Hulu’s new scripted comedy “Hotwives of Orlando” is technically a parody of Bravo’s “Real Housewives” series. As many have noted, trying to satirize the absurd franchise is a difficult task, because the actual shows — from New York to Orange County — are already so much like parodies of themselves.
Luckily, the “Hotwives of Orlando” creators know that. So instead of skewering the “Housewives” concept, this show goes a much more clever route: Being so completely over-the-top ridiculous, yet pulling back just enough, that it almost seems like it could be a companion show. Really, it’s almost impossible to tell the two apart.
Don’t worry, the show is still absolutely insane and would never fly on TV. There’s quite a cast of characters, as well. Making up the main “hotwives,” there’s Tawny St. John (Casey Wilson), who uses her husband’s allergies as an excuse to cheat on him with her trainer; Shauna Maducci (Danielle Schneider), the Jersey native with a shopping addiction; Veronica Von Vandervon (Andrea Savage) described as simply a “rich white woman.”
Plus, Crystal Simmons (Angela Kinsey) as a God-fearing housewife who has never read the Bible; Amanda Simmons (Kristen Schall), Crystal’s sister, clinging to her glory days as a child star in a local prune juice commercial; and Phe Phe Reed (Tymberlee Hill), who uses her catchphrase (“I got to be Phe Phe, I speak my mind”) to say mean things to everyone.
Still, some of the characters remind us a little too much of some of “Real Housewives” real-life cast: Caroline Manzo of “New Jersey,” Phaedra Parks of “Atlanta,” Sonja Morgan of “New York,” Alexis Bellino of “Orange County,” etc. So much that we decided to put it to the test.
Can you tell which quotes below were said by the ladies of “Hotwives” versus the women of “Housewives”? Warning: Even though one franchise is fake and one is real, it’s an exceptionally difficult challenge.