Shaq‘s soon-to-be ex-wife Shaunie O’ Neal is planning to executive produce and star in an upcoming VH1 reality series about the tumultuous life of being the wife of a basketball star.
The series, Basketball Wives, is set to be began shooting this month, focusing on the “glamorous” and cliquey world of women who date famous (and some infamous) NBA stars– athletes whose world involves being away from home almost six months out the year.
The show is expected to include wives, and ex-wives. VH1 plans to chronicle the women enjoying the luxuries that come as a privilege of being affiliated with a pro baller, but also the paranoia of dealing with their groupies. Other women included in the series are Jennifer Williams (wife of Eric Williams), Evelyn Lozada (ex-fiancé of Antoine Walker), Mesha O’Neal (wife of Jermaine O’Neal), Royce Reed, and Faith Rain (Udonis Haslem’s girlfriend).
“Having been around these remarkable women for several years, I have always recognized that behind every NBA star is a strong, exceptional woman, one who must deal with the unique challenges of being married to the game as well as the player,” Shaunie O’Neal said in a statement. “I am happy to be teaming with Shed Media and VH1 in bringing this entertaining and enlightening world to television.”
What affect the show will have on Shaunie and Shaquille O’Neal’s current separation, which was filed after 7-years of marriage, remains to be seen. According to TMZ, Shaunie is setting things up for a possible divorce, after citing in legal papers “irreconcilable differences.” She has reportedly already left Shaq, and has left their home in Florida to fly to Los Angeles where the papers were filed.
Basketball Wives is set to air on VH1 March 15, 2010. —Linda Hobbs