Why Doesn’t Bravo Want Us?

The cable channel scoffed at recent speculation about a “Real Housewives of the Main Line” series

Last week, Main Line socialites were abuzz over what seemed like an inevitable casting call for, yes, a “Real Housewives of the Main Line”. (“Blue bloods, nouveau riche and career women are invited to apply.”) About four seconds later, though, everyone heaved a collective sigh―some out of relief, some of disappointment―when Dan Gross reported that Bravo all but laughed off the possibility of a Philly-based franchise. “We’re involved in casting all over the country for a variety of projects,” they told him. “This is not one of them.” Sure, the local film company responsible for the casting call might pitch Bravo the show, but, the spokesperson reportedly clarified, Philly ought not speculate that Bravo would ever accept such a project.

Well, then.

I will guiltily admit to watching more Real Housewives than any one human being should (like, maybe every single episode of every single franchise ever, except for D.C. Does anybody watch D.C.?). I’m sorry to say that I’m something of an expert. And as such, I can promise that the Main Line would make for awesome TV. It’d be like some fabulous mix of the O.C. crew and the New Jersey crew, with a touch of New York thrown in. (For non-fans: That’s like part “Dynasty”, part “Sopranos”, part “Survivor”.) The Main Line was maaaaaade for reality television.

Whether this particular (and particularly delightful) scourge of reality TV would be good or bad for the Main Line―and Philly, by extension―is a whole other post. The point is that Bravo has basically deputized a handful of wealthy locales―including New Jersey, for pete’s sake―as TV-worthy. The flat refusal to publicly entertain the idea that the legendary wealthy suburbs of Philadelphia (home, I might add, to the original real housewife and socialite, Hope Montgomery Scott) might have something scintillating to offer reminds me of a story I read not long ago that referred to Philadelphia as part of “flyover country.” It’s misplaced elitism, and flat-out craziness.

For that reason alone, I hope the Main Liners really throw down for this one. I hope that the socialites go hit up “Top Chef” contestant Jen Carroll over at 10 Arts―Bravo seems to like her―for some tips. I hope the Main Line housewives (and career women and blue bloods and nouveau riche) out-drama the New York women and out-snip the Beverly Hills women and maybe even out-mouth the New Jersey women. I hope the local production company hits the jackpot and hope Bravo sees the error of its ignorant ways. I hope we all get some good bad TV of the hometown variety. It’s no less than an issue of Philly pride now.

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  • Pete


  • SunsetKid

    I am an ex-Philadelphia living in San Francisco. A few weeks ago there was a posting on Craig’s List that they were casting the Real Housewives of San Francisco. It turned out to be a hoax.

  • Bleudogman

    OMFG. The first thing I’m going to do is write Bravo a Thank You letter for not pursuing this project. I’m sure, if we look around, probably not even too deeply, we can find something worthy to promote Philadelphia.

  • Nancy

    Real bluebloods would never bother with this.

    The only ones who would want to be on the show would be the nouveau riche and the self-promoters. I don’t think that’s any different than the cast of the other “Real Housewives” shows.

  • Caroline

    You don’t get it. The Main Line symbolizes understatement. Asking for women with “strong fashion sense and style…. nouveau riche” to audition, is contrary to the image that “The” Main Line represents. Any woman who ends up on that show would not be authentic. They would simply be a misplaced New Yorker etc believing that just because they live in the area or join the same fund raiser or send their children to the same schools that they are Main Line Socialites. Real Main Line Housewives ARE socialites and would never be true friends with anyone who would be on that show. You wont find women from Merion Golf Club or Gulf Mills Golf Club on that show, but that is where you will find the Real Housewives of the Main Line.