‘Real Housewives’ Brings Drama to P-mac

By Lauren Roseman, Business Manager

“If you don’t behave yourself in Potomac, you might be asked to leave.”
Bravo TV announced Nov. 11 that The Real Housewives of Potomac (RHOP) will be added to the Real Housewives franchise as the eighth show.
Centered around the lives of six wealthy, powerful African-American women from the Potomac and D.C. areas, RHOP is expected to be as drama-filled and suspenseful as any Real Housewives show.  RHOP will focus on the parties and glamor of being one of the elite, in addition to focusing on how these women fight racial barriers in their daily lives to maintain their status and legacy.
“I think it’s pretty cool that we are going to have a TV show,” senior Michael Levenson said.  “I just hope it doesn’t embarrass us as a town.”
Only two of the main stars actually live in Potomac, and the other four live nearby in the DMV.
According to Us Magazine, the show was likely created as a new approach to The Real Housewives of Washington, D.C., which flopped in 2010.  Potomac is also known to be a wealthy area, being the city in the U.S. with the highest median household income in 2013.
“I think that it’s weird to have a Real Housewives of Potomac after Real Housewives of D.C. failed, but it should be interesting to watch,” sophomore Elizabeth Marquis said.
Junior Tyler Baylor is excited to watch the show because she has two family members and two close family friends who will be featured on the show.
Although the show is about Potomac, some students feel that the show may not be worth watching.
According to Marquis, she is not going to watch the show unless she is bored.
“I hope it will have at least one reasonable person on the show to show that not everyone in Potomac is obsessed with wealth and other material things,” Marquis said.
According to Bravo, Potomac is portrayed as a city that focuses on class and parties. Some students are concerned that RHOP will not accurately represent Potomac.
“I believe that parties and class are part of Potomac, but that doesn’t show who we are as a whole,” Levenson said.
The show is set to premiere Jan. 17 at 9 p.m. on Bravo.