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‘Basketball Wives: LA’ Scores Renewal

VH1 will keep the ball in play for a fifth season of its sports-themed reality series Basketball Wives: LA, the network said Wednesday.

The network has renewed the popular series, which will end its fourth season on Oct. 4 and will feature a Reunion Special on Oct. 11, said network officials.

 The fourth season of the series, which is produced by Shed Media, posted triple digit games within the network’s target female 18-34 demo compared to the same period last year, according to VH1.

R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.