On Saturday, January 17, Bravo will air the premiere of the latest in their Real Housewives franchise: The Real Housewives of Potomac. As in, Potomac, Maryland. Later in the year, The Real Housewives of Dallas will premiere on Bravo as well.
Never heard of Potomac, Maryland? There’s not a lot to know. Named after the Potomac River — which you’ve likely heard of — the population was just under 45,000 when the 2010 U.S. Census was tallied. If you just Google “Potomac” today, it would appear that the most significant thing to ever happen in Potomac was the announcement of this new Real Housewives from Bravo.
Regarding the surprise announcement of the two new series, executive producer Andy Cohen had the following to say.
“The Real Housewives of Potomac is the show you never saw coming, and it’s going to take everyone by surprise. As for The Real Housewives of Dallas, it’s a natural extension of the franchise with a Southern twist that ‘ya’ll’ will enjoy.”
The Real Housewives of Dallas won’t be premiere in January alongside Potomac. Instead, according to E! Online, The Real Housewives of Dallas will premiere later in 2016.
The Real Housewives of Dallas was announced by E! less than a week ago and was originally slated to be called Ladies of Dallas before the decision was made to include the cast as part of the Real Housewives franchise (similarly, The Real Housewives of New York City was named Manhattan Moms before being converted to the Real Housewives world). But even a week ago, after news of the Housewives of Dallas had spilled, Cohen wasn’t ready to reveal the city planned for the next Real Housewives. He only gave a teaser, as can be heard in the Sirius XM interview below.
Now that Potomac, Maryland, has been revealed as the focus of the newest cast of housewives, we have learned a few more things about the city and the show, thanks again to E! Online. Bravo has already tried a Real Housewives series in the area. Real Housewives of DC was cancelled in 2011 after just one season. Will they find more success by trying Real Housewives just 30 minutes up the Potomac River?
Why is there no Real Housewives of SF or Silicon Valley? Instead they're doing another DC one and naming it after a river to cover the fact.— Erika Valdez (@erikavaldez10) November 12, 2015
The show will be centered around mostly African-American families from the area as they deal with everything from private schools to racial barriers. Thank to the bios provided by Bravo, we know that the stars of The Real Housewives of Potomac will be Gizelle Bryant (divorced, mother of three — no relation to Kobe), Katie Rost (also divorced, mother of three), Karen Huger (married, mother of two), Charrisse Jackson-Jordan (married, mother of two), Robyn Dixon (divorced, mother of two, and still living with the father) and Ashley Darby (married, step-mother of two).
Fewer details have been released about The Real Housewives of Dallas, despite the fact that it was announced first. However, Bravo put out the following description of Ladies of Dallas before it was renamed.
“From glamorous galas to scintillating scandals, and supersized spending habits, life in the elite tier of the Dallas social scene is hard to crack, and even harder to maintain. Whether driven by vanity, personal validation, or career advancement, these Lone Star ladies all share the same goal- to climb the social ladder and stay on top.”
The Real Housewives of Potomac premieres Saturday, January 17, at 8/9c on Bravo. The Real Housewives of Dallas will premiere on Bravo later in 2016.
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