Exclusive: TV One nixes 'R&B Divas Atlanta' and 'The Rickey Smiley Show'

It was a long time coming but widely expected: two Atlanta-based TV One shows are officially dead and buried: reality show "R&B Divas Atlanta" and sitcom "The Rickey Smiley Show," both after three seasons.

Former Turner and UP-TV executive Brad Siegel recently took over TV One and decided the fate of these two shows that were greenlit by predecessors.

"R&B Divas Atlanta" actually drew okay ratings for TV One (366,000 viewers season three counting three days of DVR usage) but it kept losing key cast members. Faith Evans and Nicci Gilbert left after season two. Angie Stone joined the show season two but after the third and what is now final season, she proclaimed she was done. Syleena Johnson in January told me KeKe Wyatt and season threee entrant LaTavia Roberson were finished as well and wouldn't have done a fourth season. LaTocha Scott spent just a single season on the show (two).

Only Johnson, season three arrival Kameelah Williams and original diva Monifah Carter were willing to move forward, Johnson said.

The final reunion episode aired July 9, 2014.

Atlanta's Rickey Smiley has a close relationship with TV One since he syndicates his radio show for the radio division.

It opened with promising numbers but viewers slipped off over time.

Bobb, in an email after I posted this original item, said the show is not dead. It will be going to another network but he can't yet disclose which one.

TV One is not abandoning Atlanta. It has at least one scripted show set to debut in the summer that has begun production here: a comedy called "Born Again Virgin." (The pilot aired in February.)

The black-owned network has also committed to a series of movies and many have been and will be produced in Atlanta. The network recently shot "To Hell and Back" starring Ernie Hudson here and next month's "For the Love of Ruth" was shot locally as well.

And if you're really into TV One, here's a bulk of a press release of upcoming shows on the network and descriptions. Warning: it's a long read but provides plenty of detail.

This is a photo I took of Lisa Wu back in 2009. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com
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Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho covers radio and television for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
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