When I first spotted the news on Twitter (where it all goes down these days) that there were plans to make a UK version of the hit US VH1 “reality” show Love & Hip Hop I thought it was a joke (I still do). But they are in the process of casting for the show.
So far America has brought us Love & Hip Hop (New York) and Love & Hip Hop Atlanta. I tried to watch the original show but lasted five minutes. I find it hard to suspend disbelief when it comes to that structured “reality” nonsense, where producers give the cast a brief outline of a script and they run with it from there.
Still I suppose the “up and coming” UK version will give the hundreds of “models”/”actresses” on Facebook with a 60 second appearance in a Grime video on their CV’s and struggling egomaniac rappers along with their equally egomaniac “entourages” a chance to earn some money and get some face time on TV.
BUT I do have a few questions …
Is VH1 (UK) /Viacom behind this project and will the show actually be aired on the channel?
So far all I have seen is a poster advertising a ‘casting party’ in a nightclub and tweets about how many young women have been cast along with a Gmail contact email address. There is no mention of VH1 actually being involved in this project. Or perhaps I missed it?
It just seems to me that if Viacom (the company that overseas VH1, MTV and BET) were involved the casting process would be low-key and they wouldn’t be promoting so heavily on Twitter. They also wouldn’t use a Gmail account as a contact email address.
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