Bravo announced Real Housewives of New York City and its cast

As it promised to do last year, Bravo is expanding its The Real Housewives of Orange County into a franchise, announcing the debut and cast of The Real Housewives of New York City. The new series debuts March 4 at 11 p.m. ET, and will air on subsequent Tuesdays at 10.

“The series will feature an elite and powerful set of New York socialites as they juggle their careers and home lives with busy calendars packed with charity fund-raising galas, the social whirl of the Hamptons, and interviews for elite private schools,” Bravo said in a press release.

The five women are Alex McCord (“a high-powered career woman juggling two children, a husband, and a thriving social calendar”), Bethenny Frankel (“a single socialite in her 30’s with a burgeoning career as a natural foods chef, a wealthy Wall Street boyfriend with three children, and is a staple on the New York social scene”), Jill Zarin (“a regular on the Manhattan social circuit, as well as an accomplished businesswoman and a talented photographer”), LuAnn de Lesseps (“a real-life Countess. Her husband, Alexandre Count de Lesseps, is a French aristocrat”), and Ramona Singer (who “owns her own business, R.M.S. Fashions, a jewelry line,, a clothing line ‘True Faith,’ and is developing a skin care line as well”).

If the name Bethenny Frankel sound familiar, that’s because she was the runner-up on The Apprentice: Martha Stewart, which the Bravo press release notes.

Bravo Announced New Series “The Real Housewives of New York City” [Bravo press release]

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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