When we say reality TV, the first image we think of is the stereotypical 90’s talent game shows – and if we stretch it, the concurrent stream of documentary-style reality shows. The definitive reality TV up till 2005 was indubitably shows with fierce competition, its ultimate form seen in the Dutch show Big Brothers and its many spinoffs. However, with the success of the hit 2000’s show The O.C., documentary-style reality TV underwent a gradual evolution, and today we see even shows like The Real Housewives of Orange County from Bravo (or its predecessor Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County). These are essentially reality shows about real people in it, but they nevertheless attempt to build it on the framework and structure of a soap opera – many critics dubbing this new combo ‘docusoap’. The most famous of these docusoaps have invariably been those centring around the life of celebrities and social elites, the privileged aristocratic circles and the intrigue of romance and friendship in it. VH1’s ‘Basketball Wives’ chips in on the same slot of shows, but its twist is the fact that it also piques the interest of impassioned Basketball enthusiasts and the fans of star athletes like Antoine Walker and Kenny Anderson, because the show concerns the wives and girlfriends of these NBA stars (as the title clarifies).
Basketball Wives Season 8 Cast: Who’s in it?
Basketball Wives are about – obviously enough – the wives of star basketball players and many of them are celebs and major TV personalities on their own right. When the show first premiered way back in 2010, its original cast consisted of star dancer Royce Reed, Suzie Ketcham (the then girlfriend of Michael Olowokandi), Gloria Govan (fiancée of Matt Barnes), Jennifer Williams, and tv personality and spokesperson Evelyn Lozada, ex-fiancee of Antoine Walker, and Shaunie O’ Neal. Over the years, other than Royce and Gloria, all of them remained till the show was taken off air in 2013. In the revived seasons (as the cancelled show merged its cast with the spinoff, Basketball Wives LA), two additions were made in 2017: Jackie Christie and Malaysia Pargo – both of them silver screen celebrities, and both of them romantically involved with NBA stars. Unlike the talent shows or such, the docusoaps are not prone to erratic casting changes, so we may expect last season’s cast to return on the upcoming seasons – including Tami Roman, the newcomers of 2017, and all of the original cast other than Royce, Suzie, and Gloria.
Basketball Wives Season 8 Plot: What is it about?
Basketball Wives a cast of women who are romantically involved with NBA stars, or had been at some point in their lives, and the dynamics of friendship and animosity between them, chronicling their lavish lifestyles and their attempts to cope with their many struggles throughout the show. It is filmed in various locations, chiefly in Miami, but the post-hiatus seasons have also featured a handful of scenes in New York as well. For the next season, we may expect more of their eccentric antics and the bubbling rivalry between Tami and Evelyn.
Basketball Wives Season 8 Release Date: When will it premiere?