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Hit the Floor, originally titled Bounce, is an American sports drama television series on VH1, created by James LaRosa.[1] The series chronicles the off-the-court drama surrounding the Los Angeles Devils, a fictional professional basketball team. It debuted on May 27, 2013.[2] On April 27, 2017, the series was renewed for an eight-episode fourth season that will premiere on BET on July 10, 2018.

Hit the Floor
Hit the Floor.jpg
Genre Drama
Created by James LaRosa
Starring
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 33 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Bryan Johnson
  • James LaRosa
  • Jill Holmes
  • Maggie Malina
  • Susan Levison
Running time 42–45 minutes
Production company(s)
  • The Film Syndicate
  • In Cahoots Media
Distributor Starz Distribution
Release
Original network VH1
BET
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original release May 27, 2013 (2013-05-27) – present
External links
Website

Contents

PlotEdit

Ahsha Hayes (Taylour Paige) becomes the newest member of the Devil Girls, the cheerleaders for the professional basketball team, the Los Angeles Devils, and immediately makes an enemy of Devil Girl captain Jelena Howard (Logan Browning). Knowing that her mother Sloane (Kimberly Elise) used to be a Devil Girl herself, Ahsha is shocked to discover that former player-turned-coach of the Devils, Pete Davenport (Dean Cain), is her biological father. Ahsha is also tempted by bad boy player Derek Roman (McKinley Freeman), even though she is already involved with German Vega (Jonathan McDaniel).

Season two is overshadowed by the murder of Olivia Vincent (Charlotte Ross), who was blackmailing several people associated with the Devils. Meanwhile, Ahsha and Derek try to keep their relationship a secret, Pete's estranged wife Lionel (Jodi Lyn O'Keefe) becomes a regular presence at the arena, and a devious new forward named Zero (Adam Senn) arrives with a plan to supplant star players Terrence Wall (Robert Christopher Riley) and Derek. Zero seduces—and eventually gets burned by—Jelena, before he becomes sexually involved with his male agent, Jude Kinkade (Brent Antonello).

In season three, a reunited Jelena and Terrence secretly plot to take over the Devils and oust Lionel, and Zero's unwillingness to go public becomes an obstacle to his fledgling relationship with Jude. From jail, Devils owner Oscar Kinkade (Don Stark) seeks vengeance against Sloane, who has rekindled her romance with Pete.

Cast and charactersEdit

MainEdit

  • Kimberly Elise as Sloane Hayes, Ahsha's mother, who was one of the original Devil Girls herself. She later becomes the director of the Devil Girls.
  • Charlotte Ross as Olivia Vincent (season 1), the former director of the Devil Girls and like Sloane, an original Devil Girl. She is murdered at the beginning of the second season.
  • Taylour Paige as Ahsha Hayes (seasons 1–3),[3] the breakout star of the Los Angeles Devil Girls who immediately becomes a threat to Jelena. Using her dancing abilities to climb her way to the top, Ahsha is in a relationship with her college sweetheart German Vega, but finds herself attracted to the Devils' point guard Derek Roman.
  • Logan Browning as Jelena Howard, the captain of the Devil Girls—and the mean girl of the team—who is intent on making new girl Ahsha suffer. Despite her many schemes, she has a soft side for her boyfriend Terrence Wall, the captain of the Devils.
  • Katherine Bailess as Kyle Hart, a clever stripper-turned-cheerleader.
  • Valery Ortiz as Raquel Saldana (seasons 1–3), a former cheerleader-turned manager of the Devils' Playground, who is best friends with Ahsha and Jelena. Kyle offers to feign a lesbian marriage with Raquel to hide her undocumented status. After being diagnosed with a terminal illness, Raquel dies in season three.
  • McKinley Freeman as Derek Roman, the Devils' MVP player and later Ahsha's husband.
  • Jonathan McDaniel as German Vega, the assistant coach of the Devils and Ahsha's ex-boyfriend.
  • Robert Christopher Riley as Terrence Wall (seasons 1–3), the captain of the Devils and Jelena's boyfriend.
  • Don Stark as Oscar Kinkade, the unscrupulous owner of the Devils.
  • Dean Cain as Pete Davenport, a former player-turned-coach of the Los Angeles Devils who has a past with Sloane when he was a player and she was a Devil Girl. He is later revealed to be Ahsha's father. His estranged wife Lionel later reappears, and he ventures into a relationship with Sloane.
  • Adam Senn as "Zero" (seasons 2–3)[3], a devious forward from Ohio with a number of secrets.
  • Brent Antonello as Jude Kinkade (seasons 2–), a junior agent, and Oscar's estranged gay son, who has a warm heart.
  • Jodi Lyn O'Keefe as Lionel Davenport (seasons 2–), an A-list actress and Pete's ex-wife who marries Oscar.
  • Teyana Taylor as London Scott (season 4–).[4]
  • Tiffany Hines as Eve (season 4–).[4]
  • Cort King as Pax Lowe (season 4–), a rookie player.[4]
  • Kyndall as Jamie Lawson (season 4–), a new Devil Girl.[4]
  • Kristian Kordula as Noah (season 4–), a reporter.[4]

RecurringEdit

  • Bernard Curry as Jesse Reade, a sports agent who is Raquel's ex and the father of her son Miguel.
  • Melissa Molinaro as Lexi (seasons 1–3), a Devil Girl who is taken off the team when Kyle joins it, and returns a few times to cause Kyle trouble.
  • Stephen Colletti as Teddy Reynolds (seasons 1–3), a wealthy admirer of Kyle.
  • Rick Fox as Chase Vincent (seasons 1–3), the EVP of the Devils organization, and Olivia's husband.
  • Johanna Braddy as Mia Sertner (season 1), a Devil Girl who dies under suspicious circumstances.
  • Jason George as Michael (seasons 1–2), a league investigator who works against Oscar with Sloane.
  • Jared Ward as Beau Ashby (seasons 2–4), a con artist who becomes romantically involved with Kyle.
  • Lynn Whitfield as Vanessa Howard (seasons 2–3), Jelena's mother.
  • Jonathan Bennett as Lucas (season 3), Derek and Zero's new agent, who dates Jude briefly.
  • William Baldwin as Jackson Everett (season 3), a wealthy venture capitalist who has a romantic history with Lionel.

GuestEdit

ProductionEdit

Hit the Floor was announced by VH1 in April 2012. The series was created and executive produced by LaRosa, alongside Bryan Johnson and Maggie Malina. The pilot was written by James LaRosa and directed by Sanaa Hamri. Signed on to the pilot was Taylour Paige as Ahsha, the lead; Dean Cain as Pete, the coach of the basketball team; Kimberly Elise as Sloane, Ahsha's mother; Valery Ortiz as Raquel, and Katherine Bailess as Kyle.[5] Following the announcement of the pilot, Charlotte Ross signed on to play Olivia, a former dancer-turned-basketball wife who oversees the squad.[6] The pilot was ordered to series in July 2012, with Logan Browning, Jonathan McDaniel and McKinley Freeman signing on to the main cast.[1] Don Stark, who plays Oscar Kinkade, the owner of the basketball team, and Robert Christopher Riley, who plays star player Terrence, were upgraded to series regulars after being billed as guest stars in the pilot.[7] In April 2013, Starz Distribution finalized an international television distribution agreement to represent Hit the Floor outside of the United States.[8] The series premiered on May 27, 2013, and the first season was the No. 1 new cable scripted series of mid-2013 among the adults 18–49 viewership demo.[citation needed]

VH1 announced the renewal for a second season on July 15, 2013.[9][10] Season two production began on January 31, 2014,[citation needed] and premiered on May 26, 2014.[11] The season featured a whodunit story involving Olivia's murder, and LaRosa was inspired by the 1980s "Who shot J.R.?" storyline on Dallas to shoot multiple resolutions so that even the cast would not know the identity of the killer until the episode aired.[12] Teasing the reveal in the season two finale, LaRosa said, "It's definitely someone you've come to know. It's a name at the top of the credits and I can tell you that you will be shocked ... the reveal gives me chills every single time".[12]

On July 29, 2014, VH1 announced the third season renewal of Hit the Floor.[13][14] The 10-episode new season premiered on January 18, 2016 and ended on March 28, 2016. In April 2016, VH1 greenlit an hour-long summer special to resolve the cliffhangers raised in the third season finale.[15] The special aired on September 5, 2016.[16]

On April 27, 2017, it was announced that the series would move to BET for its future seasons.[17][18] In October 2017, BET announced that Cain, Elise, Freeman, Bailess, O'Keefe, and Antonello would be returning to the series,[19] and series creator James LaRosa confirmed that Paige and Senn would not be returning for season four.[3][20] Teyana Taylor was cast in an undisclosed role in October,[21] and four new regular cast members were announced in November 2017: Tiffany Hines as "mystery woman" Eve, Cort King as rookie player Pax, Kyndall as new dancer Jamie, and Kristian Kordula as reporter Noah.[22] Production began in November 2017,[21] and the series' eight-episode fourth season will premiere on July 10, 2018.[22][23]

EpisodesEdit

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired Network
1 10 May 27, 2013 (2013-05-27) July 29, 2013 (2013-07-29) VH1
2 12 May 26, 2014 (2014-05-26) August 11, 2014 (2014-08-11)
3 10 January 18, 2016 (2016-01-18) March 28, 2016 (2016-03-28)
Special September 5, 2016 (2016-09-05)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "VH1 Continues Winning Momentum in Scripted Arena By Setting Scripted Series Bounce In Motion With Greenlight". The Futon Critic. September 30, 2012. Retrieved September 30, 2012. 
  2. ^ Bibel, Sara (April 30, 2013). "New Scripted Drama 'Hit The Floor' to Premiere Monday, May 27 on VH1". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 15, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c Bartz, Sarah (October 3, 2017). "Fan Favorites Not Returning To Hit The Floor". MyFantasySportsTalk. Retrieved May 25, 2018. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Hit The Floor Cast & Info". BET. Retrieved June 8, 2018. 
  5. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (April 3, 2012). "VH1 Preps Hourlong Scripted Pilot Bounce". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 30, 2012. 
  6. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (May 2, 2012). "VH1's Bounce Adds NYPD Blue Actress". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 30, 2012. 
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (September 17, 2012). "Duo Cast in Netflix's Orange Is The New Black, Don Stark Upped on VH1's Hit The Floor". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 30, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Starz Worldwide Distribution Secures International Television Distribution Rights for Upcoming VH1 Scripted Series, Hit The Floor". The Futon Critic. April 2, 2013. Retrieved May 15, 2013. 
  9. ^ Ng, Philiana (July 15, 2013). "VH1 Renews Hit the Floor for Season 2". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 27, 2018. 
  10. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (July 15, 2013). "Hit the Floor Renewed for Second Season by VH1". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on August 5, 2013. 
  11. ^ Ng, Philiana (March 24, 2014). "VH1's Hit the Floor: Sexy Season 2 Promo Debuts". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 24, 2014. 
  12. ^ a b Halterman, Jim (January 15, 2016). "Hit The Floor Star Brent Antonello And Creator James LaRosa Talk About The Show's Hot Gay Storyline". NewNowNext. Retrieved June 6, 2018. 
  13. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (July 29, 2014). "VH1 Renews Hit the Floor for Third Season". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 27, 2018. 
  14. ^ Weinstein, Shelli (July 29, 2014). "VH1 Renews Hit the Floor for a Third Season". Variety. Retrieved May 27, 2018. 
  15. ^ "VH1 Greenlights Hit the Floor Summer Special". 
  16. ^ "VH1's Hit the Floor: Til Death Do Us Part to Premiere Labor Day, September 5th at 9PM". The Futon Critic. Retrieved August 19, 2016. 
  17. ^ Maglio, Tony (April 27, 2017). "BET Revives VH1's Hit the Floor, Takes The Breaks From Fellow Viacom Net". TheWrap. Retrieved May 27, 2018 – via Laredo Morning Times. 
  18. ^ "BET Announces Loaded 2017-2018 Slate". shadowandact.com. 
  19. ^ "Breaking News: BET Networks Reveals New and Returning Cast of Its Fan-Magnet Original Series Hit the Floor". The Futon Critic. October 2, 2017. Retrieved June 14, 2018. 
  20. ^ jameslarosa (October 2, 2018). "For those asking, unfortunately yes, Taylour Paige and Adam Senn will not be a part of #HitTheFloor for S4". Retrieved June 5, 2018 – via Instagram. 
  21. ^ a b Pedersen, Erik (October 2, 2017). "Hit The Floor: Teyana Taylor Joins BET Drama For Season 4". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 5, 2018. 
  22. ^ a b Ellenbogen, Rachael (November 27, 2017). "Hit The Floor Season 4 Casting News: 4 New Characters Joining Series". International Business Times. Retrieved January 1, 2018. 
  23. ^ Hit The Floor [@HitTheFloor] (April 26, 2018). "Devils Have A New Playground 😈 #HitTheFloor is here is July 10 at 10/9c!" (Tweet). Retrieved May 5, 2018 – via Twitter. 

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