This summer VH1 premiered a new television series, Single Ladies. Created by Queen Latifah and Stacy A. Littlejohn, the series is set in Atlanta and follows three best friends, Valerie Stokes or "Val" (Stacey Dash), Keisha Greene (LisaRaye McCoy) and April Goldberg-Jenkins (Charity Shea) as they pursue their dreams and seek love in the big city.
The series opens with Val ending her engagement to NBA player, Quinn Davis (Timon Kyle) and opening up a fashion boutique, Keisha embarking on a new career as a real estate agent and April juggling a marriage to her husband Darryl (Anthony Montgomery) and pursuing her dream to be an A&R executive at a music label.
Later on, viewers are introduced to Omar (Travis Winfrey), April's right hand man at the boutique and Christina Carter (Kassandra Clementi), a wild child fashion intern; both of whom bring their love of fashion, snarky wit and drama to the boutique and Val's life.
We learn quickly that all of the girls have baggage and a story to tell. Keisha was a music video girl with a closet full of secrets and a professional poker player. When she becomes interested in Malcolm Franks (D.B. Woodside), a millionaire jewelry designer, she is challenged to confront the truth about her past and the lack of love in her life. We also learn that April is having an affair with the mayor of Atlanta played by Common, and is overwhelmed by her marriage and the lack of advancement she has made at the record company she works for. Val tries to find Mr. Right and has almost found him when she meets Jerry Waters (Colin Salmon), a multi-millionaire and divorced Southern gentleman. Drama ensues as the ladies try to juggle their love lives and professional goals, all while maintaining their friendship.
Although the critics have bashed this show, I am a fan. (And the ratings suggest that I'm not the only fan of the show.) What I enjoy about his comedy-drama-romance series is that it tackles real-life issues with a heavy sense of humor and a strong dose of drama. I especially like that the series shows women in unusual romantic relationships and the issues that surround these types of relationships. But what I love best is the friendship shown between the three women and how supportive they are of each other's dreams. Unlike other shows, Single Ladies, isn't afraid to show how friendships are tested. For example, we learn that Val was Darryl's friend first and being friends of the couple while being aware of April's infidelity later causes issues between the three.
I've learned recently that the show was picked up for another season and I'm pleased to hear that. I've been watching the show faithfully with my mother and it's a show we can both watch and relate to. It's also not too sexy, if you know what I mean. I'm not a prude but I don't want to watch a show that's overly sexy with my Mama. For example, I loved Sex and the City, and my mother did too, but we could never watch that show together. There are just some things that I don't want my Mama to know about it, even if she does already know about it. You dig?
The only cloud in this parade is that Stacey Dash may not return for season two of Single Ladies. The blogs have been raving about "drama" on the set, and I don't always believe everything I read, but I had hopes that it was all for publicity and that Stacey Dash would stay. But now, I wonder what will happen with this series and if she is replaced what kind of effect---if any---it will have on the next season. We'll just have to wait and see.
Update: Stacey Dash was replaced by Denise Vasi, formerly of All My Children. No word on if she will play "Val" or another character.