Lil' Mo, Claudette Ortiz & Michel'le Toussaint also join the cast.
TV One’s “R&B Divas” is becoming a reality show franchise. Production begins this month in Los Angeles on the original series’ offshoot, “R&B Divas: LA.” The eight-episode arc, slated to premiere on TV One in third quarter 2013, will chronicle the lives and careers of Kelly Price, Chanté Moore, Dawn Robinson, Lil' Mo, Claudette Ortiz and Michel’le Toussaint.
All six of the “R&B Divas: LA” cast members have been R&B chart fixtures. Price is best known for the hits “Friend of Mine” and Whitney Houston’s “Heartbreak Hotel” featuring Price and Faith Evans. Moore’s chart hits include “Chanté’s Got a Man” and “Love’s Taken Over.” Robinson is a former member of the R&B/pop female group En Vogue (“Hold On,” “My Lovin’,” “Giving Him Something He Can Feel”) and Lucy Pearl (“Dance Tonight”). Lil’ Mo’s biggest hits include her collaborations with Ja Rule (“Put It on Me”) and Fabolous (the latter’s “Can’t Let You Go” and her own “Superwoman Pt. II”). Ortiz was the lead singer of the trio City High (“What Would You Do?”), while Toussaint, billing herself by her first name, scored the hits “No More Lies” and “Something in My Heart.”
The second season of the original series, “R&B Divas,” is currently filming. Its original cast -- Faith Evans, Nicci Gilbert-Daniels, Monifah Carter, Syleena Johnson and Keke Wyatt -- is back on board and will be joined by Angie Stone and LaTocha Scott (XScape). Although a premiere date has not yet been announced, the target date will be sometime in second quarter 2013.
Evans and Gilbert-Daniels double as executive producers on both shows, which are produced for TV One by Thinkfactory Media.