Andy Cohen wants us to believe the drama on Real Housewives is genuine. <fits of laughter> I know, right? It’s real, he said. It’s all about casting the right, highly emotional women, he said. And if you believe that, I have a bridge to sell you, he probably said to himself.
Andy addressed the scripted complaints that plague the franchise, actually the majority reality shows these days, in a recent interview with Attitude Magazine.
Andy insisted the real housewives drama is real, adding, “We cast very highly volatile, emotional, driven, opinionated women, and because of that, they go to town. And you sit down with them at the end of the season and they all have it out with each other. It’s really fun.”
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Recalling the pitch for Real Housewives of Orange County, Andy shared, “[They] said, ‘I have neighbors and their boobs are bigger and their hair is blonder and they have these huge houses, and they’re unlike anything you’ve ever seen before.’ It was the beginning of the Real Housewives of Orange County, and in my mind I thought, ‘Well this could be like a modern soap opera,’ and that’s what it’s become.”
Real Housewives of Orange County premiered March 21, 2006. Nine years later, we have Real Housewives of Orange County, Real Housewives of New York, Real Housewives of Atlanta, Real Housewives of New Jersey, and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills on the air. There was one season of Real Housewives of D.C. and three seasons of Real Housewives of Miami.
Why does the Real Housewives franchise work? Andy cited the “long histories” between cast members as the reason. “You know sometimes it just gets really personal about their family,” he said about the naturally occurring <wink, wink> drama. “The show works so well because it’s all people who have long histories with each other. So it’s not just throwing people together in a Big Brother house and seeing what happens.”
TELL US – DO YOU BELIEVE REAL HOUSEWIVES ISN’T SCRIPTED? WILL REAL HOUSEWIVES LAST ANOTHER NINE YEARS? WHICH CAST/CITY IS YOUR FAVORITE?
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