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In Praise Of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”

Mike Vulpo |
January 17, 2011 | 9:25 p.m. PST


(Adam Olszewski/Bravo)
(Adam Olszewski/Bravo)
Just a few short months ago, I had my doubts about the "Real Housewives" franchise. The Washington D.C. ladies disappointed and the announcement of Beverly Hills joining the long list of cities worried me. Did we really need another city, and what could this group of women bring that we haven’t already seen? How I was wrong.

Since the series premiere of the “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” viewers have begun to know six wealthy, and I do mean wealthy, women who have great stories and personalities. From the beginning, viewers fell in love with Lisa’s obsession over her dog Giggy, were fascinated by Camille kissing married men on the lips, and found Kyle and Mauricio’s relationship authentic and real.

Personality and lifestyle are important to the franchise, but with Bravo, there also has to be drama. Kyle and Camille’s fight during a trip to New York City was nothing compared to later episodes. The episode appropriately titled “The Dinner Party From Hell” was one of the best "Housewives" in a long time. It was as good as the disastrous trip to St. John in the “Real Housewives of New York City.” Explaining the episode here won’t give it justice. Nonetheless, electronic cigarettes, martinis, mediums, and the attack “how about you blow up your lips some more” are just a sample of what you will see and hear.

Off camera, more accusations and facts are appearing about the pending divorce of Kelsey and Camille Grammer. Camille says Kelsey pushed her to do the show, with the intent to show the world how cuckoo she is. Granted, Kelsey doesn’t receive the best edit either. Reports also suggest Camille and Kelsey were separated from the first days of taping but Camille wasn’t allowed to discuss it. Regardless, the divorce is messy and Kelsey has already moved on and is engaged to his new lady. Lucky for viewers, much of their marriage troubles will be put on the spotlight in the upcoming season finale and reunion.

The latest series from Bravo has proven there’s plenty left in this franchise. The current season of “Real Housewives of Atlanta,” with the addition of Phaedra, has provided plenty of laughs. The “Real Housewives of New York City” is planned to premiere its fourth season February 15, sadly without Bethenny Frankel, who is focusing on season two of “Bethenny Ever After” set to premiere in the end of February. Finally, the original and best “Real Housewives of Orange County” begins season six March 6.

To Andy Cohen, Bravo - and all the real housewives in America - keep the drama, fights, and craziness coming. Viewers like me continue to be surprised and amazed at what happens next.

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