When “R&B Divas” was launched just over a year ago, many women on the cast talked about how the show would be far from hits like “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” and “Basketball Wives.” They touted the fact that there wouldn’t be drama, or at least contrived or fake drama. Instead, the series was to be about a sisterhood and growth.
Fast forward to 2013, “R&B Divas Atlanta” and the spin-off, “R&B Divas LA,” are full of drama, but they are also pulling in a lot more viewers and for TV One that means more money in the form of advertisers.
Taking issue with drama on “R&B Divas LA,” Dawn Robinson opened up in a recent interview and said that producers actually pulled the cast aside, told them the show was “boring” and pretty much said that they needed more drama.
“Because we were such a part of the show, the producers speak to us midway and said, ‘You guys have a boring show.’ And I said at the meeting, ‘Is that because we’re not fighting against each other? We’re not pulling each other’s hair out? We’re not negative against each other? Is that because we support each other, and we’re loving towards each other as women? You want to see the negativity because in your mind, drama is what gets the ratings.’ But at the same time right now, what we’re seeing is that the show so far – and this is midway through filming. so this is half way through filming – what we’re seeing now is that the show, so far the four episodes that they’ve shown have been very positive and very loving, and people are reacting to the positivity on the show. And so, they have the highest rating in TV One history, our show is the highest rated show in TV One history, and that’s positivity. This show is not negative so far, and yet you guys have the highest rated show in TV One history without any drama? That says a lot – that means it was never necessary in the first place. Real life has enough drama in it without having to add to it and create some stuff ’cause you guys want ratings. It’s just ridiculous, so it’s pretty sad, but we don’t control that,” Dawn shared.
While Dawn has a point about positivity and having women support each other, television has to have some drama. There has to be some conflict. That’s just reality. One has to be in conflict, even if temporary, with the other. It doesn’t mean throw punches, pull hair and all of that. It just means, you can’t hold hands and sing kumbaya for eight episodes without losing the interest of viewers.
Even with that said, Dawn Robinson doesn’t like the direction the show is going in and that includes the way Kelly Price was captured acting a complete fool two episodes in a row (or two weeks in a row).
“See, this is the thing; this is what’s hard. When you show a bunch a stuff, and you have all this footage, and then they just break it down to certain parts of it, and then they omit certain things that you did say, but they don’t put that part in there because they want you to look a certain way. So this is why I was telling her, ‘Kelly, whatever we do, don’t react to people in an angry way, because they’re going to film that, and that’s what they’re gong to show. They want to show us fighting against each other, they want to show anger, the angry Black woman, and you’re so much better than that. Please hold your peace as much as you can, and don’t let these people take you off your greatness. You are a queen – we don’t go there, don’t do it,” Dawn said of trying to steer Kelly away from pointing out what she has in her bag, like Timberland boots, Vaseline and a straight edge.