Gabrielle Union portrays Mary Jane, formally known as Pauletta Patterson, who is beautiful, successful and well-educated. She is the host of a popular news-style daytime show on a CNN-like network called SNC. Extremely good at what she does and very personable, Mary Jane seems to have it all. However, despite the trappings of a well-heeled life, she is looking for love in all the wrong places. It might not be so difficult for her to find someone if it were not for Andre. Although during the pilot she discovers he is married and consequently breaks things off, Mary Jane finds that he's more difficult to resist than she thought. It also does not help that lurking in the back of her mind is David, Mary Jane's "end-all, be-all" with whom she has had a tumultuous relationship. Nevertheless, she doesn't allow love to rule her life. The ever-ambitious journalist struggles to prove her value at SNC and increase her show's ratings in the process. When MJ is not working, which is rare, she's very involved with her family and close friends. She does her best to always support them and is always willing to offer her opinion about their individual journeys — even if they don't want to hear it — which is most of the time. At the end of the day, MJ has their best interests at heart, and in turn they have hers, which keeps her grounded.