Basketball Wives LA

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Basketball Wives LA
Basketball Wives LA logo.jpg
Genre Reality television
Created by Shaunie O'Neal
  • Current
  • Draya Michele
  • Jackie Christie
  • Malaysia Pargo
  • Brittish Williams
    (Season 3-)
  • Brandi Maxiell
    (Season 3-)
  • Sundy Carter
    (Season 3-)
  • Former
  • Imani Showalter
    (Season 1)
  • Kimsha Artest
    (Season 1)
  • Gloria Govan
    (Seasons 1-2)
  • Laura Govan
    (Seasons 1-2)
  • Brooke Bailey
    (Season 2)
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 41
Executive producer(s)
  • Pam Healey
  • Sean Rankine
  • Elizabeth Grizzle Voorhees
  • Shaunie O'Neal
  • Susan Levison
  • Jill Holmes
  • Laurel Stier
Running time 42 minutes
Production company(s) Shed Media US
Original channel VH1
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original run August 29, 2011 (2011-08-29)  – present
Preceded by Basketball Wives
External links

Basketball Wives LA is the Los Angeles based spin-off of Basketball Wives that premiered August 29, 2011, on VH1.[1] It follows the lives of a group of women who have all been somehow romantically linked to professional basketball players.


Sundy Carter, Brandi Maxiell, Jackie Christie, Brittish Williams, Malaysia Pargo and Draya Michele (from left)

Basketball Wives LA was revealed on June 20, 2011, with Kimsha Artest, Gloria Govan, Laura Govan, Jackie Christie and Imani Showalter as the cast.[2] Malaysia Pargo and Draya Michele were announced as part of the cast in the series' July 2011 press release.[3] Kimsha Artest stopped showing up for filming because she did not agree with the "shenanigans and drama", which explains why she was not featured in more than one episode.[4] Tanya Williams was to be the eighth official "wife" but left the series after two episodes.[4] The series premiered on August 29, 2011, to 1.81 million viewers.[5] The second season debuted on September 10, 2012,[6] with the premiere attracting 1.82 million viewers.[7] Imani Showalter did not return because she felt that reality television wasn't for her, and she moved back to New York.[8] Brooke Bailey joined as a main cast member, with Adiz "Bambi" Benson joining in a recurring role. Creator of the series, Shaunie O'Neal, announced that the series would be receiving a major update for the third season.[9] Filming began in August 2013, with new members added to the mix.[9] Gloria Govan Barnes and her sister Lauara Govan confirmed their exit with their own series possibly in the works.[10] Brooke Bailey confirmed via Twitter that she would also not return.[11] Season 3 premiered on February 17, 2014, with Brittish Williams, Brandi Maxiell, and Sundy Carter joining the cast.[12] The third season premiere acquired 1.95 million viewers and a 1.0 in the adults 18-49 rating demographic.[13]


As of season 3[edit]



  • Tanya Williams (Season 1), Ex-Wife of Jayson Williams
  • Adiz "Bambi" Benson (Season 2), Malaysia's friend
  • Ariane Williams (Season 3), Ex-fiancée of DeShawn Stevenson


Season Episodes Season Premiere Season Finale Reunion
1 14 August 29, 2011 November 14, 2011 November 21, 2011
November 28, 2011
2 16 September 10, 2012 December 10, 2012 December 10, 2012
December 17, 2012
3 11 February 17, 2014 April 21, 2014 April 28, 2014


  1. ^ ""Basketball Wives LA" Premieres On VH1 Monday, August 29 at 8PM ET/PT". The Futon Critic (Press release). July 28, 2011. Retrieved August 25, 2013. 
  2. ^ "VH1 Gives the Greenlight to Two New Series - "Basketball Wives: Los Angeles" and a Dating Series Starring New York's Hottest Matchmaker, "Siggy Flicker"". The Futon Critic (Press release). June 20, 2011. Retrieved August 26, 2013. 
  3. ^ ""Basketball Wives LA" Premieres On VH1 Monday, August 29 at 8PM ET/PT". The Futon Critic (Press release). July 28, 2011. Retrieved August 25, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Eskridge, Sonya (October 5, 2011). "Kimsha Artest quit ‘Basketball Wives: LA’". Retrieved August 26, 2013. 
  5. ^ Gorman, Bill (August 30, 2011). "Monday Cable: 'WWE RAW' Tops Night, 'Ridiculousness,', 'American Chopper,' 'Basketball Wives LA,' 'Carfellas' & Much More". TV by the Numbers. 
  6. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (August 3, 2012). "VH1 Heads Back to Screen With Returning Fan Favorites 'TI & Tiny', 'Basketball Wives' & New Series 'Ev & Ocho'". TV by the Numbers. 
  7. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (September 11, 2012). "Monday Cable Ratings: Monday Night Football Rules Night, + 'Monday Night Raw', 'SportsCenter', 'TI & Tiny', 'Basketball Wives', 'Major Crimes' & More". TV by the Numbers. 
  8. ^ Black, Elizabeth (September 11, 2012). "Imani Showalter Tweets About Why She’s Not Returning To Basketball Wives L.A.". VH1 Blog. 
  9. ^ a b Scott, Tracy (August 17, 2013). "Shaunie O’Neal talks ‘BBW’ season 5, L.A. cast changes". Sister2Sister Magazine. Retrieved August 25, 2013. 
  10. ^ Scott, Tracy (August 22, 2013). "Govan sisters getting their own reality TV show?". Sister2Sister Magazine. 
  11. ^ "Brooke Bailey — Twitter Status". Twitter. September 13, 2013. Retrieved September 23, 2013. 
  12. ^ a b ""Basketball Wives: LA" Returns with Three New Cast Members and Three Returning Fan Favorites for a Slam-Dunk Third Season". The Futon Critic (Press release). VH1. February 3, 2014. Retrieved February 3, 2014. 
  13. ^ Bibel, Sara (February 19, 2014). "Monday Cable Ratings:'WWE Raw' Wins Night, 'Basketball Wives', 'Single Ladies', 'Teen Wolf', 'Switched at Birth' & Mo". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved February 19, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Basketball Wives star is from St. Louis". KSDK. January 23, 2014. Retrieved January 23, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Bossip Cameras Catch Married NBA Player Larry Hughes With Mistress And “Outside Kid”". Bossip. November 17, 2010. Retrieved February 6, 2014.