It's clear, right off the bat, VH1 execs dug deeper in the celebreality show Flavor of Love season two – premiering on August 6 at 10 Eastern/9 Central, and repeating throughout the week – than they did in season one. Some might dare say they scraped bottom with regard to both casting and setting permissible standards of decorum, even though some have observed the second crop of contestants is prettier, overall, than the first was.
Whether or not this season sports a bigger bevy of beauties, I can't get past the following facts:
- For all of their cat fighting, spitting, dishonesty, psychodrama, significant other drama, mama drama, bare chested mud wrestling, throw-down whorishness, brazen gold digging, I'll-take-you-out (and not on a date) behavior, and Pumkin's ignorance of Public Enemy's music (Flav is the group's front man), and African American slang, not one of the twenty members of Flav's original harem warranted headlines like this: "RealityBlurred – Flavor of Love 2 debuts Sunday, and one woman 'shits on my floor,' Flavor says."
- And they waited until AFTER episode one to incur press like this: "YouTube – Flavor Of Love (season 2) first fight."
Full disclosure requires acknowledging in season one, Episode One: "Fifteen Beds and a Bucket of Puke", Goldie drank too much champagne but escaped elimination; and in season one, Episode Two: "Rub a Dub Flav", fur flew between New York and Pumkin.
No doubt, season two of VH1's Flavor of Love should meet or exceed the popularity record set by season 1. As I discussed previously, Flavor of Love 1 was VH1's highest-rated show ever.
To whet viewers' already-voracious appetites for the long-awaited return of Black-chelor Flavor Flav's quest for love among 20 catty, battling contenders, VH1 released three womens' "screen test" videos on their broadband site and at iFilm: Flavor of Love Auditions . As if that were not enough, on Wednesday – four days early – VH1 also released the 90-minute Flavor of Love season premiere on V-Spot. In addition, to ensure no one misses a morsel, a press release announced VH1 will make each episode "available on VSPOT in its entirety for 48 hours every Wednesday following its Sunday night broadcast," and will heap on dessert, comprised of such weekly "extras" as post-show footage and never-before-seen clips from each segment.
Flavor of Love 2 appetizers also included promotional trailers. These teasers were peppered throughout yesterday's marathon of season one reruns. The resulting viewing experience was akin to gorging at a multi-course sit-down spread that would please both Jack and Mrs. Spratt*. The spread featured bawdy entertainment – a succession of naughty, but nice-to-look-at, multicultural offerings – and service that was regularly interrupted by samplings of the coarser, greasier fare to be served at an upcoming feeding frenzy.
* "Jack Spratt" is title and subject of this Mother Goose rhyme:
Jack Spratt could eat no fat. His wife would eat no lean. And so you see, betwixt them both they licked the platter clean. – Author anonymous
If asked to recommend a theme song befitting Flavor of Love 2, I would recommend either the forthcoming CD – Flavor Flav: Rise, Fall, Rise or something by Rick James (e.g., "Super Freak"), Whodini (e.g., "Freaks Come Out at Night"), or one of the many artists or groups who released songs about gold diggers. Of course, my recommendation is based solely on the trailers I've seen and press I've read. I won't watch the premier until tonight.
Throughout season one, the behavior of most of the Flavor of Love cast members (except Flav's towering, coolly distant majordomo/chauffeur, Big Rick) became increasingly extreme – extremely antisocial, extremely brazen, extremely competitive, extremely desperate, extremely dysfunctional, extremely exploitative, extremely pathetic, extremely unseemly, extremely violent, and extremely vulgar (not necessarily in that order) – bringing to mind this line from a black show:
"How low can you git, Gitlow?" (Could the source be Melvin Van Peebles' Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song?):
As participants sank deeper into depravity in successive segments of season one, coming attractions for season two reminded us there were depths yet to be plumbed. Depths, perhaps, where few women on unscripted primetime shows had boldly gone before. (Now that's low!)
I envision this pitch for Flavor of Love 2:
Star F**k: A hip hop Bachelor seeks 1 true love among 20 Girlz 'N the Hood who harbor Pretty Woman delusions. Casting template: In Living Color.