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Thursday, June 7, 2012

'Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta' is going to test my moral compass

Posted By on Thu, Jun 7, 2012 at 5:53 PM

The only people I recognize in this supertrailer are Scrappy (and his mama), Rasheedah, and producer Stevie J (former boyfriend of Eve). Guess that didn't stop successful reality-show executive producer Mona Scott Young from cobbling together a supporting cast of no-name brand wannabes for the premier of the spinoff, "Love & Hip: Atlanta," which begins airing Mon., June 18 on VH1.

According to early gossip, the reason why the cast is so overloaded with unknowns is because most of the real Atlanta hip-hop celebrities producers contacted declined - which means they've probably seen the original "Love & Hip Hop." Set in New York, it starred Jim Jones and his mama vs. Jim Jones and his fiancee, Jim Jones and his fiancee vs. Jim Jones and his female manager, Fabolous' baby mama vs. herself, and Juelz Santana's jump-off vs. everybody.

In two seasons, the show devolved into such a hot, morally-bankrupt mess that most of the main players refused to do a third season, leaving the producer to create a behind-the-scenes episode for the season two finale because no one wanted to participate in the scheduled reunion episode.

So Young loaded up her premise and she moved it to ATL - home of hip-hop groupies and washed-up rap stars.

Sorta sad that the Atlanta cast is so second-rate. (Princess Diamond, formerly of the Ellenwood's finest, Crime Mob, reportedly turned it down after finding out her ex-boyfriend Scrappy and his mean mama were being cast.) But from the looks of this extended preview, the creators still got what they wanted. The hood hijinks will ensue. Still, It will be interesting to see how the show fares among viewers in the aftermath of VH1's "Basketball Wives" backlash. After enduring yet another season of black women slapping, suing and backstabbing the hell out of each other, the show got hit with a national boycott campaign and even lost sponsors.

Which begs the question: After a near-decade of degrading, stereotypical reality TV, is America ready to make one such show the scapegoat for the whole damn machine? In the infamous words of Clay Davis - shieeeeeeeeeeet.

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