VH1's "Brandy & Ray J: A Family Business," "Basketball Wives" and "What Chilli Wants" Renewed for Second Seasons

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May 26th, 2010

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VH1’S “BRANDY & RAY J: A FAMILY BUSINESS,” “Basketball Wives” AND “WHAT CHILLI WANTS” RENEWED FOR SECOND SEASONS

Basketball Wives” and “What Chilli Wants” Season One Finales Premiere Sunday, May 30th

Basketball Wives: The Reunion” Special Premieres Sunday, June 20 at 10PM*

“Brandy & Ray J: A Family Business” Finales on June 27th

Santa Monica, CA, – May 26, 2010 – VH1 announced today that its latest hit series Brandy & Ray J: A Family Business,” “Basketball Wives andWhat Chilli Wants have all been picked up for second seasons.  Closing out their first seasons, “Basketball Wives” and “What Chilli Wants” finale on Sunday, May 30th at 10PM* and 10:30PM* respectively.  “Brandy & Ray J: A Family Business” will finale on Sunday, June 27 at 9PM*.

“VH1 viewers connected strongly with these three new series this year, and we’re so happy that we can continue to share these real-life stories from the worlds of music and celebrity.   Will Chilli really ever let down her guard in her quest for love?  How well will Brandy and Ray J step up in their family business?  And how will the “Basketball Wives” move forward in their complicated lives?   We’re looking forward to answering those questions in their next cycles,” said Jeff Olde, Executive Vice President, Original Programming & Production, VH1.

The ladies of “Basketball Wives” brought the heat of Miami to VH1’s Sunday night line-up. Viewers watched as the privileged group of friends, who are connected to professional athletes, balanced life as mothers and business owners and worked to maintain their close-knit friendships and support systems, while dealing with the drama of looming infidelities and groupies.  Now it’s time to get down and deal with the issues they have been avoiding. In the season finale, Shaunie invites the girls to get away from the Miami drama and visit her in Los Angeles for a little get-together. The west coast getaway starts out fun, but quickly turns serious as the season ending dinner turns into a heated discussion that leaves everyone upset. Find out how all the drama unfolds on the “Basketball Wives” season finale, premiering Sunday, May 30 at 10PM*

Then catch up on the latest news surrounding the Basketball Wives since the dramatic conclusion as the cast reunites on the special “Basketball Wives: The Reunion” airing on Sunday, June 20 at 10PM*. Does Royce ever truly get accepted into the group? Will Shaunie and the ladies ever accept Gloria into their inner-circle? Are Jen and Eric still together? Tune into the reunion to find out.

“Basketball Wives” is currently casting a few new ladies for its second season which will begin shooting this summer in Miami again.

In the finale of “What Chilli Wants,” the season long search for Chilli's perfect man has left many rejected scrubs in its wake. Now, after some breakthrough sessions that have revealed previous heartbreak, relationship expert Tionna Smalls pushes Chilli to put down her Infamous "list" and open her heart to the two hot prospects she’s interested in – Bill and Farmer D. Funny guy Bill scores points and melts Chilli's defenses with a romantic getaway to the country side complete with horseback rides and their own cottage. Farmer D's soft charm, home cooking and sentimental note also warms Chilli's heart.  After a search that first seemed unproductive, Chilli faces a choice between two great contenders. Will one of these men be a part of her story as she rolls into the second season? Tune in to find out on the season finale of "What Chilli Wants" Sunday, May 30 at 10:30 PM* on VH1.

Superstar siblings Brandy and Ray J Norwood are famous for their incredible vocal talent on the stage and screen, but they wouldn’t be anywhere without the support and guidance of their parents – entertainment manager and mom, Sonja and talented musical father, Willie Norwood. In "Brandy & Ray J: A Family Business," viewers get a first hand glimpse into the lives of the Norwood family personally and professionally. Their company, Rn’B Productions, features an impressive roster of musical artists including Brandy, Ray J and their father Willie, who also serves as the company’s vocal coach. But with Sonja ready to step down as CEO, Brandy and Ray J have to fill her shoes while trying to take the family business to the next level. In this series, both Brandy and Ray J try to expand their careers. Brandy steps back into the music scene and teams up with famous producer, Timbaland, for a new album.  Ray J steps out of his notorious bad boy image and collaborates with Rodney Jerkins and other popular R&B heavyweights.  Sonja, the matriarch of the family, fights frustration trying to keep her family on track, while passing the business reins to Brandy and Ray. And, father, Willie continues to coach his famous children on life and music. Despite their success and celebrity status, the Norwood’s’ are a typical American family who stick together.  However, in the season finale, the Norwood’s take a break from work for a family reunion in Mississippi.  And unfortunately, Sonja and Willie’s relationship may have reached the breaking point.  See if the family and the business survive on the finale of Brandy And Ray J: A Family Business” premiering on Sunday, June 27 at 9PM*.

For full episodes and extra scenes from “Brandy and Ray J: A Family Business,” “Basketball Wives” and “What Chilli Wants” users can log on to VH1.com or can access it through VH1 Mobile by typing in VH1.com on any internet-ready mobile phone.

“Brandy and Ray J: A Family Business” is created and executive produced by Mark Cronin and Cris Abrego for 51 Minds Entertainment, LLC. an Endemol Company, who also produced the record-breaking series “Rock of Love,” “Flavor of Love,” “Charm School,” and “I Love New York.”  The production teams’ programming launched VH1 into their highest ratings ever. Ben Samek and Matt Odgers also executive produce for the series and the company. Brandy and Ray J Norwood executive produce the series while Ray J also serves co-creator.  For VH1, the series is executive produced by Jeff Olde, Jill Holmes and Kristen Kelly.

Shed Media is producing “Basketball Wives.”  Executive producing for Shed Media are Nick Emmerson, Jennifer O’Connell, Alex Demyanenko and Sean Rankine. Tom Huffman is a consulting producer. Shaunie O’Neal is an executive producer.  Executive producing for VH1 are Jeff Olde, Jill Holmes and Noah Pollack.

“What Chilli Wants” is produced by FremantleMedia North America.  Executive Producers are Larry Barron, Kevin Williams, Bill Diggins and Chilli.  Executive Producers for VH1 are Jim Ackerman, Dave Hamilton and Jeff Olde.

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