Although Real Housewives of DC was the franchise’s least successful season yet, Bravo exec Andy Cohen hints that they might bring it back for another round. On Regis and Kelly last week, Cohen admitted that Bravo was “in negotiations” to bring Real Housewives of DC back to the air, but there was one snafu: the network wanted controversial Housewife/White House party crasher/compulsive liar Michaele Salahi to come back, but the other four housewives banded together and refused to work with her. Mary Schmidt Amons, Cat Ommaney, Lynda Erkiletian, and Stacie Scott Turner reportedly tried to negotiate as a group, just as the Real Housewives of New Jersey did when they wanted troublesome Danielle Staub booted from the show.
While Michaele Salahi and her omnipresent husband Tareq Salahi were unpopular with other cast members, they were the only members of the otherwise-lackluster DC cast to get press attention. In addition to the White House party crashing incident, they were quickly exposed as frauds and grifters, lying about everything from owning a winery to having MS (Michaele). Recently, Michaele was booted from Celebrity Rehab when it was revealed she didn’t actually have an addiction to anything.
Despite the fact that DC was a poorly-received season of the Bravo franchise, I’m not opposed to bringing it back. Orange County has lost steam, and New York has been running on fumes for some time now. DC still has potential (Cat’s divorce and citizenship issues have a lot of storyline potential, and Stacie’s discovery of her long-lost Nigerian father and his family were my favorite plot of the season), but it will require some retooling. I won’t miss Michaele – like Danielle, she sucked up all the available air and went from “love to hate” to simply “hate,” making the whole show less enjoyable in the process. But they’ll need to replace her with someone willing to be a little more open on camera – the opposite of Mary, who, while interesting, is media-savvy enough to keep most of her business offscreen. That’s fine for a regular person, but a Housewife needs a little bit of bite to keep from getting the Lisa Hartwell Wu treatment. And considering Cohen’s announcement that the show won’t be adding any additional cities, DC is the one city in the franchise that still feels like a blank slate.