By: Amanda Anderson-Niles
“Love and Hip Hop” quickly became one of VH1’s breakout reality shows after the world was exposed to the complicated relationship between rapper Jim Jones and his girlfriend (now fiancee) Chrissy Lampkin. Although both walked away from the series after they fell out with Executive Producer Mona Scott Young over what they felt were shady motives to invoke on-screen drama between Chrissy and Yandy Smith, the series then expanded to Atlanta. After just one season of “Love and Hip Hop Atlanta,” the Atlanta version speedily became the more popular of the two shows. In fact, the New York cast struggled so much in ratings that Mona has asked K. Michelle to agree to do a season with the New York cast before her own series launches on the network. Interestingly enough, it’s now being reported that the series will expand into more cities.
A source on the production staff tells the YBF that Mona and the VH1 executives are quietly working to possibly add shows in Los Angeles, New Orleans and Houston. And this tip surely matches up with the rumors that have been circulating around for weeks suggesting Ray J. and Teairra Mari are in talks to join the Los Angeles cast.
For the record, Mona Scott Young hasn’t denied or confirmed the rumors as of yet, and neither has VH1. But as the “Basketball Wives” franchise continues to struggle in ratings (the Miami cast is a sinking ship these days too), it’s very plausible that VH1 would be looking into expanding the one series that continues to pick up steam. Despite the decline in ratings for “Love and Hip Hop New York,” “Love and Hip Hop Atlanta” easily took the crown for the “Most Watched Cable Show” for summer 2013.