While we patiently wait for Bravo to officially announce the upcoming show and title, lets take a look into why the series should be titled Real Housewives of San Antonio. The network has received tremendous success with the franchise branching out to over 9 different cities. Seven of those cities are still Bravo hits, while D.C. and Miami have failed. Now lets take a stroll down memory lane with a Housewives history lesson.
The series was inspired by hit ABC show Desperate Housewives, created by Marc Cherry. Scott Dunlop came up with the idea in 2004, while bored at a dinner party. He was living in Coto de Caza, an affluent, suburban gated community in Orange County, CA. He wanted to do an observational documentary that “held a mirror up” to the lives behind closed doors. Soon after, he posted an ad about a new reality show in the local newspaper, and Vicki’s son, Michael, sent in the information about his family. With his neighbors selected, Scott then created a sizzle real to present to the network.
Originally, the show would be called “Behind the Gates” and Dunlop recorded confessionals with both the men and women. Once Bravo expressed interest in the show, the story line was reconfigured to focus on the women of OC. With the story direction set, the name was officially changed to “Real Housewives of Orange County”
FUN FACT: Scott still lives in Coto De Caza down the street from Vicki.
POP CULTURE PHENOMENON…
With 3 successful cities the expansion continued in 2009 with New Jersey. In 2010, Beverly Hills and DC premiered. Kicking off 2011, the franchise grew again taking Reality TV cameras down south to Miami. The series began a major hit for the network and fans across the world became obsessed with the modern-day soap opera.
Unfortunately after a serious White House scandal, DC became the first city in the franchise to be cancelled after one season. Three seasons in to Miami rating continued to decline, making it the second series of the franchise to never return. Miami was unique in that it followed a group of Cuban women. Prior to Miami, the franchise focused primarily on affluent white or African-American women.
SURPRISE! NEW CITIES…
In 2016 Bravo executive, Andy Cohen, announced that the Real Housewives franchise would be expanding to 2 new cities. First the premiere of Real Housewives of Potomac became the network’s highest-rated “Housewives” debut to date with 4 million viewers. Potomac became the second series to follow an all African-American cast.
On April 11, 2016 Bravo returned to the south with Real Housewives of Dallas, becoming the ninth installment of the franchise. The network had cast in Dallas before however, couldn’t get the formula of women right. Revisiting the city, the group finally came together with an ensemble cast of 5 women.
ANOTHER TITLE CHANGE…
Shocker, the Real Housewives of Dallas also played the name change game before its premiere. The show was originally pitched to the women as “Making it in Dallas”, following women of the charity world navigating the Dallas social scene. Andy stated as the footage started to come in the network tossed around names such as “Ladies of Dallas” before eventually becoming Real Housewives.
FAILS BY BRAVO…
With the hit franchise becoming a pop culture icon, Bravo has also tried introducing similar shows, despite their success. Many shows under different titles have graced our screens for a season, never to return. The most successful non-housewife franchise being Ladies of London. However after 3 seasons and the lost of Queen Caroline, the series came to an end. The following is a list of failed Bravo shows following an all female cast.
- BLOOD SWEAT AND HEELS
- EAT DRINK LOVE
- FASHION HUNTERS
- GALLERY GIRLS
- GAME OF CROWNS
- LADIES OF LONDON
- MARRIED TO MEDICINE- HOUSTON
- MOTHER FUNDER
- PRINCESSES OF LONG ISLAND
- MISS ADVISED
- SECRETS AND WIVES
- THERE GOES MOTHERHOOD
GETTING IT RIGHT…
In a recent interview with Access Hollywood, Andy revealed the network has searched many cities stating “There are a lot of cities that we’ve cast in. People don’t know this”. Continuing the conversation, the Bravo Exec. says “We’ve cast in Greenwich, Connecticut, San Francisco, the wine country. We’ve cast all over the place. We have cast in Houston, where we didn’t wind up doing it, so there have been versions that never made it”.
“UNTITLED SAN ANTONIO PROJECT”
With the 2018 announcement of a new project in San Antonio, we begin to wonder, will they be Real Housewives? The following statement was released by Bravo in 2018.
KEEPING THE BUZZ GOING…
Excited by the possible Real Housewives series, I want to keep the buzz going about the women. I’ve decided to gather any new information along with a photographic timelines to keep you all informed of the upcoming series. By keeping the conversation open, I hope it will create enough buzz for a successful season premiere.
MORAL OF THE STORY…
The moral of the story is, TITLES MATTER! Bravo has had overwhelming success with the Real Housewives franchise and with the network moving to 7 nights a week programming, it would benefit to expand the series. As we’ve seen before, Bravo is no stranger to changing a show title to grow the iconic franchise. The women bring culture and diversity, something lacking by the current cities. So while we wait for the official title for the “Untitled San Antonio Project” lets keep in mind the topic of discussion above. Stay tuned for an update article on filming, coming soon! XOXO