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Et tu, Potomac?
It has been a while since we heard from the lovely ladies of Bravo’s Washington reality show, “The Real Housewives of Potomac,” which ostensibly chronicles the lifestyles of the mostly divorced and D.C. adjacent. Last we heard, original cast member Katie Rost, the former model and “ball and gala gal,” had been given the buh-bye (apparently she wasn’t “exciting” enough) and Season 2 of the show began filming in April.
But the good news stops there apparently. According to a person with knowledge of the production, Bravo is on the fence about its Potomac offering. Cast members had hoped the show’s second go-round, which wrapped in late summer, would piggyback on “Real Housewives of Atlanta,” which premiered its ninth season on Nov. 6. But that’s not happening.
Another source with knowledge of the production team’s decisions said the premiere date of the show has definitely been pushed back. Bravo, said this source, wants to find out if RHOP can “stand on its own,” without a carry-over audience boost from the well established Atlanta show.
“The ladies are getting very nervous,” our source said. “They’re all feeling major anxiety and fearful that their show may not air. It’s definitely holding on by a string. . . . For right now, the ladies are on pins and needles.”
But a network representative we spoke to had a much rosier view of the show’s future.
“It was our highest rated freshman series in three years,” said a Bravo spokesperson. “The Potomac ladies are coming back in 2017 and fans have every reason to be excited for a great season.”
The first season of the Potomac franchise, which averaged a respectable 2.1 million viewers, debuted in January. But Bravo brass, according to the source close to production, has expressed concern that fans haven’t been as engaged in the Washington story lines as the network had hoped. To put it plainly, the show is sort of boring. So far, the biggest drama has been about butt-grabbing and bogus engagements. Table-flipping is off the table for these “high society” women, and the subdued stagecraft isn’t translating on the small screen.
“If it doesn’t catch on,” our source concluded, “the second season will be the last season.” That’s one more season than 2010’s “Real Housewives of D.C.” got. So there’s that.