VH1 is giving two female hip-hop artists their own reality series on the network. Sandra “Pepa” Denton of Salt-N-Pepa and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas from TLC have been tapped to appear in two as-yet-series scheduled to premiere in 2010. Eight half-hour episodes have been ordered for each.
The as-yet-untitled Pepa project will follow the divorced mother as she looks for love after four years of self-imposed celibacy. The rapper and three of her closest female friends, who are also single, will meet for brunch every week to discuss the highs and lows of the past seven days.
Chilli’s series, will show its star — who has enjoyed failed romances with R&B star Usher and producer Dallas Austin — enlisting Brooklyn relationship expert Tionna Smalls to help her find a long-term relationship.
“These are women that our audiences know. They’re attached to them, they know their music, and they’re both women you can root for,” Jeff Olde, executive vice president of original programming and production for VH1, told the Daily News yesterday. “But the shows are different. The Pepa show, I think, gives us a window into the real conversations women have about their lives and relationships. With Chilli, it’s breaking down why this gorgeous, successful woman is still single and pushing her to try new things and push her boundaries.”