WAGS: WIVES AND GIRLFRIENDS OF SPORTS STARS
Los Angeles, CA – E!’s “WAGS” (Wives and Girlfriends of Sports Stars) make their return to the spotlight when the hit series makes its season two debut this June. The one-hour, drama-fueled reality show will once again take viewers on a wild ride into the lives of some of today’s hottest professional athletes from the perspective of the women who stand by their side. During the twelve episode run, newcomers Sophia Pierson and Tia Shipman will join the ranks alongside returning cast members Sasha Gates, Barbie Blank, Autumn Ajirotutu, Nicole Williams, Natalie Halcro and Olivia Pierson. Get an even deeper look behind-the-scenes of this exclusive celebrity lifestyle and unique point of view inside the world of sports when the second season of “WAGS” premieres Sunday, June 26th at 10:00pm ET/PT on E!
Tia Shipman is an elite Ford model with clients ranging from top department stores, makeup brands, as well as high fashion brands. Tia has also been successful in the entertainment industry, appearing in popular television series such as CBS’ “The Bold & Beautiful,” FOX’s “Grandfathered,” and ABC’s “Ugly Betty,” and featured in countless commercials. Tia has been linked to players from the Denver Nuggets and Indianapolis Colts. Sophia Pierson is a beauty and style expert, as well as an actress, and is the sister of cast member Olivia Pierson and cousin to cast member Natalie Halcro. Sophia has been linked to a player from the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Returning this season are:
Sasha Gates is the queen WAG of the group, married to 8-time Pro Bowl Tight End Antonio Gates.
Autumn Ajirotutu met Seyi Ajirotutu of the Philadelphia Eagles in college, and the two are now married with twin girls.
Barbie Blank rose to fame as WWE Diva “Kelly Kelly” and is married to former NHL player Sheldon Souray, most recently of the Anaheim Ducks.
Nicole Williams is a successful model who has been dating Larry English of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for five years now.
Natalie Halcro and Olivia Pierson are cousins and best friends who gained recognition for their huge Instagram following and who launched a beauty and fashion blog together. Natalie is in an on-again, off-again relationship with Shaun Phillips who has played for the Denver Broncos, Tennessee Titans and Indianapolis Colts, while Olivia is dating Jacksonville Jaguars’ tight end Marcedes Lewis.
This season, the rivalry between the wives and girlfriends intensifies and tensions run high as the dynamic within the group continues to evolve. Barbie is busy wedding planning but things start to unravel when she finds out that her venue fell through. When she does finally does say I do – her relationship with the two other wives, Sasha and Autumn, deepens, which drives a wedge between the non-married women and further escalates the hierarchy turmoil. All the while, Sasha is working to find a balance between motherhood and her career as she makes her return to the music industry, and Autumn is focused on her marriage and on navigating her friendships with WAGS that she once trusted, but now feels have turned their backs on her. Sophia fuels that fire when she confronts Autumn about the rumors that her husband Seyi was involved in a cheating scandal. Meanwhile, Olivia’s boyfriend Marcedes starts to show signs of jealousy and even has a flirtation with someone close to her, and as Nicole gets restless waiting for Larry to propose, someone from the past comes to warn her about him. Plus, Natalie and Shaun experience some major up and downs in their relationship and have to decide if they can make it work, especially given their close ties within the group. And despite her best efforts to stay above the fray, newcomer Tia finds out that her boyfriend may not be as trustworthy as she thought.
Don’t miss a minute of the action as E! gives you a front row seat to the real competition when season two of “WAGS” premieres Sunday, June 26th at 10:00pm ET/PT. And be sure to follow the show handle @WAGSonE and join the conversation using the hashtag #WAGS.
“WAGS” is produced by Machete Productions. Amber Mazzola and Lori Gordon are executive producers.
“WAGS” (Wives and Girlfriends of Sports Stars) is centered around the competitive, fast-paced, and glamorous world of the beautiful, outspoken women who make up an exclusive club of wives and girlfriends of today’s hottest professional athletes. These WAGS are playing the most competitive sport out there: getting and keeping that pro-athlete man. The hit E! series follows an elite group of close friends who are bound together by a strict hierarchy, unspoken rules and plenty of drama – and those who have the coveted ring and a husband with a contract are the ones with all the power. These women are constantly strategizing and fine-tuning their playbooks to keep their place in the line-up among the other WAGS, and to maintain the high-profile celebrity lifestyle that comes along with that role, all while aspiring to their own career goals which include taking over the world of modeling, designing and blogging. As in sports, this game is all about getting that “W” and this pack knows how to play the field!
About E! Entertainment
E! is the only global, multiplatform brand for all things pop culture. The network is currently available to 98 million cable and satellite subscribers in the U.S. Eonline delivers breaking entertainment news and in-depth coverage on television, movies, music, celebrities, fashion, beauty and lifestyle. One of the fastest-growing, most influential digital properties, Eonline is a leader in online video and mobile and a leading entertainment brand across social. E! programming includes core franchises "E! News" and "Fashion Police," popular series "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," "Total Divas," "#RichKids of Beverly Hills," "Botched," "I Am Cait" and “WAGS,” as well as the network's first original scripted series "The Royals." Additionally, E!'s "Live from the Red Carpet" signature events keep fans connected to their favorite stars on pop culture's biggest nights. E! is a network of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience. For more corporate information, visit www.nbcuniversal.com.
About Machete Productions
Founded in 2011, Machete Productions is the brainchild of Emmy-nominated Executive Producer Amber Mazzola. Since its formation, Amber and Machete have produced several series for E!: Pretty Wild, The Dance Scene, Dirty Soap, and now the hit WAGS. Machete also produces CNBC’s breakout original series The Profit, featuring Marcus Lemonis, currently in its 4th season and posting CNBC’s highest ratings to date. For more information please visit www.machetetv.com.