The "Real Housewives" franchise continues to expand across America, with this edition landing in Potomac, Md., a community of rolling hills and gated mansions just up the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. As is standard for the franchise, the reality show follows several well-to-do women who are part of the exclusive society. The featured women include former Miss District of Columbia Pageant winner Ashley Darby, who became a stepmother to a 21-year-old and a 24-year old after getting married at the age of 22; socialite Charrisse Jackson Jordan, who is married to NBA player Eddie Jordan; model Katie Rost, who is ready to give matrimony another shot with her current beau following a short-lived marriage to her college sweetheart; and philanthropist Gizelle Bryant, a single mother of three who is getting ready to launch a makeup line geared toward women of color.
They may live in the lap of luxury, but life isn't always perfect for the women who reside in one of the wealthiest enclaves of the U.S. They continue to focus on living large; plastic surgery, working out, shopping, drinking, dancing, and dining out top their agendas. Ladies come and go through the show's run, with entrepreneur Vicki Gunvalson having been a series regular for each season. Other ladies who have been featured for multiple seasons include Tamra Judge -- previously known as Tamra Barney -- and Heather Dubrow.
Soon there will be "Real Housewives" all across America (for better or worse), as Bravo expands its successful franchise into Beverly Hills. Cameras follow affluent women (some regulars, others who recur) as they enjoy the lavish lifestyle only Beverly Hills can offer. The ladies change through the seasons and over time the cast has included former child actresses Kim and Kyle Richards, heiress Adrienne Maloof, restaurateur Lisa Vanderpump, philanthropist and business owner Taylor Armstrong and the one-time Mrs. Kelsey Grammer, Camille Donatacci (who alternates between a regular member of the cast and a recurring role during her time on the show).
Bravo heads to the Garden State for this installment of the "Housewives" franchise, focusing on affluent Jersey girls who are more than just friends: The cast has changed through the seasons but the featured housewives through the years have included Caroline Manzo, a devoted wife and mother of three adult children; former Las Vegas cosmetologist Jacqueline Laurita, who is now a full-time housewife; and Teresa Giudice, a mother of four who runs her household without help from a nanny or personal assistant.
This entry in the "Real Housewives" franchise sticks to the tried-and-true formula that has made other incarnations a staple on the Bravo schedule. The women featured on the series are at the center of the Miami housewife universe, though not all are actually wives at the time of the show's filming. Among the women are Adriana De Moura, known as the Brazilian bombshell of Miami's art scene, and Texas native Lea Black, a committed philanthropist who is married to one of America's top criminal defense attorneys.
Bravo heads to the Big Apple for this entry in its hit reality-TV franchise "The Real Housewives of (insert location here)." This New York edition features several confident women, who change throughout the seasons as the women leave, with some returning later on. The featured ladies over time have included entrepreneur and one-time talk-show host Bethenny Frankel, part-time socialite and full-time mother Aviva Drescher (who is a cousin, by marriage, of actress Fran Drescher), best-selling author and journalist Carole Radziwill, savvy businesswoman Heather Thomson, entrepreneur Ramona Singer, sassy single mother Sonja Morgan and model Kristen Taekman.
The "Real Housewives..." franchise has been a staple of Bravo since 2006 with versions in diverse U.S. cities. Now it heads to another hemisphere to import the Melbourne version, spotlighting several socialites in Australia. Whether they enjoy being single or married, their social lives include glamorous cocktail parties and weekend getaways to resorts. The featured gals include high-end caterer Chyka Keebaugh, single mom/barrister Gina Liano, recent Melbourne transplant/psychic Jackie Gillies, newly single property developer Janet Roach, and recently married philanthropist Lydia Schiavello.
Lisa Vanderpump first gained fame as a cast member on "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills," but her full-time job is as co-owner and boss at West Hollywood, Calif., restaurant SUR, which stands for Sexy Unique Restaurant. Vanderpump balances her motherly instinct with her shrewd business sense to maintain control over the restaurant's wild group of employees who are working at the eatery while pursuing their dreams. Drama seems to be part of the job for the employees at SUR, who tend to date -- and, in most cases, subsequently break up with -- their fellow co-workers.