Real Housewives Cities That Didn't Make the Cut
In a Watch What Happens Live Q&A session, Andy Cohen revealed which cities were considered but didn't make the cut for Real Housewives franchises. In the past, the cities that seemed like perfect fits for the series haven't worked — like Miami and D.C. — while some less flashy cities have taken fans by surprise, like Dallas and Potomac. It's no wonder why new cities are being discussed behind the scenes. Usually this information isn't spoken about, but now that we have it, we've compiled a list of the potential Real Housewives cities that didn't make the cut.
GreenwichGreenwich is close to several already-popular Real Housewives cities — New York City, Potomac and New Jersey — so it’s no wonder why this one wasn’t chosen. However, tapping into the abundance of upper class wealth and high-society women there must have been tempting.
So, what qualities are they looking for when choosing the cast of a new Real Housewives city? Andy Cohen shed some light at a Watch What Happens Live Q&A. “They’re usually aspirational. They have their own identity,” he revealed.
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ConnecticutConnecticut is a mix of coastal cities and rural towns, but there must be pockets of long money for this state to be of interest. After all it is home to Yale University and six communities that made Bloomberg’s America’s 100 Richest Places list.
Andy shared more about how they find the groups of women who star in a new Housewives show. “You look for a group of friends. Producers bring in casting people, and they find women who are on the society pages and belong to country clubs. 'Who are your friends, and how do you know each other?'" From there they create a list of about 10 women. “There's a little diagram that you look at,” he explained.
ChicagoThe Windy City sounds like an obvious choice for a new Real Housewives franchise – it’s a beautiful major US city which would make the perfect backdrop for some compelling drama. But for whichever reason, the franchise just didn’t materialize.
With fresh, new additions like Dallas and Potomac which premiered in 2016, new cities are always on the radar. "I think Dallas and Potomac kind of took people by surprise. They've worked really well," Andy said on WWHL.
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San FranciscoConsidering San Francisco has the third largest billionaire population in the world, the fact that this city was on the list was no surprise. Home to Silicon Valley and serving as the global hub for tech and innovation, the Bay Area is the birth place of a lot of new money.
HoustonFrom West University to River Oaks, there are a number of wealthy neighborhoods in Houston to focus a Real Housewives franchise. According to Business Insider, Houston is the best US city to accumulate wealth partly because of their lucrative oil and gas industry which keeps the economy booming.
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The wine countryNot an official city, but California’s wine country seems like a shoe-in for a show about the lifestyles of the rich and famous. But something about this relaxed region makes us feel there would be less pretentiousness and vanity here. Maybe that’s why it didn’t make the cut…
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