Basketball Wives is an American reality television series that premiered April 11, 2010 on VH1. It chronicles the lives of a group of women who are the wives and girlfriends, or have been romantically linked to professional basketball players, coaches, etc... The show was created and pitched by Tom Huffman who at the time was working for Shed Media, a leading creator and distributor of television content. Royce Reed, one of the original cast members, assisted Tom Huffman in pitching the show when they received an offer from VH1. Shaunie O'Neal later came on board as executive producer. For the first five seasons, the show was filmed in Miami, Florida, and beginning with season 4, partially in New York City.
|Created by||Tom Huffman|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||8|
|No. of episodes||113 (list of episodes)|
|Production company(s)||True Entertainment|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)|
|Original release||Original series:|
April 11, 2010 – October 21, 2013
April 17, 2017 –
|Followed by||Basketball Wives LA|
|Related shows||Ev and Ocho|
Shaunie's Home Court
Basketball Wives Los Angeles-based became a spinoff for the franchise, Basketball Wives LA, which premiered in 2011. The original series returned after a five-year hiatus with its sixth-season premiere on April 17, 2017. Beginning with season 6, the setting of the show relocated permanently to Los Angeles, effectively combining the casts of the original series and Basketball Wives LA. On April 16, 2018, VH1 announced the show's return for a seventh season, which premiered on May 14, 2018.
On May 22, 2019, it was announced that the eighth season would premiere on June 19, 2019, and be moved from Monday to Wednesday nights.
Basketball Wives debuted on April 11, 2010, with 30-minute episodes. The second season premiered on December 12, 2010, with expanded 60-minute episodes and featured new cast member Tami Roman. Season 3 made its debut on May 30, 2011, with new cast member Meeka Claxton. The fourth season premiered on February 20, 2012, with two new cast members, Kenya Bell and Kesha Nichols, and the departure of Claxton. The fifth season premiered on August 19, 2013, with Tasha Marbury joining the cast. According to a tweet from Tami Roman after the fifth season, the show was quietly, although officially, canceled at that time.
On March 27, 2017, VH1 announced that on April 17 the series would be returning after nearly four years off-air, with Evelyn Lozada, Shaunie O'Neal, Tami Roman, Jackie Christie, and Malaysia Pargo returning to the franchise. Keonna Green, Bonnie-Jill Laflin, Cristen Metoyer, and Aja Metoyer joined the cast as recurring cast members. Brandi Maxiell, Elena Ahanzadeh, and Saniy'yah Samaa also joined the series, as recurring cast members. Hazel Renee joined the series as a recurring cast member halfway through filming the sixth season, as did Jennifer Williams, who was a cast member on the show from seasons 1–4.
Overview and castingEdit
The series stars former dancer Royce Reed, Michael Olowokandi's ex-girlfriend Suzie Ketcham, Matt Barnes' fiancée Gloria Govan, Eric Williams' wife Jennifer Williams, Antoine Walker's ex-fiancée Evelyn Lozada, and Shaquille O'Neal's wife Shaunie O'Neal. Erika Moxam joined the supporting cast.
With the exception of Claxton, all main cast members from the previous season returned for season 4, including Kesha Nichols and Kenya Bell.
The cast underwent a major cast change for the first time in the show's history for season 5, with only Ketcham, Roman, Lozada, and O'Neal returning from last season's main cast. They were joined by Tasha Marbury, wife of Stephon Marbury. Bell was demoted to the supporting cast.
The cast underwent a major cast change for the second time in the show's history for season 6, with only Roman, Lozada, and O'Neal returning from previous season's main cast. They were joined by Jackie Christie wife of Doug Christie and Malaysia Pargo ex-wife of Jannero Pargo. With Bonnie-Jill Laflin first and only female scout, Sisters Aja and Christen Metoyer, Keonna Green girlfriend of Nick Young, Elena Ahanzadeh, Brandi Maxiell wife of Jason Maxiell, Saniy'yah Samaa celebrity stylist, Hazel Renee, and former main cast member Jennifer Williams.
Kristen Scott (wife of former league coach Thomas Scott), CeCe Gutierrez (girlfriend of former Los Angeles Lakers player and coaching legend Byron Scott), and professional athlete Ogom “OG” Chijindu (girlfriend of basketball player Kwame Alexander) joined the cast starting Season 7.
All cast members from the seventh season returned for season 8. Newcomer Febe Torres (ex-girlfriend of Lance Stephenson) was also added to season 8. Roman departed the show halfway through the season and made her final appearance in the thirteenth episode, citing other career opportunities as her reason for leaving the show.
Timeline of main cast membersEdit
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||9||April 11, 2010||June 20, 2010|
|2||12||December 12, 2010||March 14, 2011|
|3||12||May 30, 2011||August 22, 2011|
|4||17||February 20, 2012||June 12, 2012|
|5||10||August 19, 2013||October 21, 2013|
|6||17||April 17, 2017||August 14, 2017|
|7||17||May 14, 2018||September 16, 2018|
|8||18||June 19, 2019||October 16, 2019|
- Stanhope, Kate (December 7, 2009). "VH1 Gets into the Game with Basketball Wives". TV Guide. Retrieved April 14, 2013.
- "VH1's "Basketball Wives" Returns on a New Night Beginning Wednesday, June 19". The Futon Critic. May 22, 2019.
- "The Women of "Basketball Wives" Return for a Second Season on VH1". The Futon Critic. November 18, 2010.
- "Summer Nights Just Got Hotter With VH1's All-New Series and Returning Favorites". The Futon Critic. April 28, 2011. Retrieved April 14, 2013.
- "VH1 Heads Into the Fourth Season of "Basketball Wives"". The Futon Critic. December 6, 2011.
- "August Gets Even Hotter with the Return of VH1's Scorching Fan Favorites". The Futon Critic. July 17, 2013.
- "Tami Roman confirmed 'Basketball Wives' cancellation? It has been confirmed by vh1 and Shaunie O'Neal that the Miami Wives will return with an all-new revamped cast and one original member". s2smagazine. July 29, 2014. Archived from the original on 2014-10-31.
- "Basically An All-Star Season: Evelyn, Tami, Shaunie, Jackie, and Malaysia All Return for Season Six of Basketball Wives". VH1. March 27, 2017.