Football Wives

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  • S 1 : Ep 1

    Pilot

    Aired 9/1/07

  • Cast & Crew
  • Ving Rhames

    Frank Wallingford

  • Gabrielle Union

    Chardonnay Lane

  • Lucy Lawless, MNZM

    Tanya Austin

  • James Van Der Beek

    Brian Reynolds

  • Arielle Kebbel

    Nicole Holt

  • show Description
  • Based on the cult British soap Footballers' Wive$, this remake chronicles the exciting and dangerous lives of three wealthy women, all wives to superstar footballers. Featuring an all-star cast, Football Wives retains the trashy, high-camp drama of the original series, while adding its own unique charm and flare to the premise.Football Wives was filmed for ABC, and produced by Touchstone Television and Shed Productions. A pilot was shot, but ABC ultimately passed on picking the show up for fall 2007.moreless

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    • Many of the cast signed talent deals with ABC after the pilot wasn't picked up, with some of the show's stars jumping ship to other ABC series. Gabrielle Union had a recurring role on Ugly Betty, Kiele Sanchez booked a recurring role on Samantha Who?, James Van Der Beek had a guest spot on Ugly Betty and Eddie Cibrian appeared on Dirty Sexy Money, Ugly Betty and Samantha Who?.

    • Holly Robinson Peete is, in reality, a "football wife", having been married to former NFL quarterback Rodney Peete since 1995.

    • Almost all the principal cast are alumni of shows that aired on the now defunct WB network. The most obvious example of this is James Van Der Beek, who famously played Dawson Leery on The WB's Dawson's Creek.

    • At the time she was cast in the pilot, Kiele Sanchez was also playing Nikki on ABC's Lost. When news broke of this casting, it meant audiences could easily work out Nikki's tenure on the island was going to be short-lived.

    • ABC issued a pilot order for Football Wives on December 19, 2006. It was the first script picked up by the network for the 2007 pilot season.

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