'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' Cast Announced; Boo!

Julie Ryan Evans

Real Housewives of Beverly HillsThe cast of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills was revealed today by Bravo, and I'm kind of pissed.

I was thrilled to see another city added to one of my favorite shows ever, but I don't like who they chose to include. Especially, Camille Grammer, the soon-to-be ex-wife of Kelsey Grammer. Even worse, HE is going to make some appearances on the show.

I have nothing against the Grammers in particular, but they (or at least he) are "real" stars. He's an actor with credentials and credits, and I don't want him and his type messing up my reality TV.

The beauty of the Housewives shows is that they are people we get to know (and fear) over time on screen. They could be our next door neighbor (well, if we had a whole lot of money, in most cases) or a friend of a friend of a friend.

If Kelsey Grammer starts making appearances, it will only be the beginning. I can just see Lindsay Lohan trying to revamp her career partying it up with NeNe in Atlanta. Or Lady Gaga and Simon from New York going shopping together.

It's a meshing of two worlds that I don't want to see. Reality shows are at least supposed to be real; actors are supposed to act.

And it should at least be seen as a step down for a "real" actor I would think. Reality show participants becoming movie stars is one thing, but movie stars trying to invade reality TV, seems sad in some way. For the record, I love The Apprentice, but can't stand Celebrity Apprentice.

Kim Richards, who played Tia on Escape to Witch Mountain, is also one of the Beverly Hills Housewives. I'm more OK with her doing the show since no one has real heard much from her since then.

Kim's sister Kyle Richards is also on the show. She appeared on shows like E.R. and Little House on the Prairie and you'll never guess who the Richards girls other sister is -- Kathy Hilton, Paris Hilton's mom.

If Paris Hilton appears on The Real Housewives of Anywhere, I will have to seriously consider boycotting the franchise.

I understand it's Beverly Hills so that's "the biz", but D.C. didn't need to sign up any senators or ambassadors, so I think Beverly Hills could have avoided the stars. 

Others on the show include: Adrienne Maloof, whose family owns the Sacramento Kings basketball team and the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas; Lisa Vanderpump (love that last name), who owns two restaurants; and Taylor Armstrong, a former Oklahoma girl who runs her own business.

Despite my disdain for the casting choices and fear for Housewives everywhere, I will, of course, be counting down the days until it premiers October 14. It looks good.

Image via bravotv.com


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