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Apparently there wasn't enough drama in New York City, Atlanta, New Jersey, or Orange County. Now, The Real Housewives franchise is setting up camp in two new locales. But before the series begins stockpiling a season's worth of new episodes based in Beverly Hills, five new D.C.-area ladies will show what life's like near Capitol Hill when The Real Housewives of D.C. premieres Aug. 8 on Bravo.
The filming of this installment began not long after the inauguration of President Barack Obama, and as Bravo exec Andy Cohen explained in a press release, " We wanted to dive into the Beltway subculture as it underwent an historic shift, one that previously has not been readily accessible or portrayed, and look at the political hierarchy and definitive social circles that make up D.C.'s unique society...We knew this was going to expose a different social narrative from any of our other 'Housewives' series -- provocative and engaging in a whole new way."
Of the five women featured on the new series, one in particular has been stirring up controversy long before the show's debut. White House "party crasher" Michaele Salahi rubbed America the wrong way after rubbing elbows with VIPs at President Barack Obama's first state dinner, sans invite.
Salahi -- who is described in the press release as a "family girl at heart" and is "heavily involved in charity work" -- will be joined by Mary Schmidt Amons, a mother of five who spent childhood summers with the Kennedys, Lynda Erkiletian, a modeling agency owner/founder, Catherine Ommanney, a "no-nonsense" Brit who socializes with DC's elite, and Stacie Scott Turner, the founder of Extra-Ordinary Life, a charity providing "life-changing experiences to teenage girls living in DC foster care."