from music icons such as producer Jazze Pha. They’ll presumably have their performance in one of the final episodes that’ll air in August.
King told The Jasmine Brand that he hopes to bring the ladies back for a reunion special, where they can discuss their experiences on the show. But nothing is official yet. Be sure to check back in with us for updates.