Tuesday, August 31

Real Housewives on Daytime

A short while ago I wrote a blog post about how The Real Housewives franchise on Bravo has become the new soap opera. Little did I know how completely accurate that statement would soon become.

You may know that NBC owns Bravo. Beginning in September, for the new television season, NBC will begin airing its series of Real Housewives episodes from all our favorite cities. It's a fascinating move as we've seen the slow death of the daytime soap opera against the meteoric rise of reality tv and The Real Housewives. In fact, the Guiding Light is about to go under, if you can believe it.

It's quite brilliant because NBC has never been much of a daytime player, with the soaps on CBS and ABC dominating the ratings. These re-runs of The Real Housewives could seriously spark a whole series of reality shows during the day, which I have to imagine run at a fraction of the production costs. Heck, The Real Housewives series are all paid for already!

The drama is certainly there. Last night's part one of The Real Housewives of New Jersey Reunion was off the charts in drama, complete with confrontations, screaming, name calling, accusations -- even the host Andy Cohen got pushed into his chair. No need to save that for night time viewing only!

Let's watch what happens.

What's your experience? Jim

1 comment:

  1. Sorry, my mistake. It was As The World Turns that is going off air, not The Guiding Light. That one went off air last year. Jim