Posted Thursday, November 2, 2017 by RODNEY HOfirstname.lastname@example.org on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog
E! has released the cast members of its new “WAGS Atlanta” spinoff, featuring family members of athletes. The show is set to debut January 3, 2018.
Here’s how E! is pitching this version: “These nine tight-knit Atlanta-based wives and girlfriends of today’s hottest professional athletes live life unapologetically, with no boundaries and no filters within the infamous social life of Atlanta.”
There are already “WAGS” shows in Los Angeles, which debuted in 2015, and Miami, which debuted last year.
James DuBose is an executive producer who has also done reality shows “The Michael Vick Project,” “Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is” and “Monica: Still Standing.”
This is familiar turf for folks who have watched VH1’s “Basketball Wives” or Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” which has featured at least five cast members over the years who have been married to athletes (Sheree Whitfield, Kim Zolciak, DeShawn Snow, Lisa Wu, Porsha Williams.)
And “WAGS Atlanta” also highlights how popular Atlanta is for professional athletes, even if they don’t necessarily play for an Atlanta team. Athletes often move to Atlanta after they retire.
Here is how each cast member of “WAGS Atlanta” is being described (though E! was not allowed in their press release to reference the team names. I had to add those myself.)
Ariel Anderson is the younger sister of Kierra Douglas, who is married to iNFL wide receiver Harry Douglas, who is currently in injured reserve with the Tennessee Titans. Like her sister, she is no stranger to the football world, following in her sister’s footsteps Ariel danced for the Falcons for years. While Ariel claims she is currently single, she has been linked to several football players in the past. Ariel teaches classes at the dance studio she shares with Kierra, but is looking for a larger role in the business.
Niche Caldwell and NFL wide receiver Andre Caldwell, have been together since college and have two children together. Niche is a model and an interior designer, who admittedly will judge your house the moment she walks in. Niche is brutally honest and doesn’t mince words when she talks to or about you – call it messy, but she believes the truth will set you free.
Kierra Douglas is married to former Atlanta Falcon Harry Douglas. Born and raised in Atlanta, Kierra was a former dancer for the Hawks and the Falcons. Kierra has a business degree and a clothing boutique and a popular dance studio that she operates with her mother and younger sister, Ariel.
Kaylin Jurrjens met husband, former MLB pitcher and Atlanta Brave JJ Jurrjens, at the young age of 19 and has been a WAG ever since. Kaylin is a model as well as a former cheerleader for the Atlanta Braves and Hawks, and she has previously won the coveted title of Miss Georgia and placed in the Top 15 in the Miss USA pageant. Kaylin loves to have a good time and never takes herself too seriously!
Kesha Norman has been with former NFL player C.J. Mosley for four years. The couple has a two-year-old daughter together but have struggled with infidelity issues in the past. Kesha is a stay-at-home mom, who also manages 12 rental properties and a trucking company that they own.
Brandi Rhodes is married to current wrestling star and actor Cody Rhodes, and is the daughter-in-law of the late wrestling legend Dusty Rhodes. Brandi is a pro wrestler herself and former wrestling announcer, but struggles with being married to a famous wrestler and the challenges that entails.
Shuntel ‘Telli’ Swift is with heavyweight champion boxer Deontay Wilder. Deontay, known as “The Bronze Bomber,” worked hard for his title and proudly takes the belt he named “Sophia” everywhere he goes. Although, Telli draws a line at Sophia sharing their bed. Telli, first and foremost takes care of her man and family. And Deontay shows his appreciation by showering her with luxurious gifts.
Sincerely Ward is the cousin of retired NFL football player Derrick Ward. Sincerely is a single lady but has been previously linked to several football and basketball players, but athletes are not the only ballers Sincerely is attracted to, having dated owners of private airlines, gas companies, and luxury jewelry designers. Sincerely owns several holistic spas and designs and runs her own resort wear collection.
Hope Wiseman is one of the single gals in the group but has previously dated a football player. Hope is a former investment banker who now owns a medical marijuana dispensary with her mother. After meeting when they were cheerleaders at a professional football team, Ariel Anderson and Hope became the closest of friends.