Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Why Flaunting Is Sometimes Not A Good Thing

"Real Housewives of Atlanta" was a breakout show for Bravo over the past few months. The show spotlighted Atlanta area "housewives" at their gaudiest. The show, while wildly entertaining in spots portrayed the women profiled as obviously having wealth that was probably scripted for the benefit of the show. It's one thing to watch the other 2 installments of the reality show that profiled housewives from Orange County, and New York, respectively show off their money in a manner that at least appears to have some semblance of reality.

The Atlanta show showed one women writing a check for over $50,000 for a Cadillac Escalade. I don't know this for a fact, but I suspect that the vehicle was never driven of the dealer's lot. NeNe Leakes who really was the "realist" of the housewives has reportedly been evicted from her home according to the New York Daily News. I hate to say that these women have been exploited by Bravo, but I'm sure the network made out like a bandit as the show averaged viewreship of 1.3 million viewers for the 7 episodes. Leakes never really portrayed herself as having money during the show, and really was the most down to earth, and normal of the 5 women profiled. Hopefully things will improve for her, and perhaps if she signs on for a second season of "Housewives" she'll be able to negotiate a more lucrative contract.

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