By Alison Willmore | Indiewire May 7, 2013 at 3:7PM
Music television network Fuse has become the latest channel to make an unexpected leap into scripted programming -- the network announced today that it would premiere its first scripted series, "The Hustle," on June 19th at 11pm. The six-episode half-hour dramedy is set in the world of hip hop and follows underground rap duo Kutta (Y'lan Noel) and D (London Brown), also known as "Brooklyn's Finest," as they try to preserve their friendship during their rise to fame thanks to the help of their childhood friend turned A&R representative Ya-Ya (Erica Dickerson). Clinton Lowe play Rashad, the pair's sidekick/one-man entourage.
"The Hustle" was created and executive produced by Prentice Penny, a writer/producer on "Happy Endings," and is directed by Millicent Shelton ("Everybody Hates Chris"), Rusty Cundieff ("Chapelle's Show") and Billie Woodruff ("Beauty Shop"). The show's produced by the Alloy Digital-owned Generate, and will feature cameos from rappers Jadakiss, Freddie Gibbs, Red Cafe, Travis Porter and Nipsey Hussle, as well as DJs The Breakfast Club, DJ Whoo Kid and DJ Skee.
Fuse will follow each episode of "The Hustle" up with "The Hustle After Party," taped in front of a studio audience and hosted by Esteban Serrano (host of Fuse's "Top 20 Countdown"). The talk show will feature interviews and performances with hip hop artists, appearances by the cast and discussions with industry experts intended to complement the episode that air before it.
While "The Hustle" will be Fuse's first scripted venture, the network's home to several unscripted shows, including comedian Billy Eichner's "Billy on the Street," "Warped Roadies" and "Ex-Wives of Rock."