*It was announced in the spring that BET is bringing back its original comedy series “Let’s Stay Together” for a second season, scheduled to begin in January.

The romantic comedy, which averaged 2.9 million fans per episode during season 1, follows five African Americans (including two couples) who are working through the challenges of modern relationships.

“I wanted to do a show that really reflected the lives of people like me, my friends, my relationships,” says show creator and executive producer Jacque Edmonds Cofer, whose previous credits include “Moesha” and “Living Single.” “I also wanted to, in terms of the larger audience, reflect a group of people who are young, who are upwardly mobile, who have ambitions, who are somewhat at the beginning of their careers and who they are really going to be both professionally and in their relationships.

“So I wanted it to be positive, you know, uplifting, aspirational, all of those good words. Primarily, I wanted it to be funny, and I think we’ve achieved that, certainly with this cast and with the stories that we are telling.”

Executive producers Jacque Edmonds Cofer (L) and Queen Latifah speak onstage during the 'Let's Stay Together' panel at the BET Networks portion of the 2011 Winter TCA press tour held at the Langham Hotel on Jan. 6, 2011 in Pasadena

The series, also executive produced by Queen Latifah, launched in January 2011 with pediatrician Stacy Lawrence (Nadine Ellis) engaged to Charles Whitmore (Bert Belasco), the contractor she hired to remodel her kitchen; and legal aid attorney Jamal Woodson (RonReaco Lee) married to Tasha Lawrence-Woodson (Joyful Drake) – with Charles’ younger sister Kita Whitmore (Erica Hubbard) also in the mix.

Charles (Bert Belasco) takes advice from his mother (Jackee Harry) to help soothe any wedding day anxieties in the season 1 finale of BET's "Let's Stay Together."

In the audio below, Cofer gives us her take on the reason why black sitcoms have completely vanished from network television (ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX and the CW) and are suddenly blossoming on basic cable channels like BET, TV One and TBS (which might as well be called “Tyler Perry Presents…TBS”). .

Jacque Edmonds Cofer on the migration of black sitcoms from network to basic cable by CherieNic

Season 2, returning in January with 22 episodes (up from the 13 in season 1), will include guest appearances from La La, Cory Hardrict, and Rickey Smiley , while Kyla Pratt joins as a series regular.