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, truefaithjewelry.com, 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]

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