Bravo loves a franchise…and why shouldn’t it? Just recall Real Housewives! However, has Bravo actually mastered the spin-off? The verdict is still out on Relationshep, but what was that if not a hook for the latest season of South of Broad mischief? I’m going to reserve judgment. Some things just can’t be improved upon, especially when we’re talking about the OG Southern dysfunction that is my one true love, Southern Charm. They’re just so adorably flawed, it’s perfection. I mean, look at Thomas Ravenel (or don’t–he’s a mess!). We watched Southern Charm Savannah, and that’s the end of that sentence. However, will the viewers watch–and LOVE–Southern Charm New Orleans? Only time will tell, but I’m excited about the prospect…and the bayou drama!
Thankfully, we have the cast bios and teaser trailer for Bravo’s latest mint julep and old money shenanigans set in the Big Easy. I’m optimistic, which is a positive. Let’s give it a go and meet the cast of Southern Charm New Orleans, shall we?
Bravo touts a fun line-up in its initial introduction to the new series which premieres Sunday, April 15 at 9 PM ET. The network revels, “Pack your bags! It’s time to head on down to the Big Easy for the series premiere of Southern Charm New Orleans. [The show] will introduce us to a whole new crew of young Louisiana socialites who always bring the glitz, glamour, and good times. Or, as New Orleans Charmer Justin Reese so perfectly puts it in the [below] trailer, ‘My circle is well-to-do, easy on the eyes, and most of all, well-connected. And though we all have our different histories and beliefs, we all manage to be a big melting pot of gumbo around here.'” Listen, if he’s bringing the gumbo, I’ll try my best to bring a viewing audience!
Bravo promises that this fancy friend group comes from the most prestigious lineage with its finger on the pulse of the social happenings in NOLA. Obviously, this crowd is the who’s who of high society, but what lies beneath? Bravo reveals, “[D]on’t let the fabulous lives of these squads fool you; they also have their secrets, which you know is going to make for a drama-filled season. In addition to the beefs, expect to see some incredible parties, fashion, food, and fun. Oh, and you’ll also notice some heated moments and even a pregnancy test featured in this season’s trailer. Still, friendship and family are always at the heart of Southern Charm New Orleans, as well as the resilient spirit of this crew and this city.”
My interest is certainly piqued! Check out the players (and the trailer!) below.
Describing Barry, the site reports, “A New Orleans native, Barry Smith currently resides in the city with his wife Tamica and their two children. Barry grew up playing sports and once his athletic career ended, he turned his passion for fitness into a business and opened his own company, FUEL Center of Fitness. The exclusive fitness club is dedicated to helping athletes achieve their desired performance goals. Barry is determined to take his company to the next level and continue the grind of being a successful business owner.” Watch out CUT Fitness and Tamra Judge!
Bravo states, “Tamica Lee is an ambitious go-getter raised in New Orleans and isn’t afraid to speak her mind. From being the face of New Orleans’ local entertainment news to juggling her jam-packed social calendar, Tamica is always on the go and likes things that way. A wife and mother of two, Tamica’s family is a top priority but she loves thriving as a socialite and business woman too. Tamica is outrageous, unapologetic, and completely unafraid to speak her mind. From making public appearances to hosting events and working for her brother’s charity organization, she is somehow still managing to find time for ladies’ lunches and rest.”
With a name like Charleston, he’s a shoe-in for the franchise! According to the network, “Jeff Charleston grew up in Oregon and after playing college football at Idaho State University played his rookie season with the Indianapolis Colts. He ended his pro-football career as a defensive end for the New Orleans Saints with a Super Bowl title under his belt. Jeff currently resides with his wife Reagan in New Orleans and is doing his best to navigate life post-football but can’t shake the feeling that something is stopping him from moving forward.” Could it be…
This lady?? “Reagan Charleston, whose family has been in NOLA since the 1700s, has deep roots in New Orleans. Her family owned the world famous Coghlan Art Gallery in the French Quarter and her ancestors are featured prominently in the city’s cultural history. They are even credited with the creation of the renowned cocktail, the Sazerac, the official drink of Louisiana. Currently attending law school and interning at a prestigious firm in the city, Reagan balances studying diligently and flexing her entrepreneurial muscle with building out her artistic jewelry and accessories line. Although her dreams to have it all seem within reach, the pressures of school, career, marriage, and family life are beginning to weigh on her.”
Every good cast needs a brooding artist, and here’s one I won’t mind watching. Bravo reveals, “Jon Moody is a well-versed artist athlete known for his innovative portraits and incredible taste. Through artistic expression, Jon aims to bring awareness to social, economic and worldly issues. Jon’s work has been featured in the White House and many celebrities also commission his well sought-after pieces. His popularity increased even further after his artwork was chosen to appear on the sets of hit shows Empire and Star. Jon comes from a family of overachievers and is always striving to be a positive influence to others. Laser-focused on his rising career, Jon won’t let anything slow him down, especially drama.”
Last but not least, “Justin Reese is a personal injury lawyer and sports agent living in New Orleans. The son of a prestigious judge and activist Dottie Reese, Justin’s family is well established in this city he calls home. A true people person, Justin decided to use his connections to establish an exclusive gentleman’s social and business club – Coterie. Stylish and social, Justin is determined to not only work hard, but to also enjoy all life has to offer. Justin is actively working to rebuild his childhood home that was impacted during Hurricane Katrina.”
My DVR is set…what about yours?
TELL US – ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT SOUTHERN CHARM NEW ORLEANS? WILL YOU BE WATCHING? WILL IT MEASURE UP TO THE ORIGINAL SOUTHERN CHARM?
[Photo Credit: Virginia Sherwood/Bravo]