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VH1 Lays Off Majority Of Their New York Development & Production Team

April 22nd, 2014 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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The majority of our televisions remain glued to VH1 for their reality shows like Basketball Wives LA  and the Love And Hip Hop franchise. Despite the success of all its shows, documentaries and editorial content, Variety says the network has laid off over 10 staffers. These lay offs occurred in the New York location in the development department. Two major executives, Brad Abramson and Kari McFarland, who were the vice presidents of VH1 East Coast production and development, were included in the staff who were let go.

In a statement released to Variety, a VH1 spokesman said:

“With ratings on an upswing and the pace of development increasing cross platform, we felt it was the right time to examine our overall production and development structure in New York. It’s imperative we accurately structure our teams to deliver the content that our growing number of viewers want from VH1 today.”

You can take away from the statement that, with the network’s success in the 18-to-49 age group, they need team players who are willing to take risks in order to remain relevant. VH1’s programing chief Susan Levison who was hired last year, has focused on restructuring the network. Therefore, she hired television veteran Nina Diaz who serves as the senior vice president of East Coast production and development. The network plans to hire people with the expertise in multi-platform programming because they plan on expanding the use of its app.

 

Is ‘Single Ladies’ Heading To BET?

April 3rd, 2014 - By Madame Noire
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From HelloBeautiful 

“Single Ladies” fans you may be in luck! Word on the street is producers are shopping the canceled VH1 series at different networks.

According to Jawn Murray’s Always A List blog, BET is in talks to pick up the one-hour drama, which starred LisaRaye McCoy, Charity Shea and Denise Vasi. A publicist at the network is refusing to confirmed or deny the reports, simply stating “We can not comment at this time.”As we reported earlier, VH1 canceled the original series in the midst of its third season back in February. “We’ve been proud to deliver three seasons of the drama, romance and style that engaged viewers in each episode of Single Ladies,” the cable network said in a statement. “Although we’ve decided not to move forward with another season, we hope to work again with the talented cast, creatives and producers as well as our partners at Flavor Unit Entertainment in the near future. We also thank the show’s fans for their support since the premiere in 2011.”

Read more about ‘Single Ladies’ at HelloBeautiful.com 

Even as Her TV Shows Generate Controversy, Mona Scott-Young’s Private Life Smashes Stereotypes

April 2nd, 2014 - By Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond
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Mona Scott-Young’s life has all the makings of must see reality TV.

As Executive Producer of runaway reality hits Love and Hip-Hop, and Love and Hip-Hop Atlanta, the Monami Entertainment CEO has unadulterated inside scoop on all the drama surrounding her cast members. This should only increase now that her new show This is Hot 97—about New York-based hip-hop radio station 97.1FM—has hit the airwaves.

As if she isn’t busy enough, Scott-Young has partnered with rapper Nicki Minaj to push Myx Fusions moscato. The duo are rare females in the lucrative, male-dominated world of spirits. And she serves on the boards of The RSQ Foundation, The GrassROOTS Foundation, and The Haitian Roundtable.

But perhaps the most compelling aspect of Scott-Young’s storyline is her refreshingly progressive partnership with her husband. While Scott-Young earns her living outside the home, her husband Shawn Young holds down the fort as a stay-at-home-dad to their two children.

The onetime co-founder with Chris Lighty of hip-hop management group Violator recognizes their situation smashes hip-hop’s misogynistic characterizations of women as sex objects whose worth is determined by their proximity to powerful men — depictions that are in part perpetuated by some of the scenarios on Scott-Young’s shows.

“He isn’t just taking care of the kids,” Scott-Young said of her husband, squeezing time out of her non-stop schedule for a phone interview. “He’s taking care of me.”

“He’s taking care of our home, and our household, and, you know, taking care of all the things that allow me to go out there and do what I do for… the personal fulfillment that I derive from realizing my full potential.” She added, “[He’s] also, allowing me the freedom to build something for our children, and to build a legacy for our family.”

Scott-Young praises her partner for being man enough to buck narrow gender roles.

“My husband came from Brevoort, Brooklyn, and he came up in the era of hip-hop’s heyday and I actually met him while he was working for Busta Rhymes, who was one of my clients at the time. So he, in essence, should have been a product of the hip-hop, you know, male-dominating mentality, but he’s also an individual with a different experience that he brings to who he is as a man. And that’s what defined him and that’s what allowed us to have the dynamic that we have within our family, which allows us to have had a successful marriage and relationship for the past 17 years.”

This is a side of love and hip-hop sorely lacking on the small and big screens — and in the wider discussion of rapidly shifting gender roles.

With white women like Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and former Hillary Clinton aide Anne-Marie Slaughter leading the heated discussion around what it means to be a mother in the modern-day workplace (even as Yoncé explores a “***Flawless,” very sexual brand of feminism), Scott-Young is in a position to expand the conversation both on screen and off.

But she demurs.

“I think I’m boring,” she says. “I enjoy being behind the scenes. I enjoy producing. And [starring in a reality show] would be a distraction from all of those things. As a matter of fact, it became increasingly difficult to both produce and host the reunion show.”

10 Ratings & Box Office Winners To Look Forward To This Year

March 31st, 2014 - By Candace Smith
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With the sounds of birds chirping before dawn and temperatures inching above 50 degrees, warm days and comfortable nights are not the only things to get excited about this spring and summer season. There are a host of television shows and films to salivate over.

As the critics continue to chatter, take a look at the 10 TV shows and movies we think will usher in top ratings and box office success for the rest of this year.

Isn’t The Jig Up? “Marrying The Game” Returning For Third Season

March 31st, 2014 - By Brande Victorian
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Call us crazy, but we never knew you could be in the process of “marrying” someone for three seasons of a reality show. When the first season of “Marrying The Game” ended after six episodes and no wedding we were pretty sure the series was a done deal. Surprisingly, though, The Game and his estranged fiancée, Tiffney Cambridge, returned for a second season in which eight episodes of co-parenting drama ended with the pair splitting. Naturally, one would assume that would be the end of “Marrying The Game,” but low and behold the Compton rapper has been posting behind-the-scenes pics of filming on set, which proves the show is returning for a third season.

Posting the pic above on Instagram, The Game spilled the beans on the show renewal with the caption: #MarryingTheGameSeason3 behind the scenes…. Interviews.

So far VH1 hasn’t confirmed anything, but this does make us curious about the rumors The Game is joining the cast of Love & Hip-Hop LA. When Tiffney was asked about the show she said she couldn’t speak on her ex’s involvement but noted she absolutely was not involved in the spin-off series. VH1 does have a habit of keeping it all in the family, so we wouldn’t be too surprised if this third season of “Marrying The Game” was just a set-up for The Game and all his drama to bring LHHLA mega ratings. What do you think?

Check out more behind-the-scenes pics on the next two pages. Anybody curious where Tiffney is??

Tiny Studies For GED In Extended Trailer For “The Family Hustle” Season 4

March 27th, 2014 - By Brande Victorian
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Lots of changes are in store for the Harris family on season 4 of “T.I. and Tiny: The Family Hustle” and, thankfully, they all seem to be pretty positive.

VH1 just dropped the extended trailer for season 4 of “The Family Hustle,” which returns to our televisions Monday at 9pm, and as usual there is plenty going on. For starters the family is getting a puppy, and it looks like someone messes up and lets the new family dog do the do in T.I.’s precious white room — which means some butt whoopings could be in store. And secondly Tiny’s getting her GED! In the clip King asks her why she’s studying and she lets her son know she’s getting the credential she never received since she was already apart of Xscape when she was in high school. At 38 years old, it’s great to see Tiny crossing this milestone, especially as her oldest baby girl walks across the stage to accept her diploma.

Check out the full trailer for “The Family Hustle” in the video below. Are you excited?

It’s Back… “Hit The Floor” Season 2 Trailer

March 26th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Where are my “Hit The Floor” fans at? Well you’ll be happy to know that the second season of the scripted VH1 show will premiere this Memorial Day, May 26, 2014.

The show, created by James LaRosa, was the number one, new cable scripted series last summer among 18-49. That’s a lot of qualifiers but we’re happy to see it coming back.

According to an interview conducted by VH1 a few months ago, LaRosa revealed that he and the writers are “taking everyone to hell and back. Well back to bed. Emphasis on bed.” (He also told a pretty hilarious story about the actresses ‘cutlets’ falling out of their dance uniforms during filming and them popping them back in without missing a beat.)

I doubt any of those moments will make the final cut, you’ll just have to settle for the promo trailer for season 2 of “Hit The Floor” starring Kimberly Elise, newcomer Taylour Paige, Charlotte Ross, Logan Browninghas and Dean Cain among a host of others.

Take a look at the trailer below.

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Will you be tuning in for season 2?

 

‘I Read About It On The Blogs Just Like Everyone Else:’ Mona Scott-Young Responds To ‘Love & Hip Hop’ Lawsuit

March 13th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Earlier this week news leaked that Mona Scott-Young, VH1, Viacom and a host of others were named in a $50 million copyright infringement lawsuit over the “Love & Hip Hop” franchise. According to the filed lawsuit, production company 8th Wonder Entertainment insist that the wildly popular franchise was initially their idea and that they submitted a script for an eerily similar show starring Chrissy Lampkin, Tashera Simmons and Mashonda Tifere.

“Love & Hip Hop” visionary Mona Scott-Young has since responded to the lawsuit and interestingly, she’s saying that she hasn’t actually been served with any legal documents regarding the complaint as of yet.

“Well, the one thing that I will say is that I read about it on the blogs just like everyone else did,” Mona told Sway Calloway during a recent chat with “RapFixLive.” “So it seems like the only people they’ve served are TMZ and Bossip. I haven’t been served anything!”

She did however, express that she does believe that the lawsuit is legit, as the paperwork that has been floating around the Internet looks pretty official.

“I have to assume there’s some basis to this because these are all very legal-looking documents,” she continued.

As for the actual complaints made in the lawsuit, Mona thinks the plaintiffs claims are a bit questionable.

“Listen, the show’s been on for six years. And I just have to wonder did you just wake up one morning and say, ‘Hey, I just remembered, I did that show and she stole it from me!’ The beauty about the United States of America, the country we live in, is that anyone can sue for anything.”

The music industry vet doesn’t seem to be too worried about the lawsuit though, as she jokes that the suit must be a sign that she’s reached a certain level of success.

“From what I hear, you’re nobody until somebody sues you. I don’t know, I guess I’ve made it. The truth will prevail. That’s all I have to say.”

While she doesn’t doubt that 8th Wonder Entertainment may have very well been working on a similar show, she argues that this doesn’t actually mean that she swiped it from them.

“So many times there are paralleled shows being developed within a network—and then, may the best cast prevail. But the thing is, it’s a reality show. I didn’t create these people because I didn’t give birth to them. All I did was shine a camera on a segment of the population that I knew well, that I come from. I have 20+ years in hip hop. You know what I’m saying? You can’t create a reality show. It’s reality!”

Due to legal reasons, Mona says she can’t really discuss the lawsuit the way she would like to, but she promised to explain it all once everything gets squared away.

Well, I suppose we’ll have to stay tuned until then.

Watch Mona’s interview on the next page. Were you surprised by the lawsuit?

“This Will Not Be The End Of Lisa Raye”: “Single Ladies” Star Comments On Show Cancellation

March 6th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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We told you this past weekend about the surprising news that the hit VH1 show, Single Ladies, would not be returning for a fourth season. The show just had its premiere in January for the third season after being on break for more than a year after the second season ended. And despite its popularity, the third season will have a short run, ending the series as a whole on March 24. VH1 has already spoken out in a statement about the decision not to move forward with Single Ladies:

“We’ve been proud to deliver three seasons of the drama, romance and style that engaged viewers in each episode of Single Ladies. Although we’ve decided not to move forward with another season, we hope to work again with the talented cast, creatives and producers as well as our partners at Flavor Unit Entertainment in the near future. We also thank the show’s fans for their support since the premiere in 2011.”

One of the lead actresses of the show, Lisa Raye, has decided to speak out too, doing so on Tuesday on her Facebook page. This is what she had to say:

All things come to an end.

It has truly been a intersting journey for me. Unfortunately that journey has come to an end. Over the past 3 years being apart of a show that showcased the beauty of friendships, the power of loyalty, some amazing trendsetting fashions and steamy romance. It Was really great to give voice and life to every day situations that we as women face doing so in such a positive relatable Manor is what made single ladies so great. To all of my fans I want to thank you for your continued support we wouldn’t have made it this far without all of you. Of course this will not be the end of Lisa Raye please stay tuned for upcoming projects I send peace and blessings to my cast mates for their upcoming endeavors as well.

On a side note, a petition has actually been made on Petition Buzz (yes there are quite a few petition websites these days) to keep the show going, and while you might think it has no chance, petitions and support are the reason The Game ended up returning to television…so who knows?

What do you think about what Lisa Raye had to say, and the abrupt ending to the popular show?

Tameka Raymond Allegedly Quits “Atlanta Exes” After Altercation With DJ Traci Steele

February 25th, 2014 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Yesterday, we reported Love And Hip Hop Atlanta DJ Traci Steele will join the cast of Atlanta Exes. Unfortunately since Steele joined the cast, another cast member has reportedly decided to not be featured on the show.

According to Rolling Out, Usher’s ex-wife Tameka Raymond will no longer star in “Atlanta Exes” because while Raymond and Steele were filming this past Saturday, the two got into a heated argument at Raymond’s Estelle boutique. Apparently Raymond was hosting an event in honor of her son Kile who passed away two years ago when Steele approached Raymond to ask why she doesn’t get along with Steele’s friend and Kevin Hart’s ex-wife, Torrei Hart.

Michelle Brown from StraightFromTheA reported:

“With camera’s rolling, Steele immediately ‘turned up’ for the show and acted out at the event in front of several surprised customers. From what I’ve heard, Traci came into the store yelling and screaming at Tameka asking why she didn’t like Torrei and blah blah blah. Tameka could be heard stating, ‘this isn’t the place for this’ and Traci continued to press the issue.”

After their argument, Raymond allegedly resigned from the show because of the drama that ensued at her late son’s event. DJ Traci Steele, on the other hand, stated on her Instagram: @torreihart Why are they stalking my page???You are always going to be mad at what you see. @vh1 I’m making cast members quit.” She has since deleted her subliminal post.

“Atlanta Exes” will debut on VH1 this spring. What do you think about this mess?

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