This was posted Wednesday, March 8, 2017 by Rodney Ho on his AJC Radio & TV Talk
After six seasons, VH1 is retiring the Altanta family-oriented reality show "T.I. and Tiny: The Family Hustle." The final season begins Monday, April 17 at 10 p.m.
For this type of show, six seasons is a relatively long run. MTV's "Run's House" also lasted six. One of the originators, MTV's "The Osbournes" made it to four seasons. A couple that have lasted longer: A&E's "Duck Dynasty" is ending this year with an impressive 11. And E!'s "Keeping up with the Kardashians" keeps chugging along, having just begun its 13th season.
Atlanta-based rap star T.I. was able to use the show to stay in the spotlight while balancing acting gigs and releasing music. In the meantime, the show was able to highlight his dad cred and his business acumen. And Tameka "Tiny" Cottle-Harris, who has been on multiple reality shows, just gleams off the camera.
This sixth season will also allow the show to reach the symbolically vaunted 100 episodes.
While gossip sites have been speculating about their marriage after Tiny filed for divorce in December, VH1 in a press release hinted that they are now handling a "new normal" while they "remain more committed than ever to the family hustle."
The show said audiences will view some of T.I.'s political activism and support of a new crop of artists on his record label. Tiny balances her business ventures with a recently announced Xscape reunion.
And the kids get the spotlight, too: "Niq Niq and Domani are bringing new music to their fans, Messiah prepares to leave the nest for college and King and Major, no longer the babies of the family, will be showing the ropes to the newest member of the Harris family, baby Heiress."