12:05pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Hit the Floor' Canceled After Four Seasons at BET
As BET is in midst of a larger investment in scripted programming, the Viacom-owned cable network is axing its veteran drama.
The Scott M. Mills-led cable network has canceled the drama Hit the Floor after four seasons. The fourth season, which was the first to air on BET after the cabler picked up the series after corporate sibling VH1 exited the scripted space, wrapped its run in August.
"At this time, BET Networks will not be moving forward with a fifth season of Hit the Floor. We are grateful to the most passionate fans ever who helped to bring one more season of the #DevilsNation to the screen, and the incredible cast and dancers. We would especially like to thank and recognize the acclaimed executive producer and creator of the series James LaRosa for his passion and vision. We look forward to finding ways to continue in partnership," BET said Friday in a statement.
Season four, which starred Dean Cain and Jodi Lyn O'Keefe, consisted of eight episodes — the lowest order for the series about a fictional pro basketball team.
The cancellation arrives as BET is making a larger push for scripted originals with a high-profile slate that includes Paramount Network transplant First Wives Club, a Lena Waithe- and Halle Berry-produced TV sequel of Boomerang, the limited series American Soul, Peachtree Place and In Contempt. The latter is awaiting word on a second season.
Mills previously told The Hollywood Reporter that he hoped to have six scripted series on his network next year. "For 2019, we are greenlighting five new original scripted series. And we anticipate either Hit the Floor or In Contempt is going to do well enough for us to bring it back. So we'll have six scripted series in 2019," the exec said in an April interview announcing plans to double down on scripted.