TV Review: Hit the Floor

Hit The Floor VH1 TV Review

VH1's Laker Girls-like cheerleader soap approaches so-bad-it's-good territory

Although the obvious comparison is to CW’s short-lived cheerleader drama “Hellcats,” “Hit the Floor” — a terrible title for VH1’s soap about, to cut to the chase, the Laker Girls — bears a closer resemblance to Lifetime’s “The Client List,” in that it’s so trashy and terrible, it’s kind of good. Graduating to a professional squad in Los Angeles (the appropriately tempting Devil Girls) the show provides all the requisite ingredients — sex, money, sports and an excuse for the camera to pan leeringly over glistening bodies. VH1 hasn’t taken many shots in the scripted genre, but this one should score.

Drawing from just about every cliche imaginable, the series begins with newbie Ahsha (Taylour Paige) at tryouts, eager to follow in the footsteps of her single mom (Kimberly Elise). Fresh-faced and naive, Ahsha quickly befriends squad member Raquel — a single mom (Valery Ortiz) with a deadbeat ex — but runs afoul of the imperious team leader Jelena (Logan Browning), who sees her as a threat.

The cheerleaders answer to manager Olivia (Charlotte Ross), and the basketball team is coached by Pete (Dean Cain), whose players seem helpfully oblivious to his admonitions not to mess with the cheerleaders. Then again, since one of those trying out, Kyle (Katherine Bailess), is a stripper trying to maximize her tips, well, let’s just say rules were made to be broken.

Created by James LaRosa, “Hit the Floor” (originally dubbed “Bounce,” which isn’t much better) has plenty of moments where the dialogue approaches wince-inducing levels — like the player who hits on Ahsha by saying, “I see my chance to score and I attack” — and talks about the Devil Girls as if they were some sort of sacred religious order.

Yet even that oddly works to the show’s advantage, if only for sheer kitsch factor. Moreover, the setting not only provides “Dallas”-like glamour but an additional roster of temptations thanks to its Los Angeles setting. Similarly, the backdrop creates a built-in excuse for incorporating elements, including choreographed dance numbers and music, from a number of other popular shows.

It’s all highly calculated, obviously, but still kind of hard to resist — and as lighter summer fare overlapping with the NBA playoffs, it’s pretty well timed. Like VH1’s earlier “Single Ladies,” the multiethnic cast should also attract a variety of audiences, even if the gals are far more convincing as cheerleaders than most of the guys are as pro basketball stars.

“I may not be the best dancer here, but I know how the world works,” Kyle tells Ahsha — a bit of stripper wisdom that, for better or worse, applies to the TV world, too. Now get limbered up, Devil Girls, and go strut your stuff.

TV Review: Hit the Floor

(Series; VH1, Mon. May 27, 9 p.m.)

Production

Filmed in Los Angeles by the Film Syndicate.

Crew

Executive producers, James LaRosa, Maggie Malina, Bryan Johnson, Jeff Olde, Jill Holmes; co-executive producer, Keri Flint; producer, Cyrus Yavneh; director, Sanaa Hamri; writer, LaRosa; camera, Paul Sommers; production designer, Chase Harlan; editor, Melissa Kent; music, Michael Corcoran, Eric Goldman. 60 MIN.

Cast

Kimberly Elise, Taylour Paige, Logan Browning, Katherine Bailess, Valery Ortiz, McKinley Freeman, Jonathan McDaniel, Robert Christopher Riley, Bernard Curry, Melissa Molinaro, Don Stark, Dean Cain

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  1. Vicky says:

    I’m on the fence. I have watched Logan browning since she was on meet the browns and she is naturally pretty, so she doesn’t have to over play the sexy role, but she is doing that and it makes me want to change the channel. the Ausha girl, yes I agree her acting is bad but I think she will get better. As far as the story line, yes it’s typical but what show or movie isn’t now a days. People are running out of creativeness and plots to new shows but you learn to take it for what it is. I think it is something to watch when u are bored. It is not that show when I am out I say omg, I’m going to miss hit the floor……but if I’m bored flipping through channels it is one I stop for or remember then. Honestly when I’m out I think omg I’m going to miss bad girls club before I think this or the show The Game. I think with a little steam and a couple more episodes it can’t be good. I think Logan should be a little more sneaky mean, not so out there. If a girl says you were her idol, ablest play the role until u get what u want! She should just be pretty like she already is and stop trying to make every move overly sexy. someone should start drugs and hide the addiction, maybe Ausha and Logan should be the person who saves her in turn saving herself. That nasty white girl should end up catching an STD which should be linked to more than one player……and Logan Brownings cookie cutter boyfriend should start going after someone else, which should piss her off so much that she spills his dirty laundry, like he has 3 kids or a mother for a drunk……idk just saying step it up.

  2. Frankie says:

    I looooove this show. I agree that Vh1 normally doesn’t do all that great with it’s scripted series, but THIS time.. They did a wonderful job. It draws me, & many, many people in immediately. I actually was a Hellcat fan too, but it wasn’t nearly as good as this. The level of mystery they have, withhiding this Mia character draws me in. The dancers draw me in. The setting draws me in. The fact that Ahsha’s mom was a devil girl draws me in. The fact that Ahsha’s dad is the coach draws me in. JELENA DRAWS ME IN. I believe that this show will be epic. I believe it has the potential of Scandal or Pretty Little Liars. Mark my words, it’s gonna be big.

  3. angela dennis says:

    The show sucks. Taylour Paige can’t dance or act, and the dancing is choreograpghed around her lack of talent on the dance floor.The other girls on the show other than Logan Browning are professional dancers. Its an awful, predictable Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders wannbe. I agree with your review- trashy and terrible.

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