UPDATE: “Bravo is not shooting or casting for Vegas or Arizona Housewives. It is not true and we have no association to either project,” Bravo executive Andy Cohen Tweeted Friday.
With seven versions of its hit “The Real Housewives” franchise in the realityverse, Bravo recently expressed their table-flipping satisfaction at the success and said there won’t be any more.
But now come claims that at least two different cities are hosting auditions for potential new spinoffs (or potential new knock-offs?): one in Las Vegas and one in Arizona. TV Squad notes that The Las Vegas Review Journal says Sin City may host a series with a focus on entertainment reporter Alicia Jacobs, former Rao’s executive chef Carla Pellegrino, Wayne Newton’s publicist Tricia McCrone and X Girls producer Angela Sampras, while AZcentral.com reports “The Real Housewives of Scottsdale” could be the next broads on the Bravo block, featuring the likes of Steve Nash’s ex-wife Alejandra Nash and Tina Dwyer, ex of Dan Majerle.
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What say Bravo?
“I’ve been getting a ton of emails about it all day, and I don’t know where the rumor started,” says Emily Yeomans, director for Bravo Communications. “Bravo is currently not filming in Arizona. It’s not us.”
The reality shows, which marry themes of no-holds-barred TV with an unabashed voyeuristic look at “real” (cough, cough) women, resulted in a pop-culture sensation, so you can’t blame the network for milking it, even if they say they are over it.
“I really feel like we’re done,” Bravo exec Andy Cohen told OK! magazine in March.
But a few things have changed since that time. For one, the “D.C.” edition bit the dust, officially canceled in early April after months of speculation. The latest version, which took place in “Miami,” lacked any kind of heat and could be the next “Housewives” to be divorced from the network. Of the recent launches, only the big bucks babes of “Beverly Hills” have taken off.
So now that Bravo is down two cities, could they reconsider and replenish their stock of mama drama to the franchise? Or just stick with the current shows and characters, the whole blonde, botoxed and bouncing “bubbies” lot, that work for them? We shall see.