Hit the Floor (TV series)

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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 vh1.com/shows/hit_the_floor/series.jhtml

Hit the Floor, originally titled Bounce, is an American sports drama television series on VH1 series, created by James LaRosa.[1] The series follows Ahsha, a girl who joins the NBA Cheerleading team the Los Angeles Devil Girls, unaware of the treacherous and tempting world that follows. It debuted on May 27, 2013.[2] On April 27, 2017, the show was renewed for a fourth season which will air on BET .

Plot[edit]

The series follows Ahsha Hayes (Taylour Paige), the talented yet naive daughter of single mom Sloane Hayes (Kimberly Elise). She joins the NBA cheerleading/dance team called the Los Angeles Devil Girls. She quickly discovers that her mother lied and kept secrets involving life as a Devil Girl herself. Unsure whom to trust, Ahsha must navigate her own way through the dangerous and temptation-filled world of pro basketball. Derek Roman (McKinley Freeman) tries to lure Ahsha away from her boyfriend, German Vega (Jonathan McDaniel). The more she resists his advances, the more persistent [and tempting] he becomes as German's insecurity overwhelms him. Ahsha's teammate, Kyle Hart (Katherine Bailess), tries to bring him to his senses and reveals her own agenda as she explains how the world works and how she's making that world work for her. Ahsha's father, Pete Davenport (Dean Cain), knows firsthand how difficult that life can be as a former all-star player for the Devils. He becomes the new head coach and discovers that his past is even more complicated than he thought. Players and dancers are forbidden to date, which only makes breaking the rules more tempting as history seems to repeat itself. Devil Girls' team captain, Jelena Howard (Logan Browning) is dating player Terrence Wall (Robert Christopher Riley) flouting the rules as the classic "mean girl" trying to keep Ahsha off balance because she sees her as a threat.

Cast[edit]

  • Dean Cain as Pete Davenport, a former player-turned-coach of the Los Angeles Devils who has a past with Slone when he was a player and she was a Devil Girl, he is also Ahsha's father. Later on his estranged wife surfaces and he is stunned by her surprise but he ventures on a relationship with Sloan and is very protective of Ahsha.
  • Taylour Paige as Ahsha Hayes (seasons 1–3)[3], the breakout star of the Los Angeles Devil Girls who immediately was a threat to Jelena. She used her dancing abilities to climb her way to the top. She gains the attraction of LA Devil's point guard Derek Roman despite having a relationship with college sweetheart German Vega. Conflicted with being in love with two guys, she doesn't let it interfere with her dancing, nor does it keep her out of Jelena's fiery crosshairs.
  • Logan Browning as Jelena Howard, the captain of the Devil Girls and the mean girl of the Devil Girls who was intent on making new Devil Girl Ahsha Hayes, suffer. Despite her many schemes she leaves a soft side for her boyfriend Terrence Wall who is also the captain of the LA Devils.
  • Kimberly Elise as Sloane Hayes, the director of the Devil Girls and Ahsha's mother who was one of the original Devil Girls herself. She is very protective of Ahsha and will go through deadly lengths to protect her
  • Katherine Bailess as Kyle Hart, a stripper-turned-cheerleader with a smart mind but a sexual attitude
  • Valery Ortiz as Raquel Saldana (seasons 1–3), a former cheerleader-turned manager of the Devils' Playground who was best friends of Ahsha and Jelena. She even had a friendship with Kyle that was so deep to where Kyle offered to feign a lesbian marriage with her just to hide her undocumented status. After being diagnosed with a terminal illness, she died in season 3. She also had a son named Miguel
  • Don Stark as Oscar Kinkade, the owner of the Devils
  • Charlotte Ross as Olivia Vincent (season 1), the former director of the Devil Girls
  • Jonathan "Lil J" McDaniel as German Vega (seasons 1–), the assistant coach of the Devils and Ahsha's ex-boyfriend
  • Jodi Lyn O'Keefe as Lionel Davenport (seasons 2–), an A-list actress and Pete's ex-wife
  • 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 homosexual son who has a warm heart
  • McKinley Freeman as Derek Roman (seasons 1–), the Devils' MVP player and Ahsha's husband
  • Robert Christopher Riley as Terrence Wall (seasons 1–3), the captain of the Devils and Jelena's boyfriend

Production[edit]

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.[4]

Following the announcement of the pilot, Charlotte Ross signed on to play Olivia, a former dancer-turned-basketball wife who oversees the squad.[5] 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 from guest star status in the pilot.[6]

It was announced on April 2, 2013, that Starz Distribution had finalized an international television distribution agreement to represent the series outside of the United States.[7]

VH1 announced the renewal of the second season on July 15, 2013.[8] The first season was the No.1 new cable scripted series of the mid-2013 among the adults 18–49 viewership demo. Season 2 production began on January 31, 2014. It premiered on May 26, 2014.[9]

On July 29, 2014, VH1 announced the third season renewal of Hit the Floor. The creator of the show, James LaRosa, as well as the show itself announced on Twitter that Hit the Floor would be returning January 18, 2016. On April 1, 2016, VH1 greenlit an hour-long summer special for Hit The Floor to answer the cliffhangers raised in the third-season finale, which aired on September 5, 2016.[10][11] On April 27, 2017, it was announced the show would move to BET for its future seasons.[12]

Episodes[edit]

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)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "VH1 Continues Winning Momentum in Scripted Arena By Setting Scripted Series "Bounce" In Motion With Greenlight". TheFutonCritic. 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 "Fan Favorites Not Returning To 'Hit The Floor' - MyFantasySportsTalk". October 3, 2017. 
  4. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (April 3, 2012). "VH1 Preps Hourlong Scripted Pilot 'Bounce'". Deadline.com. Retrieved September 30, 2012. 
  5. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (May 2, 2012). "VH1's 'Bounce' Adds 'NYPD Blue' Actress". TheHollywoodReporter. Retrieved September 30, 2012. 
  6. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (September 17, 2012). "Duo Cast in Netflix's 'Orange Is The New Black', Don Stark Upped on VH's 'Hit The Floor'". Deaadline.com. Retrieved September 30, 2012. 
  7. ^ "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. 
  8. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ Ng, Philiana (March 24, 2014). "VH1's 'Hit the Floor': Sexy Season 2 Promo Debuts (Exclusive Video)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 24, 2014. 
  10. ^ "VH1 GREENLIGHTS "HIT THE FLOOR" SUMMER SPECIAL". 
  11. ^ "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. 
  12. ^ "BET Announces Loaded 2017-2018 Slate". shadowandact.com. 

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