Atlanta housewives renewed; parts of show faked; four of five housewives called “broke”

Bravo has officially renewed The Real Housewives of Atlanta, which is totally unsurprising considering that the show broke ratings records for the network, averaging 1.495 million viewers a week. The finale was the most-watched episode ever for one of the Housewives shows, and the series itself “was the network’s first docu-drama ever to crack the two million viewer mark among adults 18-49,” Bravo said in a press release.

Thus, the show’s been renewed, although there’s no word of a debut date or even when it will go back into production. Presumably, the new season will air next year.

Meanwhile, Jezebel compiled gossip and news reports about the stars’ financial situation and declares that “4 out of 5 are actually broke.” Among other things, “Sheree bounced a check for $346.61″ and Lisa Wu-Hartwell “has several aliases — Sharon Millette Wu, Sharon Lisa Sweat, and Lisa Wu-Sweat — [and] filed for bankruptcy in 2007 after she was sued by her ex-husband, R&B singer Keith Sweat, for repayment on a $150,000 loan he gave her to make a movie called Blackball. Keith now has custody of their two children and wouldn’t allow them to appear on the show.”

Perhaps more damningly, some parts of their lives may not be as real as they’re portrayed on television. For example, Sheree acknowledges having two kids but actually has three, including 23-year-old Tierra, who she had when Sheree was 15. Now, Jezebel notes that “she publicly refers to 23-year-old Tierra as a close friend.”

And record producer Dallas Austin wrote on MySpace that Kim Zolciak “is NOT WORKING WITH ME — WE ARE NOT DOING A SONG… WE ARE NOT DOING AN ALBUM!!” An accompanying image of Dallas Augstin and Kim has a caption that says “That was only for television!! There is no song or album!”

What is true, however, is that Kim Zolciak is 29, or at least was during the show. Amazing that the most impossible-to-believe thing is the one of the few authentic things.

Southern Hospitality is Back [Bravo press release]
4 Out Of 5 Real Housewives Of Atlanta Are Actually Broke [Jezebel]
The “Real” Housewife… [MySpace]

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.