Word around the showers was that Bravo, the notoriously tight-lipped network when it comes to confirming its shows in production, was filming a “Real Housewives of D.C.” reboot of the infamous 2010 series. But don’t set your DVRs just yet.
Last December, Andy Cohen, executive producer of the Bravo “Real Housewives” franchise, told us, “Obviously the people that have been cast in D.C. haven’t been the right people. . . . A lot of the people that you want to see in front of the camera here aren’t going to do that — for good reason.”
So what was all the secrecy and legalese about? Reps for Equinox weren’t talking, but we did get our hands on a “one-sheet” (industry talk for a show’s plot summary) that recently went out outlining a new series unfortunately dubbed “Potomac Ensemble.” It’s a working title.
The new series promises to peel back the curtains of the “exclusive suburb of Potomac, Maryland.” Maybe that’s the “Washington hates reality shows” workaround? Making a show about Washington that isn’t actually filmed in Washington?
According to the one-sheet e-mail blast, the new “docu-series” (it’s always a “docu-series”) will follow the “upscale lives of six affluent African-American women, who call Potomac home.” Where’s the drama exactly? “Social status, power, and influence mean everything to these women — they are constantly vying to be the star of their elite social circle.”
And the show is supposed to give viewers a sneak peek inside “Jack and Jill of America,” an historical African American social club that “becomes a playground for gossip and cattiness among its members,” according to the one-sheet.
So, Maryland moms trying to get their kids into right playgroup? Not exactly table-flipping, but we’ll take it.