Real Housewives of DC will air this summer and star Michaele and Tareq Salahi

Tareq and Michaele Salahi will be featured on Bravo’s The Real Housewives of DC, which has finished production and will air this summer, according to a report, but not to Bravo, which after surveying people about the Salahis, is waiting to announce it.

The Salahis, who crashed a White House state dinner, which led to the eventual firing of White House social secretary Desiree Rogers, have “been fully embraced as the focal point of the series, [which is] expected to premiere in July,” The Daily Beast reported. Citing “a source close to the series,” it reports that “Bravo executives were more than relieved to learn the Salahis wouldn’t be prosecuted” because footage “made it obvious that it would have been next to impossible to edit out the commanding presence of the statuesque platinum blonde, Michaele.”

As I insisted last fall, there was no way Bravo wouldn’t keep them on the show, unless they were imprisoned or something. The publicity is too good to pass up, never mind all the footage that was shot, which I still don’t buy was just “test” footage.

Although Bravo recently announced its pick-up of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, the DC version was absent. That’s because “Bravo wanted to keep the Salahis participation under wraps until it could orchestrate its a coordinated publicity push via its fellow NBC/Universal outlets, like Access Hollywood and The Today Show,” the site says, although “the network’s real plans became clear when Time Warner Cable sales announced ‘advertising opportunities’ are now being offered for the Washington version of their breakout franchise.”

The cast of The Real Housewives of DC will shoot the intro and green screen footage next month, and it will likely debut in July. Look for a Bravo announcement around the time that the Salahis will appear on The Today Show, May 27.

White House Crashers Score TV Deal [The Daily Beast]

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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.