7. VH1 Greenlights A 'Basketball Wives' Reality Series

From earlier this week…

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be an NBA player’s wife? Well, wonder no more!

VH1 has teamed up with the wives and girlfriends of some of the NBA’s most elite players to give the viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the glamorous life of a professional basketball player’s wife in VH1’s original series, “Basketball Wives.” Production is set to begin on the series in December 2009. The eight-episode 30-minute series is set to premiere on March 15, 2010.

This series is about the insider life of the wives, girlfriends and a few ex-wives of some of the biggest ballers in the game.  These ladies live the life.  They drive the best cars, live in the biggest mansions, wear designer clothes and jewelry and only travel first class.  But living the high life is not all glamour.  In order to protect it, they have to deal with the jealousies and dramas of living in — and staying in — the inner circle.  They must also keep the groupies at bay while their husbands and boyfriends are traveling on the road for over six months of the year playing ball all-the-while wondering if their spouses are being faithful to them.

The cast is filled with the wives and ex-wives of superstars including Jennifer Williams (wife of Eric Williams), Evelyn Lozada (ex-fiancé of Antoine Walker), Mesha O’Neal (wife of Jermaine O’Neal), Royce Reed, Faith Rain (Udonis Haslem’s girlfriend) and Shaunie O’Neal (wife of Shaquille O’Neal) who will also serve as  executive producer on the series.

There are so many different places this show can go, but unfortunately, VH1 is producing it. Were it on, say, HBO, we could really be talking about something special. Like “Real Sex” meets “Real Housewives” meets TRUCK PARTY.

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“It’s not TV, it’s… the actual, documented exploits of NBA superstars.” Sadly, I have a feeling VH1’s version will be sanitized, and peppered with fluffy storylines, like “How do I juggle all these charity events?!” instead of, “Who brought all these groupies to Allen Iverson’s charity softball game?!” Oh well…

But hey, there’s always Jersey Shore, right?

Star-divide

Another way to make this show 1,000 times better would be to make “Sweethearts: Girlfriends Adjusting To The NBA.” Because many NBA rookies come into the League with a serious girlfriend. Sometimes it’s a girl from their hometown, or maybe someone they’ve dated for a few years in college. You want entertainment? Let’s put together a reality show seeing how those relationships play out during those players’ rookie season.

“Tyreke, you told me I was the one!”

[…]

“You are! But it was All-Star Weekend! Ron-Ron said he needed to ‘jump me in’ and I wasn’t sure what that meant. Then these four girls came in the room, and you know, I couldn’t disappoint Ron-Ron…

So, you know… (Laughs, playfully pushes girlfriend) Come on baby. What do you want me to say? (Laughs nervously) Some things happened. But you know you’re my hummingbird babyyyy."

Watching Shaunie O’Neal divide up tasks between her personal assistants is about as exciting as The T.O. Show. Seeing Chase Budinger grapple with the temptations of NBA stardom and loyalties to his highschool sweetheart… Now THAT sounds like quite a storyline. Who’s with me?
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