Married to Medicine

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Married to Medicine
Married to Medicine.jpg
GenreReality television
Starring
  • Jacqueline Walters
  • Simone Whitmore
  • Kari Wells
  • Toya Bush-Harris
  • Quad Webb-Lunceford
  • Mariah Huq
  • Heavenly Kimes
  • Lisa Nicole Cloud
  • Contessa Metcalfe
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons7
No. of episodes118
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Matt Anderson
  • Nate Green
  • Mariah Huq
Running time41–43 minutes
Production company(s)
Release
Original networkBravo
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseMarch 24, 2013 (2013-03-24) –
present
Chronology
Related showsMarried to Medicine: Houston
Married to Medicine: Los Angeles
External links
Website

Married to Medicine (also known in some countries as Married to Medicine: Atlanta[1]) is an American reality television series which premiered on March 24, 2013, on Bravo and was created by Mariah Huq.[2] The series chronicles the lives of seven women in the Atlanta medical community with four of the women being doctors themselves, while the others are doctors' wives. It shows the group as they balance their social circles, careers, and families.[3][4]

Mariah Huq, Quad Webb-Lunceford, Jacqueline Walters, Kari Wells, Toya Bush-Harris, and Simone Whitmore composed the first-season cast.[3] Lisa Nicole Cloud and Heavenly Kimes joined the series beginning with the second season after the departure of Wells, while Huq departed after the second season.[5]

The network announced a spin-off show entitled Married to Medicine: Houston, which premiered on November 11, 2016.[6]

On April 11, 2018, Bravo renewed the show for a sixth season, which premiered on September 2, 2018. With this renewal, another spin-off titled Married to Medicine: Los Angeles would be premiering on March 10, 2019.[7]

On August 6, 2019, the show was renewed for a seventh season which premiered on September 8, 2019.[8]

Production[edit]

In November 2012, Bravo announced the series green-light of Married to Medicine.[3] The network detailed the series by stating, "Married to Medicine follows a group of successful and educated women, including doctors and wives of doctors, who are connected to the world of medicine in Atlanta."[3] Purveyors of Pop, a production company formed by Real Housewives producers Matt Anderson and Nate Green, produced the series, its second on Bravo after The Real Housewives of Miami.[9] The first season was shot in Atlanta in September and October 2012. By February 2013, the first-season cast was revealed with Toya Bush-Harris, Mariah Huq, Quad Webb-Lunceford, Jacqueline Walters, Kari Wells, and Simone Whitmore starring in the series.[2] At the time of its debut, Married to Medicine held the title of highest-rated series premiere since Bethenny Getting Married? in 2010 and the most watched non-spinoff series premiere in the network's history.[10] The milestone was later surpassed in January 2014 by Blood, Sweat and Heels.[11] The first season delivered over 1 million viewers in the 18-49 viewership demographic and 1.8 million total viewers, making it the network's highest-rated non-franchise/non-spin-off freshman series since Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.[12]

The production of the second season began the first week of September 2013.[13] It premiered on April 6, 2014, with Toya Bush-Harris, Mariah Huq, Quad Webb-Lunceford, Jacqueline Walters, and Simone Whitmore reprising their roles while Lisa Nicole Cloud and Heavenly Kimes joined in the second season. Wells transitioned into a guest starring role for the second and third season.

On January 15, 2015, Bravo renewed the show for a third season,[14] which premiered on June 7, 2015, and featured Bush-Harris, Lunceford, Walters, Whitmore, Kimes, and Cloud reprising their roles from the second season. Huq transitioned into a recurring role for the third season, while Jill Connors, who had guest starred in the second season, was featured in a recurring capacity.

Sources revealed on April 27, 2016, that the show had been renewed for a fourth season by Bravo, and the current cast were already six weeks into filming. The entire cast from the third season returned as series regulars, along with Mariah returning in a recurring capacity.

In regards to a fifth season, the cast was optimistic that the show would return with all of them reprising their roles, with the exception of Lisa Nicole, as she has stated that she would not return for any upcoming seasons of the show.[15][16] On June 19, 2017, it was confirmed that majority of the cast would be returning for the upcoming fifth season, with the exception of Lisa Nicole. Mariah Huq is also expected to return in a recurring role.[17] On September 19, 2017, Bravo announced the premiere date for the fifth season, along with a trailer for the upcoming season and the reveal of the new cast member, Dr. Contessa Metcalfe, who officially joined the main cast from the third episode.[18]

On August 2, 2018, the premiere of the sixth season was announced, starting on September 2, along with the release of the seasons' trailer. The cast was also revealed, with all the ladies returning who were prominent in the fifth season, along with Mariah rejoining the main cast, as she was present in a recurring capacity over the last three seasons.[19]

The trailer for the seventh season was released on August 6, 2019, confirming the return of the previous seasons' cast.[20]

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

Cast member Seasons
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Dr. Jackie Walters Main
Dr. Simone Whitmore Main
Kari Wells Main Guest Guest
Toya Bush-Harris Main
Quad Webb Main
Mariah Huq Main Recurring Main
Dr. Heavenly Kimes Guest Main
Lisa Nicole Cloud Main
Dr. Contessa Metcalfe Main

Recurring[edit]

Cast member Seasons
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Curtis Berry (Jackie's husband) Recurring
Cecil Whitmore (Simone's husband) Recurring
Dr. Duncan Wells (Kari's husband) Recurring
Dr. Eugene Harris (Toya's husband) Recurring
Dr. Gregory Lunceford (Quad's ex-husband) Recurring
Dr. Aydin Huq (Mariah's husband) Recurring
Dr. Damon Kimes (Heavenly's husband) Guest Recurring
Dr. Darren Naugles (Lisa Nicole's husband) Recurring
Jill Connors (Toya's friend) Guest Recurring
Dr. John Connors (Jill's husband) Recurring
Genise Shelton (Toya's friend) Recurring Guest
Dr. Courtney Shelton (Genise's husband) Recurring
Dr. Scott Metcalfe (Contessa's husband) Recurring
Dr. Jarrett Manning (Mariah's friend) Recurring Guest
Buffie Purselle (Simone’s friend) Recurring
Dr. David Purselle (Buffie's husband) Recurring

Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
113March 24, 2013 (2013-03-24)June 4, 2013 (2013-06-04)
217April 6, 2014 (2014-04-06)July 24, 2014 (2014-07-24)
318June 7, 2015 (2015-06-07)October 11, 2015 (2015-10-11)
416November 6, 2016 (2016-11-06)February 24, 2017 (2017-02-24)
518November 5, 2017 (2017-11-05)March 23, 2018 (2018-03-23)
618September 2, 2018 (2018-09-02)January 13, 2019 (2019-01-13)
718September 8, 2019 (2019-09-08)January 5, 2020 (2020-01-05)

Reception[edit]

Before the series premiere, a group of students from Howard University College of Medicine created a Change.org petition to prevent the series from airing. The petition stated that the series "heavily associates Black females in medicine with materialism, cat fights, and unprofessionalism".[21] It goes on to detail the rising difficulty in obtaining residency positions as African American women and how the series' representation of those physicians would only make the task tougher.[22][23][24]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ a b c d "Hold On to Your Wigs as Bravo Media Greenlights Two New Series and Picks Up Season Two of Kim Zolciak's "Don't Be Tardy..."". The Futon Critic. Retrieved February 14, 2013.
  4. ^ Bibel, Sara. "Bravo Greenlights 'Married to Medicine' and 'Taking Atlanta' & Picks Up Second Season of 'Don't be Tardy...'". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved February 14, 2013.
  5. ^ Bibel, Sara (February 19, 2014). "New Seasons of 'Million Dollar Listing New York' & 'Married to Medicine' to Premiere in April on Bravo". TV by the Numbers (Press release). Retrieved February 19, 2014.
  6. ^ Gerard, Jeremy (March 30, 2015). "Bravo Media Slates 10 New Series, Including 'Recipe For Deception' – Upfronts". Deadline Hollywood (Press release). Retrieved March 30, 2015.
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  8. ^ "Bravo's "Married to Medicine" Returns for Season 7". The Futon Critic. August 6, 2019.
  9. ^ "About | Purveyors of Pop Productions". www.purveyorsofpop.com. Retrieved July 17, 2019.
  10. ^ "The Doctor Is in as Bravo Media's "Married to Medicine" Scores Nearly 2 Million Total Viewers and Over 1 Million A18-49" (Press release). The Futon Critic. March 25, 2013.
  11. ^ Bibel, Sara (January 7, 2014). "Bravo Media Shatters Ratings Records Sunday With Its Best Night in Network History". TV by the Numbers (Press release).
  12. ^ Bibel, Sara (May 20, 2013). "Bravo's 'Married to Medicine' Delivers 1.8 Million Total Viewers in Freshman Season". TV by the Numbers (Press release).
  13. ^ Ho, Rodney (August 27, 2013). "What TV shows are being shot in metro Atlanta?". Access Atlanta. Archived from the original on August 31, 2013. Retrieved August 31, 2013.
  14. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (January 15, 2015). "'The Real Housewives of Orange County', 'Married to Medicine' & 'Flipping Out' Renewed for New Seasons + Premiere Dates Unveiled for 'Shahs of Sunset' More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved January 16, 2015.
  15. ^ Post, iTech (February 16, 2017). "'Married To Medicine' Season 5 Not Canceled; Stars Hint On Show's Future Installment". iTech Post. Retrieved July 17, 2019.
  16. ^ Rodney Ho, Radio and TV Talk. "Lisa Nicole Cloud leaving Bravo's 'Married to Medicine'". ajc. Retrieved July 17, 2019.
  17. ^ EnStars (June 19, 2017). "'Married To Medicine' Season 5 2017: Cast Confirmed, Who's Out & Who's In? [VIDEO]". Enstars. Retrieved July 17, 2019.
  18. ^ "Married to Medicine Returns This November: Get Your First Look at the Emotional New Season". Bravo TV Official Site. September 19, 2017. Retrieved July 17, 2019.
  19. ^ "The Married to Medicine Cast Fights to Keep Their Marriages Together in Season 6 Trailer". PEOPLE.com. Retrieved July 17, 2019.
  20. ^ "Married to Medicine's Season 7 Trailer Promises a New Round of Drama". August 7, 2019.
  21. ^ "Bravo's "Married To Medicine": Cancel the show and remove all promotions". Change.org.
  22. ^ "Black Medical Students Petition to End Married to Medicine". EBONY.
  23. ^ Wakeman, Jessica. "Howard University Med Students Petition Bravo To Cancel "Married To Medicine"". Buzzmedia.
  24. ^ Travis, Camille. "Petition Seeks To Cancel Bravo's Docu-Series 'Married To Medicine'". Uptown Lifestyle.

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