Momlogic's Melissa: Forget Orange County, bye bye New York City. Say "hello" to Atlanta, because these "Real Housewives" are richer, flashier AND (best of all) bitchier than either of their coastal counterparts.
I am a huge fan of Bravo's over the top, out of control "Real Housewives" series. When I first saw the perfectly pedicured, silicone enhanced, slightly over-tanned Orange County housewives strutting their stuff through their daily lives, I thought Christmas had come early.
Call me pathetic (you won't be alone, my husband does) but there's something about watching slightly homely women, who've all been physically enhanced by their husband's cash, teeter around on tacky $700 stilettos while bitching and moaning about each other, their husbands and their "problems."
Despite my Orange County infatuation, I was over the moon (so pathetic, I know) when I heard that the next set of housewives were from New York City -- my hometown. I watched that series with delight as the women fought, gossiped and social climbed their way into my heart.
But after last night I can honestly say I have forgotten all the housewives that came before. I never thought it would be possible to top the excess, the self-importance or the nouveau rich posturing of the New York ladies but it was ... and I thank my lucky TV stars.
The Atlanta Housewives (Sheree, NeNe, Kim, DeShawn, and Lisa) all suffer from a horrible cases of high self-esteem, new money insecurity, and social climbing -- and I wouldn't have it any other way.
Two of the housewives are married to professional athletes. Lisa, to NFL player Ed Hartwell and DeShawn to NBA baller Eric Snow -- and neither one of them blink an eye while enjoying the fruits of their husbands' labor. Last night DeShawn spent the majority of the episode hiring "staff" for their 10,000+ square foot home. This included an estate manager, housekeeper, chef, governess AND nanny. How perfectly over the top!
The only Caucasian woman on the show says she's a "black woman trapped in a white woman's body" (I had no idea that it was necessary to explain friendships with people of other races -- but apparently it is in Atlanta.) Kim seems to be the least affluent of the group, but thank god she's dating a very wealthy man known only as "Big Papa." Kim says she hopes to marry Big Papa and to be truthful I don't blame her -- last night he bought her a fully loaded $70,000 car, just because. Maybe he likes the long, ratty, blonde horse hair wig she appears to wear.
My two favorite "Housewives" have to be fighting friends, NeNe and Sheree. Sheree, is by far THE bitchiest, snobbiest, most self-important of all of the housewives -- EVER! (And I love her.) She and NeNe promise to be hours of must see TV especially after last night's ugly incident when NeNe was (accidentally???) left off the guest list of Sheree's birthday party. Not one to be disrespected, NeNe did not take this snub sitting down -- in fact, she stood in the driveway cursing, screaming and making an all-out scene ... it was fantastic, and I can't wait until next week.