NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Wednesday, November 11, 2015, 5:03 PM
The cast of “The Real Housewives of Potomac” from left to right: Charrisse Jackson Jordan, Robyn Dixon, Karen Huger, Gizelle Bryant, Katie Rost, Ashley Boalch Darby.
The “Real Housewives” are about to get even swankier.
Bravo announced Wednesday that it’s adding two more ritzy destinations to its highly popular reality franchise in 2016 — Potomac, Maryland and Dallas, Texas.
Potomac comes as a bit of a surprise, considering it’s not particularly well-known elsewhere across the country. But the high-class suburb was named CNN Money’s most affluent town in America in 2013, and with a population of just under 45,000 people, it’s the biggest city in America to boast a median income of over $ 240,000.
“‘The Real Housewives of Potomac’ is the show you never saw coming, and it’s going to take everyone by surprise,” said Andy Cohen, an executive producer for the franchise, in a statement.
The series, which is set to premiere on Jan. 17, follows a cast of six deep-pocketed women as they look to maintain their statuses in a town filled with gated mansions, upscale country clubs and high-end prep schools.
The cast is made up of Katie Rost, an international model; Gizelle Bryant, the daughter of prominent government and philanthropy workers; Ashley Darby, a former pageant winner; Karen Huger, the wife of a leading technology information company’s CEO; Charrisse Jackson Jordan, the wife of former NBA player Eddie Jordan; and Robyn Dixon, the wife of former NBA player Juan Dixon.
Bravo introduced “The Real Housewives of Potomac” (seen above) and “The Real Housewives of Dallas” on Wednesday.
“The Real Housewives of Dallas,’ meanwhile, had been rumored for several weeks. It does not yet have an announced cast or release date, but the series is set to revolve around a clique of sophisticated socialites as they look to climb to the top of one of the South’s most prestigious cities.
“It’s a natural extension of the franchise with a Southern twist that ‘ya’ll’ will enjoy,” Cohen said.
The two new shows become the eighth and ninth series in the “Real Housewives” franchise, and the first new ones since “The Real Housewives of Miami” debuted in early 2011.
The first-ever series, “The Real Housewives of Orange County,” premiered in 2006, with spinoffs in major markets such as New York City, Atlanta and Miami, being introduced in the years since.
“We’re happy to extend the franchise with Potomac and Dallas giving Bravo fans more of what they desire: stories of dynamic women who make us laugh, cry, cheer and experience unforgettable moments we can’t stop talking about,” said Shari Levine, an executive vice president at Bravo.