BET is set to revive its popular reality series College Hill with a twist. Deadline reports that College Hill: Celebrity Edition is set to premiere this summer and star NeNe Leakes, Ray J, Lamar Odom, Big Freedia, Stacey Dash, DreamDoll, India Love, and Slim Thug.
The eight-episode series will follow the celebs as they live together and navigate their lives as HBCU students at Texas A&M University.
According to the report, “Each cast member is committed to focusing on their higher education as a personal challenge to prove it’s never too late.” The cast will work towards completing a specialty certificate program including completing course work, required internships, extra credit opportunities, group projects, and more.
“We’re excited College Hill will be returning with a new celebrity edition of the franchise that will bring more awareness to the significance of HBCUs, which has a rich legacy and continued tradition of bolstering excellence through education for some of the brightest minds in the Black community,” said Tiffany Lea Williams, Executive Vice President of BET Unscripted Programming. “Furthermore, we couldn’t be more thrilled about filming on the campus of the illustrious Texas Southern University. We’re proud to be a part of this personal journey as the cast proves to themselves and the world that they’re up to the challenge of enriching their lives through education.”
The original College Hill reality series aired for six seasons, from 2004-2009, on BET.
Students from HBCU campuses featured on original seasons included Southern University at Baton Rouge, Langston University, Virginia State University, and the University of the Virgin Islands. Atlanta University Center institutions such as Clark Atlanta University and Morehouse College were also featured on the show throughout the seasons.