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TV Preview: Flavor of Love Season 2 Digs Deeper, Scrapes Bottom

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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:

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.

Flavor of Love logo

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 [2006]. 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.

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  • http://www.ohword.com rafi

    “Pumkin’s [sic] ignorance of Public Enemy’s music (Flav is the group’s front man)”

    Ahem. Speaking of ignorance of Public Enemy’s music…

    Chuck D is the group’s front man. Flav is his lively hypeman – “yeah boy!” – who would get about a song of his own per album.

  • http://bryanmckay.com/blog Bryan

    Ahem. Speaking of ignorance of Public Enemy’s music…

    Ha! So glad someone else picked up on this!

  • http://april Hot@choclate

    good job baby boy

  • http://lisatolliver.blogspot.com Lisa Tolliver

    My bad.

  • http://www.lisatolliver.com Lisa Tolliver

    “How low can you git, Gitlow?” is a line from PURLIE VICTORIOUS.

  • darrielle

    flav u should pick scrazy because she is down with u know dowt tack her on a date by your self and see wat hapins.

  • tajah

    flav you shoted be so badly because like dat was the only one feeling you. to me beautiful should have went home. you suck!!!!!!!! that my feeing about you!!!!!!

  • Ashley

    FLAVOR FLAV!!!!! What’s up boy! In my opinion Krazy is there for her career. Kick her to the curve and get with my girl delicious or either New york. they both want what’s best for flav and that is what’s important

  • kimmy

    flav pick delicious or new york cause they both are there for you but i ain’t feeling krazy because she’s not feeling you she says things to you that you would want to hear. you should see she’s there for her career

  • Ambria

    I think that you should get Krazy out of your house because she is fake and I think that New York should go because she called your children “Bastard’s”

    Your #1fan in America,

    Ambria -25

  • http://www.lisatolliver.com Lisa Tolliver

    What do you think about Flavor of Love 2, Episode 9 w/ the mama drama and Krazy getting cut?

  • Falon

    Just need to pick Delicious cause New York is too crazy. That’s a physco one!!!And her mom don’t like you so if you chose her, her mom is gonna be in the way. Trust me- It’s not gonna work out. And Delicous is “coo”, she’s feeling u and ur kids like her, what else do u want she’s ur full packet.

  • Falon

    Just on question, Why u bring New York back because if u don’t pick her it’s like u breaking her heart again. And u know she got mad love for u, but she ain’t rite 4 ur kids. FLAVOR FLAV!!!! That’s something u need to think about. #1 fan- just want u to be happy!

  • Homegurl falon

    Yah Boy!!! Wuz good? Hope u take my advice trust me you’ll be thinking me. Seriously.Got to go keep it real. And do the rite thing ova thurrr-

  • http://www.lisatolliver.com Lsia Tolliver

    Do you think New York’s mom was being herself on episode 9, or do you think VH1’s Flavor of Love producers encouraged her to play a certain role for the sake of TV?

  • http://Cols,OH Tenia Reeves

    I THINK HE SHOULD PICK DELICIOUS BECAUSE SHE WOULD BE BEST FOR HIM AND SHE WAS GOOD WITH HIS KIDS. HE NEEDS TO GET RID OF NEW YORK BECAUSE SHE IS NOT THERE FOR HIM SHES JUST THERE FOR TV AND SHE CALLED HIS KIDS BASTARDS AND THAT AINT RIGHT SO I SAY CHOOSE DELICIOUS AND SEND NEW YORK PACKING AGAIN

  • http://Tiffani Tiffani

    i watched the new eposode and i saw when new york went home i was so happy because the things that she had been saying since she was back in your house was just up rite crazy she acts just like here mother a ugly ass whore and really deep down she mite be pretty but tha attuitude makes her the uglyest person i know i didnt like bootz or buckey either they just thought there looks was going to still your heart buckey is pretty but not all that and i dont even know wat made bootz think that she was cute because she wasnt she just had a pretty shape but if (and you did) want a pretty shape there delicious for you

  • http://www.lisatolliver.com Lisa Tolliver

    It’s been publicized that New York is almost finished with filming ‘The Flavor of Love’ spinoff called ‘The Flavorette,’ in which she gets to flip the script and choose from among 20 bachelors. New York said they guys were even more dramatic than the women were on ‘The Flavor of Love’ and she loves it. Given that that information, do you think New York was sincere or faked her reactions to Flav and getting the boot on ‘Flavor of Love 2’?

  • jimese

    i hate that flava flav picked deelishis.i think she is just as fake as the other girls.a real woman ain’t going to be on the internet with her ass spreaded open.i know because i’m a real woman with a nice ass and it’s only for my man to see in the bedroom.you have a daughter deelishis.do you want people making fun of her in public because of you.besides a good woman don’t need to go on a show to get a man.i tink you are nasty girl and you are not a role model for no child not even your own.girl and you need to loose some weight before you start taking pictures with your nasty looking ass out.it’s supposed to be dimple free like mine girl so get it together.i think deelishis is a crazed maniac basically because with all that ass you shoudn’t have to go on a tv show to get a man.why couldn’t she get one from the hood?sounds strange to me. why she ain’t with her babydaddy since he got money over money

  • sam

    I agree i think that Delicious is fake too she’s not a lady and she has a nasty looking mouth as well as face she needs to tone up and get those ugly keloids removed and her baby daddy doesnt have any money if he was with her.

  • Kimmi Boo

    I see that some people don’t like the facy that you picked Deelicious, but I think you made the right decision. FOR ALL YA’LL WHO DON’T LIK DEELICIOUS YA’LL FAKE AND STUPID AND FU*K YA’ll

  • hater

    im glad he picked deelishis! at least is wuzzent that loud mouth new york who wuz so damn dramatic that she couldnt even walk on the boat she hadda crawl….

  • Cherrelle

    i think that was a great decision he made because i feel she was the realest one on the show and she was the only one who could shut new york’s mouth and put he in he place

  • JESSI

    YO! FLAVE DOG YOU PICKED THE RIGHT GIRL. SHE WAS REAL WITH YOU FROM THE START. AND SHE STILL STOOD REAL WITH YOU TILL THE END AND EVEN THOU I DON`T KNOW YOU PERSONALY I WOULS BETT ON IT THAT SHE IS STILL BEING REAL WITH YOU. NEW YORK WAS FAKE AS HELL HOW SHE GONNA TELL LALA ON THE REUNOUN THAT SHE DIDN`T WANT TO SEE HIM BUT THEN WHEN HE CAME OUT SHE GONNA HUG HIM AND BE ALL LOVEY DUVEY , SHE DID THAT BECAUSE FLAVE IS THE ONE WHO IS GONNA PAY FOR THAT NEW SHOW OF HERS, FLAVE MAN THATS WHAT SHE WANTED FROM THE START. YOU MADE THE PERFECT CHOICE! GO DELICIOUS! FLAVE YOU GOT A GOOD GIRL BY YOUR SIDE DON`T LET HER GO. GOOD LUCK WITH YA`LL RELATIONSHIP. OH AND TO EVERYBODY ELSE YA`LL HATERS! ONE!

  • CHABWERA

    YO! LET ME TELL YALL I`M IN MY CLASS AND SOMBODY SMELL LIKE SHIT! AND I SMELL ,LIKE SHIT TOO!

  • JESSI

    YO! ONE MORE THING FLAVE DELICOUS GONNA BE THERE FOR YOUR KIDS TOO!

  • sexy red 232

    to really be honest, nwe york needs to sit her skinny anaoresic ass down!!!11

  • http://www.lisatolliver.com Lisa Tolliver

    Do you plan to watch New York’s VH1 series, “I Love New York”?

  • niasmomma

    I wouldn’t miss “I Love New York” for the world… I just want to see how far VH1’s going to take this thing… Besides, they say she’s got new implants up to her damn NECK!!! I’m so curious about the guys who signed up for this dramafest… THIS, I’ve got to see…

  • http://www.lisatolliver.com Lisa Tolliver

    I think lots of the millions of viewers who watched THE FLAVOR OF LOVE 1 and 2 concur with niasmomma (comment #29). (BTW, I dig that handle, mami.) Too bad Flavor Flav didn’t contract to get production credits (and other ways to get paid) for all spin-offs and derivative products from the FLAVOR OF LOVE series.

  • TYEASHA

    I KNOW THAT U SHOUD PICK DELICOUS BECAUSE NEW YORK JUST WANT SEX AND DELICOUS WHANTS U BECAUSE WHO U R AND NEW YORK SLEEPS AROUND AND DELICOUS DOSEN’T SO GOOD LUCK AND GOD BLESS U LOL CUZ

  • http://blogcritics.org Chealsey

    why flav why did u bring new york back she is the meanest lady i ever seen and why u let nibblzs go and buckyee i am so glad u let krazy go she wasnt hear 4 u she was hear 2 proment her singing she cant sing any way and why u got rid of bootz she aint celbent no mo and why did u let choclat go you an her would make a good good couple! why flav if i was on the show you wont send me home i am 14 yrs.old an i still love 2 watch flavor of love dats my show i have flavor of love 1 an 2 an i aint liyin to u flav just 2 know GOOD LUCK WIT DELISHOUS dont ever put new york skinny slut ass on duh show agin pleaze she is a bitch……….

  • jasmine

    hey flav i think that you made a great choice of picking thing 2 because she is really in love wit u