The Politics to Getting 'Real' in D.C.
Who wants to be a "Real" housewife? Who, that is, in Washington?
That's the question now that Bravo's boobs-and-Botox reality series is turning to the nation's capital for the sequel to "The Real Housewives of Orange County" and its ilk. Network officials told our colleague Lisa de Moraes they've already taped 25 local women -- but some of them told us producers were less than candid about what they were auditioning for.
Susanna Quinn, wife of superlobbyist Jack Quinn, was repeatedly assured that Half Yard Productions wasn't wooing her for "Housewives" -- and she wants no part of it. Lobbyist Edwina Rogers thought the show was about D.C. lifestyles. Would she do "Housewives"? "I don't really know," she said. "I'm not a housewife. I run a trade association."
Could producers snag authentic D.C. power players and get them to let their hair down? Um, no. In Washington, "discretion is key to marital and professional success," Nathans owner and New York Social Diary blogger Carol Joynt wrote. "Most of the husbands here -- those who are the real deal -- live off the public dollar."
Still, one of Half Yard's execs, Abby Greensfelder, moves among the political/media elite; she's the wife of New Republic editor Franklin Foer. Half Yard shot footage this spring at a party hosted by GOP lobbyist Juleanna Glover, the District Sample Sale and the Washington Humane Society's Fashion for Paws gala, where the cameras trained on fundraiser Mary Amons, the wife of a NoVa tech guy.
Blogger Andrea Rodgers said she "had my suspicions" the show she was being taped for was "Housewives" but doesn't mind because the show has "a solid franchise." Plus, she's convinced a D.C. "Housewives" has to be different: "I don't think we'll be flipping tables over or propositioning men for quickies" like the women from other cities. "We're all very political here, whether we're in politics or not."
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