Master of Reality
JM: Yeah, it was pretty clear that Tanisha in particular was a real breakout star and it was pretty clear early on that there was just more conflict this season. I think the challenge and the question we had was: Would these characters be affected by their time together? Would there be growth? And I think as viewers watch the last few episodes play out, they'll see that there was.
TWoP: On that serious note, some of these women do have major issues in their lives that they're dealing with. Is there any sort of counseling support that your company provides off-camera either during the shoot or after the shoot, or do you just let it play out the way it plays out?
JM: If they're interested in help, we tend to offer it to them. Sometimes that help can take place on camera, sometimes it can't, depending on the wishes of the therapist or the counselor. I know Darlen went through some counseling. I think Andrea went through some counseling for the eating disorder. So it just depends on each situation.
TWoP: There's certainly been a lot of pushing and shoving, hair-pulling, and threats of violence on BGC this season. How do you know when it's time for someone from behind the camera to step in and break it up? Is there a particular line that has to be crossed?
JM: The guiding principle [for] all of our directors is that we don't want anybody to get hurt -- seriously hurt. It's a television show, ultimately, and that's why we will step in when we see that someone could get hurt. But it's a gray line and the person on that [shoot] has to make that judgment call.
TWoP: Will The Bad Girls Club return for a third season?
JM: We hope so! I think this season is running about 15 percent over last season, though Tuesdays are a tough night. But when your show increases ratings it usually gets you another season.
TWoP: Would you consider moving the show to another city, or is Los Angeles really the perfect location?
JM: L.A. is the place, plus with the show's budget, we need to shoot it in a town where our crew sleeps in their own beds. We don't have the budget to take it somewhere else where we'd have to bring crews into town and put them up.