Bravo came close to shutting one disgraceful door Thursday — airing the final episode of “The Real Housewives of D.C.” — before opening another, with the latest edition of the franchise set in Beverly Hills premiering Oct. 14.
Jezebel has done a pretty thorough job of documenting all the lies and lawsuits dogging Michaele and Tareq Salahi, but they let the network and producers responsible for vetting them — or perhaps more accurately, not vetting them — off the hook.
Did Bravo know about their sordid history and include the couple anyway, accepting that they were misrepresenting themselves? And if not, then how could the producers have possibly missed all the red flags affixed to them? Either way, it looks awfully bad for Bravo and Half Yard Prods., which produced the show.
Indeed, the party-crashing Salahis — however delusional they appear, idiotically pretending that the meager video exonerated them — weren’t even the most irritating people connected with the program on Thursday night. No, that distinction belongs to Bravo exec/”Watch What Happens Live” host Andy Cohen, who has been disingenuous about the network’s involvement from the beginning (see his initial commentary on the Huffington Post seeking to defuse the controversy) and conducted one of the more fatuous interviews in recent TV history with the Salahis. One can only hope his soon-to-be-bosses at Comcast — the ones awaiting regulatory approval of their NBC Universal acquisition from federal regulators in D.C. — were watching what happened. LIVE!
Meanwhile, next week will bring the premiere of “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” and while I was going to review the show separately, after watching the “D.C.” finale I no longer have the strength of will. So I’ll fall back on this earlier blog post about the series, which features Camille Grammer (Kelsey’s soon-to-be ex), Adrienne Maloof (her family owns the Sacramento Kings), obligatory Brit Lisa Vanderpump (which sounds like a name out of an Austin Powers movie), and one-time child-star sisters Kim and Kyle Richards.
Camille probably fares worst in the premiere — as I previously noted, I remain suspicious of Kelsey’s motives in stating that he encouraged her to participate — though to be fair, it’s a horse race. The main wrinkle — pardon the expression — seems to be an emphasis on plastic surgery, in part because Maloof is married to “prominent Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Nassif,” as the press release put it. Never heard of him, personally.
Of course, they’ll have to go a long way to rival the Salahis in terms of being despicable (picture Daffy Duck saying it), but who knows: Maybe they can crash a party at David Geffen’s house or something.