This was posted Thursday, March 23, 2017 by Rodney Ho on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog
TV networks love spinoffs the way movie studios love sequels.
Why? Familiarity matters in such a cluttered TV environment. It’s lower risk. That’s why there are four Dick Wolf “Chicago” dramas on NBC and three “NCIS” shows on CBS. It’s why Bravo has seven “Real Housewives” shows, including its top-rated Atlanta take. It’s why VH1 has three “Love and Hip Hop” franchises. (Again, the most popular one happens to be the Atlanta version.)
HGTV is now planning five spinoffs of “Flip or Flop,” including one out of Atlanta. The network for four years has had success with the original “Flip or Flop” featuring California couple Tarek and Christina El Moussa, who are now on gossip magazine covers after a nasty divorce. Other locations for shows include Las Vegas (set to debut April 6), Nashville, Texas and Chicago.
The Atlanta “Flip or Flop” will debut in August and feature Anita and Ken Corsini. The HGTV website says they flip more than 100 houses a year in the metro area. Their Facebook page says they run Red Barn Homes.
VH1 debuted “Black Ink Crew” out of New York in 2013 and added a Chicago version in 2015. Now it’s shooting an Atlanta version though again, I don’t have any details. Back in January, they were seeking for a black-owned tattoo shop to focus on.
And WE-TV has shot an Atlanta version of “Growing Up Hip Hop” featuring kids of famous hip-hop stars but has not announced it officially.