TORONTO — Keisha, Raquel and April — the women of Single Ladies — are coming to Canada.
The fourth season of the U.S. cable series starring LisaRaye McCoy-Misick, Denise Vasi and Charity Shea will be shot in Toronto, Global News has learned.
Single Ladies, which follows the lives of a group of best friends living in Atlanta, was cancelled earlier this year after a three-season run on VH1. In April, BET Networks announced it was giving the show a new life on its Centric network.
VH1, BET and Centric are all owned by Viacom.
Executive producer Queen Latifah’s Flavor Unit Entertainment decided to relocate production of the series from Atlanta to Toronto in order to take advantage of tax credits, a favourable exchange rate and other benefits.
The third season of Single Ladies averaged 2.2 million viewers a week on VH1.
Centric is available in about 52 million U.S. households. Single Ladies does not air in Canada.
The show also stars former Destiny’s Child member LeToya Luckett, Travis Winfrey, D.B. Woodside and Terrell Tilford.
Cameras are set to roll later this year.
Toronto has played host to several high-profile African American productions, including 2005’s Get Rich or Die Tryin’ starring 50 Cent, last year’s star-studded movie The Best Man Holiday, and the 2008 TV movie A Raisin in the Sun starring Sean Combs and Phylicia Rashad.
Latifah, who starred in the Toronto-shot movies Chicago and Hairspray, told Global News last year she is a big fan of the city.
“I love Toronto. My experiences here have been great,” she said. “I have friends who are like family to me that live not far from here, like in Peterborough and Whitby, so I get out into the town a little bit.
“Toronto is such a great example of how to have a multicultural city and how people can really enjoy each others’ cultures and it’s closer to what the world is really supposed to be like.”
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