Original ranks as web's top-rated original series

VH1 is spinning off a female version of its No. 1 show “Flavor of Love.”

Cable network has greenlit production on 10 episodes of an untitled series from executive producers Cris Abrego and Mark Cronin that casts one of the eccentric contestants from the first season of “Flavor” in her own dating show.

“Flavor” continues to rank as VH1′s top-rated original series. A recent episode on Sept. 3 drew a big 3.23 million viewers (1.5 national rating/5 share in 18-49; 1.9/7 in 18-34).

Similar to what ABC did with “The Bachelorette,” VH1 will air the offshoot on its own next year, likely in the “Flavor” Sunday night timeslot.

And, like “Flavor,” the producers are casting a “diverse” selection of contestants; in the first episode of “Flavor of Love 2,” two of the competing women got into a fistfight over a bed, and another defecated on Flav’s marble floor.

“We’re able to cast guys you wouldn’t normally see.” Abrego said. “We’ve got investment bankers, lawyers, rappers, unemployed guys living at home …The best part is each one believes they have amazing game.”

Production begins later this month. Season two of “Flavor” concludes Oct. 15.

As far as the possibility for a third go-round with Flav, Cronin acknowledged that trying to find the rap star love again might be overkill, and another season might be out of the question. “We are developing new show ideas with him,” Abrego said. “We think it’s time for him to do something new. He’s funny and a likeable character.”

Abrego and Cronin are behind several of VH1′s highly rated Celebreality series. Pair continues to produce “The Surreal Life” and is wrapping upcoming skeins “The Surreal Life: Fame Games,” premiering Oct. 22, and “Celebrity Paranormal Project” (Daily Variety, Aug. 31) for January.

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