TV One Launches “Hollywood Divas” Series With Golden Brooks, Countess Vaughn, Elise Neal, And More

May 7, 2014  |  

Source: WENN

A new Divas franchise is on the horizon with TV One announcing the launch of an actress spinoff to its popular R&B Divas franchise, titled Hollywood Divas. The show, currently in production in LA, will star Elise Neal (The Hughleys), Golden Brooks (Girlfriends), Paula Jai Parker (Hustle and Flow), Countess Vaughn (The Parkers) and Lisa Wu (Real Housewives of Atlanta). Can we say yes?!

According to a news release from the network, the one-hour reality series will follow these five ladies as they navigate life and attempt to stay relevant in the unpredictable entertainment industry. D’Angela Proctor, Senior Vice President of Programming and Production for TV One, said:

 “TV One’s audience has a passion for programming that reveals the private stories behind the public lives of Black artists. The Hollywood Divas‘ willingness to share their experiences with inequality and obstacles when it comes to the Hollywood merry-go-round is the foundation of this series. How these women are personally affected by this phenomenon and how they individually handle the pressure, is where the Hollywood Diva stories begins.”

Even better than the announcement of this new show is news that the series will be added to TV One’s schedule in the fourth quarter of 2014 so we won’t have to wait long. Here’s a little background on the ladies to tide you over. Are you as excited about Hollywood Divas as we are??


Elise Neal

Known for her starring roles in the television series KVilleAnt FarmThe CapeThe HughleysAll of Us and TV One’s Belles, Elise Neal made her film debut in John Singleton’s Rosewood.  Her other film credits include Scream 2Money Talks and Love Ranch.  Neal shines in her work in indie features including Restaurant1982The Undershepherd, an ABFF best picture winner, and of course the powerhouse Oscar nominated Hustle and Flow, which also won the Sundance Audience Award.


Golden Brooks

Golden Brooks is best known for her portrayal of the character Maya Wilkes on the sitcom Girlfriends.  She also directed an episode titled “Hustle & Dough,” and wrote a 2007 episode titled “Snap Back,” which featured guest star Erykah Badu.  Brooks won the Black Reel Awards for the film Motives and also starred in Beauty ShopSomething New and the independent film The Inheritance.  Most recently Brooks appeared on the CW series, Hart of Dixie.


Paula Jai Parker

Comedian Paula Jai Parker began her career on the FOX comedy program The Apollo Comedy Hour, filmed live at the legendary Apollo Theater. She left the show after one year to pursue a film career, taking memorable roles in the F. Gary Gray urban comedy Friday and earned a Cable ACE Award for her role in the HBO anthology presentation, Cosmic Slop.  Parker returned to television for the WB television series The Wayans Bros. opposite Shawn and Marlon Wayans. Throughout the 1990s, she appeared in several short-lived shows, including The Weird Al Show and David E. Kelley’s Snoops. Between television projects, she appeared in a number of films, including the Million Man March docudrama Get on the Bus, Sprung, Why Do Fools Fall in Love30 Years to Lifeand She Hate Me. She has also voiced characters on the popular animated series The Proud Family.


Countess Vaughn

Countess Vaughn began her performing career at the age of three singing at church. At age nine, she sang “I’ll Be There” to win the Star Search junior vocalist champion and overall junior champion.  Vaughn started her acting career on 227, followed by roles in TheaHangin’ with Mr. Cooper and Roc.  Outside of television, she performed in the off-Broadway musical Mama and I Want to Sing! Part 3. In 1998, Vaughn was honored with an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her performance in Moesha. In 1992, Vaughn released her first album, Countess, featuring a variety of songs, including dance music and R&B. The album’s lead single, a cover of James Brown’s “It’s A Man’s, Man’s, Man’s World,” charted in the top-100 of the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. She starred in (and also sang the theme song for) the UPN sitcom, The Parkers, from 1999 until the show ended in 2004. In 2011, Vaughn made her return to television on the BET sitcom Let’s Stay Together.


Lisa Wu

Lisa Wu shot to fame with her role on Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Atlanta.  She owns her own real estate firm, Hartwell & Associates, a jewelry line called Wu Girls, a baby clothing line, Hart 2 Hart Baby, and juggles a budding acting, modeling and writing career.   She recently wrapped production on First Impression, a film also starring Lamman Rucker and Lisa Arrindell Anderson, and is currently working on Atlanta Undercover.

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  • Mary Burrell

    Elise Neal and Paula J. Parker are talented. I like Golden Brooks she was on an episode of Sleepy Hollow. A black actress trying to make it in Hollywood is a tough hustle. I hope these ladies can find work soon.

  • Mary Burrell

    I am sorry that these ladies careers have stalled. I will not be tuning in. I guess they are in need of a paycheck.

  • J’aime Sucer

    Golden Brooks looks…well.. err.. ummm…cute dress

  • J’aime Sucer

    When I think of Hollywood divas, Lisa Wu doesn’t come to mind. In fact, Lisa Wu’s probably doesn’t understand why she’s on the show.

  • Doll Phace

    And explain to me again why lisa wu is on the show??

  • MsGV

    I like Paula Jai. Why are you doing this? Actresses who take themselves seriously would not do a reality show. I hope Paula backs out.

  • shay

    why is Lisa Wu on this show last time i heard her and her husband divorce and she was dead broke i wonder what she possibly had to do to get on this show she never been in hollywood a day in her life smh.

  • Patricia

    Noooooooooooooooooooo, please not another “Diva” reality show or not even another reality show. I be glad when people stop watching this foolishness.

  • Shaw Sway

    I will give it the same chance that I did for scripted television series. The reality genre is here to stay.

  • me

    These shows annoy me because these chicks act as if they have no clue about their station. If they are going to be acting like they are top-dollar box office draws, I am not interested. That’s what is annoying about R&B Divas – cool concept, but they act as if they all have not been hitless for years. How do you turn your nose up at a showcase when you have no deal? SMH.

    • hollyw

      They probably don’t. That’s the big joke.

  • Suchalady

    I kinda want to see it. Please no fighting though.

  • MsSincerity

    Lisa Wu is so random and unexplainable……minus her and the unnecessary drama, I would like to see it.

  • Yvette

    Really Lisa Wu? Another reality show? I guess she hasn’t learned anything. Oh well. I won’t be tuning in anyway. These shows are all the same with different titles.

  • Stacy D. Smith

    “Actresses Out of Work.” That’s what they should call it. I used to love me some Paula Jai Parker though.

    • Yvette

      Lol you are so right!

  • I’m here for it!

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  • HUSH

    Think I could’ve traded out Lisa Wu (I like Lisa though) for maybe Sheree Whitfield. Isn’t she trying to be an actress too..

  • Starcru

    lol well I betting this will be a disaster like every other reality show with black women in it. Stating what these z list celebs do or did, isn’t impressive. Hint, hint* medical wives.

  • lexdiamonz

    *sigh*…. WHY LAWD .. WHY

  • Ms.D19

    Just what Black folks need…another reality show…WOMP WOMP

  • hollyw

    Why does it look like everybody in that photo has had a face lift..?