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Real Housewives of New York

Courtney Cox | Thursday, February 28, 2013


I never quite got into The Real Housewives of Orange County, but once Bethenny Frankel entered my world as the snarky and witty singleton on “The Real Housewives of New York” I was hooked on the entire franchise.

I couldn’t help myself. This series filled with menopausal dramatics and vino galore brought me both so much thrilling anxiety that I couldn’t look away.

From the seemingly classy “Real Housewives of New York” like Countess Luann de Lesseps to the incredibly ethnic Manzo clan on the “Real Housewives of New Jersey,” I loved to watch and judge them all.

The series seemed so glamorous but Ina staged the way. We knew that these stars were not the truly wealthiest members of their social circles, but we still fixated on them nonetheless.

That is until the introduction of the most lavish series of the entire franchise – “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.”

These women have real money, and I was floored from the beginning that they could live so ornately. Perhaps the most fascinating of all the Beverly Hills Billionaires is Lisa Vanderpump.

The saucy Brit was so popular in the first two seasons for her tongue-in-cheek commentary and wry wit.

She also lived like a princess. Her house is filled with roses and rosé at all times. Her husband Ken is always at her beck and call, and even Giggy, her tiny Pomeranian with alopecia, is dripping in diamonds.

She runs two of Beverly Hills’ hippest restaurants, Villa Blanca and Sur.

Villa Blanca is the classy white washed upscale restaurant popular with the “ladies who lunch” set and Sur is the trendy West Hollywood restaurant that Lisa describes as being the place you “take your mistress.”

I marveled at the spectacle Lisa produced in organizing her only daughter Pandora’s wedding to former South Bend townie Jason, and I continue to love Lisa on this year’s season of the “Real Housewives,” despite her unlikely alliance with the slightly trashy Brandi Glanville.

Much like the newest addition to the “Beverly Hills” cast, Yolanda Foster, Lisa cuts through the pettiness of the bickering cast with her European bluntness and refusal to scream like a child at another grown woman.

This adoration of Lisa led me to embrace her newest venture on Bravo – “Vanderpump Rules.”

The television show followed the staff of Sur as they navigate their incestuous romantic relationships and pursuit of fame in a town where everyone is trying to get their big break.

While Lisa initially drew me in, I stayed for the salacious storylines and unceasing dramatics.

The season started off introducing audiences to the most vile of all casts. No one in sight seemed to be good-natured and both the men and women were compulsively obsessed with their physical appearance.

Arguably the stars of the show, Jax and Stassi are seemingly the power couple of Sur. Jax is a model and Stassi is a fashion blogger – but neither profession pays the bills enough for them to quit their jobs as a bartender and a waitress.

They get in fights constantly because of Jax’s wandering eye and Stassi’s mistrust. They fight in the restaurant, in Vegas and even on a parade float in the middle of a gay pride parade. They are dysfunctional even in their best moments.

At their worst they decide to part ways after allegations of infidelity and spend the rest of the season attempting to hurt each other by beginning relationships with different staff members at Sur.

Stassi’s friend Laura Leigh becomes enamored with Jax’s smooth talking antics and betrays her friend by starting a very public flirtation with him in front of Stassi.

Laura Leigh’s ultra-high voice and neurotic demeanor is beyond entertaining in its own right and made for one heck of a season’s end.

Stassi ping-pongs back and forth between Jax and his fellow bartender Frank. When Frank is fired at Sur for disrespecting a customer, Stassi realizes she might have only been into him out of convenience’s sake and they fizzle out.

The cast will no doubt attempt to capitalize on their Bravolebrity status to skyrocket them to fame, but after a such a juicy season my only wish is that they never become famous enough to quit their day jobs.