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Which 'Housewives' Will Make the Cut?: Lisa Spies and Edwina Rogers drop out of show; Lynda Erkiletian, Mary Amons, Michaele Salahi still in

Not doing 'Housewives' duty: Lisa Spies, left, and Edwina Rogers. (Courtesy of Cameron Scarborough; Courtesy of Matt Dornic)

So a suburban mom, a polo wife and a modeling agency owner walk into a charity gala, and ...

Actually, no joke: At the moment, those appear to be the most likely stars of Bravo's forthcoming "The Real Housewives of D.C." TV reality series. Though casting is still in flux, we've learned that two prospective candidates who promised to give the show a uniquely Washington flavor -- one a lobbyist, the other a political fundraiser -- have fallen by the wayside, according to sources close to the production.

Who's out: Lisa Spies, a Republican fundraiser and wife of political lawyer Charlie Spies, who had spent several hours followed by Bravo's cameras recently. And Edwina Rogers, a health-care lobbyist who was trailed by a video crew during last month's America's Polo Cup on the Mall.

Who appears to be still in: Mary Amons, a McLean mom of five and rising socialite; Michaele Salahi, a notable in Fauquier's wine country and polo circles; and Lynda Erkiletian, owner of T.H.E. Artist Agency. None of the casting is official yet -- sources told us Bravo is still auditioning other local women -- but these three have logged the most conspicuous camera time at recent parties. All lend a certain Georgetown/suburban glamour to the mix, but -- well, they could just as well be the "Real Housewives" of Miami or Marin County.

Where are the political people? The federal folks? It's unclear whether Bravo dropped Spies and Rogers, or they opted out. But many believe producers will have a hard time enlisting anyone from those worlds.

"This is a city of discretion," said Emily Miller, a former communications staffer for Tom DeLay and Colin Powell, now a writer for Politics Daily. "No member of Congress's wife is ever going to do this. They're afraid to do Facebook. ... In D.C., unless you're the member [of Congress], you have to be behind the scenes. They're not going to let a camera in a room that's going to affect legislation being passed or billions of dollars at stake."

By The Reliable Source  |  October 13, 2009; 1:03 AM ET
Categories:  Real Housewives of D.C.  
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Does anybody else notice the glaring lack of black women here? Especially egregious since the highest rated iteration of the show features an almost all-black cast, and there are certainly plenty of interesting, wealthy or notable black women to be found in Washington.

Posted by: milkmayun | October 13, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Reliable Source, you say...............Where are the political people? The federal folks?

Well, I say........WHERE ARE THE BLACK PEOPLE???????
(yes, I am screaming!)


I agree with you 100%. And I want BRAVO that if they even think about doing a housewives show without one black woman....., they are going to have a problem with me and my crew! They found one white woman in Atlanta, didn't they?


Posted by: teachdc | October 13, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

This show will be boring and without drama just based on the people they are choosing... Just looking at the 2 who didn't make the cut... proves it will be a waste... The whole point of the show is drama, drama, and more drama... Polo games on a Saturday afternoon... come on - really? Booooooo!!!!!

Posted by: willsgirl29 | October 13, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

This RealHousewives DC will prob be the fakest so far. McLean? That's not DC. No Black People. I've never seen anyone play Polo from this town in my life.

And the last I checked, DC was called Chocalote City.

Posted by: 4thFloor | October 13, 2009 1:06 PM | Report abuse

This is yet another one of those STUPID mindless idiot shows to add to the Housewives lineup. I would not waste 1 minute watching this garbage. (should not even waste time writing about it)

Posted by: m00dys12 | October 13, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for writing, everyone. We don't know the full lineup -- the show typically has five or six stars, and the three we've mentioned here might not even make the final cut. Among the other women Bravo is still quietly auditioning there may well be/should be/probably are women of other races and ethnicities. We'll just have to see. Meanwhile, we're noting that they don't seem to have any federal/political folks -- and speculating they might have a very hard time getting any.

Posted by: The Reliable Source | October 13, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, I hope Bravo chooses the cast of the DC housewives with some diversity in mind. How about one of the wives of a Redskins player? Emma Dockery would be a great choice I think.

And what the hell does that woman have on her head (photo on the right)?!?

Posted by: UMDTerpsGirl | October 13, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse

While the figures are shrinking for Blacks that live in DC proper, they should consider those with wealth both in the city and those that have moved to the suburbs. Having a Black cast member from PG County, Loudon County, or Potomac, MD is no different from the White cast members they are filming from Mclean, Fairfax, and Loudon.

There are a ton of sports wives that come from diverse/ethnic backgrounds. Let's not forget about BET executives and those Blacks with old money that still live in the Kalorama, Capitol Hill, Ledroit Park, and Georgetown neighborhoods. Honestly, it looks like the casting folks aren't even trying. From what I recall the woman who pitched the D.C. version went straight to her circle of friends for casting.

Posted by: Princeton_Rambler | October 14, 2009 10:19 AM | Report abuse

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