*NEW YORK — From Maryland’s fabulous best-kept secret to the truly over-the-top Lone Star State, Bravo Media expands “The Real Housewives” franchise with two new lavish and picturesque locales. Revealing one of the most affluent towns in America, “The Real Housewives of Potomac” premieres Sunday, January 17 at 9 pm ET/PT, and, debuting later next year, “The Real Housewives of Dallas” proves that bigger is in fact better.
“‘The Real Housewives’ has become a global phenomenon that drives cultural conversation while consistently breaking ratings records,” said Shari Levine, Executive Vice President, Current Production, Bravo Media. “We’re happy to extend the franchise with Potomac and Dallas giving Bravo fans more of what they desire: stories of dynamic women who make us laugh, cry, cheer and experience unforgettable moments we can’t stop talking about.”
“‘The Real Housewives of Potomac’ is the show you never saw coming, and it’s going to take everyone by surprise!,” said Andy Cohen, who serves as Executive Producer of “The Real Housewives” franchise. “As for ‘The Real Housewives of Dallas,’ it’s a natural extension of the franchise with a Southern twist that ‘ya’ll’ will enjoy.”
Just up the river from our nation’s capital lies a hidden gem-Potomac, Maryland. Its rolling hills, gated mansions, sophisticated prep schools, and exclusive country clubs all serve to keep the area invitation-only. Sprinkled throughout this community are a handful of old-line, wealthy African-American families who have historically broken racial barriers to provide the best life possible for their children. “The Real Housewives of Potomac” follows the upscale lives of six intriguing, well-to-do women: Gizelle Bryant, Katie Rost, Karen Huger, Charrisse Jackson-Jordan, Robyn Dixon, andAshley Darby, all of whom have fought for their places in this society by way of legacy or marriage. In a town where entry is granted only through class, pedigree, and lineage, how far will these ladies go to secure their spot at the top of this prestigious circle? For a sneak peek, visit: http://www.bravotv.com/the-real-housewives-of-potomac/season-1/videos/introducing-the-real-housewives-of-potomac
“The Real Housewives of Dallas,” follows a group of sophisticated southern socialites, as they claw their way to the top of the city’s social scene. The series gives an exclusive look into their glamorous galas, scintillating scandals, and enormous egos, to prove exactly why everything is bigger in Texas.
“The Real Housewives” franchise continues to attract legions of fans across every platform. “The Real Housewives of Orange County,” where it all began, just finished its tenth season and averaged 2.7 million total viewers, making it the most-watched season in series history, according to Nielsen Live+3 data. In addition, “The Real Housewives” franchise has netted 29 million VOD transactions, been mentioned over 20 million times on Twitter and accounts for 2 of the Top 20 most social reality cable shows (“The Real Housewives of Atlanta” and “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”), 2015 to-date.
“The Real Housewives of Potomac” isproduced by True Entertainment with Steven Weinstock, Glenda Hersh, Lauren Eskelin, Lorraine Haughton-Lawson, Bianca Barnes-Williams, Ashley McFarlin Buie serving as Executive Producers, and Anne Swan as Co-Executive Producer. Andy Cohen also serves as an Executive Producer.
“The Real Housewives of Dallas” is produced by Goodbye Pictures with Rich Bye and Andrew Hoegl serving as Executive Producers, and Samantha Billett, John Paparazzo and Adam Karpel as Co-Executive Producers. Andy Cohen also serves as an Executive Producer.
Source: Nielsen Media Research, L3. VOD=Rentrak 1/1/15-10/24/15. VOD Real Housewives franchise includes RHOC, RHONYC, RHOBH, RHO Melbourne, RHOA. Social= ListenFirst 1/1/2015-10/31/2015, cable, reality, primetime, first run. Franchises include: RHOA, RHOBH, RHOC, ROHNY, RHONJ
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Meet The Cast:
Gizelle is a vibrant socialite and resident of the Potomac area who effortlessly manages her jam-packed calendar as a single mother of three daughters, Grace and twins Angel and Adore. She was raised by very prominent and powerful parents who set the tone for her path in their work in government and philanthropy. After graduating from Hampton University, she married megachurch pastor/activist Jamal Bryant and lived in Baltimore in wedded bliss for seven years. But when the marriage came crumbling down on her, this resilient woman decided it was time to move back to her old stomping ground of Potomac for a fresh start with her three girls.
Karen Huger currently lives in the most desirable section of Potomac with her husband, Raymond, and their two children. Originally from Virginia, Karen grew up on a large family farm and witnessed her father succeeding through hard work and perseverance. She took those lessons to heart, moved out, went to college, started her climb to social heights, and never looked back. Karen reigns supreme as a grand dame of Potomac, and she is a big contributor to the social scene.
Charrisse Jackson Jordan is a dedicated wife, mother, and socialite whose reputation precedes her in the elite Potomac social circle. Maintaining an extensive network both inside and outside of Potomac, Charrisse prides herself on being a dependable friend and confidant. When her packed schedule allows, she loves to shop, socialize, and travel. Well known to throw extravagant parties and events, Charrisse is the ultimate social butterfly who connects the Who’s Who of the DC area. Her passion is giving back and during her tenure as President of Behind the Bench, the National Basketball Wives Association, combined with her efforts on behalf of various organizations including Knock Out Abuse Against Women, Men Against Breast Cancer, N Street Village, and many national nonprofits, Charrisse has proudly raised millions for charity based organizations.
Baltimore native Robyn Dixon is the epitome of “You can’t keep a good girl down!” She graduated from the University of Maryland, where she earned a degree in business marketing. While Robyn was in high school, she met Juan Dixon, a star athlete at a rival school. In what turned into a whirlwind romance, Robyn and Juan became high school sweethearts, attended college together, and eventually married. Juan went on to become a professional basketball player; the couple moved to Potomac and had two talented, athletic sons. However, being married to an athlete was not easy, and when Juan broke her heart, the couple decided to part ways. Juan now works as a special assistant basketball coach for the University of Maryland, and the couple remains extremely close, so much so they all live together under one roof and are embracing the “new normal.”
Katie Rost is an international model and TV personality born and raised in Potomac, in a very affluent and philanthropic biracial family. She grew up in the elite social scene of Maryland. Katie went to the best private schools and was groomed to be a top doctor or lawyer. But despite her parents’ hopes, she followed her dreams all the way to New York City to become a successful model. A vivacious beauty with girl-next-door charm, Katie has big dreams and electric ambition. In 2009, Katie was asked by Vogue Magazine editor Anna Wintour to join The Vogue 100 List, a group of intriguing and fashionable women from around the country who act as arbiters of style. Katie and her mother run the Ronald F. Rost Charitable Foundation in memory of Katie’s father, who died in 2000.
Ashley Darby is a Maryland native with a spicy personality and an unmatched drive to succeed. The oldest child in her family, Ashley grew up juggling multiple jobs to help support her single mom and younger siblings. When she turned 18, she attended the University of Maryland and bartended on the side to keep both her and her family financially stable. While bartending, Ashley was scouted by the Miss District of Columbia Pageant and went on to take the crown in 2011.