'Basketball Wives’ and ‘Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood’ to go in new directions as Vh1 eyes total revamp
Vh1 has taken the original production companies off both the projects and is planning to shake things up with both the shows soon
For years, we have loved the drama that Vh1 shows ‘Love and Hip Hop’ and ‘Basketball Wives’ bring, in many cities, with different people. It’s a tried and tested method, one that has a fan in many of us. However, it looks like Vh1 is going to shake things up with both the shows soon.
Deadline reports that the network has taken off the original production companies of both projects to make this happen. This means Eastern TV will no longer produce ‘Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood’ and the same goes for Shed Media USA with regards to ‘Basketball Wives.’
The Viacom-owned Vh1 has reportedly already asked potential producers to pitch for both the shows, with the intent of taking them in a “new direction.” Deadline has also clarified that both these changes are unrelated and that it is not part of Viacom’s plans to launch MTV Studios.
‘Love & Hip Hop’ is Vh1’s biggest show, with four franchises, namely Hollywood, Atlanta, New York, and Miami. With an expansive ensemble cast, the franchise has launched the careers of some of the biggest names in Hip Hop, including chart-topper Cardi B, and has also come to be seen as the last ray of stardom for many others. Case in point: Benzino.
Despite the misleading title, ‘Basketball Wives’, follows the lives of women who have been romantically linked to, are still dating or married to professional basketball players in the National Basketball Association. This show has two franchises, including ‘LA’, and is a huge hit among Vh1 audiences.
It remains to be seen what kind of changes the network is bringing to the shows. However, we are trying to stay positive and hope that the drama quotient will remain the same.