By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act April 2, 2013 at 2:29PM
I wondered what happened to this project...
Announce last summer, VH1 ordered Kimberly Elise's scripted hour-long drama titled, Bounce, which co-stars newcomer Taylour Paige, Charlotte Ross, Logan Browninghas and Dean Cain.
Bounce follows the lives and loves of the Los Angeles Devil Girls, the dance team for the No.1 professional basketball team in the country. It centers on Ahsha (Taylour Paige), a sheltered young woman who joins the team against the wishes of her mother Sloane (Kimberly Elise), who knows this treacherous, tempting world all too well having been an original Devil’s Girl herself. Olivia (Charlotte Ross) is the shrewd squad manager, Jelena (Logan Browning) is the ruthless star captain of the dance team and Pete Davenport (Dean Cain) is the former All-Star who’s come back to coach his old team only to have to contend with the girls both stealing the spotlight and distracting his players.
The cast also includes Valery Ortiz, Katherine Bailess, Jonathan McDaniel and McKinley Freeman.
Announced this afternoon via press release, Starz Worldwide Distribution, a division of Starz, has finalized an international television distribution agreement with VH1 for the the TV series, which is no longer called Bounce. Its new title is Hit The Floor.
In a 2012 interview, Elise rejected the interviewer's suggestion that Bounce may be more like one of VH1's reality TV series, specifically Basketball Wives; Kimberly quickly dismissed that idea (can't blame her), and instead said that it's more like Black Swan, the dark, fantastical, Oscar-winning film (Best Actress for Natalie Portman) directed by Darren Aronofsky.
She later clarified that it's not as dark as Black Swan, but that it's similar in the sense that it gives the audience a glimpse at what goes on behind-the-scenes, the mechanics of it all, with the cast of pro dancers that make up the show; and also that it IS indeed a scripted series, not a reality TV show.
But overall, she seemed really excited about it.
Starz certainly is, calling Hit the Floor "highly-anticipated," and "VH1's biggest scripted effort to date," which they feel "should play extremely well to an international audience."
VH1 has yet to announce a debut date for the series. It's likely a fall 2013 entry.
Well, at least we know it's not a dead project.
Always glad to see Kimberly Elise working...