August 6th, 2010
02:19 PM ET
"When you look at me, you don't see a lot of substance."
That line could sum up this entire "Real Housewives" franchise Bravo's got going. It was uttered by the most infamous of the new set of housewives, Michaele Salahi, she of the "Obamas' first state dinner scandal" episode. That whole thing will show up later in "The Real Housewives of D.C." It should be interesting to see the lead up to it.
But back to last night's episode. First of all, I've never understood why it's called "The Real Housewives." Many of the women either aren't currently wives or, if they are, they aren't housewives. And the show certainly doesn't follow anyone like the work-at-home moms I know. There are other reasons why some of them shouldn't be classified as real, but we'll get to that later.
I haven't seen much of the other versions of the series, but I've seen enough clips of hair pulling and table flipping to know what typically happens.
When I heard Bravo was taking the franchise to Washington, I couldn't imagine they'd be able to find that many women who'd be interested. As one of the ladies mentioned, social etiquette is important in D.C. circles. From what I've seen of the "Housewives," that doesn't seem to be an issue with the other casts.
Nevertheless, Bravo managed to find five women to sign up to display their lives to the world. As usual, they're all very well-off, well made-up and pretty well-connected, which in Washington is everything. At least that's what these ladies keep emphasizing.
Mary, Stacie, Lynda and Michaele are from the Washington, D.C. area, or have been there for years. Cat is a recent transplant from London, and her husband is a White House photographer (which she mentioned quite often).
Cat didn't always seem to blend well with the D.C. longtimers. At a dinner party Stacie threw with Janet Jackson's personal chef (the name dropping is fast and furious with this crowd), Cat insulted Tyra Banks and President Obama. Eyebrows raised and the chatter level dropped after that. If this had been the New Jersey or Atlanta group, Cat's comments might have set off some screaming and wig-snatching.
Of course, this was just the first show. If the controversy the ladies (cough, Michaele, cough) have stirred up during their press tour this week is any indication, this could get interesting.
What do you think: Will this be more of the same "Housewives" catfights, or will the D.C. socialites be able to maintain a little class?
About this blog
Our daily cheat-sheet for breaking celebrity news, Hollywood buzz and your pop-culture obsessions.