Monday, August 4, 2014

"Real Housewives of Melbourne" Comes To Bravo

Well, they're official now:
The Real Housewives of Melbourne 2014 heads to BravoTV today, and future Sundays. No, the show is not airing in primetime on BravoTV. And by all accounts, it could best be left for the middle of the night. It’s that bad. The poorly adapted Australian version of the American franchise features a cast in what appears to be almost a parody of Real Housewives than an actual series. The show, however, is not a first run telecast. It previously aired overseas in February.

Real Housewives of Melbourne 2014 is like Ladies of London heads to the 99 cent store. It’s like Sharnkado with botox. The women appear to almost reenact BravoTV infamous scenes. Initially filming airing Sunday featured the cast partaking in the same sort of scenes that most often dominate the U.S. version. They shop, they throw parties with young male bartenders, they greet their guests with wine, they predict each other’s demise, and they backstab, “throw under the bus”, “come for” each other, and do everything that franchise show would deliver. And with that, they ask “where can we go from here”?

The cast features Andrea Moss, Gina Liano, Lydia Schiavello, Janet Roach, Jackie Gillies, and Chyka Keebaugh. BravoTV is correct; the show does feature ” glamorous …parties to weekend getaways at exclusive resorts”. But beyond that, the cast and scenes look like members are trying to parody or mimic their American counterparts.

As BravoTV explains, execs did not oversee production on this one. And no, Andy Cohen was not involved in producing a #LegGate, #Ramonavention or similar for this show. Rather Bravo acquired rights to the show. “Bravo is thrilled to announce the acquisition of The Real Housewives of Melbourne, set to premiere August 3 at 12p ET/PT.” It remains unclear if BravoTV paid more than a case of Ramona Singer Pinot Grigio for the license rights. But apparently, the show has been renewed in Australia for a second season.
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