Well guys, Bravo is trying once again to franchise one of its fan favorites with Southern Charm New Orleans. Did Andy Cohen learn nothing from that Savannah debacle? Whatever. One of the gentlemen from the latest endeavor describes his town as “boobs, beads, and booze,” so there’s that. To say my hopes aren’t high is a bit of an understatement, but I’m willing to give it a go!
Tamica Lee heads to work as morning show anchor. She’s quick to remind us that her father played for the Saints and she’s quite the benefactress. Tamica is married to Barry Smith, who she asserts isn’t nearly as fun as she is. Barry claims to be Mr. Mom. He’s all about driving his kids around town to school and activities. Jeff and Reagan Charleston are married and are the parents to several dogs. Jeff is a former NFL player and Reagan takes a lot of pride of being New Orleans born and raised, with her ancestors basically founding the city (according to her). They are hosting Tamica and Barry at their home. It’s huge. There is a giant foyer that boasts three stories of stairwells. Reagan and Tamica are like sisters, which just means they fight all the time and are extremely competitive. Tamica and Barry are moving into a new house, but Tamica doesn’t want to talk about it with her pal…basically because of that whole competitive piece. Clearly these people already know the golden rule in reality television…keep your friends close and your enemies closer.
Tonight is the night! Bravo premieres the all new series Southern Charm New Orleans!
From Bravo’s summary of tonight’s episode: “Welcome to life in the Big Easy! Hidden away from the beer, boobs and beads of Bourbon Street is a high society of wealth, champagne and costume balls, with a healthy dash of voodoo magic. Meet the high-class ladies and gents of this tight-knit group as they strut their stuff at the biggest party of the year, Mardi Gras. Later, secrets will be revealed during a birthday party that will ultimately steal the spotlight from its guest of honor.”
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?