‘Average Joe’ Starring Deon Cole Renewed For Season 2 By BET+

EXCLUSIVE: BET+ has picked up darkly comedic drama series Average Joe, headlined by Deon Cole, for a second season.

Created by Robb Cullen, Average Joe was released June 26, 2023 to strong reviews (86% on Rotten Tomatoes), quickly becoming the #1 scripted drama series on BET+ in its debut week.

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Season 2 is slated to begin production in late 2024 in South Africa. In an unusual move for an ongoing original series on another streamer, Season 1 of Average Joe will be made available on Netflix this summer, sources said. That would give the comedic drama exposure and raise awareness ahead of its second season on BET+.

Inspired by Cullen’s life, Average Joe is set in “The Hill” district of Pittsburgh. Blue-collar plumber Joe Washington (Cole) discovers his recently deceased father lived a secret second life and stole millions of dollars from dangerous people just before he died. Now those people think Joe knows where the money is. A bloody and violent confrontation triggers a chain of events that force Joe and his close-knit circle of family and friends out of their very average and mundane lives into a life-or-death race against time to find the truth and the millions.

Season 1 also starred Tammy Townsend, Malcolm Barrett, Cynthia Kaye McWilliams, Michael Trucco, Ashley Olivia Fisher, Pasha Lychnikoff, and Ashani Perkins.

Cullen, McG, Corey Marsh, Mary Viola, and Deb Evans will return as executive producers. Rose Catherine Pinkney will executive produce for BET.

“We congratulate the amazing writers, cast, crew, and our production partners for creating such a captivating first season,” said Scott Mills, President and CEO, BET Media Group. “Average Joe is a masterclass in storytelling – a thriller anchored in authenticity, friendships and family drama, spiked with perfectly timed moments of humor – all of which resonated tremendously with viewers. We are excited to see where the second season will take us.”

Cole was more succinct in his reaction to the renewal: “Hold on tight, A LOT OF ACTION! This one will be crazy. Let’s go!”

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