EXCLUSIVE: WE tv has greenlighted Glam & Gold, a docu-series starring Olympic gold medalist Sanya Richards-Ross and her husband, NFL star Aaron Ross. The network has ordered six hourlong episodes to premiere this summer. Filming on the series has begun in Austin and Jacksonville. Glam & Gold joins WE tv’s lineup of African American-starring shows including Braxton Family Values, Mary Mary, Tamar & Vince and L.A. Hair.
Glam & Gold chronicles the often intense rivalry between the hyper competitive couple who met in college — four-time gold medalist Richards-Ross, who won two golds in London last summer, and her husband, a two-time Super Bowl champion who signed a three-year, $15 million contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars last year. Each episode follows Sanya as she juggles appearances, runs a business, and balances life with Aaron and her own family who make up her team including mom Sharon, acting as her agent; dad, Archie, who serves as her manager; her sister, Shari, who is her business partner in The Hair Clinic, an Austin hair salon that Sanya funds and Shari runs; and her cousin Yolandae, who serves as Sanya’s publicist and stylist. “This is a great side of a professional athlete that people don’t get to see,” said Lauren Gellert, WE tv’s SVP Production & Development. “Sanya is pretty incredible and embodies all the characteristics we tend to go for at WE — she is strong and dynamic and really successful in her career and always juggling something with her family.” Added Richards-Ross, “My quest for Olympic gold wouldn’t have been possible without my family, who is behind me all the way! I am so looking forward to sharing our journey to grow our businesses and expand my career all while I try to keep my marriage first — something women can truly identify with.” Given the hair hair-salon connection, WE tv is expected to pair Glam & Gold with L.A. Hair.
Glam & Gold started off as a pilot, which was shot in Austin before Richards-Ross left for London last summer. Good Clean Fun (Tia & Tamera) is producing, with Jason Carbone and Nick Lee executive producing. Sanya and Aaron are not strangers to WE — their nuptials were featured on the channel’s show Platinum Weddings.