The Real Housewives

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The Real Housewives
A black sans-serif font reads "The Real Housewives".
Genre Reality television
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Production
Running time 41-44 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel Bravo
Picture format
Chronology
Related shows

The Real Housewives is an American media franchise consisting of several reality television series broadcast on Bravo; they document the lives of several affluent housewives residing in varying regions throughout the United States. The first version The Real Housewives of Orange County premiered in 2006; its success resulted in spin-off series located in New York City and Atlanta in 2008; New Jersey in 2009; Washington, D.C. and Beverly Hills in 2010; and Miami in 2011.

The subsequent installments have proven similarly successful, and have resulted in several spin-off series of their own. As of February 2014, The Real Housewives of Atlanta is the highest-rated installment of The Real Housewives franchise, and is additionally the most-watched series airing on Bravo. International versions are broadcast by several television channels worldwide; the first version The Real Housewives of Athens premiered in 2011, and was followed by "Me'usharot (The Real Housewives Of Israel) in 2011, The Real Housewives of Vancouver in 2012, Les Vraies Housewives in 2013, and The Real Housewives of Melbourne in 2014.

Conception[edit]

"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."

— A press release by Bravo, describing the concept of The Real Housewives of Orange County.[1]

The Real Housewives was first announced as one of six reality television series ordered by the American television channel Bravo in May 2005.[2] It was inspired by the scripted soap operas Desperate Housewives and Peyton Place, and would document the lives of upper-class women who "lead glamorous lives in a picturesque Southern California gated community where the average home has a $1.6 million price tag and residents include CEOs and retired professional athletes."[1] The series was renamed The Real Housewives of Orange County in January 2006, and was premiered on March 21.[1]

In September 2007, Bravo confirmed the production of the series Manhattan Moms, which would "[follow] an eclectic group of Gotham socialites and their families."[3] However, it was renamed The Real Housewives of New York City in January 2008, becoming the first spin-off from The Real Housewives franchise; it premiered on March 4.[4] The third spin-off The Real Housewives of Atlanta was announced in June,[5] and was premiered on October 7.[6] The fourth spin-off The Real Housewives of New Jersey was mentioned in May 2008 before the confirmation of The Real Housewives of Atlanta,[7] although it premiered afterwards on May 12, 2009.[8] The Real Housewives of D.C. was introduced as the fifth spin-off in October 2009,[9] and was premiered on August 5, 2010.[10]

Domestic installments[edit]

Series Series premiere Series finale No. of
seasons
Ref.
The Real Housewives of Orange County March 21, 2006 (2006-03-21) N/A 9 [11]
The Real Housewives of New York City March 4, 2008 (2008-03-04) 6 [12]
The Real Housewives of Atlanta October 7, 2008 (2008-10-07) 6 [13]
The Real Housewives of New Jersey May 12, 2009 (2009-05-12) 6 [14]
The Real Housewives of D.C. August 5, 2010 (2010-08-05) October 21, 2010 (2010-10-21) 1 [15]
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills October 14, 2010 (2010-10-14) N/A 4 [16]
The Real Housewives of Miami February 14, 2011 (2011-02-14) 3 [17]

International installments[edit]

Series Series premiere Series finale No. of
seasons
Ref.
The Real Housewives of Athens March 4, 2011 (2011-03-04) June 27, 2011 (2011-06-27) 1
Me'usharot October 24, 2011 (2011-10-24) N/A 3
The Real Housewives of Vancouver April 2, 2012 (2012-04-02) June 6, 2013 (2013-06-06) 2
Les Vraies Housewives March 18, 2013 (2013-03-18) N/A 1
The Real Housewives of Melbourne February 23, 2014 (2014-02-23) 1
The Real Housewives of Cheshire 2014 (2014) 1 [18]
The Real Housewives of London 2014 (2014) 1 [19]

Spin-offs[edit]

  • Series
  • (Parent installment)
Series premiere Series finale No. of
seasons
Ref.
July 21, 2008 (2008-07-21) September 8, 2008 (2008-09-08) 1
June 10, 2010 (2010-06-10) May 28, 2012 (2012-05-28) 3
April 26, 2012 (2012-04-26) N/A 3
April 9, 2013 (2013-04-09) May 26, 2013 (2013-05-26) 1
January 7, 2013 (2013-01-07) N/A 2
September 2, 2013 (2013-09-02) September 16, 2013 (2013-09-16) 1
September 17, 2013 (2013-09-17) N/A 1
  • Kandi's Wedding
  • (The Real Housewives of Atlanta)
June 1, 2014 (2014-06-01) 1 [20]
October 5, 2014 (2014-10-05) 1 [21]

Syndication[edit]

The first four series entered weekday broadcast syndication in the majority of United States markets on September 13, 2010, with episodes of The Real Housewives of Orange County.[22][23] 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.

Game[edit]

Further information: Real Housewives: The 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, now discontinued, was accessed as a Facebook application. Every week, after a new episode aired on TV, a new story was available on the game.[24][25]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Bravo's 'The Real Housewives of Orange County' to premiere March 21 Read more at http://www.realitytvworld.com/news/bravo-the-real-housewives-of-orange-county-premiere-march-21-3897.php#QTWehxAA2T4Gsd6e.99". Reality TV World. January 6, 2006. Retrieved April 24, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Bravo announces plans to air at least six new reality series this summer". Reality TV World. May 1, 2005. Retrieved April 24, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Bravo Starts Production on New Docu-Drama 'Manhattan Moms'". The Futon Critic. September 20, 2007. Retrieved April 24, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Bravo Announces New Series "The Real Housewives of New York City"". The Futon Critic. January 14, 2008. Retrieved April 24, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Bravo's Hit Franchise Docu-Series "The Real Housewives" Heads South for "The Real Housewives of Atlanta"". The Futon Critic. June 26, 2008. Retrieved April 24, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Bravo's Original Series Deliver Record-Breaking Ratings, Again". The Futon Critic. July 31, 2008. Retrieved April 24, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Bravo Expands Production and Development Teams". The Futon Critic. May 21, 2008. Retrieved April 24, 2014. 
  8. ^ Morrissey, Tracie Egan (May 13, 2009). "Real Housewives Of New Jersey Premiere: Spying, Fighting, And Gold Digging". Jezebel. Retrieved April 24, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Bravo Announces Series Pickups for "The Real Housewives of D.C." and "The Real Housewives of New Jersey"". The Futon Critic. October 6, 2009. Retrieved April 24, 2014. 
  10. ^ Tucker, Ken (August 5, 2010). "'The Real Housewives of D.C.' premiere: Housewives desperate. Very desperate.". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. Retrieved April 24, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Real Housewives of Orange County, The on Bravo". The Futon Critic. Retrieved April 25, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Real Housewives of New York City, The on Bravo". The Futon Critic. Retrieved April 25, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Real Housewives of Atlanta, The on Bravo". The Futon Critic. Retrieved April 25, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Real Housewives of New Jersey, The on Bravo". The Futon Critic. Retrieved April 25, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Real Housewives of DC, The on Bravo". The Futon Critic. Retrieved April 25, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, The on Bravo". The Futon Critic. Retrieved April 25, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Real Housewives of Miami, The on Bravo". The Futon Critic. Retrieved April 25, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Baby Wears Prada and The Real Housewives of Cheshire to launch new channel ITVBe". RadioTimes. Retrieved July 6, 2014. 
  19. ^ Hope, Hannah (May 23, 2014). "Real Housewives of London: E4 to air new reality show following wealthy women". The Daily Mirror. Retrieved July 21, 2014. 
  20. ^ Bibel, Sara (April 29, 2014). "'Real Housewives of Atlanta: Kandi's Wedding', 'Ladies of London', 'Untying the Knot' & 'Million Dollar Listing Miami' to Premiere in June on Bravo". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 29, 2014. 
  21. ^ Bibel, Sara (August 21, 2014). "'Manzo'd With Children' to Premiere Sunday, October 5 on Bravo". TV by the Numbers (Press release). Retrieved August 21, 2014. 
  22. ^ Berman, Marc (October 12, 2009). "'Real Housewives' head to off-net syndication". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 30, 2013. 
  23. ^ "Watch "The Real Housewives" Drama Unfold from the Very Beginning in National Syndication on September 13". The Futon Critic. September 9, 2010. Retrieved June 30, 2013. 
  24. ^ http://apps.facebook.com/realhousewivesgame/?fb_source=bookmark_apps&ref=bookmarks&count=0&fb_bmpos=3_0
  25. ^ "Real Housewives: The Game". BravoTV.com. Retrieved August 7, 2012. 

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