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Friday
May242013

VH1's "Hit the Floor" Goes Inside the Scandalous World of Professional Basketball 

Piotr Sikora/VH1(NEW YORK) -- Hit the Floor is VH1's new sexy and scandalous drama centered on the Los Angeles Devil Girls, a fictional professional basketball dance team, and what goes on inside the big arena.

And a lot goes on as the team captain deals with a new crop of girls coming to steal the spotlight, while veteran dancers deal with the consequences of fraternizing with the players, a big no no for dancers that seems all too common with the Devils.

Dean Cain stars as Coach Pete Davenport, a former All-Star who comes back to coach the team.

Cain says the show portrays some things that really happen in the world of professional sports.

"Obviously we over-dramatize some of things in the show, but a lot of the things that we do, you'd say, 'Oh! That's over-dramatized! And the reality is some of it's under dramatized to what really happens," he tells ABC News Radio. "There's just some crazy stuff [that happens] with that kind of money, that kind of wealth and that kind of fame."

"It's professional basketball where there is a lot of money, a lot of scandal, a lot of gorgeous young people and all the stuff that surrounds that," Cain adds.

Taylour Paige plays Ahsha, a naive young dancer who auditions and joins the team against her mother Sloane's wishes. Paige, who danced with the Los Angeles Laker Girls for three months, says Hit the Floor is a much more salacious version of life than when she danced professionally.

"It's a fictional show and it's obviously a lot more dramatic onscreen than off," the 23-year-old tells ABC News Radio. "A lot of the things that happen in the show, I don't think would be tolerated."

Kimberly Elise plays Paige's mother, a former professional dancer who could write the book on what not to do in that world. The Diary of a Mad Black Woman actress says she's happy to finally show a lighter side of herself onscreen.

"I've done a lot of you know super heavy things," Elise, 46, explains. "I wanted to do something that was different, sort of go back to my roots of doing some funny things, some sexy things and some dramatic things."

Cain says viewers can expect billionaire Mark Cuban, who owns the Dallas Mavericks and stars on ABC's Shark Tank, to make an appearance on the Hit the Floor, along with rapper Akon, model Eva Marcille and Grammy award-nominated singer Kevin McCall.

The season premiere of Hit the Floor airs Monday, May 27 at 9 p.m. Eastern time on VH1.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Friday
May252012

"Single Ladies": New Season, New Cast, New Rapport

Laretta Houston/VH1(NEW YORK) -- After a highly publicized cast shake up on Single Ladies, VH1's hour-long scripted series, fans thought the Queen Latifah executive produced drama would suffer.  However, with the addition of soap opera beauty Denise Vasi and a renewed rapport, the cast is confident as ever that season two -- set to premiere Monday, May 28 at 9 p.m. Eastern time -- won't disappoint.  The show averaged 2.8 million viewers weekly last season.

LisaRaye McCoy, who plays the sassy and confident Keisha, admits life on the set can be hard especially with a grueling production schedule, often shooting two episodes at once and having little rehearsal time.

The 44-year-old McCoy tells ABC News Radio, "Sometimes we don't come always with a smile on our face. Sometimes we have to understand maybe I woke up on the wrong side of the bed...But the common ground is we're here to make a great season for VH1."

It does seem like the new cast is getting along, often finishing each other sentences and even creating their own celebration when they successfully finish a hard scene.

"We have this little clap that we do," McCoy explains, adding, "You have to find the light even with mistakes that you're making."

Perhaps McCoy learned from last year's volatile set experience with Stacey Dash, who left abruptly at the end of the season after the two reportedly butted heads.

Vasi, 31, who plays Raquel, a lifelong friend of Keisha's, says she's not there to cause drama.

"I'm here to have fun," she tells ABC News Radio. "And as long as we always respect each other, there should never be a problem." 

Vasi is grateful to join an already successful show, and only learned of the opportunity through her fans, who messaged and tweeted her that she'd be perfect to fill Dash's shoes.

Vasi isn't the only newcomer to Single Ladies, which boasts a long list of cameo appearances from Eve, Paula Patton, La La Anthony, Lauren London, Omar Gooding, Rick Fox, T.I. and Tony Rock.

Co-star Charity Shea, who plays the recently divorced April, says she loved working with Rock in particular.

"We had a lot of funny, funny scenes," the 28-year-old says with a smile. "Every time I would turn into him to be exasperated he would make some funny face and I could not take the scene seriously. I kept getting in trouble."

The series itself might be in trouble if McCoy, who is undoubtedly the show's anchor, fails to return for another season after this one ends. When asked if she would return if VH1 ordered another season, the regularly outspoken McCoy, was mum.

The second season of VH1's Single Ladies premieres Monday, May 28 at 9  p.m. Eastern time.

´╗┐Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Jul122011

Is 'Celebrity Rehab' Going on Hiatus?

Michael Kovac/FilmMagic/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Celebrity Rehab is going on an indefinite hiatus, reports RadarOnline.com.  Season five of the reality show is currently airing on VH1, featuring Michael Lohan, Amy Fisher and Bai Ling.  A source told RadarOnline.com, "The decision was made to put the show on hiatus because Dr. Drew Pinsky is just too busy to continue to do the show. Dr. Drew can be seen nightly on HLN's Dr. Drew Show, and this fall, he has another television project he is going to be involved with, Life Changers, which is a Telepictures show."  The source added that Dr. Drew would "absolutely love to revisit doing the show again in the future when he has the time. Dr. Drew really enjoyed doing the show, even though it could be very emotionally grueling at times."

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Jul122011

'Glee,' 'Modern Family' Among 'Do Something' Nominees

Talisman Brolin/TalismanPhoto(LOS ANGELES) -- ABC's Modern Family and Fox's Glee received nominations Monday for VH1's Do Something Awards, which promotes social change. Individual nods went to Eva Longoria, American Idol's Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul, Scarlett Johansson, Daniel Radcliffe, and many other celebrities.

A list of nominees can be found at DoSomething.VH1.com.

Glee's Jane Lynch hosts the Do Something Awards on Aug. 18.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Apr282011

VH1 Best Cruise Ever Ready to Set Sail

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock (file photo)(TAMPA, Fla.) -- The boat will most definitely be rocking as VH1's annual Best Cruise Ever gets underway on Thursday, with Train, The Script, Lifehouse, Mat Kearney and many other artists on board.

Colbie Caillat will join the cruise on Friday, after performing her hit "I Do" live in New York City's Times Square to celebrate Britain's royal wedding.

The cruise, on the Carnival Inspiration, leaves from Tampa, Florida and travels to Cozumel, Mexico while fans enjoy multiple concerts, VH1-themed activities, face time with the artists and all the other fun stuff a cruise offers, from drinking and gambling to sunbathing and spa-ing.´╗┐

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