Hit The Floor Creator James LaRosa On The Big Season One Finale

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Katherine Bailess: Kat has the heavy lifting of keeping things light on a show where, you know, people die. And she nails it each and every time. Kyle is our Southern stripper and one of the most brilliant minds on the show, and Kat makes you believe it. She’s also game for anything, including having sex with Stephen Colletti in a locker at 7 am. When someone is that game, it makes you want to write for them more and more. And judging by how you all have responded to her character, you kinda love her too. AND WAIT SHE’S MARRIED? TO SMITH JERROD FROM SEX AND THE CITY? Oh you have no idea where this story is going in Season 2… :)

Valery Ortiz: On a show where everyone is a sweetheart, Valery STILL wins for biggest sweetheart. When we tested actresses for Raquel, we had a scene where Raquel reads to her son Miguel and she was so warm and wonderful that she stole the job (and my heart) right there. I want her to read me to bed. I thank her in advance for doing that (I’m free Thurs. night, Val!). I want to thank her also for making Raquel a character you want to get behind. Is Pete the guy for her? Or is there someone else on the horizon? Stay tuned…

Jonathan McDaniel: Real men are vulnerable, and Jonathan isn’t afraid to go there as German. In a world of big money and big fame, German’s just this unapologetically sweet guy who stands by his girl. Their break-up was brutal, a lot of that thanks to Jonathan’s delivery of that speech. And the single tear that fell down his cheek, STFU. This guy is the real deal, and even though Ahsha went there with Derek, you know her story with German isn’t over…

McKinley Freeman: The man is a poet, a cupcake lover, the best person to go furniture shopping with, just a spectacular, spectacular dude. His biggest skill is making Derek the kind of bad boy you want to see get the girl. When he did that line of blow at the mansion (through a rolled up check to his mama), you felt so bad for him. And his pick me speech? What does Season 2 hold for Derek and Ahsha now that they’ve done the deed (AND ON THE BACK OF A CONVERTIBLE NO LESS DAAAAAAAYAAAAAAAM)? Hmm…

Robert Christopher Riley: It takes a lot of man to play Jelena Howard’s boyfriend. And we saw a lot of the man in the pilot (ahem). But we saw his best asset in his break-up scene with Jelena. Rob is all in, no matter what. That includes behind the scenes, where he spent a ton of time behind the monitors watching our directors work. He has a Devils hat and I’m pretty sure he’s tricking out his car with a Devils logo too. That was the plan anyway but he might’ve been drunk. I love the idea and I’m not drunk at all. A little high though. BUT HIGH ON ROB.

Don Stark: What a f–king scum bag. I mean Oscar! He may or may not have murdered Mia. (“Water under the bridge”?, what an a–hole!) In real life this guy is sweeter than the basketball cookies he brought on the last day of filming. He was the first person to predict we’d be a hit. He said he had the same feeling about That 70’s Show, which he rocked that awesome ‘fro on for eight seasons. Our original cheerleader, we love Don to death. Plus he’s funny as hell. In that inappropriate way you really like.

Bernard Curry, Rick Fox and Johanna Braddy: My fearsome threesome. As Jesse, Chase and Mia you showed serious guts (getting it on with LJ in a hotel, Olivia on a desk–and playing a RAPIST!–and not being afraid to look like a crackhead and emotionally unravel in front of our eyes, respectively). Thanks for injecting HTF with your unique brand of crazy.

I want to thank ALL my actors for their ability to keep secrets. You didn’t give up one! Now I must put you all back in the dark as the writing begins on Season Two on Monday. Mwahaha.

MY DANCERS:

The Devil Girls are the lifeblood of this show, and these women work so hard day in and day out to make something truly epic. The best way for me to show my respect is to list each and every damn one of them by name because they should be recognized as the crazy talented mind-blowing individuals they are.

* Carly Anderson
* Starkesha Brown
* Caitlin Carver
* Reshma Gajjar
* Courtney Galiano
* Allison Holker
* Alaina Hoolihan
* Michelle “JERSEY” Maniscalco
* Stephanie Moseley
* Katrina Norman
* Monica Soto

Take a bow, ladies!

Thank you also to our genius choreographer Michael Rooney and his left and right hand Danny Valle for blowing me away every week with routines that were all so different and so fierce and so everything. Methinks the Emmys will get a bit more Floor-y in the choreography department next year…