VH1, which has followed in MTV’s footsteps by cutting bumping most of its music video coverage to other channels, is now adding scripted shows to its already stuffed reality TV lineup. Following the success of the Atlanta-based drama Single Ladies, the channel has now greenlighted the production of another hour-long series, this one called Bounce starring Dean Cain, Kimberly Elise, Charlotte Ross, Taylour Paige, and Logan Browning.
According to Deadline Hollywood:
Created and written by James LaRosa, Bounce follows the lives and loves of the Los Angeles Devil Girls, the dance team for the country’s No. 1 professional basketball team. It centers on Ahsha (Paige), a sheltered woman who joins the team against the wishes of her mother Sloane (Elise), who knows this treacherous, tempting world all too well having been an original Devil Girl herself. Olivia (Ross) is the shrewd squad manager, Jelena (Browning) is the ruthless star captain of the team, and Pete Davenport (Dean Cain) is the former all-star who’s come back to coach his old team only to have to contend with the girls stealing the spotlight and distracting his players. Maggie Malina and LaRosa executive produce the series, which will begin production in 2013. The cast includes Valery Ortiz, Katherine Bailess, Jonathan McDaniel and McKinley Freeman. Sanaa Hamri directed the pilot, which marks VH1′s first hourlong pilot.
Here’s the positive: VH1 is at least bringing series featuring diverse casts to the small screen, which isn’t really happening on other mainstream cable shows. (Sorry, HBO. We love The Wire, but nothing about Girls, Veep, The Newsroom, or Game of Thones is particularly diverse. Same goes for the much-loved AMC series Mad Men, Breaking Bad, or The Walking Dead. Orrrrrr ABC Family’s Bunheads. Et cetera!) The negative? It’s not that the channel is moving away from being all about the music, albeit the softer adult-contemporary variety it was typically known for. I’m more bummed that Bounce is not based on the Gwenyth Paltrow/Ben Affleck vehicle. Remember when Bounce was supposed to be a thing? RIP Bounce: The Movie!
Oh well. Dean Cain is back, so I guess that’s something.