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“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
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.”
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.
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??
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?
T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle
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.
Hit The Floor
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
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?
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?
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?
Last month we told you about an impending lawsuit against Viacom and Big Fish Entertainment filed by former “Black Ink Crew” star Alex Estevez and another unnamed woman. Both women claim that they were given alcoholic beverages containing date rape drugs during show tapings by a man who was affiliated with the VH1 production crew. One news of the lawsuit broke, Estevez took to Instagram to discuss the alleged incident.
“I don’t even know where to begin,” the former “Black Ink Crew” star wrote. “Welcome to the living hell I been living in for the past year. The girls that were roofied will never ever be the same! I wasn’t the only one and I will continue to fight for justice! It’s sad how cast members act oblivious all for what 2 to 4 G’s that’s how much my life & all the good I did is worth to you? There’s a special place in hell for you all who don’t speak up. Just know if it happen on set to me it can happen to you too! Please help me bring Awareness to this situation & let these abusers know we are not staying quite! Thank you.”
Estevez’s co-star Ceaser quickly responded to the allegations, calling BS on her entire story.
“Ain’t no one give her s**t,” he said. “She was drunk off Henny. You can see from her behavior no one gave her any drugs, or tried to make her anything she’s not.”
“You don’t have to give a slut drugs to do what she naturally does,” he added.
Viacom and Big Fish Entertainment seem to be singing a similar tune. The network and production company recently responded to Estevez’s lawsuit with a little court paperwork of their own and they’re basically demanding that she show them the “receipts” that prove this alleged incident occurred. In court documents recovered by Radar Online, legal representatives for the media companies accuse her of making “bald legal conclusions” and “vague allegations of wrongdoing.” They also point out how her lawsuit never specified how the “John Doe” she claims slipped her the alleged dirty drink is actually affiliated with them and that she never provided any medical evidence to prove that she was battered or drugged.
As for her claims that producers still owe her money from the show, apparently there was a provision in her contract that required her to inform the company of any discrepancies before suing, which she reportedly failed to do. Viacom and Big Fish Entertainment are petitioning for the entire case to be thrown out.