Has the “Real Housewives” franchise lost its way?
By Kim Palacios
hollywoodnews.com: Few of Bravo’s “Real Housewives” seem like homebodies anymore, which begs the question: has the series lost its way? Since the 2006 debut of “The Real Housewives of Orange County”, the show has strayed from its original focus—to reveal the lifestyles of wealthy wives who didn’t have to work.
Though early cast groupings featured one or two wives with their own careers, the majority of early housewives focused on personal pursuits. Yet, recent seasons feature cast members conspicuously engaged in business ventures, most of them using the show to promote their products and personal brands.
Luann deLesseps wrote a book and released a song; Kim Zolciak also did the latter; Bethenny Frankel used her spinoff, “Bethenny Getting Married” (also on Bravo TV) to promote Skinny Girl Cocktails, a business she started after “Housewives” and reportedly sold for $120M. NeNe Leakes, who was not employed prior to her run on “Housewives”, secured a spot as a broadcast journalist on an Atlanta morning show and went on to participate in “Celebrity Apprentice”. Co-cast member Sheree Whitfield started a fashion line, “She by Sheree” which she launched while the series was filming.
It doesn’t stop there. No fewer than 10 other wives have made business deals in the wake of initial “Housewives” fame. At this rate, Bravo might be wise to change the name of the show—the “Real Entrepreneurs” seems to fit.
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