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BET reaches high with Nelson Mandela miniseries 'Madiba'

BET reaches high with Nelson Mandela miniseries 'Madiba'

BET is making a big statement with "Madiba," a six-hour miniseries on the life of Nelson Mandela starring Laurence Fishburne, premiering at 8 p.m. Wednesday and continuing on Feb. 8 and 15.

The cable channel is showing it can do top-shelf scripted programming with top talent in front of and behind the camera. "Madiba" is the kind of miniseries that can compete with almost anything on cable, network TV and streaming services this season.

Once the storyline gets to Mandela as an adult and Fishburne appears on screen, it gets a lot more compelling. It's easy to forget what a powerful presence Fishburne generates — until you see him here. The camera...