On December 12, VH1 kicks off the second season of Basketball Wives. In a departure from season one, the show will air in a new hour-long format that doubles the amount of time afforded to relate the stories of Shaunie O’Neal and her friends Evelyn Lozada, Jennifer Williams, Royce Reed and Suzie Ketcham along with those of some new folks making their debut.
From a creative standpoint, you might think hour-long episodes would simply double the number of scenes and acts you’d find in a half-hour (like our show was last year), delivering twice as much of the same old same old…
…but you’d be wrong.
Basketball Wives season two provides a rare look at how adding time to a docu-series presents an opportunity to make it exponentially more engaging instead of merely twice as long.
During the break between seasons one and two, I became a fan of Bravo’s Bethenny shows (also produced by Shed Media), and the way they could settle into a scene for two or three minutes and really let content unfold without feeling as if time was standing still. The show wasn’t overcluttered with interview, and you really got that fly-on-the-wall feeling that I think all of the best reality shows have.
The second season of Basketball Wives will, I hope, deliver that same kind of emotional wallop and fly-on-the-wall honesty that you can’t get when you’re skimming story as quickly just to fit it all into a half-hour.
Top notch field work, a cast that allows themselves to be portrayed openly and honestly with emotional sincerity, and a great post-production story and editing team really came together this season… I know I’m proud to have been part of it.
Basketball Wives premieres December 12 at 8/7c on VH1. You can check out content from the previous season and find out more about the upcoming one at basketball.vh1.com