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Bravo conjures up more Housewives, this time from Atlanta

by Allison Waldman, posted Jun 26th 2008 3:24PM
Real Housewives of AtlantaHas Bravo gone to the well once too much? It sure seems that way. Hot on the success of The Real Housewives of New York City, which was inspired by The Real Housewives of Orange County, Bravo is now rolling out The Real Housewives of Atlanta.

Now, listen, I've watched the first two series; I admit that they are addictive. And they're convenient because Bravo re-airs them again and again, but come on! This is like Coffee-Mate coming up with all these flavored creamers. Do we really need so many creamers?

And let me be just a little cynical here and note that unlike the Orange County and New York incarnations, The Real Housewives of Atlanta is the only one with women of color. It's like the California version was comprised of country club types, the Big Apple had a Kosher connection, and Atlanta's going to celebrate diversity.

According to Bravo, these Atlanta women are socialites, too, a key ingredient to enter the Real Housewives sisterhood. One is married to an NBA player (Eric Snow of the Cleveland Cavaliers), another is an entrepreneur, one is an aspiring recording artist. Bravo will air a preview of the series on Wednesday, July 30 at midnight.

I'll probably tune in and give it a try, but I think it would behoove Bravo to start branching out a bit, and I don't mean in the same reality genre. One reason a show like Flipping Out works for me is that it's about a really interesting character. It wouldn't work with just any real estate flipper. The secret isn't in the title, it's in the characters.

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MICHELLE

I'm not sure why Allison has such an issue about the fact that it will show African American people. If it's an issue then don't support the show. I was happy that they showed New York Housewives.. there needs to be diversity in the shows. Yes there are black people that have money and not from the ghetto and use drugs and on welfare. There needs to be different images of all races across the board and social economic backgrounds. But in reality in an issue in Vogue.. the true socialites of New York never entertained the thought of being on tv. so really, who cares. It's fun entertainment. I'm from California and it would be nice to see Northern California put in a better light. We have people with money and wealth here too. I enjoyed Orange County Housewives but it was soo typical the bottle blond,fake baked and breasted Southern California. I will enjoy the new upcoming Housewives of Atlanta kudos to Bravo TV!!!

July 31 2008 at 11:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
cdawg

never watched the first two.
but at least this time there will be some diversity. hallelujah. it's not just white chicks who are crazy backstabbing bitches!

June 26 2008 at 5:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jeff N.

I'm waiting for the real housewives of Oshkosh.

June 26 2008 at 4:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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