'The Real Housewives' Are Done Expanding: Why That's a Good Thing

The Real Housewives series has been expanding so fast, it seemed there would be an outpost in every U.S. city. The show has already staked claim to Orange County, New Jersey, New York City, Atlanta, Beverly Hills, D.C., and Miami. But if you're not in one of those locales -- and still hoping the show might put down roots in your city -- well, here's some bad news. Bravo's guiltiest pleasure is done expanding, geographically anyway.

Andy Cohen, who hosts/moderates the franchise's reunion shows, tells OK! Magazine, "I feel like we're done."

We have to agree that this is the best move for the show. Not that the last few add-ons -- namely Beverly Hills and Miami -- haven't had their deliciously dramatic moments. (With the D.C. gals…not so much.) But with each new cast of characters, the existing ladies-who-lunch get pushed further back in our collective consciousness. And their subsequent seasons are pushed back.

We'd rather watch the further adventures of characters we've come to know and love (or loathe), rather than be introduced to new ones all the time. That's how the best stories unfold -- over time, as the Housewives get more comfortable with each other. And it isn't as if the casts never change; the shows are constantly featuring fresh faces. There's only one original member left on The Real Housewives of Orange County right now.

But the familiar ones are the most fun to watch. Will these women evolve at all, in terms of maturity or self control? Maybe, and maybe not. But it's interesting to check in on them and see for ourselves.

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