TLC greenlights reality series “Starter Wives”

The exes of rappers 50 Cent and DMX, NBA player Lamar Odom and mobster Phillip Caruso are among the cast members of Starter Wives, a reality series that will premiere on U.S. cable net TLC in early 2013.
October 3, 2012

The exes of rappers 50 Cent and DMX, NBA player Lamar Odom and mobster Phillip Caruso will star in Starter Wives (working title), a TLC reality series that will begin production later this month.

Produced by NOLA, the four x 60-minutes series is due to premiere on the American cable network in early 2013. The show will follow seven celebrity ex-wives and ex-girlfriends who met their former husbands and boyfriends before they made it big and are now working on starting over on their own.

The cast members are Zakia Baum, ex-girlfriend of rapper Jermaine “Maino” Coleman; Cheryl Caruso, ex-wife of mobster Phillip Caruso; Josie Harris, ex-girlfriend of boxer Floyd Mayweather; Monica Joseph-Taylor, soon-to-be ex-wife of DJ Aston “Funkmaster Flex” Taylor; Tashera Simmons, ex-wife of rapper Earl “DMX” Simmons; and Shaniqua Tompkins, ex-girlfriend of Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson.

Cheryl and Phillip Caruso previously starred in I Married a Mobster on sister network Investigation Discovery.

Earlier this week, the cable net ordered four episodes of Totally T-Boz (working title), a John Doe Media-produced docu-series that follows Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins from the R&B girl group TLC as she moves from Atlanta to Los Angeles with the goal of rekindling her music career.

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