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Hoop Moms could be latest Kentucky reality TV show

Susie Walker-Byrd and Atoyia McDaniels Susie Walker-Byrd and Atoyia McDaniels

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - From "Say Yes to the Dress" to "Little Miss Perfect", the production company responsible for some of the country's most popular reality TV shows will be in Louisville this fall and winter to tape episodes for the latest would-be Kentucky reality series being shopped around as "Hoop Moms."

The show that plans to document the lives of area basketball moms came about when producers with NorthSouth Productions were approached by Louisville basketball mom Susie Walker-Byrd.

They loved the idea, Walker-Byrd and about four other basketball moms she knew. All were signed to a deal and they're hoping it could be our next reality TV hit.

The thought behind the show: The ups and downs of parenting a talented basketball player with sights set on playing college ball, "Now, here it is time for them to graduate and it's been a roller coaster ride," explained Susie Walker-Byrd.

Hoop Moms is a reality show years in the making. "Ours sons started in 4th and 5th grade playing on a competitive level year round," Walker-Byrd explained.

Walker Byrd is the mom of Eastern High guard Bryce Walker-Byrd and Atoyia McDaniels is the mom of Pleasure Ridge Park star Antonio McDaniels. The two are among the Kentucky mothers who want the nation to know the time, money and motivation it takes to keep your child competitive in the game.

"Reality TV is big now and everybody likes a good reality show," laughed Walker-Byrd. We asked McDaniels what her son thinks of the idea? She chuckled, " He was just like mama, whatever!"

The reality TV producers said they were sold on the passion for basketball in the Bluegrass State and fell in love with the moms' funny, relatable and crazy lives. The mothers of Trinity High's Craig Owens and Lexington Henry Clay's Jordan Green are included. All want their son's to stand out.

"There is a tremendous internal competition between them," explained Hoop Moms producer Jay Russell, "They are very competitive with each other and they make it very evident."

All moms gave the green light after learning the show would give their sons exposure while still centering around the mothers. McDaniels said of her son, "I want him to still stay focused on school and basketball and his future."

So, now the question is will we watch? Asked and answered as McDaniel's interrupted Walker-Byrd during a question about tough choices:

Walker-Byrd: "We make a lot of decisions some good and some not so good."

McDaniels: " Like her son going to three different schools."

Walker-Byrd: "Really, really? Are we going to start the show today?"

McDaniels laughed telling WAVE 3 News of the mama drama, "I'm sure there will be some drama, but it will be fun."

Walker-Byrd did her homework before pitching the idea. She actually researched production companies and even contacted Abby Lee Miller the dance teacher of reality TV's "Dance Moms" fame. She said she got an email back and Miller wanted to hear more about the show.

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