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5 Reasons 'Atlanta' Is the Best 'Real Housewives'

by Andrew Scott, posted Jul 30th 2009 1:00PM
The Real Housewives of AtlantaTonight, Bravo's favorite southern belles are back for an all-new season of 'The Real Housewives of Atlanta' (premiering at 10PM).

The show's inaugural season smashed ratings records with its catfights, secrets (Big Papa!) and pure drama -- drama so good, in fact, that we're willing to wager 'Atlanta' is the best 'Real Housewives' of them all.

Don't believe us? Here are five reasons 'Atlanta' is worth taking a trip to tonight:The Real Housewives of AtlantaTonight, Bravo's favorite southern belles are back for an all-new season of 'The Real Housewives of Atlanta' (premiering at 10PM).

The show's inaugural season smashed ratings records with its catfights, secrets (Big Papa!) and pure drama -- drama so good, in fact, that we're willing to wager 'Atlanta' is the best 'Real Housewives' of them all.

Don't believe us? Here are five reasons 'Atlanta' is worth taking a trip to tonight:

Papa, Can We See You?
We've seen the 'Housewives' try to break into the music industry before (lest we forget 'Orange County''s Jo De La Rosa). But nothing quite reaches the level of Kim, a chain-smoking, country singer-wannabe who claims to have been compared to Faith Hill and Carrie Underwood. The mother of two -- who infamously spelled cat "k-a-t" -- also lives one of 'Housewives'' most outrageous lifestyles ("Everyone who knows me knows I'm diamonds, diamonds, diamonds," she says). It's all supported by a mysterious married man known only as "Big Papa." Will he ever show his face? "Stay tuned," Kim said during last season's reunion. We eagerly await the big reveal.


NeNe
Nene is arguably the closest thing you'll get to a "real" housewife. She tells it like it is, which is always good for TV -- unless you're Kim or Sheree (see clip below). She's also one of the only 'Housewives' with a concrete storyline (tonight, the search for her own big papa continues continues, given that last season she discovered Curtis was not her real father). Even CNN anchor Anderson Cooper is a fan of hers, which proves she knows how to make a good headline.




Let There Be Dwight

Often referred to as the "sixth housewife," Dwight puts 'New York''s Brad (aka Jill Zarin's "gay husband") to shame with his sharp advice (his secret to life: sex three times a day) and spot-on commentary. Case in point: Sheree's fashion-less fashion show last season, which he aptly referred to as "dreadful."

Kandi BurrussDeShawn Is Gone
The producers were smart enough to dump DeShawn, who spent most of last season either looking bored or organizing failed sunset barbecues to "clear the air." This season, she'll be replaced by Kandi Burruss, a Grammy-winning singer-songwriter who is already convinced she is less ghetto than NeNe. Let the fighting begin.

Sheree's Family Drama
Sheree was reportedly denied the seven-figure divorce settlement she requested at the end of last season. Her million-dollar home has since been sold in foreclosure, and there were rumors floating that she had to send her kids to -- wait for it -- public school as a result. How will she recover this season? Plans are already in motion for an "independence party," which -- based on the clip below -- has the potential to put 'New Jersey''s last supper to shame.





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