VH1 Moves to Revamp ‘Basketball Wives’

Basketball Wives Cast (Credit: VH1)

Basketball Wives is on the verge of a major makeover.

The VH1 reality series has ended its partnership with production company Shed Media as it prepares to take on a new direction, Deadline reported Tuesday.

Shed Media — a division of Warner Bros. Unscripted and Alternative Television — has produced countless television series, including Real Housewives of New York City, Criminal Confessions, and Genius Junior, to name a few.

Although Shed Media’s replacement has yet to be announced, it’s clear VH1 wants to shake things up for Basketball Wives‘ eighth season.

The cable network has already met with potential production teams about the show’s future, and the network reportedly hopes spin-off ideas will come out of these talks.

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Entertainment site The Jasmine Brand first reported rumors of a production shake-up in September, shortly after one of the show’s stars and executive producers, Shaunie O’Neal, announced its new time slot.

Basketball Wives moved from Mondays to Sunday nights at 10PM ET/PT.

In addition to the series’ different time slot, it’s possible O’Neal will bring in new stars for Season 8.

Shaquille O’Neal’s ex-wife told VH1 that Season 7’s newcomers weren’t a good fit. While she didn’t name names, CeCe Gutierrez and Kristen Scott — whose boyfriend and husband are father and son — joined the series this past season.

“So, the new girls did not work out. They had some drama going on before they got to Basketball Wives that was said, but not said,” she said. “When we were doing the pre-casting we knew there was some stuff going on, but it didn’t seem as intense as it was once we started filming.”

Season 7’s final episode aired on Sept. 16.

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