T.I. and Tiny are back together and coming back on TV real soon. If you haven’t heard the estranged couple have reconciled and are returning to VH1 for a new season of their hit reality show T.I. & Tiny’s Family Hustle … but this time they bringing along some of their friends.
Their new series “T.I. & Tiny: Friends and Family Hustle” features the pair along with their five children (Zonnique, Messiah, Domani, Deyjah, King, Major and Heiress) PLUS, a few of their ATL celebrity friends including Monica Brown, Antonia “Toya” Wright and LeToya Luckett.
Yep that’s why they have all been hanging out together.
But while we are basking in the excitement of this reality revival, wouldn’t it be cool if some of our other favorites returned?
THE SIMPLE LIFE
Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie toured America from 2003 to 2007, getting in touch with the country’s roots and showing off their bizarrely impeccable comedic timing along the way. Running for five seasons, The Simple Life proved the two were millionaires with hearts of gold. With the last decade’s huge political paradigm shifts, a rebooted version of the show could prove to be equal parts entertaining and informative as the heiresses encounter a new version of Real America. Now that’s hot.
Before E!’s Rich Kids Of Beverly Hills, BET was serving up the elite offspring of Black Hollywood. Baldwin Hills showed off not only the oldest affluent Black neighborhood in the U.S., but also how well their occupants like actress Vanessa Bell Calloway and Sherri Lee Ralph lived. For some it was the Black version of Laguna Beach but the show was actually a success and lasted three seasons … which is reason enough for a return.
FLAVOR OF LOVE
Who could resist this train wreck of a TV show. At the time the thought of Flavor Flav being the object of 12 women’s affections seemed preposterous but it became evident, very quickly, that these women were willing to do ANYTHING for love. We have The Surreal Life and the short-lived Strange Love, which chronicled the failed relationship of Brigitte Nielsen and Flavor Flav, to thank for this runaway hit. We should also thank Flav for giving us reality queen Tiffany “New York” Pollard and her show “I Love New York” … maybe he really does know best.
MAKING THE BAND
15 years ago, when MTV announced that Sean “P. Diddy” Combs would be taking over the Making The Band franchise after boyband O-Town was created, everyone was interested in seeing how things would go. Unfortunately, no one was prepared for the long-lasting impact and sometimes gut-wrenching scenes that would come along with fighting for a spot on the Bad Boy roster. Although the dysfunction of the group and continuous disagreements are cited as the reason for their breakup after their debut album, Too Hot for TV, nothing can ever eliminate what Diddy and the group brought to the screens of the early 2000s. From epically long walks to get cheesecake to full out brawls, MTV’s Making The Band 2 delivered some of the best moments in reality TV.
There’s no denying that the Mob Wives put the “Real” in reality TV. Unlike any other “housewives” franchise these ladies brought mob movie drama to our TV screens every week. From imprisoned husbands and fathers, to families in witness protection these ladies had real reasons to be angry and had no problem duking it out on camera. Now rumor has it OG’s Renee Graziano, Drita D’Avanzo, Carla Facciolo, and Karen Gravano may return when Vh1 brings back the series. Sadly it will be hard to watch without Angela Raiola AKA Big Ang who passed from cancer back in 2016.