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The TV Column: Lisa de Moraes on D.C. Edition of 'Real Housewives' Franchise

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New Jersey: "They say 'bubby' -- it's a whole other language there."

The Planet Washington wives are apt to be "politically connected," and some will also be: horsy.

Washington "has a huge horse culture, and everyone is really politically minded," Cohen explained. "One of the reasons people are so obsessed with ["The Real Housewives of New York City"] is it's a modern-day look at manners, and etiquette, and offending people, and confrontation in a very rich world."

The Washington story line will be about women who "are political with each other," he continued; we were fascinated.

"If you have a woman whose husband is a powerful Republican ax and another whose husband is a very active Democrat, the subtext of their relationship is frothy."

"We've -- and I say this with a straight face -- not had much political discourse on the 'Real Housewives' franchise," Cohen said, marking the first time "Real Housewives" and "political discourse" had ever been used in the same sentence.

Susanna Quinn made a casting tape -- but only after repeated assurances that the show in development was not "Real Housewives," she told The Post's Amy Argetsinger. The wife of prominent D.C. lobbyist and former White House counsel Jack Quinn said she'd take a pass if asked to join the cast: " 'Real Housewives' end up ex-wives," she said.

Though Washington had been rumored to be on the "Real Housewives" Hot List for ages, it only recently became a reality, in part because you can't throw a brick at a newsstand without hitting at least two publications with President Obama or first lady Michelle Obama on the cover.

"There's a young, hot couple in the White House, and along with that comes a lot of interest in the place they're living and the restaurants they're eating in," Cohen said.

"Washington didn't need the Obamas to be one of the most important places in the world, but . . . they're ratcheting up its image as a place Us magazine is looking at -- for better or for worse."

In fact, Michelle Obama "is the kind of bull's-eye new Real Housewife of America," he said.

"But I don't want to say we're planting our flag in D.C. because of Michelle," Cohen added quickly.


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