Posted Friday, March 16, 2018 by RODNEY HOemail@example.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog
"Love and Hip Hop Atlanta" over seven seasons has had a dizzying number of cast changes and this season is no exception. The show returns Monday, March 19 at 8 p.m.
Two full-time cast members are out: as previously reported, Joseline Hernandez left in a huff, as the rest of the cast rebelled against her haughty, ratchet attitude. Also, Tammy Rivera is gone. Her story lines were never terribly compelling.
In their place? Erica Mena, a former model who was part of the cast of "Love and Hip Hop New York" for several seasons, and Jessica Dime, who was a supporting player for three previous seasons but gets the big promotion.
Naturally, there are several fresh supporting players and a few departures.
Newbies include Tokyo Vanity, an artist; rapper BK Brasco; and music executive Keely Hill.
With Tammy out, her hubby Waka Flocka Flame won't be back either nor will his mom and artist manager Deb Atney.
Another big departure appears to be rapper Scrappy, who had been around since season one as an entertaining, notable supporting player, ya feel me? This also means his on-and-off lady friend Bambi is gone as well. But his mom Momma Dee remains on the cast. It also looks like Mimi's buddy Ariane Davis is out, too.
Three cast members have been full-time main characters since day one: Mimi Faust, Rasheeda and Karlie Redd. Stevie J has been around, too, but he went from supporting to main season four. He remains the only dude to become a main cast member. Others who have been supporting players since day one include Yung Joc, Momma Dee and Kirk Frost.
From a plot standpoint, we finally find out if Jasmine's baby is Kirk's. Stevie J, no longer having to battle Joseline, is managing Just Brittany and Estelita and possibly Erica, too. Jessica Dime is working on getting married to Shawne Williams. Tommie Lee's ex Scrapp De Leon may return from early release from prison. Karlie is now dating Sean Garrett. Joc wants to open a salon. Melissa Scott, Lovely Mimi, Spice and Sierra, who debuted season six, will continue to have story lines as well. And Momma Dee's relationship with Earnest is on the rocks.
In other words, you'll need a thick notebook to keep track of everything as usual as characters battle for airtime.