VH1 has made another move down the scripted television path, giving the greenlight to the hourlong series Bounce. Dean Cain, Kimberly Elise and Charlotte Ross star in the show, which focuses on the dance squad for a Los Angeles basketball team and their “lives and loves”, which I translate as meaning: we’ll see a lot of people wearing very little.

VH1 adds Bounce as the second scripted series for the network. First up was Single Ladies, produced by Queen Latifah. That one started out as a movie rather than a pilot, an unusual route to television series, and is now in its second season with strong ratings. Deadline says VH1 was looking with something with a musical component, and Bounce apparently fits the bill. As if VH1 really has anything to do with music anymore; it went down the same path as MTV some time ago.

Bounce is about the Los Angeles Devil Girls, who are the dance squad for the top basketball team in the country. It follows Ahsha, played by newcomer Taylour Paige, who comes on board the dance team in spite of her mother’s objections. The mom, Sloane (Kimberly Elise) is an ex-Devil Girl herself, making her well aware of the dangers of the dance team world. Charlotte Ross will play the dance squad’s manager, and another newcomer, Logan Browning will play the squad’s ruthless captain. Every dance squad needs one of those. Dean Cain is playing a former all-star who returns as the team’s new coach, discovering that these girls in short skirts are a distraction for his players (that surprises him?) as well as a bunch of spotlight hogs.

The new series starts production in early 2013. Sounds like a draw for young female viewers, which is exactly what Single Ladies is already bringing in to VH1.

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