Basketball Wives (Courtesy Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
Basketball Wives is a reality television series that premiered on the VH1 cable television network on April 11, 2010. Created by production company Shed Media US, the series follows the lives of a group of women who have all been somehow romantically linked to professional basketball players. Despite "Wives" in the title, some of the women aren't even married. The show is filmed in Miami, Florida, and beginning with season four, partially in New York City. Season four premiered on February 20, 2012.
The series spawned a Los Angeles-based spinoff that premiered in 2011, featuring former castmember Gloria Govan.
The first season made its debut April 11, 2010 and started off at 30 minutes per episode. The second season premiered with a new cast member, Tami Roman, on December 12, 2010. The episodes were also extended from 30 minutes to an hour. The third season premiered on May 30, 2011 and with a new cast member added to the show, Meeka Claxton. The fourth season premiered on February 20, 2012 at its original time 8/7c with two new cast members, Kenya Bell and Kesha Nichols and the departure of Claxton. After the fourth season, Shaunie O' Neal made major changes to the cast by firing Jennifer Williams, Royce Reed, and Kesha Nichols.
Shaunie O'Neal (Season 1-Present), Ex-Wife of Shaquille O'Neal
Evelyn Lozada (Season 1-resent), Ex-Fiancee of Antoine Walker
Suzie Ketcham (Season 1-Present), Ex-Girlfriend of Michael Olowokandi
Tami Roman (Season 2-Present), Ex-Wife of Kenny Anderson
Kenya Bell (Season 4-Present), Wife of Charlie Bell
Former Cast Members
Gloria Govan (Season 1-2), Wife of Matt Barnes
Meeka Claxton (Season 3), Wife of Speedy Claxton
Jennifer Williams (Season 1-4), Ex-Wife of Eric Williams
Royce Reed (Season 1-4), Ex-Girlfriend of Dwight Howard
Kesha Nichols (Season 4), Ex-Fiancee of Richard Jefferson
The show premiered alongside the new series Brandy and Ray J: A Family Business and What Chilli Wants averaging a 1.0 in the 18-49 demo, reaching 1.6 million total viewers. Basketball Wives Season 2 finale bought in 2.281 million viewers. Basketball Wives Season 3 premiered, attracting 1.828 million viewers. Episode 8, brought in 4.568 million viewers in the initial 8 pm EST airing. Part 2 of the Basketball Wives reunion took in 2.873 million viewers on the premiere.