Basketball Wives LA

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Basketball Wives LA
Basketball Wives LA logo.jpg
Genre Reality television
Created by Shaunie O'Neal
Starring
  • Current
  • Draya Michele
    (season 1–present)
  • Malaysia Pargo
    (season 1–present)
  • Jackie Christie
    (season 1-present)
  • Brandi Maxiell
    (season 3–present)
  • Mehgan James
    (season 4–present)
  • Shaunie O'Neal
    (season 4–present)
  • Former
  • Imani Showalter
    (season 1)
  • Kimsha Artest
    (season 1)
  • Gloria Govan
    (seasons 1–2)
  • Laura Govan
    (seasons 1–2)
  • Brooke Bailey
    (season 2)
  • Sundy Carter
    (season 3)
  • Brittish Williams
    (season 3)
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 44
Production
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
Release
Original channel VH1
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original release August 29, 2011 (2011-08-29) – present
Chronology
Preceded by Basketball Wives
External links
Website

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. VH1 renewed the series for a fourth season, which premiered on July 12, 2015.

Production[edit]

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 Laura 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 making it the highest rated premiere for the series and a 1.0 in the adults 18–49 rating demographic.[13]

The fourth season of Basketball Wives LA began production in November 2014 & wrapped in early April 2015. The season premiered on July 12, 2015, moving from Monday to Sunday nights. The fourth season premiere acquired 1.90 million viewers and a 1.0 in the adults 18–49 rating demographic.[13] Mehgan James of Bad Girls Club and executive producer Shaunie O'Neal, joined the cast as main cast members. While Patrice Curry, Angel Brinks and Tami Roman joined the cast as recurring cast members.[14]

Timeline of wives[edit]

Wives Seasons
1 2 3 4
Current Wives
Draya Michele Main
Malaysia Pargo Main
Jackie Christie Main
Brandi Maxiell Main
Mehgan James Main
Shaunie O'Neal Main
Former Wives
Gloria Govan Main
Laura Govan Main
Imani Showalter Main
Kimsha Artest Main
Brooke Bailey Main
Sundy Carter Guest Main
Brittish Williams Main
Recurring/Guests
Tanya Williams Recurring
Adiz "Bambi" Benson Recurring
Ariane Williams Recurring
Patrice Curry Recurring
Angel Brinks Recurring
Tami Roman Recurring
Evelyn Lozada Guest

Cast[edit]

Current cast[edit]

Former cast[edit]

Current recurring cast[edit]

Former recurring cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Series overview[edit]

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
4 TBA July 12, 2015 TBA TBA

Season 1 (2011)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Original air date U.S. viewers
(million)
1 1 "Series Premiere" August 29, 2011 (2011-08-29) 1.81[15]
2 2 "Episode 2" September 5, 2011 (2011-09-05) 1.69[16]
3 3 "Episode 3" September 12, 2011 (2011-09-12) 1.30[17]
4 4 "Episode 4" September 19, 2011 (2011-09-19) 1.47[18]
5 5 "Episode 5" September 26, 2011 (2011-09-26) 1.72[19]
6 6 "Episode 6" October 3, 2011 (2011-10-03) 1.56[20]
7 7 "Episode 7" October 10, 2011 (2011-10-10) 1.15[21]
8 8 "Episode 8" October 17, 2011 (2011-10-17) 1.28[22]
9 9 "Episode 9" October 24, 2011 (2011-10-24) 1.73[23]
10 10 "Episode 10" October 31, 2011 (2011-10-31) 1.28[24]
11 11 "Episode 11" November 7, 2011 (2011-11-07) 1.98[25]
12 12 "Season Finale" November 14, 2011 (2011-11-14) 2.17[26]
13 13 "Reunion: Part 1" November 21, 2011 (2011-11-21) 2.26[27]
14 14 "Reunion: Part 2" November 28, 2011 (2011-11-28) 2.31[28]

Season 2 (2012)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Original air date U.S. viewers
(million)
15 1 "Season Premiere" September 10, 2012 (2012-09-10) 1.82[29]
16 2 "Episode 2" September 17, 2012 (2012-09-17) 1.45[30]
17 3 "Episode 3" September 24, 2012 (2012-09-24) 1.52[31]
18 4 "Episode 4" October 1, 2012 (2012-10-01) 1.29[32]
19 5 "Episode 5" October 8, 2012 (2012-10-08) 1.19[33]
20 6 "Episode 6" October 15, 2012 (2012-10-15) 1.71[34]
21 7 "Episode 7" October 22, 2012 (2012-10-22) 1.56[35]
22 8 "Episode 8" October 29, 2012 (2012-10-29) 2.10[36]
23 9 "Episode 9" November 5, 2012 (2012-11-05) 1.84[37]
24 10 "Episode 10" November 12, 2012 (2012-11-12) 2.01[38]
25 11 "Episode 11" November 19, 2012 (2012-11-19) 1.82[39]
26 12 "Episode 12" November 27, 2012 (2012-11-27) 1.93[40]
27 13 "Episode 13" December 6, 2012 (2012-12-06) 1.86[41]
28 14 "Season Finale" December 10, 2012 (2012-12-10) 1.77[42]
29 15 "Reunion: Part 1" December 10, 2012 (2012-12-10) 2.20[42]
30 16 "Reunion: Part 2" December 17, 2012 (2012-12-17) 1.89[43]

Season 3 (2014)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Original air date U.S. viewers
(million)
31 1 "Season Premiere" February 17, 2014 (2014-02-17) 1.95[13]
32 2 "Episode 2" February 24, 2014 (2014-02-24) 1.88[44]
33 3 "Episode 3" March 3, 2014 (2014-03-03) 1.89[45]
34 4 "Episode 4" March 10, 2014 (2014-03-10) 1.65[46]
35 5 "Episode 5" March 17, 2014 (2014-03-17) 1.86[47]
36 6 "Episode 6" March 24, 2014 (2014-03-24) 2.36[48]
37 7 "Episode 7" March 31, 2014 (2014-03-31) 2.13[49]
38 8 "Episode 8" April 7, 2014 (2014-04-07) 2.29[50]
39 9 "Episode 9" April 14, 2014 (2014-04-14) 2.15[51]
40 10 "Season Finale" April 21, 2014 (2014-04-21) 2.19[52]
41 11 "Reunion" April 28, 2014 (2014-04-28) 2.20[53]

Season 4 (2015)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Original air date U.S. viewers
(million)
42 1 "Season Premiere" July 12, 2015 (2015-07-12) 1.90[54]
43 2 "Episode 2" July 19, 2015 (2015-07-19) 1.11[55]
44 3 "Episode 3" July 26, 2015 (2015-07-26) 1.23[56]

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