One And Done: 9 Reality Shows That Failed To Make It Past Season One (Did They Deserve A Second Chance?)

February 13, 2013  |  
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What makes a reality show worthy of your eyes, and what makes it boring as hell? Maybe it’s the drama. Maybe you’re looking for positivity. Maybe feeding off of controversy can help push it over the top. These nine shows tried all of these approaches, but the end results weren’t a winner. That’s why they all got the axe after a season. Some weren’t really given a chance, while others knew they were a mess from the start, but what do you think? Which of the shows could have been good a second time around and which were you done with from jump street? Let’s check them out and see where they went wrong.

Let’s Talk About Pep

While The Salt-N-Pepa Show was a must-see thanks to quarreling between a still wild and ambitious Pepa and a now toned down and religious Salt, who would denounce the raunchy music of their past, Let’s Talk Abut Pep?…not so much. In all honesty, I think it was just my college roommates and I who were tuning in, watching as Pepa, journalist Jacque Reed, Jason Kidd’s ex-wife Joumana and more tried to navigate the dating scene as middle aged women. Some cast members definitely came off a bit more thirsty than others (we won’t point fingers), and some of the people matched with the ladies were a fail. Top that with a lack of a gripping storyline and no Treach (hey, a cameo at least would have been interesting), and you’ve got a recipe for one-season status.

Real Housewives of D.C.

How could it fail!? After the massive success of Real Housewives of Orange County and its massively huge spinoffs in New Jersey and Atlanta, what went wrong in Washington D.C.? Aside from maybe one or two cast members with intriguing stories, the rest? Snore. And the fact that those behind the show were desperate enough to include Michaele and Tareq Salahi, the infamous White House gatecrashers (even though their nuttiness made things somewhat interesting…), says a lot.

Adventures in Hollyhood

While riding the wave of the fame they received after winning an Academy Award for Best Original Song with “It’s Hard Out Here For a Pimp,” Juicy J and DJ Paul got a reality show on MTV that was going to give them the opportunity to display a whole new level of rachet, thanks to friends/family/castmates Project Pat, Big Triece and Computer…don’t ask about that last one. But aside from them working to increase their notoriety, we had to watch people make sexual aphrodisiacs out of ranch dressing and sugar (shout out to Sugarfoot) and get involved in all sort of hood antics that didn’t really translate as funny on screen. Maybe that’s why it didn’t make it…

Harlem Heights

Ya know, it all sounded good on paper. A group of young black professionals doing their thing, trying to make it and make love connections in Harlem. And the cast was good looking enough to make you want to watch, but some of the personalities were a bit on the blah side, while others? A bit too stuck up for my TV watching taste. And the fact that they tried to rest the show on the shoulders of Brooke Crittendon, the somewhat cold and highfalutin ex-girlfriend of Kanye West was a bit much as well. Aside from the fact that they were successful black individuals, it seems viewers couldn’t rock with anything else.

Beverly Hills Fabulous

The only thing that made this show worth watching from week-to-week, if you felt like being bothered, was bold and blonde-haired stylist Sean Cameron, a diva…or divo with a feisty personality who could keep the laughs coming. And while it was cool to watch people’s hairstyles transform, I personally couldn’t take anything else about it seriously, especially not Elgin Charles, the owner of the salon and former husband of Jackee with his pressed coif and sass. From folks pulling out tasers on each other to trying to use used celebrity weave and conversing about threesomes, all the extra each stylist brought to the table came off as scripted and a little corny. And I guess fans agreed, because it was gone after one quick season.

Styled By June

Maybe there wasn’t enough rachet on this show, but then again, they did try and create drama between June’s interns. However, I definitely think it deserved a second chance. Plus, we got a little bit of conflict from tacky celebrities who were resistant to June’s style changes and recommendations (*cough* Jaleel White *cough*). But I guess simply showing a classy and successful stylist and “rockmom” (as June calls herself) wasn’t enough for Vh1 viewers, who have been way too conditioned to love glass throwing and hair pulling to appreciate June’s sartorial savvy.

The Houstons On Our Own

From top to bottom, this show was a mess and I’m sure most would say that you couldn’t have paid them to watch another season of it. Well…actually, it’s a recession, so you really never know. But honestly, a truly uncomfortable bit of reality television, there was something really wrong about folks trying to make money off of this family’s grief. And it was especially wrong with the challenges that Bobbi Kristina was facing after her mother’s death, and trying to maintain a relationship with her boyfriend at the time, Nick Gordon, who looked at Whitney as a mother. I think we can all admit that the media exposure of Houston’s family has been a bit much lately, and hopefully we can end the media circus with just one season.

Miss Rap Supreme

Any show with Khia at the center of it is sure to have drama, but not all drama equals out to good television. And while all the women on this show had some kind of lyrical skill, they spent more time squabbling than working on their rhymes, and in the end, they became just as obscure as some of the fellas from MTV’s G’s to Gents. Even the winner, Rece Steel hasn’t been seen doing much in a hot minute. And with the state of the rap game for women, it’s safe to say we don’t need a second season.

Luke’s Parental Advisory

There’s something interesting about watching Luther Campbell, aka, “Uncle Luke” go from being as naaaaasty as he wants to be to becoming a serious businessman and loving fiancé to a successful lawyer. But of course, he still dabbled in the freaky during the show’s running, showing us how he balances pushing multiple adult entertainment business ventures and fatherhood to his children, two of which were teenagers at the time. And while I actually found the show somewhat refreshing, my views weren’t enough to keep it going, and Campbell went on to write and be vocal about blacks in the entertainment industry, continue his successful business ventures, and battle his own kids who tried to front him out as a crazed woman beater. Now there’s the drama!

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