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Bravo announces ‘Real Housewives of Potomac’

Meet the new ‘Real Housewives’: (l-r) Charrisse Jackson Jordan, Robyn Dixon, Karen Huger, Gizelle Bryant, Katie Rost, Ashley Boalch Darby (Photo by: Tommy Garcia/Bravo)

Bravo on Wednesday released the trailer for the newest installment in the “Real Housewives” franchise, and this one’s close to home: get your champagne flutes ready, Potomac, Md.

We’d been getting reports about the cast and film crews following a group of African-American women from the Maryland ‘burbs in the summer, but the working title — “Potomac Ensemble” — didn’t tip that the squad was a new “Real Housewives” cast.

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Bravo describes the women as “socialite and single mom Gizelle Bryant, international model and TV personality Katie Rost, grand dame Karen Huger, social butterfly Charrisse Jackson-Jordan, publicist and single mom Robyn Dixon, as well as restaurateur Ashley Darby.”

More relevant deets: Jackson-Jordan is a former president of the NBA Wives Association and wife of former Wizards head coach Eddie Jordan; Rost was once linked to hip hop mogul Russell Simmons; Bryant is the ex-wife of popular Baltimore pastor Jamal Harrison Bryant; Darby was crowned Miss DC 2011 and later married prominent developer Michael Darby.

Check out the trailer (and note that at least a few of the scenes appear to be from that shoot at the Old Angler’s Inn we reported on in July).

The teaser offers a glimpse of what’s now become standard-issue RH fare (McMansions, five-inch heels, catty confrontations), but the show had stirred up drama even before the first voice-over began. We reported on a leak from True Entertainment, the production company shooting the series for Bravo, indicating that the show would follow six affluent African-American women with ties to Jack and Jill of America, a historic social club that “becomes a playground for gossip and cattiness among its members.”

The organization, needless to say, wasn’t happy, and Bravo quickly clarified that Jack and Jill wouldn’t be featured.

Perhaps the second time will be a charm for the Washington area and its notoriously bad track record as a backdrop for reality TV (that is, if you don’t count C-SPAN). Bravo’s “Real Housewives of D.C.” was canceled after only one season in 2010.