It’s pretty much what we’ve been telling our friends after we saw the premiere of Bravo’s latest addition to the franchise, “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.” These women won’t be in bankruptcy court anytime soon – divorce court in Camille Grammer’s case, possibly – but broke, these women are not.
“It’s such eye candy,” Bravo’s senior vice president for original programming and development, Andy Cohen, tells the New York Times. “It’s dazzling to look in these women’s homes. I wanted Beverly Hills to pass what I call the Jackie Collins test. We wanted the city and the housewives to be aspirational. We wanted other women to look at them and think, ‘I want that.'”
Moneyed or not, these women are still “Real Housewives” and as such, Cohen says we should expect some of the same strong personalities that drew the network to women such as New York’s Jill Zarin, New Jersey’s Teresa Giudice and Atlanta’s NeNe Leakes.
“We cast women with very strong points of view and something to say,” Cohen says. “We cast women who are going to let us into their lives and let us into what they’re thinking and be unfiltered. We don’t cast women who are going to edit themselves.”
We’re sure “Real Housewives” fans are grateful for that.
“The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” premieres on Thursday, October 14 at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo.