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VH1 Swoops Up 'Basketball Wives': Is It the Next 'Real Housewives'?

by Michael D. Ayers, posted Dec 8th 2009 2:00PM
Ever wonder what it's like behind the scenes for a professional basketball player's wife? Well, here's your chance to find out.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, VH1 is answering that call with a new series called 'Basketball Wives,' putting Shaquille O'Neal's wife Shaunie on center court.

Joining her will be the wives and girlfriends of NBA stars Eric Williams, Antoine Walker, Jermaine O'Neal and Udonis Haslem. Yet not in the mix is probably the most famous NBA wife: 'Desperate Housewives' star Eva Longoria Parker, who is married to San Antonio Spurs star point guard Tony Parker.Ever wonder what it's like behind the scenes for a professional basketball player's wife? Well, here's your chance to find out.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, VH1 is answering that call with a new series called 'Basketball Wives,' putting Shaquille O'Neal's wife Shaunie on center court.

Joining her will be the wives and girlfriends of NBA stars Eric Williams, Antoine Walker, Jermaine O'Neal and Udonis Haslem. Yet not in the mix is probably the most famous NBA wife: 'Desperate Housewives' star Eva Longoria Parker, who is married to San Antonio Spurs star point guard Tony Parker.

As the Reporter points out, 'Basketball Wives' aims to take the 'Real Housewives' trend and spin it with some hoops. The series is described as not only showing the glamorous side of the lifestyle, but also "the challenges and hard work that go with it." (We're not sure about what specifically those challenges are, but we imagine it has something to do with working on Shaq's free throws, organizing and cataloging the husband's sneaker collection and most importantly, making sure no one is pulling a Tiger Woods.)

Over the last several years, the "wife" reality genre has grown with the popularity stemming from shows like 'The Real Housewives of Orange County' and ABC's 'Wife Swap.' While 'Basketball Wives' has only been greenlit for eight half-hour episodes, it's anyone's guess to whether this will be a hit or just foul out. Still, if we had our choice, we wish VH1 had chosen to highlight the wives of the Harlem Globetrotters, because, well that would just take reality television to places we've only dared to dream of.

'Basketball Wives' is set to premiere on March 15, 2010.

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