EXCLUSIVE: VH1 has ordered its second hourlong scripted series. The network’s pilot Bounce, starring Dean Cain, Kimberly Elise, Charlotte Ross, newcomer Taylour Paige and Logan Browning has, has been picked up to series. It joins VH1’s first hourlong scripted series, the Queen Latifah-produced Single Ladies.
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.
Bounce follows in the footsteps of VH1′s first hourlong series, Single Ladies, which didn’t go through the traditional pilot stage — it originated as a movie. Comedic drama Single Ladies, also executive produced by Malina, is currently airing its second season, averaging 3.1 million total viewers for premiere plus first encores on Monday nights. It is the No. 1 ad-supported regularly scheduled scripted show among women 18-49 this summer. “Bounce has all the elements we know VH1 viewers love; a world very much on the pop culture radar, an incredible cast and compelling, addictive storytelling,” said Jeff Olde, EVP Original Programming and Production. “We wanted to create a scripted series at VH1 in which music is a strong narrative force, and we have found that with Bounce.” Bounce is produced by Bryan Johnson and The Film Syndicate and In Cahoots Media. Cain and Elise are with APA, Ross with Untitled.