Bravo is venturing out, taking viewers to places that bucket list dreams are made of with their upcoming docu-series, “Tour Group.” Eleven strangers from all walks of life will be guided by three expert travel guides as they explore places like the Maldives, a lush nation in the Indian Ocean known for beaches, blue lagoons and coral reefs. Viewers can also experience the awe-inspiring adventures of the travelers attempting to ride elephants in Thailand, or watch them take part in nail-biting mountain gorilla expeditions in the “land of a thousand hills,” the East African country of Rwanda.
The three expert travel adventurers leading the group are Brandon Presser (pictured right), an avid globetrotter, who has penned over 50 travel books, as the result of his visiting over 100 countries. Rachel Grant (pictured center), who has worked as a correspondent will also lead the pack and brings to the table a background in photography, travel blogging and a ravenous appetite for travel that has led to global thrill-seeking adventures extraordinaire. The final member of the group’s leaders, Sandhurst Miggins (pictured left), who has been deemed a “daycation specialist,” earned the title after having catered to a wealthy, fastidious, clientele seeking worldly travel-related fantasies in his line of business, the luxury travel industry.
In her first blog as a Bravo housewife, the stunning and snarky Gizelle Bryant breaks down the premiere of the Real Housewives of Potomac. A recap in case you missed it: etiquette, Potomac, etiquette, Potomac, etiquette, Potomac.
While the “Rules of Etiquette in Potomac” was a running theme of the premiere, Gizelle made it be known that she 1) lives by her own set of rules and 2) is not about to be schooled by Karen Huger, the self appointed HBIC of Potomac.
“I am very well-versed and clear about etiquette,” says Gizelle. “Everyone can see that I was not raised under a rock or a bridge. I’ve read a couple of posts from Mrs. Emily Post and my mother has raised a lady. HOWEVER, Karen’s and Potomac’s rules of etiquette change with the wind and the champagne. If the breeze is blowing and the bubbly is flowing God only knows the rules of Karen.”
Reality star alum and actress NeNe Leakeswill get to add some fabulosity to this year’s NBC-TV’s annual new year’s eve festivities. The diva will hobnob with the likes of Carson Daly as part of a comedy panel he hosts, “New Year’s Eve With Carson Daly” that will take place at New York City’s famed Times Square according to US Weekly.
NeNe, who after seven seasons, left the reality show that helped put her name up in lights, “Real Housewives of Atlanta,” grew tired of the negativity that seemed to take over the show. While Nene was a ‘housewife’ and thereafter, she has always maintained a pretty hectic career schedule. She had a recurrent role on the defunct sitcom “Glee,” was a series regular on NBC-TV’s “The New Normal,” acted in a couple of Broadway productions, was a contestant on “Dancing With the Stars,” and will even be a judge on the upcoming ABC-TV revival 1950’s game show “To Tell the Truth.” In addition to performing, NeNe also manages to oversee her fashion line, The Nene Leakes Collection for the Home Shopping Network and there is also a jewelry line as well.
Former Real Housewives of Atlanta could-have-been-regular cast memberAmiyah Scott was supposed to be a fixture on the Bravo hit reality show but was reportedly, so put off by the producer’s antics, she called it quits. Despite all of the show’s fanfare and praise for featuring Amiyah, as its first transgender cast member in the franchise, she refused to be the stereotype that the show’s producers wanted her to portray according to TMZ.
Amiyah had actually made the one month of filming mark on RHOA. When the show’s plots smacked of devious underpinnings like producers wanting to sexualize Amiyah and have her act “like a vixen” which was not in her character, her patience grew thin. The news outletthen claims, the actress went on to reveal how producers wanted to make her look like the “bitch of the cast,” when she instead strived to become a transgender role model.
The countdown is on – 62 days until the premiere of the Real Housewives of Potomac. Not only are we excited about new women (to love and love to hate) in new cities, but we’re also looking forward to the Real Housewives franchise getting back to basics (we’re holding you to it, Andy!).
Last week, Andy Cohen dished on what viewers should expect from the Real Housewives of Potomac and the Real Housewives of Dallas. “Both Dallas and Potomac remind me of really early Orange County and New York,” said Andy. “It reminds me of early Housewives. It’s the way they communicate. It’s about how they live their lives, and it’s about families. It’s very grounded, and it harkens back to early Housewives for me. Both of them. It’s really interesting.”
Bravo released, “Just up the river from our nation’s capital lies a hidden gem – Potomac, Maryland. Its rolling hills, gated mansions, sophisticated prep schools, and exclusive country clubs all serve to keep the area invitation only. Sprinkled throughout this community are a handful of old-line, wealthy African-American families who have historically broken racial barriers to provide a life of privilege for their children.”
The Real Housewives of Potomac follows the lives of Robyn Dixon, Karen Huger, Gizelle Bryant, Katie Rost, Ashley Darby, and Charrisse Jackson-Jordan. “In a town where entry is granted only through class, pedigree, and lineage, how far will these ladies go to secure their spot at the top of this prestigious circle?” teased Bravo. Look below to see the cast photos/bios and watch the sneak peek trailer.
“Real Housewives of Potomac is the show you never saw coming, and it is going to take everyone by surprise!,” said Andy. “As for Real Housewives of Dallas, it is a natural extension of the franchise with a Southern twist that ‘y’all’ will enjoy.” A shout out to our readers who guessed “Dallas” in our Poll Party!