It’s official! VH1 is turning Basketball Wives, which premiered Sunday, into a franchise. Next up is a “behind-the-scenes look at the glamorous life of the better halves of professional football’s most elite players.” We can’t yet announce any of the Football Wives cast members, but the 30-minute show will run for eight episodes and will premiere later this year. And for more football-related goodness we have the second season of The T.O. Show and a new dating show with Chad Ocho Cinco coming up in July. Official Football Wives press release after the jump.
VH1 RUNS FOR A TOUCHDOWN WITH “FOOTBALL WIVES”
Network Announces Expansion of “Wives” Franchise with
New Eight-Episode 30-Minute Series
LOS ANGELES, CA - April 14, 2010 – VH1 and Shed Media are teaming up again with the new series Football Wives, giving viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the glamorous life of the better halves of professional football’s most elite players. Production will begin immediately. The eight-episode 30-minute series is set to premiere later this year.
This series goes inside the real life locker room of the spouses of some of the biggest footballers in the game. For the most part, these ladies live the life. They drive the best cars, live in the biggest mansions, wear designer clothes and jewelry and only travel first class. But living the high life is not all glamour and is frequently fleeting. Football players are often injured so their partners are forced to not only play wife, but also be a mother or nurse to their man. The careers of these modern day gladiators span only a few years on average and unlike basketball players, football stars travel less for games and are expected to be home with their families. But do they live up to those expectations?
“Building on the success of Basketball Wives, we want to take a look at the differences and challenges of being the better half of a player in America’s most popular sport.” said Jeff Olde, Executive Vice President of Original Programming and Production. “We are thrilled to expand this franchise and give viewers access to a new, unique and exclusive world that you have to see to believe.”
Shed Media is producing the series. Executive producing for Shed Media are Nick Emmerson, Jennifer O’Connell, and Alex Demyanenko. Tom Huffman is a consulting producer. Executive producing for VH1 are Jeff Olde, Jill Holmes and Noah Pollack.