Season 4 of BET basketball drama Hit the Floor will feature an all-female writing staff, show creator James LaRosa revealed this weekend.
“Hit the Floor S4 writers room starts tomorrow and I am pumpedddd omgggggggg,” he tweeted along with the image of a keyboard key with the word “Yaaassssss” on it. He then added, “Stoked to say the entire writing staff for
#HitTheFloor S4 will be female. They came, they saw, they slayed.”
The show, which previously aired on VH1, follows members of the (fictional) Los Angeles Devils basketball team and some of the women on the supporting L.A. Devil Girls dance squad.
This isn’t the first time a television show has employed an all-female creative team behind the camera. The Ava DuVernay- and Oprah Winfrey-produced OWN Series Queen Sugar hired only female directors for the entirety of its first season, Hulu’s British import Harlots has all-female writing and directing teams, and Marvel’s Jessica Jones will be featuring a full slate of female directors for its second season.
In recent years, the lack of representation of women both in front of and behind the camera has come under greater scrutiny in the film and television industries, with more and more speaking out against the trend. In the last few months, X-Files actress Gillian Anderson called out the latest installment of the show’s revival for not hiring a single female writer, and Fate of the Furious star Michelle Rodriguez, who has been a part of the franchise since the beginning, threatened to leave if the series didn’t “show some love to the women” in the next movie.
BET hasn’t yet announced a premiere date for Hit the Floor season 4 and did not immediately respond to EW’s request for comment.