The Real Housewives of Melbourne

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The Real Housewives of Melbourne
Genre Reality television
Based on The Real Housewives
  • Andrea Moss
  • Chyka Keebaugh
  • Gina Liano
  • Jackie Gillies
  • Janet Roach
  • Lydia Schiavello
  • Gamble Breaux
  • Pettifleur Berenger
  • Susie McLean
  • Sally Bloomfield
  • Venus Behbahani-Clark
Country of origin Australia
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 37 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Kylie Washington
  • Lisa Potasz
  • Euan Jones
  • Virginia Hodgson
  • Philippa Rubira
Camera setup Multiple
Running time 43 minutes
Production company(s) Matchbox Entertainment
Original network Arena
Picture format 576i (16:9 SDTV)
Audio format Stereo
Original release 23 February 2014 (2014-02-23) – present (present)
Followed by The Real Housewives of Auckland
External links

The Real Housewives of Melbourne (abbreviated RHOMelbourne) is an Australian reality television series that premiered on 23 February 2014, on Arena. It was developed as one of the international installments of The Real Housewives, an American television series franchise. The series chronicles the lives of several women living in Melbourne, Australia.

The series originally focused on Gina Liano, Jackie Gillies, Andrea Moss, Janet Roach, Chyka Keebaugh and Lydia Schiavello; the lineup of housewives for the upcoming fourth season consists of Liano, Gillies, Roach, Schiavello, Gamble Breaux, Venus Behbahani-Clark and Sally Bloomfield. Of the original housewives, Moss left after the first season, whilst Keebaugh departed after the third. The remaining housewives joined in later seasons: Breaux in the second, and Behbahani-Clark and Bloomfield in the fourth. Other housewives include Pettifleur Berenger (seasons 2–3) and Susie McLean (season 3).

Its success has allowed for the development of The Real Housewives franchise by Matchbox Pictures and similar spin-off series based in Auckland and Sydney.

Overview and casting[edit]

The cast at the 2016 Logie Awards.

The Real Housewives of Melbourne was first announced by Matchbox Pictures as The Real Housewives of Australia and was set to air in 2013.[1] On 28 July 2013 it was announced that the series had been renamed to The Real Housewives of Melbourne, along with the full cast of the six women. The six women include Jackie Gillies, Chyka Keebaugh, Gina Liano, Andrea Moss, Janet Roach, and Lydia Schiavello.[1] They were handpicked by the producers, from over one-hundred women during an eight-month process.[2] Filming for the series began in July 2013.[2] on 21 January 2014, the official cast photo and premiere date of 23 February 2014 were announced.[3] The series at the time was the second biggest local series launch following SoHo's Wentworth.[4]

Moss departed the series after one season.[5] On 8 May 2014, the series was renewed for a second season.[6] Brian Walsh, an executive director of Foxtel, discussed the renewal, "There is no doubt that The Real Housewives of Melbourne has been a game changer for Foxtel. The incredible reaction to our Housewives, including the blockbuster ratings, the huge social media impact and the overall buzz surrounding the series has meant the decision for another season was a very easy one."[6] In season two, Andrea Moss departed the series which featured two newcomers, Gamble Breaux and Pettifleur Berenger, and premiered on 22 February 2015.[7] Manuela Pless-Bennett joined the series in a recurring capacity as a friend to Janet.[8][9] Pless-Bennett was featured in interviews and attended the reunion.[10][11] Friend to the wives Lisa Tonkin, who also made a guest appearance in season one,[12] made several guest appearances throughout the season.[13][14]

The series was subsequently renewed for a third season. All the housewives returned from the previous season with Susie McLean joining the cast.[15] The third season premiered on 21 February 2016.[16] Prior to the conclusion of the third season, it was confirmed on 8 May 2016, that original housewife Chyka Keebaugh would not be returning to the series.[17]

On 11 May 2016, Schiavello revealed there would be a fourth season but filming may be delayed to film The Real Housewives of Sydney first.[18] A month later in June 2016, Liano also confirmed there would be a season four and the filming delay for the Sydney series, adding that "the original girls are out of contract now. They haven't approached us to renegotiate contracts yet."[19][20] In December 2016, season four was officially confirmed by Foxtel, also being reported that filming is set to begin in early 2017.[21] On 29 April 2017, it was announced that Berenger would not return to the series.[22] On 17 May 2017, the season 4 cast was announced, with Venus Behbahani-Clark and Sally Bloomfield joining the cast. This also confirmed the departures of Keebaugh, Berenger and McLean.[23]

Timeline of housewives[edit]

Housewives Seasons
1 2 3 4
Jackie Gillies Main
Gina Liano Main
Janet Roach Main
Lydia Schiavello Main
Chyka Keebaugh Main
Andrea Moss Main
Gamble Breaux Main
Pettifleur Berenger Main
Susie McLean Guest Main
Venus Behbahani-Clark Main
Sally Bloomfield Main
Friends of the housewives
Manuela Pless-Bennett Friend
Lisa Tonkin Guest Friend Guest


Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 12 23 February 2014 (2014-02-23) 11 May 2014 (2014-05-11)
2 13 22 February 2015 (2015-02-22) 17 May 2015 (2015-05-17)
3 12 21 February 2016 (2016-02-21) 15 May 2016 (2016-05-15)
4 TBA 2017 (2017) TBA


In the United States, the series premiered on 3 August 2014, on Bravo, the same network that initiated the The Real Housewives franchise.[24] The series returned for a second season on 5 March 2015.[25] However, unlike season one which aired during daytime on Sunday, season two aired during prime time – the first of the international The Real Housewives series to do so.[25][26] In the United Kingdom, the series premiered on 6 November 2014, and airs on ITVBe.[27] In Sweden TV3 started airing the first series in early January 2016.[28] The series returned to Bravo for a third season on 22 July 2016, but now airing during prime time on a Friday.[29] In Canada, the series started airing on Slice in August 2016.[30][31] In New Zealand, the series premiered on 25 October 2016 on Bravo, the same network that initiated the The Real Housewives franchise by Matchbox Pictures.


In the United States, the premiere episode attracted 414,000 viewers, a 39% increase to the timeslot compared to the month prior.[32] The second-season premiere, which for the first time saw the series air in primetime,[25] grew on the prior season's premiere scoring 534,000 viewers.[33]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Type Award Result
2015 4th AACTA Awards[34][35] Best Editing In Television (to Paula Zorgdrager for season 1, episode 1) Nominated
ASTRA Awards[36][37] Most Outstanding Reality Program (for season 1) Nominated
5th AACTA Awards[38] Best Reality Television Series (for season 2) Nominated
2016 Screen Producers Australia Awards[39][40][41] Reality Series Production (for season 3) Nominated


In September 2014, Real Housewives producer Matchbox Pictures announced that they were considering filming Real Housewives in a second location – namely Sydney or the Gold Coast.[42] In addition, a Judge Judy-type show has been considered starring Real Housewives star Gina Liano, with a pilot episode filmed in December 2014.[42][43] In September 2015, it was again reported that producer of the series, Matchbox Productions, was possibly searching for potential candidates for a The Real Housewives franchise to be based in Sydney, or the Gold Coast.[44] On February 27, 2016 it was revealed that the producers were looking for potential cast mates in Brisbane.[45] In June 2017, it was confirmed that Gina Liano would receive a Judge Judy style spin-off entitled "Judge Gina". The series is to contain 40 episodes of 30 minutes.[46]


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