“Hit The Floor” is set to premiere Monday, May 27 at 9pm on VH1. What is this new show all about? We caught up with James LaRosa, creator and executive producer of “Hit The Floor,” to bring you the scoop before the show airs tomorrow night.
This new scripted series follows the show’s stars Dean Cain, Kimberly Elise, Charlotte Ross and newcomer Taylour Paige through the twists and turns of life and love of a professional basketball team called the Los Angeles Devils and their pro dance team, the Devil Girls.
“This was a little bit of the brainchild of VH1′s Jeff Olde who recently went to the E! Network,” said James. “He was looking at his successes on VH1. One of them was “Single Ladies,” which is a scripted series, and another one of them is “Basketball Wives,” which is a reality show. He thought, ‘How can I give the audience something interesting that could maybe bridge these two worlds?’ The two words he thought of were basketball dancers.”
James was then tapped through a “Single Ladies” producer to give these two words life and the end result is a show that will incorporate at least one big performance number with the entire Devil Girls team in each episode. Keeping the show true to the typical professional basketball dance team life, the show will have performances not just solely in the arena setting but also at practices, charity events and more. (Photo of Kimberly Elise and James LaRosa at “Hit The Floor” Wrap Party courtesy of Rogers/Cowan)
There are 14 Devil Girls who perform routines choreographed by Michael Rooney and the ladies who have been cast for the show are pro dancers you’ve seen on shows like ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” MTV’s “DanceLife” and FOX’s “So You Think You Can Dance.” James said, “They are not only artists, they’re athletes. They are the best of the best.” We are excited to see some hard core dancing and a splash of “Oh, no you didn’t” collide in this new show.
When asked why he thought he was picked to create this show, James stated, “I’m obsessed with strong, complicated female characters. I come from a family of strong, complicated women. I think women are allowed to be much more emotional and have to struggle more in life, which I think creates a lot more interesting battle wounds and motivations. To have a show that has so many women on it is really a complete joy. I don’t have victims on my show. They all have agendas, some positive, some negative.”
10 episodes of drama and dance, what more could you want? Check out the promo video above and make sure to tune into the season premiere tomorrow. Also check out more of our interview with James in our upcoming digital Summer issue of Dance Track Magazine due out this June.