Michaele Salahi won’t have those snooty Real Housewives of D.C. to kick her around anymore, at least not on cable television. Bravo has canceled the show, marking the first setback for the popular reality concept.
The news, first reported by The Washington Post, makes the show a one-season wonder. It’s hard to tell what the other franchises have that the D.C. show lacked, although stuff-shirt Washington doesn’t seem like a reality TV town.
The girls weren’t hooked into the real action, which is that government, in what amounts to a one-company town. Most of the social swirl that takes place at embassy parties and other functions were out of bounds.
There was only so much the producers could do with a bunch of middle-aged ladies sitting around having lunch and cocktails.
Ratings were low and the women were one dimensional. Only presidential party crasher Salahi was interesting, but she is a virtual social outcast in Washington.
So far only Cat Ommanney has booked another Bravo gig. She’ll provide Royal Wedding coverage.
That leaves New York City, New Jersey, Atlanta, Beverly Hills and the newly launched Miami franchise.
The original show, “The Real Housewives of Orange County,” is in its sixth season and fairly recent Beverly Hills show also got another season.
“We had an amazing season and we told stories that were unique to any other in the franchise. I wish all our DC Wives the best and hope to work with them again in another capacity,” said Andy Cohen, Bravo’s executive vice president of original programming and development.