Real Housewives of DC Premiers to Poor Reviews

6 Aug

Whew, we’ve been waiting on this a LONG time.

The Real Housewives of DC

The Twittersphere was on fire with tweets from the viewing. Everyone had something to say. Most, were unimpressed. I’ll admit, I didn’t even watch it. Who has to nowadays with the web? From replays on youtube to thousands of blog comments, I’m not missing much.

Many viewers complained that the show wasn’t realistic. I can agree. What 5 political and/or professional women, because DC is a town for both, are going to put their lives on camera for the world to see? It just wasn’t happening. So then commenters slammed the women for putting on airs… These poor women can’t win for losing. Oh well. But, it does make me rethink my search for 15 minutes.

The first post that I read, and probably one of the most helpful for someone that didn’t watch the show,  is one that I want to share with you for the #31bnb (31 days to a brand new blog) project that I’m participating in. The post comes from the blog Brightest Young Things, which I’d heard a lot about and discovered that I loved the blog’s design. Their staff appears to share the same “spread local arts and pop culture” philosophy that I’d like this blog to have as well.

Here are some poignant highlights of the politically challenged from the episode according to BrightestYoungThings:

  • Mary drunkenly suggesting that “our hair salons need to become integrated” during her birthday dinner to a mortified looking Stacy and Ted Gibson, who is (guess what?) also black and a (guess what?) hair stylist.
  • Cat announcing she things she hates Tyra Banks and doing an impression of her which while accurate is also mortifying to Stacy
  • Can announcing that George W. Bush is a class act, and that Obama she’s not sure about yet (cut to Stacy [sic] who says “She doesn’t like Obama OR Tyra Banks, AND THEY BOTH HAPPEN TO BE BLACK”)
  • Paul Wharton’s white girl hair envy
  • Lynda’s obvious coveting of everything chocolate colored and with muscles (from her boyfriend to the models she does castings for in what appears to be her rec room in the basement)
  • when they showed “real DC” (which Stacy [sic] announced as “Chocolate City” for the masses of Americans at home) they cut to a shot of Busboys & Poets and Ben’s Chilli Bowl hiting a total cliche home run so hard it almost made me want to stand up and cheer.


I liked this post’s coverage of the show. I liked the fact that the post made mention to other DC based reality shows. I liked that the author had watched the other RH shows. The bullet point recap was good as well as the limited use of pictures. Below, I’m going to over use pictures. Maybe one day, I’ll learn.

If you dare, watch Real Housewives of DC on Bravo TV Thursdays at 9pm.

In case you missed it, below are the cast members and their brief bios. From Washington

Michaele Salahi, 44: Even before she and husband Tareq turned up at the White House state dinner uninvited, the couple had local notoriety for their flamboyant lifestyle and a long-running feud with Tareq’s parents over their Oasis Winery in Fauquier County.

Michaele was raised in suburban Oakton, and worked at Nordstrom department store before marrying Tareq in a splashy 2003 ceremony. Though she turned up with camera crews at their alumni events, the Redskins cheerleaders have denied she was ever a member. The Salahis remain under state and federal investigation for the White House incident and their business practices.

Catherine Ommanney with the Salaheis, Photo Credit: Kristopher Connor

Catherine Ashley Ommanney, 40-ish: A newcomer to Washington, the British interior designer moved to the U.S. in the summer of 2008 when she married Charles Ommanney, a prize-winning photojournalist with Newsweek, after a brief courtship. The mother of two girls from a previous marriage, she was little known in D.C. social circles before emerging as part of the ‘Housewives’ set.

Turns out she’s got a perfect past for reality TV: In 2006, she blabbed to a British tabloid about her brief make-out session with a much-younger Prince Harry. Since the show has wrapped, she and Charles have separated.

Photo Credit:

Mary Schmidt Amons, 43: A McLean, Va., socialite and mom of five, she’s a native of the D.C. suburbs. She’s the daughter of a telecom exec who married a telecom exec herself, Rich Amons.

They started their family early: Their oldest, Lolly, pictured here, is 23. In 2005, they were featured in Marie Claire and on “Good Morning America” about mothers and daughters who look the same age. A stylish dresser, Mary was named to Washingtonian’s 2009 best-dressed list.

In 2006, Mary helped found Labels for Love, which runs the popular District Sample Sale, a semi-annual shopping-for-charity event. Random fact: Her grandfather was 1950s broadcaster Arthur Godfrey.

Photo Credit: Extra-Ordinary Lives

Stacie Turner, 42: The only African-American woman headlining the cast, Turner is also the only ‘Housewife’ with much connection to local politics. Her husband, Jason, worked in D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty’s administration, but left amid political drama in the parks department.

She’s a Howard University grad and a Harvard MBA, who worked in marketing at BET and other companies before becoming a real-estate agent with Long & Foster. They have two young children and live in a former 16th Street Heights church that they renovated into a mansion.

Jason’s brother is a Paris-based hip-hop musician. Last fall, Bravo flew the couple overseas for one of his shows.Jason also has a very unique patent on file with the PTO.

Photo Credit: The Washingtonian

Lynda Erkiletian, 52: A divorced mother of grown children, she’s the owner of T.H.E. Artist Agency, a Georgetown-based modeling firm representing more than 500 local models and stylists. Her ex is the owner of Muleh boutique on U Street. Last year she sold her condo for more than $5 million and moved out of the city. In 2009, she was named one of the city’s Best Dressed.


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