Some women don’t need anyone to put a ring on it. It turns out all the single ladies have put their hands up for VH1’s scripted dramedy Single Ladies, because the network just renewed the series for a second season.
Season one of the drama series, which stars Stacey Dash, LisaRaye McCoy, Charity Shea and Kassandra Clementi as best friends with varying views on relationships, sex and love, has averaged a strong viewership following of 2.8 million viewers on Monday nights according to The Hollywood Reporter.
A standout element that helped Single Ladies to find its following so quickly is that it marries the best of two previous successful television worlds Sex and the City and Girlfriends, and racially integrates them in a funny, smart and well-written way. Another fresh approach in the series, executive produced by Queen Latifah, is that it ditches the usual New York and Los Angeles locales for the exciting and glamorous worlds of fashion, fame and music in the city of Atlanta.
In a statement released on Monday, Latifah said, "My partner [executive producer] Shakim [Compere] and I are so excited that Single Ladies has been received so well. We knew from the beginning this show was going to appeal to people everywhere; it's funny, sexy and smart. We are so happy that we were able to join with VH1 to find such a great home for this incredble show."
Latifah shook up the show's first season by guest starring in a controversial episode where she portrayed a gay news anchor and former lover to Dash's character, who keeps her sexuality under wraps to further her career. Some in the blogosphere speculated that it was a thinly veiled reference to the Queen herself.
Season one of Single Ladies wraps on August 8, and season two starts production in Fall 2011. The series returns to the air in 2012.