If the new scripted series “Single Ladies” hopes to do well when it premieres on May 30th, it would be wise for the suits at VH1 to remember what happened when “The Game” was yanked from its tomb and given a second chance on BET.
All. Hell. Broke. Loose.
“The Game” ripped up the ratings board, producing some incredible numbers for a cable program and once again showing network TV decision makers that African Americans—surprise!–watch TV, too.
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In many ways, the canceled series “Girlfriends” and “The Game” are two sides of the same coin. Both shows may have been different in terms of content, but their fates were all too similar.
Both series were swiftly canceled by The CW a few years ago, and while “The Game” only ran for three seasons before getting wiped off television, “Girlfriends” seriously put in the work. Airing for eight lengthy seasons, “Girlfriends” never got a proper finale, and viewers never received proper closure.
So now enters “Single Ladies,” a show that looks to adopt the multiple female protagonist angle made famous by “Waiting to Exhale” and “Sex and the City.” Still, “Single Ladies” airs in the hefty shadow of “Girlfriends,” with African American viewers eager to immerse themselves in actual scripted storylines and characters as opposed to the “Real Housewives,” “Basketball Wives,” and “Mob Wives” of the world.
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So, ultimately, where does “Single Ladies” fall in the spectrum of similar entertainment we’ve grown accustomed to seeing? Probably somewhere in the middle. Stacey Dash plays Val, an aspiring fashion mogul looking for love, while LisaRaye is a “video dancer” (nicely put, VH1) in search of a sugar daddy to keep her happy, fed, and clothed.
Whether “Single Ladies” can become the next “Girlfriends” (or even manage a solid overnight rating) is something we’ll have to wait a week to learn. If you’re still on the fence about the show, check out the official trailer here. You can also meet the cast in the photo slideshow, as well.
“Single Ladies” airs at 9pm eastern on Monday, May 30th.
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