The weekend’s within grasp, and with that come great vibes. Couple that with the recent news of JaVale McGee and his mother, Pamela, getting their own reality show, then, well, I’m not sure there’s not much better news one can handle this Thursday evening.
The new OWN series Millionaire Mama’s Boy explores the dynamic relationship between former WNBA basketball star Pamela McGee and her 25-year-old son, Denver Nuggets center, JaVale McGee. Famous for being domineering on and off the court, Pamela is not only JaVale’s mom, she’s also his business manager, working to build an empire while trying to keep a tight rein on the glitz and girls that come with the life of an NBA star. Meanwhile, Pamela’s managing her own life, which consists of her equally fabulous single girlfriends who also have sons coming up in the league. When Pamela needs someone to laugh with or a shoulder to cry on, she turns to her girls. Like Pamela, they are single mothers raising their sons while dating and chasing their own ambitions. With her hectic schedule, Pamela relies on her “manny” Jay to get things done. She trusts him to oversee her mansion, bank accounts and properties. While her friends think there could be a love connection, Pamela and Jay deny it – but they certainly fight like a married couple.
Like any good mother, Pamela is a force to be reckoned with, and no one is going to stop Mama McGee from taking care of her own. After all, she is basketball royalty herself. They may be crazy, loud and a little wild, but family’s what it’s all about for the McGees and their friends. Ultimately, it’s a show about family, love and the unbreakable bond between a mother and her son; all seven feet of him. The series is executive produced by Pete Tartaglia and Amy Palmer Robertson and distributed by Sony Pictures Television.
All this comes on the heels of Oprah’s network picking up not one, but TWO brand spankin’ new Tyler Perry series in what I’m sure will make many of you truly, truly ecstatic. Screw those though, I’m all in for JaVale and Mama McGee. I knew she was down for whatever when she kissed Dr. J on the mouth on live television during the 2011 dunk contest. Now there’ll be footage of their everyday lives to boot? The possibilities are limitless for MMB.
Like maybe Mama and JaVale embarking on everyday tasks like grocery shopping. Or Mama McGee unknowingly cockblocking JaVale when he brings a nice young lady friend home after a game. Or maybe even trips to the zoo! Or JaVale telling the world his true feelings on being a “SHAQtin’ A Fool” Hall of Famer. Or maybe – and here’s the big mama of them all – if we’re lucky, there’s footage of Mama McGee, Gloria James and Ray Allen’s mama having some yaya sisterhood type meeting in Miami when the Nuggets traveled down to South Beach.
No official date for the series debut is set in stone yet, but fret not, yours truly will be staying on top of the case. In the meantime, confirm your local cable provider has the OWN channel. Oprah’s done this much. The least we can do is meet her half way.