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VH1 embraces Atlanta with new ‘Singles Ladies’ show debuting May 30

Single_LadiesVH1 has morphed numerous times over the years to stay relevant.

Once a haven for music videos, the channel dabbled in “Behind the Music” documentaries, pre-Twitter snarky “Pop Up Videos” and “I Love the [fill in the blank]” pop culture shows. Then the network hit gold a few years back with what it dubbed “celebreality,” helping resurrect the likes of Hulk Hogan, Danny Bonaduce and most famously, Flavor Flav. In fact, his “Flavor of Love” series became so popular, they spawned a comical number of spinoffs.

But VH1 has been in a ratings slump lately as its reality-show slate has felt tired and palyed out. Meanwhile, VH1 executives watched sister stations MTV (”Jersey Shore,” “Teen Mom”) and BET (”The Game”) grab the ratings gold the past year.

So VH1 is not only bringing back “Pop Up Video” and “Behind the Music,” but it’s trying what TV Land and AMC have succeeded in doing recently: scripted shows.

Its first big gamble is “Single Ladies,” a relationships drama set in Atlanta starring Stacey Dash (”Clueless”) and LisaRay McCoy (”All of Us”). Queen Latifah is also one of the executive producers. And yes, the title is a play off the famous Beyonce song.

It debuts tonight at 9 p.m. with a two-hour movie that did so well in VH1 focus groups across the country that the network commissioned ten regular season episodes.

“It’s like entering a new frontier,” said Jeff Olde, a VH1 executive producer. “This is definitely one of our biggest bets. It felt like not being in the game, we were missing a real opportunity to connect with our audience in new creative ways.”

He felt shows have been done enough in Los Angeles and New York. “Atlanta,” Olde said, “felt like a bold, fresh, very current territory for us.” The financial incentives made it an easy call to shoot the show as well as fictionally base it there. “The city itself makes a great character.”

Indeed, the show is a love letter to the city, with lush cinematography of Buckhead, Midtown and the downtown skyline. The pilot was shot heavily around the Terminus building.

During the show tonight, Dash’s character Val breaks up with an Atlanta Hawks player and opens a high-end clothing boutique in Buckhead. McCoy plays Keisha, a blunt, confident single woman whose past as a music video dancer haunts her. Charity Shea is a white woman who cheats on her loving black husband by secretly dating the mayor. The trio spends plenty of time talking about their relationship problems and making dopey mistakes that will come back to bite them in the rears.

Executive producer Stacy Littlejohn has mixed feelings when the show is compared to “Sex and the City.” “It’s a compliment in a way but some people will automatically hate it, too,” she said. “I get very nervous when people use that comparison. I’m not trying to be ‘Sex and the City.’ ”

The original script, she said, didn’t have a particular city in mind but Atlanta worked well in the end. One concession: she had to delete a yacht scene.

To add local flavor, the show is salted with appearances by Atlanta celebrities, including Jermaine Dupri, Chilli of TLC and Keri Hilson.

While the show has a heavily African-American cast and feels a bit like “The Game,” Olde is hoping for a diverse audience. “We’re past the race thing,” he said. “We have honest conversations about race. The friendships are multicultural.”

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“Single Ladies,” debuts 9 p.m. Monday, May 30 on VH1

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By Rodney Ho, rho@ajc.com, AJCRadioTV blog

43 comments Add your comment

Pebblebeach

May 30th, 2011
7:19 am

Oh Gosh…please not Chilli….isn’t she the one trying to find a man and in finding one, it would cancel her laploster show…they keep renewing her show as if we are all stupid….she not trying to find a man…give me a break….

Go luck with Single Ladies…looking forward to watching it tonight…

NIKKI

May 30th, 2011
7:22 am

Scott

May 30th, 2011
4:40 pm

Can we get ONE show that highlights Atlanta that isnt based on blacks and their culture. NEWSFLASH but this metro region still has more whites than blacks NOT that anyone would have a clue about that looking at how black Atlanta is portrayed in the media.

Ms Me

May 30th, 2011
5:59 pm

There are already enough reality shows that are demeaning, disgusting, and project negative concepts and images about relationships, sex, men, women, children, etc. I’m commenting because I choose not to watch this garbage because it is not good for my mind or soul. I choose to watch shows where I can come away with positivity and a smile, and so far I find that on TV Land and TBN. People wonder why there are so many broken families and relationships in this country. Lack of morals and values by what we watch and hear, people remember garbage in = garbage out.

class of fitness

May 30th, 2011
6:45 pm

so more white peoples are going to pop up on the show, what a way to kill your new show so soon?

Question Man

May 30th, 2011
6:57 pm

So Scott (strong Christian name by the way), i’m assuming “Dukes of Hazzard” and “Matlock” weren’t “white” enough for ya’? If that didn’t work then i’m sure the History Channel will be playing a re-run of “Ku Klux Klan: A Secret History” sometime soon..

Jovanka Campbell

May 30th, 2011
9:34 pm

I love the show I am the character Keisha lol So much to learn from this show!! Ladies and Gents pay attention!!

keona

May 30th, 2011
9:38 pm

I Love it keep up the good work

Tilky Time

May 30th, 2011
9:54 pm

K.C. (Tilky Jones) from VH1 – Single Ladies

— He’s also the lead singer of Tilky & The Brigade

http://www.tilkymjones.com

Ciao

Atlanta Native

May 30th, 2011
10:26 pm

This is the worst show I have ever seen, the acting IS BAD. Abortion, sleeping with Mayor, WHAT? O.k., I give. Which one of the characters is Carrie? Which one is Samantha? Charlotte, Miranda? I didn’t realize that Queen Latifah is the Producer. I don’t foresee it lasting. Sorry Queen, love your work but not good!

Mc

May 30th, 2011
10:47 pm

I love the show. I can’t wait to watch the remaining episodes!

tee

May 30th, 2011
10:55 pm

Single Ladies is “What’s Happen”!! I luv it!!I can’t wait until nxt Monday! Go VH1…..

cind

May 31st, 2011
2:06 am

The characters play quite an offensive role…come on now people is this going to be another follow up of the most recent season of the game ? slutty women who sleep with just about anybody? not to mention they are PARTIALLY african american ,so this in no way shape or form represents striving african american women…The real reason why everyone adored the Game in the recent years was because it was real, the women were striving for a goal and not constantly throwing them selves at random men..this show was very dispointing and this is coming from a sistah…these women are in their early fourtys and they are acting a bit immature…sucks this in no way shape or form can ever be compared to girl friends or sex and te city

aaliyahforeva

May 31st, 2011
2:13 am

love the show it caught my attention right away i will b tuning in

Lovely

May 31st, 2011
4:38 am

It’s late and I got work in the morning but I can’t seem to turn off the t.v! This show is good! I never liked sex and the city, I change the channel when it comes on.. So please don’t compare.. Love the show so far, please don’t disappoint. :)

T time

May 31st, 2011
5:26 am

K.C. (Tilky Jones) from Single Ladies…

— He’s also the lead singer of Tilky & The Brigade

http://www.youtube.com/Tilkyandthebrigade

MZRED

May 31st, 2011
9:28 am

Loved the show! Queen employed all the right people for each part.

Get over it ALREADY...

May 31st, 2011
9:47 am

The show was decent for what it was. To everyone who is commenting about it misrepresenting a certain race/culture or city…GET OVER IT! It’s merely entertainment. It’s not MEANT to be real, it’s FICTION, it’s SCRIPTED, just as Young and the Restless (what does this name imply?), Days of Our Lives or any of the other daytime soap operas. They sleep around, get pregnant by each other’s husbands, talk about abortion, kill each other, but for some reason it’s looked at as merely entertainment. Same should be for this show. Either you like it or you don’t. If you don’t, TURN THE CHANNEL!

Buckhead resident

May 31st, 2011
11:12 am

Queen Latifa, etc…Thanks so much for pounding into viewers homes that they are being transported to Buckhead/Atlanta (sign of Lenox Rd/Buckhead shown at least 6-8 times)…with a screwball white woman (married to the only straight black man that seemed to have any principles including marital fidelity)…two timing it with an obnoxious & reckless married black Mayor…using his personal police & security folks to pick up this female adulterer in a limo in broad daylight, to go to a court house facility to have sex. The funniest/stupidest dialogue was from the Mayor, who had her pinned against an elevator in a public restaurant (while their spouses were waiting back at their seperate tables), had to be his demanding “that she not have sex with her husband anymore because he is not with his own wife”. Give me a break.

The other relationships were not as high risk but still trashy. When being filmed in Atlanta, I wonder why someone close to the city’s political process did not get wind of the above & attempt to influence the script. What a terrible reflection on my city. I am dissapointed that Rodney Oh was not more open (in his Sat. AJC article) about the premier’s negative content…in spite of the likeability of some of the characters.” Anyway, “bad wishes” for success.

Dee

May 31st, 2011
1:53 pm

I loved the show. I will be watching every Monday night.

Pebblebeach

May 31st, 2011
2:12 pm

OK…I saw it last night before I fell asleep and I must admit that if I maintain a mindset that the show is pure entertainment, it deserves 2 1/2 stars….it is no Sex in the City…far from it…so drop the comparison…I had a little trouble with a few story lines…what Mayor physically checks his jumpoff outside a public bathroom, well I guess one that cheats on his wife…why is some old women doing rap videos, well I guess one that steals watches…come on now, getting pregnant on the first episode and not knowing who the father is…that is a bit much…such silly questions of the caucasian and his response just as silly…love the sex scenes…it is entertainment pure and simple and I will try to watch again next week….keep that Chilli person away from the show….

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Drea

May 31st, 2011
6:53 pm

I am not looking for a show that inspires me or does anything that makes me want to change my life. I was looking for a show to watch (like Sex and the City) and talk to my girls about and Single Ladies is it! Stacy Dash is gorgeous as ever, Lisa Ray is literally breathtaking and Charity Shea is my girl from “The Best Years.” Yes I will be watching this show and I know exactly what kind of show it is and that it has no actual value other than to entertain me. Also some of the situations (cheating spouses, stealing and faux pregnancies) are real life experiences so I think it makes it interesting to watch. Also the fashion in the show is amazing and the MEN they are ALL SO FINE! great show with hot MAN eye candy :)

Tracey

June 1st, 2011
7:35 am

The show is good but that I dont like idea of behavior that way because that will happening when men can hurt women on street.. not good idea. Please dont let fresh women with wrong men.. Please just be careful. I really care about all of 3 ladies, Smile. I love you all…Yes I love to watching good show…..GOD BLESSED.

BQ

June 1st, 2011
2:09 pm

Worst show ever. 1-dimensional characters. Will be loved by those who really believe that one is either a “player” or “being played”. Pains me to realize I know people who will think this show is terrific. Juvenile, misogynistic-music-mentality. I was very depressed after viewing this.

joadia

June 1st, 2011
4:47 pm

I have watched this show twice and I LOVE IT…good job VH1. Execellent job QUEEEN…

A.J.

June 1st, 2011
11:17 pm

The show is great. Keep up the good work. It doesn’t seem generic like alot of African American shows on television. I look forward to watching every Monday night.

carlaroqs

June 2nd, 2011
1:28 pm

call me nikki II. yawn

damebouyer

June 2nd, 2011
3:43 pm

I agree with Ms Me May 30th comment 100%. All I keep thinking about is the young impressionable minds (male and female) that will be affected by this new show called Singles. Honestly, this is a show that should only be shown very late night with an NC rating not all weekend long and throughout the day. Parents beware because this is a show YOU don’t want your children watching…if you care about them on any level that is.

ray in atlanta

June 2nd, 2011
4:21 pm

I watched this show and i thought it was GREAT! I agree with the Duke’s of Hazzard comment. I loved that show too and still love it and never once got upset that there was not a single black face shown in the entire series. This show and much of what is on TV today is for entertainment purposes only. Either it will entertain you or it won’t and you have the right to watch or not. And if you don’t like it, why waste your time and energy commenting on it. Just tune in to the shows you like like 30ROCK and the Office on NBC. I hate those show BTW.

carlaroqs

June 3rd, 2011
7:46 am

ray ray, fortunately for me, the US Constitution states i have freedom of speech. sooooo, i can comment on anything- including your post. if rodney, or some columist i like writes about fishing on the moon, i will comment on it if i choose- even though the subject would be foreign. i really do not get why you people new to blogging get upset when posters disagree with your opinions. who cares if you hate 30rock and the office? “… for entertainment purposes only. either it will entertain you or it wont…” i hate those shows as well, but i do not think the people who do like such shows waste their time commenting on them. watch what you wish. i wont watch that which i wish not to and i will indicate boredom on any subject i wish. yawn

Dior james

June 5th, 2011
1:24 am

TOTAL GARBAGE….. SINGLE LADIES

Dee

June 5th, 2011
1:39 pm

Love the show keep theses talent ladies working ……

James A.

June 6th, 2011
11:13 am

It’s sad that the only shows about black women are Single Ladies, What Chilli Wants and Basketball Wives. We wonder why, black women have a such a negative image.

A

June 6th, 2011
3:16 pm

I enjoyed the first show! I thought it was rather entertaining. As a married woman with quite a few single girlfriends, I thought a lot of it was relatable. Now obviously this is a drama so certain aspects will have to be embellished for entertainment purposes. I am also a Sex In The City Fan, and I think the comparison relates to the friendships and how as women, black or white, we often get together to discuss the aspects of dating, marriage, experiences period, often with some really funny situations to share! For those that are looking for “inspiration or a show on how moral and ethical one should be, I think there are probably other shows you can tune into! Also, as a person who has lived in Atlanta for 20 years, this is not a representation of Atlanta per se-because this is a “fictional show.” I would also argue that single ladies with crazy relationship drama can be found in every city accross this country.
I think the acting was decent, the story line was decent, and it is my hope that if given a chance, it will get even better with time! Val owns her own business and is seriously looking for true love, Keisha, has not found her true passion, and is looking for someone to love and to take care of her, Charity’s character is a married woman who married young, and appears to be bored with the everyday monatany of marriage. I have girlfriends who fit each situation, and when they come together it’s usually quite comedic. Many woman adore clothes,shoes, handbags, etc…so that’s fun to watch. So, with that being said, everyone has a right to their opinion, and you can either watch or not watch. It’s just not that deep! But I will definitely be watching tonight…..

Kelley

June 6th, 2011
4:03 pm

It’s just a damn show people!!! Not showing white people or having too many white people is dumb comment. I watch Sex in the City. What about the negative stuff in there? Most of them were sleeping around among other things. I do think these women have a goal. But in real life some women don’t meet their goals because life happens! And it doesn’t matter what color you are. All women make mistakes. This is fiction not something that is completely true to life. That’s why it is fun to watch. And don’t compare it to Basketball Wives. Because that crap is suppose to be real unfortunately. Queen you are my girl and I love the whole cast. So I wish it much success, and I will be tuning in!! P.S. People have to be watching in order to be bringing the negativity. So believe it or not your helping it succeed lol

Shamari

June 6th, 2011
7:07 pm

The show is awesome. Anyone who doesn’t like the show just shouldn’t watch it. Why waste your freaking time watching a show that you know you’re going to have negative comments about. You should know when the show comes on whether you would like it or not, so why stay tuned in when you dont like it. It’s not real so why think it’s pertaining to people in Atlanta, it was just filmed in Atlanta. Get serious and think about things before you comment. It must be something good about the show that it made you want to get on the internet and give feedback. Dumb People.

linda walker

June 6th, 2011
10:12 pm

where do lisa ray and tthe other girls get there cloths from

sonia

June 7th, 2011
12:20 pm

love the show!!!

Pebblebeach

June 7th, 2011
12:22 pm

For pure entertainment I will continue to watch it, 2nd show a lot better, Stacy is on point in every way imaginable…

Shana

June 9th, 2011
4:37 am

My friends and I entered the VH1 Single and Liking it Photo Contest. We would appreciate if you take time out to vote for us! Our story begins at the historic Tuskegee University. Even though we are in different states we come together every year to celebrate Homecoming and reunite the Original Get Fresh Crew!

1. Go to http://ow.ly/1tzJ7b
2. Allow VH1 access to your page
3. Click “Like” in the right hand corner of pic
4. Vote everyday

DEE VAZQUEZ

June 12th, 2011
2:07 pm

O MG! What a horrible show. The acting is terrible. This show is a dream for men and lesbians. The women are absolutely beautiful! I put my tv on mute and enjoy the clothes, hairstyles, and beautiful people. The show only needs one beautiful cupcake like Lisa Raye. Please keep her and surround her with talented new actors and the show will be a hit. In addition, please stop making this show a thing about color: beautiful people is what makes this show even worth watching on mute. Queen Latifah, you are the best, but you missed with this one.

Pebblebeach

June 14th, 2011
9:51 am

I cannot believe the show continues to give that Chil woman a speaking part and made a reference to her really bad stupid show….please keep that Chili person off the show, I beg of you….she cannot act at all….what a farce, her and that silly show of hers…has she found a man yet, nope, probably never will or the show would be off the air…still wondering what she has to offer a man…get her off the show, no more parts for her…