It was a very short stay in primetime graveyard for the Queen Latifah-produced Single Ladies. A month after the hourlong scripted series was cancelled by VH1 after three seasons, it has been picked up by BET Networks’ Centric. The 24-hour music and entertainment network, which targets African-American women, has inked a production deal with Queen Latifah and Shakim Compere’s Flavor Unit Entertainment, which produces Let’s Stay Together for BET. Under the pact, Centric has ordered a fourth season of Single Ladies. The hourlong romantic comedy series, set in the world of Atlanta fashion, music, and celebrity, is still airing its third season on VH1, with the upcoming May 24 season finale no longer serving as a series ender.
EXCLUSIVE: Recently renewed VH1 comedic drama series Single Ladies will be heading into its third season without creator/executive producer Stacy A. Littlejohn. “After two incredible seasons of Single Ladies, I have decided to entrust the show to the safe hands of VH1,” Littlejohn told Deadline. “Having fostered it from its inception, I’ve found great satisfaction in seeing these characters come to life on the screen, and am proud of what the show has become. But after two all-consuming seasons immersed in its production in the great city of Atlanta, I’ve decided it’s time to shift my focus to my life in Los Angeles and the creation of new projects.”
Single Ladies, executive produced by Queen Latifah, started off as an original movie to become VH1′s first hourlong scripted series. Its success opened the door to the series pickup of Bounce in July. “It’s been an honor to have been the creator and showrunner of VH1’s first-ever, hour-long scripted series,” Littlejohn said. “I have great respect for the talent on this show, all of whom have upheld my vision since its outset. I wish Single Ladies all the best and will continue to tune in Monday nights to see what my girls have been up to.”
New York, NY – August 22, 2012– VH1 is giving hit scripted drama/comedy series “Single Ladies” a third season. The series, which has its second season finale on Monday, August 27 at 9PM,* has been averaging 3.2 million total viewers during premieres plus first encores, up 10% from season 1. Through its first 12 premiere episodes, Single Ladies is averaging a 1.4P18-49 Live+SD rating, up 17% from season 1. It continues to be basic cable’s #1 ad-supported regularly scheduled scripted show among women 18-49 over the course of the summer. Season 3 is set to premier later in 2013.