REPORT Filming underway for Basketball Wives Houston spinoff

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According to a new report from a credible source, Shaunie O’Neal has the cameras rolling on a Basketball Wives Houston spinoff to her franchise, and is actively shopping the show. The tea comes from fan account @BBWLANews, which has been spot-on over the last few months with early info about BBWLA Season 6, including info on several new cast members, and leaked behind-the-scenes shots from still-unaired promos.

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Here’s the early gossip. Details are sparse, but intriguing nonetheless:

Shaunie still owns the rights to the franchise, so she’s probably free to shop a pilot around to any network she wants. However, given her close ties with VH1, and the fact that the network just rebranded Basketball Wives LA–it’s now simply called Basketball Wives, since the original BBW has been off the air since 2013–it’s also likely that VH1 has right of first refusal to any spinoffs.

It’s also definitely worth pointing out that the network has gotten spinoff happy of late. Black Ink Crew is reportedly getting a third installation in Atlanta later this year, and Love and Hip Hop Miami has been filming for months. And a Houston-based Love and Hip Hop franchise made it all the way to pilot stage before lackluster results (combined with a gun fight between cast members on one of the first days of shooting) led VH1 to pass.

There’s no word yet on potential Basketball Wives Houston spinoff cast members. But early speculation has focused on two women: Rockets forward Ryan Anderson’s fiancée Kari Klinkenborg

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…and Rockets forward Sam Dekker’s girlfriend Olivia Harlan:

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(Photo credits: Basketball Wives Houston spinoff via Instagram, Twitter)

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