The Real Housewives
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The Real Housewives is a reality television series, following the lives of affluent, bourgeois housewives and professional women in the suburban or urban areas of several American cities, with the suffix of the title taking on the name of that metropolitan region. The series air on Bravo in the United States, on Slice in Canada, and various other broadcasters internationally.
The series' base concept and name are provided by the television series Desperate Housewives. However, while the fictional series details the life of one suburban neighborhood, The Real Housewives features women that live in various areas in their respective regions, but still are close friends or in overlapping social circles (as some of the women are antagonistic to each other.) Despite its name, only some of the housewives are married. As seasons progress, a mixed group of divorcees and single mothers are introduced. While the subjects that are revolved around the show are usually trivial or taboo (labeled as "First World Problems"), the show has also included serious and more realistic issues, involving suicide, divorce, broken relationships, bankruptcy, infidelity, family feuding, alcoholism, eviction, deadbeat parents, and foreclosures.
The first Real Housewives series, The Real Housewives of Orange County, premiered in March 2006. Its executive producer, Scott Dunlop, produces the original series and is affiliated with all versions. There are currently six versions of the series, airing at various times throughout the year, following women in Orange County, New York City, Atlanta, New Jersey, Beverly Hills, and Miami. As of December 2012, there are no additional Real Housewives in production.
The first four series entered weekday broadcast syndication in the majority of U.S. markets on September 13, 2010, with episodes of The Real Housewives of Orange County. The Real Housewives of Atlanta started airing episodes in the syndicated time slot on October 25, 2010; The Real Housewives of New York on November 29, 2010; and The Real Housewives of New Jersey on January 17, 2011. More episodes of Orange County and an encore of Atlanta finished off the season. However, the package was not renewed for a further second season due to low ratings.
Production history 
- The Real Housewives of Atlanta is finished airing season 5.
- The Real Housewives of Orange County is currently airing Season 8 on Mondays @ 8pm, 7pm central.
- The Real Housewives of New Jersey is set to premiere Season 5 on June 2 @ 8pm, 7pm central.
- The Real Housewives of New York City is currently casting for Season 6.
- The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills is currently filming for Season 4.
- The Real Housewives of Miami is currently filming season 3.
- The Real Housewives of Vancouver is finished airing Season 2.
Current Installments 
|Series||Premiere Date||No. of seasons||Current Housewives||Current Friends of the Housewives||Former Housewives||Former Friends of the Housewives|
|The Real Housewives of Orange County||March 21, 2006||8 (currently airing)||Vicki Gunvalson, Tamra Barney, Gretchen Rossi, Alexis Bellino, Heather Dubrow, Lydia McLaughlin||Kimberly Bryant, Jo De La Rosa, Tammy Knickerbocker, Quinn Fry, Lauri Waring-Peterson, Jeana Keough, Lynne Curtin, Peggy Tanous||Fernanda Rocha, Sarah Winchester|
|The Real Housewives of New York City||March 4, 2008||6 (currently filming)||Ramona Singer, Sonja Morgan, Aviva Drescher, Carole Radziwill, Heather Thomson||Bethenny Frankel, Jill Zarin, Alex McCord, Kelly Bensimon, Cindy Barshop, LuAnn de Lesseps,|
|The Real Housewives of Atlanta||October 7, 2008||5 (completed airing)||NeNe Leakes, Kandi Burruss, Phaedra Parks, Cynthia Bailey, Kenya Moore, Porsha Stewart||DeShawn Snow, Lisa Wu-Hartwell, Sheree Whitfield, Kim Zolciak||Marlo Hampton|
|The Real Housewives of New Jersey||May 12, 2009||5 (completed filming)||Teresa Guidice, Jacqueline Laurita, Caroline Manzo, Melissa Gorga, Kathy Wakile||Dina Manzo, Danielle Staub|
|The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills||October 14, 2010||4 (currently filming)||Lisa Vanderpump, Kyle Richards, Taylor Armstrong, Kim Richards, Brandi Glanville1, Yolanda Foster||Camille Grammer, Adrienne Maloof||Dana Wilkey, Marisa Zanuck, Faye Resnick|
|The Real Housewives of Miami||February 22, 2011||3 (currently filming)||Adriana de Moura, Lea Black, Lisa Hochstein, Ana Quincoces, Joanna Krupa, Alexia Echevarria2||Marysol Patton3||Larsa Pippen, Karent Sierra, Cristy Rice|
^1 Brandi Glanville was originally a Friend of the Housewives in the second season , but promoted to a main Housewife in the third season.
^2 Alexia Echevarria was originally a main Housewife in the first season, but became a Friend of the Housewives in the second season. She will return to the third season as a main Housewife.
^3 Marysol Patton had been featured as a main Housewife in the first two seasons, but became a Friend of the Housewives in the third season.
|Series||Premiere Date||# of seasons||Current Housewives||Friends of the Housewives||Former Housewives|
|The Real Housewives of Vancouver||April 2, 2012||2 (finished airing)||Jody Claman, Ronnie Seterdahl Negus, Mary Zilba, Amanda Hansen, Ioulia Reynolds, Robin Richmond Reichman||Christina Kiesel, Reiko MacKenzie|
|Les Vraies Housewives (France)||March 18,2013||1 (finished airing)||Soumaya Aakaboune, Natalie Wizman , Christina Amrani , Karine Kaplan, Christine Snider-Decroix.||TBA||N/A|
|The Real Housewives of Melbourne||2013||1 (currently casting)||TBA||TBA||N/A|
Past Installments 
|Series||Premiere Date||# of seasons||Housewives|
|The Real Housewives of D.C.||August 5, 2010||1||Mary Amons, Lynda Erkiletian, Stacie Turner, Catherine Ommanney, Michaele Salahi|
|Series||Premiere Date||# of seasons||Housewives|
|The Real Housewives of Athens||March 4, 2011||1||Ioanna Soulioti, Orthoula Papadakou, Annita Nathanail, Christina Papa, Joe Satratzemi Togou, Fofi Mastrokosta|
|Series||Premiere date||Series Finale||No. of seasons||Spin-Off||Housewife|
|Date My Ex||July 21, 2008||August 4, 2008||1||The Real Housewives of Orange County||Jo De La Rosa|
|Bethenny Ever After...||June 10, 2010||May 28, 2012||3||The Real Housewives of New York City||Bethenny Frankel|
|Don't Be Tardy...||April 26, 2012||N/A||2||The Real Housewives of Atlanta||Kim Zolciak|
|Vanderpump Rules||January 7, 2013||N/A||2||The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills||Lisa Vanderpump|
|The Kandi Factory||April 9, 2013||N/A||1||The Real Housewives of Atlanta||Kandi Burruss|
|I Dream of NeNe: The Wedding||Fall 2013||N/A||1||The Real Housewives of Atlanta||NeNe Leakes|
|Untitled Tamra Barney Wedding Series||N/A||N/A||1||The Real Housewives of Orange County||Tamra Barney|
Related Shows 
These series are similar to The Real Housewives format and style, however they are not affiliated with the franchise.
|Series||Premiere Date||# of seasons||Current Cast||Friends||Former Cast|
|October 24, 2011||2||Nicole Raidman, Lea Shnirer, Jennifer Snookel, Iris Zander, Yael Gal||Tali Sinai Riklis, Dafna Shahar, Eti Dudai, Inbar Shenhav|
|January 2, 2012||2||Narcisa Tamborindeguy, Val Marchiori, Aeileen Varejão, Andréa de Nóbrega, Cozete Gomes, Mariana Mesquita, Regina Mansur||Lydia Saveg, Brunete Fraccaroli||Lydia Sayeg, Brunete Fraccaroli, Débora Rodrigues|
|Sin City Rules (Las Vegas)||December 9, 2012||1
|Lana Fuchs, Amy Hanley, Jennifer Harman, Alicia Jacobs and Lori Montoya|
- ^Note 1 : The series was cancelled before season 1 finished airing. The remaining episodes were uploaded to the network's website.
- ^Note 2 : Lydia and Brunete are no longer part of Mulheres Ricas' main cast, however they are still featured on it as recurring cast members.
Facebook Game 
In July 2012, Bravo released a social networking video game version of The Real Housewives of New York City titled Real Housewives: The Game. The game, (discontinued), was accessed as a Facebook application.Every week after a new episode airs on TV, a new story was available on the game.
- "Meet Bravo’s Real Housewives". Mulitchannel News. January 5, 2006. Retrieved June 19, 2010. "Bravo president Lauren Zalaznick said in a prepared statement: “From Peyton Place to Desperate Housewives, viewers have been riveted by the fictionalized versions of such lifestyles on television. Now, here is a series that depicts real-life ‘desperate’ housewives with an authentic look at their compelling day-to-day drama.”"
- 'Real Housewives' head to off-net syndication
- Bibel, Sara (April 2, 2013). "Bravo Greenlights 17 New and 18 Returning Unscripted Series". TV by the Numbers.
- "EXCLUSIVE: 'The Real Housewives of Miami' Returning for Season Three". In Touch Weekly. March 29, 2013.
- "The Real Housewives Invading France? Mais Oui!". E!. Retrieved February 7, 2013.
- "Les "vraies Housewives" arrivent sur NT1. Vous allez aimer les détester ?". Retrieved March 4, 2013.
- "Real Housewives to film in Melbourne". News.com.au. April 29, 2013. Retrieved April 20, 2013.
- "Foxtel launches 2013 programming". TV Tonight. February 21, 2013. Retrieved February 23, 2013.
- "Foxtel commissions The Real Housewives of Australia". TV Tonight. November 8, 2012. Retrieved January 23, 2013.
- "Real Housewives: The Game". BravoTV.com. Retrieved August 7, 2012.
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