Their lives have become part of a reality TV show. Lonzo Ball enters his rookie season with plenty of hype and attention surrounding becoming the Lakers No. 2 pick, and all the expectations that come with it. His father, LaVar, has perpetuated that with outspoken support about his son’s game and his own apparent supremacy over certain NBA legends.
Not only will that story play out throughout the 2017-18 NBA season. It will also be featured on an actual reality TV show called “Ball in the Family,” with the series first two episodes airing on Aug. 31 on Facebook’s Watch. The show, which will have 10 episodes, will then air new ones on Sundays beginning Sept. 10 on the Ball in the Family Show Page.
“We wanted to give our fans an unfiltered look into our lives and show them a side of us that isn’t typically seen,” LaVar Ball said in a release through Bunim/Murray Productions, which also has produced other popular reality TV shows, such as “The Real World,” “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” and “Born This Way.” “We have a big community of fans on Facebook, so we’re excited our series is going to be on Watch. And who better to help us tell our story than Bunim/Murray Productions.”
The show, which was filmed during the Las Vegas Summer League, aims to provide more context and background to the Ball family on various topics. It captures Lonzo Ball’s Summer League debut as he initially struggled with his shooting and a groin injury before his superb passing led both to a Summer League championship and to being named the MVP. It dives into the family’s launch of its independent shoe company, Big Baller Brand. It details the family’s support for mother Tina Ball recovering from a stroke she suffered earlier this year. The show also includes Lonzo Ball’s brothers, LiAngelo and LaMelo, as well as his girlfriend, Denise Garcia.
“Airing this show on Facebook has enabled us to push the conventions of reality in a way we think will really drive community engagement,” said Julie Pizzi, Co-President Entertainment and Development, Bunim/Murray Productions, in a statement. Farnaz Farjam, the VP of current programming, added in a statement, “the Ball family has been incredibly open and authentic, welcoming our crews into their home and their lives, which is why fans are really going to connect with the series.”
While LaVar and Tina Ball are serving as producers, Executive producers from Bunim/Murray Productions are overseeing the project, including Farjam, Gil Goldschein, Julie Pizzi, and Steve Ezell.
“We are thrilled to work with the Ball family to share their remarkable story at a pivotal moment in their lives,” said Goldschein, Chairman and CEO Bunim/Murray Productions, in a statement. “For fans, it will be a front row seat to how the family deals with the sky-high expectations heaped upon it. For Bunim/Murray, participating in the launch of Facebook’s new Watch platform and contributing to its video ecosystem is exciting because it fits with our long history of pioneering new formats and using our programs to help launch platforms.”