Meet the 'Real Housewives of D.C.'
August 6th, 2010
02:19 PM ET

Meet the 'Real Housewives of D.C.'

"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?

soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. renee

    The show is nothing but and Obama commercial. Top Chef
    has gone the same way.Bravo not worth
    watching was only good for some brain dead distraction,not even that anymore,
    absolute trash...

    September 5, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. tyler

    I really think bravo is pushing their luck with the dc housewives. I have loved all the other housewive shows except I don't watch atlanta but this dc version is totally ruining it. Its hard for me to say anything on reality tv is boring but this shows is miserable and boring. I have tried to watch the first two epidsodes but only lasted fifteen minutes. And whats worse is this weeks episode there gonna start calling people racists and talking about politics. No thanks. You couldn't pay me to watch this show.

    August 17, 2010 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ytrewwu

    Online TV

    August 13, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Pat

    I concur with an earlier comment that the Salahis are grifters, and very low class ones at that. Michaele is a gushing dimwit who has nothing interesting to say. And whatever she does say is usually pretty inane. It looks like Cat will be the abrasive equivalent of New Jersey Housewives, Danielle Straub. It will be interesting to see how this show evolves and whether it attracts as faithful and large a following as the Housewives of New York had before Bethenny Frankel got her own show.

    August 8, 2010 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  5. JC in DC

    This show REALLY SUCKS! These women are are lousy, bland and pathetically uninteresting- BRAVO, are these the best house fraus you could scrounge up?!! the show was so bad i couldn't turn the channel fast enough. These women don't even live in DC- Bravo PLEASE remove this show before your reputation is damaged 

    August 8, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bored Housewife

    I am hoping we have seen the last of Housewives of DC. Let's get some real people back on the Housewives' show and get on with life. If what we witnessed on their first show was "class" I guess I've missed nothing in life. The real class is everyday people grappling with the issues of friendship, love and survival. Come on Bravo! You did have it all goin' on. Don't mess up now.

    August 8, 2010 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
  7. Charita

    I'm a former native Washingtonian (reason for leaving quite obvious from the show) thats also frustrated when people live all the way in Front Royal,McClean etc & claim to be from D.C. the show hasn't been on long and I'm already annoyed with it!! For Cat to praise Bush over Obama? How much did the producers pay here to spit that statement out??

    August 7, 2010 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Missy

    I agree and I am BOYCOTTING this DC show due to the overwhelming disgust with those crashers. it alawys has erked me that people "think" they are so much better than others...and those 2 take the cake. And pretty! Ha who does that lady or any of them on the show think they are HA..look like wet cracked out dogs to money. Man money can't buy you LUann

    August 7, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. TJ

    This is the most racist show I have seen in quite some time. Just becaues you don't like someone does not make you a racist. Unfortunately in the eyes of most of this cast it must be a racial thing. I think that would be reversed discrimination. I am so tired of hearing how you are racist if you don't like the president. How many only like him due to his color? That is racist. Grow up ladies. This was my first and last time watching this show. .

    August 7, 2010 at 1:03 am | Report abuse |
  10. ruthie

    Maintain a little class? Too late. The Salahis arrived on the scene without any. I won't be watching this show and certainly hope others also feel that the bottom feeder couple should NOT be making a profit as a result of their abominable behavior. May their book tank also!

    August 6, 2010 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Samuel Bronkowitz

    The Salahis are deluded. Michaele has this inflated sense of self and just thinks she should be famous because. Well we all know she is famous because she crashed the White House state dinner and that is it!! She wants everyone to move on and now that we know her we should just be wanting more.

    Join our Facebook page: Tell the White House Party Crashers to Go Away

    August 6, 2010 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Queenie

    May give this show one more try.....was not too impressed.

    August 6, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Karen J-L

    I am a big "Housewives of..." fan. I watched yesterdays DC premier and was disappointed. Some of these women who claim social etiquette is very important, seemed as if they didn't have a clue about manners. I was also wondering aloud why I was still watching it (10:30pm) when it was pretty much boring. Of course I will give it another chance and watch the second episode – with fingers crossed.

    August 6, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • JudyD

      I agree, very boring start; this is probably going to be the worst series of all the Housewives. I'll watch next week, but if it continues on the same path, then, I'll pass on this one. Hope Bravo can get the NY, OC, Atlanta & NJ gals back and drop this one!!!

      August 6, 2010 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  14. stella

    Will NEVER watch this show. That Sahlahi chick is as dumb as cow poop and has NOTHING to offer the world. NOTHING.

    August 6, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jada

      Stella, I agree with you. I have wholeheartedly chosen to boycott the Housewives of DC because of those "schmucks" the Salahis. They are clearly not the "creme de la creme of the DC area. As a matter of fact, these schmucks are nothing but a "pair of grifters". Shame on BRAVO for their stupidity and for attempting to insult our intelligences. I don't know anything about the other cast members but I know the Salahis are not worth the time of day. They ARE NOT wealthy, priviledged or viewed in high esteem by anyone but BRAVO. This show will fail quickly, just watch or better yet DON'T WATCH!!

      August 6, 2010 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  15. uncle sam

    I am already no liking the ENGLISH woman......., she should go back to ENGLAND where she come form and stay there.
    don't quite fit in to the housewives settings.

    August 6, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Parris

      If they were going to vote people off, the first to go would be the obnoxious Salahi. I enjoy the black chick (sorry don't have the names down yet) ad I thought she was most intelligent. She only spoke when she had something to say. Maybe she was following the adage if you keep your mouth shut no one will know if you are knowlegeable or not; but, if you open it and say the wrong thing, they will now it! But I liked her. I think this will be good, and if they didn't have Salahi, well, they probably wouldn't have much of a show, face it. She's the drama. She may turn out to be the "sweetest" one on the show, babysitting for that busy mom...LOL

      August 7, 2010 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Parris

      Well, just because these ladies live somewhere in the area of D.C. doesn't make them experts on the D.C. social scene. Hmmm well at least you are getting comments and that shows interest.

      August 7, 2010 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bored Housewife

      I can't remember sitting through anything as boring as my first and last segment of Housewives of Wash DC . What a bunch of women who need to get a life of their own instead of trying to make themselves look important by pretending they are fun people and they even tried so hard to appear interesting. Frankly the show was a huge yawn! I didn't watch the entire segment and I deleted it from my saved programs. Bravo, don't let us down. Wash DC, in my mind, remains a place of powerful people supported by me and others to do not much.

      August 7, 2010 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • thankgawdimnotadchousewife

      OMG. These "ladies" have go to be some of the most ignorant and dumb women I've ever "met." Ladies: Grow a backbone and be a real person. You are the WORST role models for any maturing young lady. Get real.

      August 12, 2010 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |

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