March 18 2009

The Real Housewives of New Jersey

the real housewives of new jerseyBravo has unveiled the cast of The Real Housewives of New Jersey.


I have never hidden my addiction to reality TV, but even I have my limits.  I can honestly say I have never watched a full episode of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, The Real Housewives of New York City or The Real Housewives of Orange County.  Sure I’ve caught a minute or two here or there, but only because I haven’t had time to grab the remote and change the channel before they begin.  What I have been subjected to is usually annoying, vapid and completely without substance, and it constantly amazes me that not only do these shows continue to air, they somehow have turned into a complete franchise!

It seems like every time I turn around, Bravo, the cable network that airs them, is adding another version.  However, I was taken by complete surprise when they not only announced a fourth incarnation of the series, but that it had already been cast and would begin airing in May.

If you are unfamiliar with these shows (lucky you), they follow the lives of five “real housewives” who always happen to be married to insanely rich men that deny them nothing.  There are always some dysfunctional kids in the mix that have been allowed to run wild because these “real housewives” are just far too busy being mean-spirited, soulless Barbie dolls to actually spend any quality time raising their kids.  What are they busy doing?  Oh, you know, things like getting arrested for beating up their boyfriends.

The continued success of these series boggles my mind, partially due to the economy.  While the rest of the country is struggling with this economic meltdown, you have these women going for spa treatments, throwing lavish birthday parties for their teenagers, wearing outfits that cost more than most people make in a month and showing no real concern for how or where they spend their money.  Yet something about these shows must appeal to someone as there are now four versions of the insipid concept.

I, for one, will not be watching the new one, or any of the other three versions.  Perhaps I should thank Bravo for making it just that much easier to let me flip past their channel constantly without even having to glance at what they are showing.

Thanks, Bravo!

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