Given the 250+ comments the post announcing the cancellation of the series has received thus far (and they’re still coming in), the majority of them lamenting the news, calling for VH1 to reconsider, this should be music to the ears of many.
“We’ve been proud to deliver three seasons of the drama, romance and style that engaged viewers in each episode of Single Ladies,” VH1 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.”
That was then…
This morning, the LA Times is reporting that BET’s Centric plans to revive the series, with Queen Latifah’s Flavor Unit Entertainment company developing what will be a 4th season exclusively for the network.
As part of the agreement, Centric will also start carrying Latifah’s syndicated daytime talk show, which is returning for a second season.
Casting is apparently not guaranteed to look like what it did while the series was on VH1, so don’t be surprised if there’s a remixing of the 3 leads, and supporting characters.
This series season 2 premiere episode drew 2.6 million viewers, and a 1.74 rating, which was up an astounding +51% from the series’ season 2 debut, and it averaged 2.2 million total viewers throughout the season, which matched its season 2 numbers.
So its cancellation was a surprise, especially since it had been a successful series for the network, over its 3 seasons. Since it aired in 2011, VH1 has picked up other scripted series, like Hit The Floor, the dance dramedy that stars Kimberly Elise, Taylour Paige, Charlotte Ross, Logan Browninghas and Dean Cain. I suggested previously that this may have been a catalyst for the cancellation.
But clearly BET/Centric see the potential in it, and the pick up actually makes sense for the network given its recent overall shift towards woman-centric original scripted programming.