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The Real Housewives is an American TV Series

The Real Housewives was first announced as one of six reality TV series ordered by American TV channel Bravo in May 2005.

Inspiration

It is inspired by the scripted soap opera Desperate Housewives and Peyton Place and documents the lives of upper-class women who “live glamorous lives in picturesque Southern California gated communities where the average home has a $1.6 million price tag and residents include CEOs and retired professional athletes.”

Real Housewives of Orange County- It’s just Beginning

The series was announced as the Real Housewives of Orange County in January 2006 and premiered on March 21 of the same year.

Real Housewives of New York City 

In September 2007, Bravo began production on the series Manhattan Moms, which “follows an eclectic group of Gotham socialists and their families.” The series was later renamed as The Real Housewives of New York City in January 2008, serving  as the first spinoff from the Real Housewives franchise. It premiered on March 4, 2008.

The Real Housewives of Atlanta

The second spinoff, “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” was announced in June and premiered on October 7.

The Real Housewives of New Jersey

The third spinoff The Real Housewives of New Jersey was mentioned in May 2008 before the confirmation of The Real Housewives of Atlanta. It then premiered on May 12, 2009. The Real Housewives of DC was announced in October 2009. It premiered on August 5, 2010, and ended on October 21, 2010 after one season. It gained notoriety as the only Real Housewives franchise to be canceled.  The cancelation was largely due to the public outcry resulting from one of the housewives,  Michaele Salahi and her husband crashed an official White House function (without an invitation).

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills was announced in March 2010 and premiered on October 14, 2010. In March 2010, Bravo ordered a series titled Miami Social Club. The series was later re-titled The Real Housewives of Miami. It premiered on February 22, 2011 and ended on November 4, 2013 for the first time in three seasons.

The Real Housewives of Potomac

In November 2015, Bravo announced two new Real Housewives series, The Real Housewives of Potomac and The Real Housewives of Dallas. Before it was announced, The Real Housewives of Potomac was first titled Potomac Ensemble during early production. It premiered on January 17, 2016.

The Real Housewives of Dallas

The Real Housewives of Dallas was originally titled Dallas Woman during its early production, but a potential spin-off series to Ladies of London. The series premiered on April 11, 2016.

The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City

In November 2019, the Real Housewives of Salt Lake City was announced. It premiered on November 11, 2020.

The Real Housewives of Miami

That same month, Andy Cohen, executive producer of Bravo’s Real Housewives series, confirmed that he was trying to get streaming service Peacock to welcome The Real Housewives of Miami for a fourth season. In February 2021, it was confirmed that The Real Housewives of Miami would reboot on Peacock.

The Real Housewives: the Future

On December 2, 2016, Cohen spoke about the future of the franchise and said it could be set in Nashville, Tennessee, if there is a new insanity in the franchise. Cohen also said the All-Star version will as the franchise’s ultimate goal as ratings begin to go down. He added that eight housewives with “big personalities” from each series on the island are likely to feature together. In December 2016, in an interview with Harry Connick Jr., Cohen said he was looking for a city with a strong personality and agreed that New Orleans would fit that standard.

The producer and Andy Cohen appeared in Chicago, Greenwich, San Francisco and Houston, but did not pursue them.

The Real Housewives and Criticism

The reality series has been criticized for promoting consumerism through programming. It is also seen as perpetuating gender stereotypes by highlighting women more as shoppers than career women. Their lavish lifestyle also contributes to the misconception that financial wealth equals happiness. [Citation needed] feminist leader Gloria Steinem has vociferously criticized the “Housewives” franchise for “giving women rich, spoiled, dependent and hateful each other.” Steinem summed up her distaste for the show in 2013:

‘It’s an incredible amount of money spent, being a woman, not getting along with each other with all the dress-ups and inflatables, plastic surgery and fake boredom.’ Fight each other. It is a minstrel show for women. I don’t believe it, I must say. I feel like they’ve been manufactured, that the fights between them are going to be manufactured and they’re supposed to chase each other in a kind of conflicting way.

The New York Times published an article in October 2019 criticizing how the cast of the different Housewives franchises are “separated” by their skin color. Author Tracy Egan Morrissey points to  Potomac and Atlanta for an almost entirely African-American cast, while other iterations (Beverly Hills, Orange County, Dallas, New York and New Jersey) are overwhelmingly white, with few women of color. The Real Housewives of New York didn’t have an African-American cast until 2021, but in 2019 she joined Dallas with Carly Brittingham, having become the show’s first Hispanic cast member. Beverly Hills featured a “racially homogeneous cast throughout its run” until the addition of Garcell Beauvais in 2019, with the exception of Joyce Girot in Season 4.

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The Real Housewives of Nashville

Jana Kramer is not part of The Real Housewives of Nashville – but she’s not saying no to reality TV.

With the latest episode of her and her husband’s podcast, Winne Down and Jana Kramer and Michael Corsin, an exclusive sneak peek of People, the One Tree Hill alum explains that she was asked to film for the Real Housewives of Nashville but declined “three times.”

“The only reason I enjoyed it with Teddy [Mellencamp Alloyave] is because it might be fun to be someone’s sidekick, a fun sidekick,” Kramer said, noting that he had previously considered being a “friend” to The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ MellenCamp Alloave.

Kramer, 37, said, “When they were trying to cast the Real Housewives of Nashville and they were interested in me as one of the characters I didn’t like girl drama, I didn’t want to be a part of it, I don’t want to eat into it.

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The Bravo housewives franchise may not be for her, but the star says she and Cosin, 34, are open to joining the reality series and have filmed presentations for their own shows.

“We’re not saying no to reality TV, I know a lot of people asked us to do a reality show, it’s about what kind of show it is because it wasn’t like I would attack a girl,” the country singer says. “I know they come in and look at our marriage and you know the ins and outs and how we work through it, but you’re still doing drama.

“So it’s a presentation where we shoot something and we don’t know if it’s going to be taken up, and we know we’re sharing podcasts and so much here, so if we really do, we don’t even know if it’s something at the end of the day, but sometimes it’s a kiss of death,” Kramer adds. ‘I’m scared, so I have to think about it and be careful.’

Jana Kramer shares photo of herself crying after ‘blow-up’ fight with husband Mike Corsin

Kramer points out that she and Kosin are “fine” sharing their fights on the podcast, but worry that things will be well edited on the reality show.

“All of us are like, ‘Yes, we have a problem, no, it’s not perfect, but this is how we’re getting through it’, and I’m not sure they’ll show the ‘this is how we’re getting through it’ aspect,” the mom-of-two says. I don’t want to read more because I’m already fed up with comments on how much is a train wreck.

As for how to proceed with the shoot, Kosin said he struggled to pretend that the camera didn’t exist.

“When we were filming, I kept asking producers and photographers if they could turn it into mockumentary, so I started seeing cameras like Jim in the office,” the former NFL player says. “I kept doing it and they didn’t have it.

When the crew tried to film the fight between the couple, Kramer says that even though she “kept poking at him,” it didn’t go according to plan because he answered with only love and kindness, not how he acted during a typical argument.

“I felt that way and this is what we’re doing and it was fun, feeling like the cameras were here while we were doing this fight,” she says. “But if he pretends to be a saint in conversation, I’m not doing it!”

After part of the drama went down on the latest season of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Kandi Burruss still doesn’t know where her relationship stands with castmate Porsha Williams.

In a chat with host Janine Rubenstein on Thursday’s episode of the PEOPLE daily podcast, Burruss, 44, says there was “a lot of disagreement” during the recently wrapped 13th season, some of which will be discussed in the first part of Sunday’s three-part reunion.

“Everyone knows, ‘Did we have a threesome while we were traveling, or was there a threesome in the house?’ ‘She’s referring to Cynthia Bailey’s dungeon-themed bachelorette party and surrounding speculation about one or more of the cast sleeping with exotic dancer Burnuss hired for the occasion.

During the reunion, they also “talk about a lot of the drama between Porsha and Kenya Moore,” Burruss adds of their castmate, namely Williams, 39, who made the claim that “someone screwed the stripper” during the February episode.

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