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.
The cancellation by VH1 is not the first time Single Ladies hit a bump in the road. Shortly after it was renewed for a third season in August 2012, creator/executive producer Stacy A. Littlejohn exited the project. Season 3 didn’t launch until this January, a year and a half after it was ordered. But it still is going strong, with the third-season opener drawing 2.6 million viewers. It has grown in each of its seasons, posting 2.9 for the series premiere night airings, 3.2 million for the Season 2 opening night and 3.5 million for Season 3. Also as part of the deal with Flavor Unit, the syndicated Queen Latifah Show, which Flavor Unit co-produces with Overbrook Entertainment and Sony Pictures TV, will air in primetime on Centric.