Posted at 1:00 PM Aug 18, 2009By Jennifer Mathieu
So how many Real Housewives spin-offs are there now? Orange County? NYC? Boise? (I'm kidding about Boise ... for now.) I fear this franchise is turning swine flu on us, spreading rapidly from couch potato to couch potato until we all collapse in on ourselves, sickened by a terrible case of conspicuous consumption.
For the life of me, I cannot understand why these shows continue to hold value for people, especially in the midst of a recession. I get the fact that these women are tacky, nouveau riche types, and it's fun to laugh at them as they haul plastic surgery versions of themselves around their McMansions and gossip with one another about whatever stupid nonsense fills their social circles. But honestly, if you want vapid, mindless trash, there have got to be at least 200 better versions of this show on the air. (Is this the time to admit to being frighteningly addicted to Kendra on the E! channel?)
I would actually rather watch real--really real--housewives struggle with the everyday stuff of life than view kooky-eyed Teresa caterwauling and flipping tables over. Ultimately, despite the histrionics, it's a yawn fest after the first 5 minutes, and it should probably be canceled. To the catty, spoiled ladies of "Real Housewives", I have only one question ... WTF?