Friday, February 4, 2011
When One Door Closes, Another One Opens
Good-bye Real Housewives of Atlanta and
Hello Real Housewives of OC.
With a sad heart, I bid farewell to the third season of Real Housewives of Atlanta. Kim will have her baby late in the spring. Candy and Shere still can't find a man while NeNe is still mean and crazy as she can be. And the newest one did indeed say her vows and not run away.
Some people may object to the name 'Real' in the title of the series because the cast members in all of the Housewives series are not representative of housewives in America. But these people are reading more into the meaning of 'real' than they should. Real means just that, real and actual as opposed to fictitious. The most well known fictitious housewife is June Cleaver, an icon in American TV. June is an "un-real" housewife.
No, real does not mean ordinary, dull, prosaic or boring. They are real housewives existing somewhere in the world. These women have strong and compelling personalities drawing us into their worlds. It's a tad voyeuristic, I feel, when I watch these shows. I admit watching reality TV is a guilty pleasure of mine.
In March, another season of Real Housewives of Orange County will start up. Last season, the women suffered some setbacks and life changing events. I'll watch the season religiously, but deep in my heart, my favorite is RHW ATL. I think the cast on RHW OC is prettiest, but their personalities fall well short of the ladies in RHW ATL.
So, I say "so-long" to a cast with the most minorities and say "hello" to a cast that artfully dodges minorities in one of the most diverse states in the Union.