In efforts to re-brand BET’s sister station, Centric, into what is being described as “the first network designed for the Black woman”, Centric has inked an production deal with Queen Latifah’s Flavor Unit Entertainment to reboot the now cancelled VH1 hour-long romantic drama ‘Single Ladies‘ for a new 4th season. The exclusive production deal also includes Latifah’s top-rated daytime talk show ‘The Queen Latifah Show‘ to begin airing in primetime on the network.

Launched in 2011, ‘Single Ladies‘, which stars LisaRaye McCoy, Denise Vasi and Charity Shea, centers around three upscale Atlanta based women dealing with life, business and romance, was VH1′s first scripted drama. Though ‘Single Ladies‘ pulled in respectable numbers for the VH1 network, it saw a decline in ratings as season three progressed…which may have led to its surprise cancellation; although its overall viewership of 2.2 million per week wasn’t all that different from season two, despite a yawning 16-month gap between seasons.

There were also rumored behind-the-scenes drama which became evident after Stacey Dash, the show’s biggest name at the time, quit following just one season. After season two, creator, Stacy Littlejohn, also departed without explanation, forcing the show to go without its primary creative voice during season three.

BET Networks Chairman and CEO, Debra L. Lee, has released the following statement in regards to the Centric & Flavor Unit venture:

“We are thrilled to be working once again with Queen Latifah. As a rising talk show host, as well as, Oscar nominated actress and Grammy Award winning artist, she has her finger on the pulse of pop culture. We can’t wait to have her join us as a creative force as we continue to grow Centric into a premiere destination for African American women. The viewers are going to feel her fervor and passion for storytelling.”

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