As you know I’ve bitched and moaned about how reality shows have pretty much taken over network and cable tv. But I’ll admit I do have a couple of guilty pleasures when it comes to reality tv shows. One of those shows is America’s Next Top Model and unfortunately I’m addicted to the Real Housewives franchise. Yes I watch all the housewives from Orange County, New York City, Atlanta and New Jersey. The latest housewives saga starts on Thursday August 5. The Real Housewives of D.C.
I blogged about the first mention of the D.C. Housewives last year.
Since I live in the D.C. metro area (not the DMV, lol) I will definitely watch this one.
The Reliable Source at the Washington Post did a feature about the cast last month.
Are the stars-to-be of “The Real Housewives of D.C.” representative of our city? Of course not. Four out of five are white, all are affluent, and most live in the ‘burbs.
Are they prominent Washington players? Not really. A few have social pull in limited circles, but none are A-listers.
Should they all be on TV? Federal and Virginia prosecutors, still weighing charges against Tareq and Michaele Salahi for the White House dinner-crashing and certain business practices, didn’t have a say.
But who cares! This will be reality TV in all its semi-staged glory. Bravo touts the series as portraying “connected D.C. power players” navigating “the unwritten social rules of the Beltway.” But none of these women works in government or politics; for the most part, neither do their husbands. Friends tell us most of the cast didn’t know each other before taping began last year. Bravo gave serious consideration to a lobbyist and a fundraiser, but both dropped out, because their jobs either required discretion or were too boring.
Instead, we’ve got a modeling agency owner, a socialite mom, an expat, a real estate agent and, well, Michaele Salahi. We’ve written about them only a kajillion times over the past year as they’ve shown up at parties and cafes with TV cameras in tow, but let’s meet them — and the other housewives — again!
Yes the Salahis. Who can forget the White House dinner party crashers.
When I first heard about the D.C. Housewives show I thought for sure Bravo casting would concentrate on all white women from Northwest D.C. and Northern Virginia. Well at least they diversified the cast with one black woman even though the D.C. area is very diverse.
This week’s TV Week from Sunday’s Washington Post has an article about the new franchise but the article spends more time talking about Michelle Salahi. Just click on the pictures to read the article.
Why am I not surprised that the Salahi woman is on the cover? TV Week could have at least featured the entire cast on the cover but we are talking about the Washington Post.
Anyway if you can’t get enough of the Real Housewives franchise just wait. There’s more. Bravo has another Real Housewives franchise in The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Yeah that’s right. This one features former child stars Kim and Kyle Richards who just happen to be the aunts of Paris Hilton.
Other cast members, which Bravo will not confirm but people with knowledge of the production did, include: Kim and Kyle Richards, former child actors who are the younger sisters of Kathy Hilton and aunts to Paris and Nicky.
Kyle Richards, married with four daughters, is no stranger to the camera, having worked in TV starting in the ’70s on shows like “Little House on the Prairie” and “Fantasy Island.” Her acting credits list the original “Escape to Witch Mountain,” John Carpenter’s cult classic version of “Halloween” and the 2006 frat boy comedy, “Pledge This!” starring her niece, Paris.
Kim Richards, a divorced mom of four, broke into the entertainment business on family sitcom “Nanny and the Professor,” and had parts in TV shows ranging from “ABC Afterschool Specials” and “Diff’rent Strokes” to “Chips” and “The Dukes of Hazzard” as well as a starring role in “Escape to Witch Mountain.” She has some reality TV experience, too, appearing in her niece’s Fox series, “The Simple Life.”
According to the article the Beverly Hills saga will premiere either late fall or early 2011.