Thursday, May 30, 2019

Andy Cohen Talks About The Success Of RHOD And RHOP — Plus, Andy Reveals The Cities That Almost Ended Up Becoming Part Of The Real Housewives Franchise!

While the Real Housewives franchise continues to dominate television screens globally, executive producer Andy Cohen spills the tea on the success of The Real Housewives of Dallas and Potomac. The Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen host also reveals what cities didn't make the cut.

So will Bravo be adding new cities in the Real Housewives franchise in the near future? "It seems like we're good right now," Andy Cohen said during an audience Q&A at the Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen For Your Consideration Emmys event in New York City on May 20, reports Bravo's The Daily Dish.

Cohen also noted the success of the two newest additions to The Real Housewives, The Real Housewives of Potomac and The Real Housewives of Dallas, since they premiered in 2016. "I think Dallas and Potomac kind of took people by surprise. They've worked really well," he said. "Dallas had a breakout season last year, and Potomac's got it happening right now."

Andy then gave some insight into what qualities they look for in a Real Housewives city and cast. "They're usually aspirational. They have their own identity," Andy explained. "You know, it's funny, they're the same kind of format, if you want to call it a 'format,' but they all feel completely different, like really different ecosystems in every city. And so, that's really important, too."

"You look for a group of friends. Producers bring in casting people, and they find women who are on the society pages and belong to country clubs. 'Who are your friends, and how do you know each other?'" Andy shared. "In the end, you kind of wind up with a reel of maybe 10 women who have some connections with each other. There's a little diagram that you look at."

Andy also revealed the cities that almost ended up becoming part of the Real Housewives franchise. "We've cast in some cities that we haven't wound up pursuing, like Greenwich, Connecticut and Chicago and San Francisco and Houston," he said. "So there have been a lot of places that we've tried but just didn't work."

The Real Housewives made it's debut back in 2006 with Orange County but since then the series turned into a franchise as it expanded, adding New York City, Atlanta, New Jersey, Beverly Hills, Potomac, and Dallas as well as the now cancelled D.C. and Miami.

Internationally, the franchise has expanded around the world such as Athens (Greece), Cheshire (United Kingdom), Vancouver and Toronto (Canada), Melbourne and Sydney (Australia), Auckland (New Zealand), Johannesburg (South Africa) including France and Hungary. In 2017, it was announced by NBCUniversal that the franchise was heading to Asia with The Real Housewives of Bangkok, no premiere date or details has been announced at the moment.

Which city would you like to see happen in the near feature? Tell us!

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