TV One has renewed its Atlanta-based reality series "R&B Divas" for a second season, with production resuming this month.
The show, which features R&B singers Faith Evans, Nicci Gilbert-Daniels, Monifah Carter, Syleena Johnson and Keke Wyatt working on a compilation album, will return with an eight-episode order. It's set to air in the spring. There will be no cast changes.
TV One is also creating a Los Angeles version with a new, unnamed cast, for airing later in the year.
Ratings are all relative in TV land. This series was one of TV One's most popular shows, regularly drawing 600,000-plus viewers. For TV One, that's a good number, although it's barely one-fifth the audience of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" or "Love and Hip Hop Atlanta." The show deliberately dials back outsized drama that is a signature of the other two shows.
“'R&B Divas' has definitely struck a positive chord with viewers,” said Toni Judkins, executive vice president programming and production for TV One, in a press release. “Week-after-week, the series continued to build on its audience and we’re thrilled to provide another season and a new franchise of a dynamic program that is clearly resonating with audiences.”
As creators and executive producers of the R&B Divas Franchise," Gilbert wrote to me via email, "my partner Faith Evans and I are overjoyed with the new season as well as the spinoff We look forward to a long fruitful relationship with TV One and hope this marks the beginning of 'Better Reality TV.' We thank the viewers and the network for the opportunity to prove this season that this franchise is here to stay."