*VH1, the network that brought us “Single Ladies,” has just picked up its second scripted comedy, giving series orders to “Bounce,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
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Starring Kimberly Elise, Dean Cain and Charlotte Ross, the series revolves around the Los Angeles Devil Girls, a preeminent dance team in professional basketball, the cable network announced today.
Written and created by James LaRosa, the series follows the lives of the dancers, the woman who runs the dance squad, the players and the team’s coach and players. Sanaa Hamri is directing the pilot, and production will begin next year.
“[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, exec VP original programming and production at VH1. “These are all set against a glamorous backdrop where amazing dance numbers organically break out as part of the story. We wanted to create a scripted series at VH1 in which music is a strong narrative force, and we have found that with ‘Bounce.’”
JUST WRIGHT Cast & Producers are introduced at Ziegfeld Theatre before start of screening - Scroll down for more photos
*Queen Latifah and Common lead an all-star cast — featuring Paula Patton, Phylicia Rashad, Pam Grier, James Pickens Jr., Mehcad Brooks, Michael Landes and NBA Players: Dwyane Wade, Dwight Howard, Rashard Lewis, Bobby Simmons — in the new feel good movie du jour, Just Wright, written by Michael Elliot and directed by Sanaa Hamri.
All players sat court side at the New York premiere at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Tuesday, May 4, 2010 followed by a slam dunk party at the Empire Rooftop hosted by the movie’s producer Debra Martin Chase and distributor Fox Searchlight Pictures.
Just Wright is a romantic sports story about a sports trainer (Latifah) who finds herself falling in love with a professional basketball player (Common) while rehabilitating him from a career threatening injury. Things get heated up when her girlfriend (Patton) also has eyes for the hunky baller.
Basketball fans will enjoy the authenticity of the movie that centers on the exciting world of championship basketball with scenes as exciting as March madness. Just Wright is just what the doctor ordered. (Photos by Kyle J. Cassett and Ronnie Wright)
Audrey J. Bernard is an established chronicler of Black society and Urban happenings based in the New York City area.
Common and Queen Latifah
Common with his Mother Mahila
Phylicia Rashad with daughter Condola Rashad
Sanaa Hamri and Dwyane Wade