October 1, 2014

Toss Up: Is TV One Renewing Or Cancelling “R&B Divas: Atlanta?”

R&B Divas ATL

TV One recently announced it had renewed its hit series “R&B Divas: Los Angeles,” but the future of the flagship show “R&B Divas: Atlanta” seems in question.

“R&B Divas: Atlanta” premiered on August 20, 2012 and delivered record-breaking ratings for TV One.  Due to the series success, the spin-off “R&B Divas LA” was announced in February 2013 and the show premiered July 10, 2013.

Despite the season three premiere of “R&B Divas: Atlanta” on April 23, 2014 being TV One’s highest-rated primetime original series telecast, the cable network has not revealed if its moving forward with season four.

Comparatively, “R&B Divas: Los Angeles” was renewed for its new season while the second season was still showing and is set to begin production on season three in mid-October.  The show already has a January premiere date slated.

“R&B Divas: Atlanta” originated with cast members Faith Evans, Nicci Gilbert, Syleena Johnson, Keke Wyatt and Monifah Carter.  For its second season, Angie Stone and Xscape member LaTocha Scott joined the cast.

“R&B Divas: Los Angeles” cast members Michel’le, Lil’ Mo, Chrisette Michele, Wendy Williams, Chante Moore, Leela James & Claudette Ortiz at the “R&B Divas: LA” reunion

Faith and Nicci, who were also executive producers on the show, departed the show for season three and newcomers Meelah Williams of 702 and LaTavia Roberson of Destiny’s Child were added as new cast members.

Sources close to the show said producers were planning to make significant cast changes to the “R&B Divas: Atlanta” for season four.  Apparently, only Syleena is the only cast member confirmed to return. Producers were still talking with Monifah and Meelah and had also set their sights on several new R&B stars to join the franchise.

Though we were originally told that the network was interested in KeKe returning, she had a public rant on social media on Wednesday making it clear that she has no desires to return to the show.

The show’s production team ThinkFactory Media referred our request for comment to Jennifer Reed—wife of executive producer Adam Reed—of BWR-LA Public Relations who offered a “no comment.”

Executive producer Phil Thornton declined to comment and referred our request to TV One.

A rep for TV One sent us a statement from D’Angela Proctor, Senior Vice President of Programming & Production that neither confirmed nor denied anything regarding the Atlanta-based version of “R&B Divas.”

“While Wendy Williams already revealed our plans for ‘R&B Divas LA,’ our other ‘Diva’ plans are still top secret!  Stay tuned because we’ll be ready to unveil them soon,” said Proctor.

LaTavia Roberson, Monifah Carter, Syleena Johnson, Wendy Williams, Angie Stone, KeKe Wyatt & Meelah Williams at “R&B Divas: ATL” reunion


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