Over the past 14 years, the Real Housewives franchise has become a pop culture phenomenon, and for good reason.
I mean, is there anything better than sitting on your couch judging rich people as they squabble over trivial things?
We all love calling out Teddi Mellencamp on Twitter for being boring or bashing Dorinda Medley for her totally misplaced, drunken tirade against Tinsley Mortimer.
It just makes us feel so much better about ourselves.
But self-esteem aside, it’s fare to say that not all the housewives franchise are created equal.
There are some that keep us glued to the TV screen and others that don’t quite live up to the hype.
So let’s rank the cities from most to least favorite.
1.The Real Housewives of New York City
I mean how can you argue about this franchise taking the top spot? Have you seen the show? They’ve earned it!
The Real Housewives of New York debuted in 2008 as the second franchise after Orange County and they are still giving the newer franchise a run for their money.
Over the years, there have been many new additions to the cast, but we still have three original members- Sonja Morgan, Luann de Lesseps, and Ramona Singer. They are seasoned reality TV veterans at this point and they truly know how to make good TV.
Plus, the women live very interesting lives on and off camera, so even when RHONY is on hiatus, they still give us something to talk about. I mean, where else would you see a former countess going to rehab for being an alcoholic, spending time in jail, and then leaving lockup and starting her own cabaret show where she makes fun of her fall from grace?
The show does require a level of patience, as it usually starts out slow and builds up to the drama a little later on, but nonetheless it’s always worth the wait.
2.The Real Housewives of Potomac
Some of you are sleeping on Potomac, and let me say, you’re truly missing out.
This cast knows how to bring the drama, and they’re not afraid to lay everything on the table, so we can agree to disagree about them ranking number two on the list.
The show is now five seasons in and they’ve still managed to retain many of the original cast members. But despite adding some fresh faces to the mix, the OGs are always in top form and we love them for it.
Premiering in 2016, the cast included Gizelle Bryant, Ashley Darby, Robyn Dixon, Karen Huger, Charrisse Jackson Jordan, and Katie Rost. By the second season, Katie was fired and Monique Samuels was brought in to replace her.
These days, Charisse makes few appearances, but new additions Candiace Dillard and Wendy Osefo make up the difference, and there is more than enough drama to go around.
The great thing about Potomac is that it always starts and ends with a bang – leaving us salivating as we wait for the next season to roll around.
Not everyone has caught on to the pure awesomeness of Potomac, but they will.
This franchise reminds me of the little engine that could, and let me tell you honey, yes they can!
3.The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
If you want glamour, diamonds, and all that fancy stuff, then Beverly Hills is the one for you. It premiered in 2010 as the sixth addition to the franchise and is now in its tenth season with only one original cast member remaining.
RHOBH has had many, many, many cast changes over the years with most of the OGs parting ways with the show.
Eileen Davidson, Camille Grammer, Taylor Armstrong, Adrienne Maloof, Joyce Giraud de Ohoven, Kim Richards, Brandi Glanville, Yolanda Hadid, Carlton Gebbia, Kathryn Edwards, and Lisa Vanderpump have all passed through the 90210.
The show gets a bad rep sometimes for dragging storylines out longer than necessary. But with lots of famous faces such as Kris Jenner, Paris Hilton, Bella and Gigi Hadid, and Boy George making appearances on the show, it’s clear that these ladies are the real deal- and that’s why they’re sitting pretty in the number three spot.
4.The Real Housewives of Atlanta
We love our fabulous and stylish ATL women, so you shouldn’t be surprised that our guilty pleasure snagged the number four spot.
The current cast of RHOA consists of Porsha Williams, Kenya Moore, NeNe Leakes, Kandi Burruss, and Cynthia Bailey as full-time housewives while Marlo Hampton and Tanya Sam serve as friends of the show.
Nene is the only original member still standing since the show debuted in 2008. That may change very soon, however, as the new season is now filming and the OG has yet to finalize her contract with Bravo.
While Leakes has become a breakout star since appearing on the show, the other women know how to bring the drama, so I doubt the ratings will be affected if she doesn’t return.
Furthermore, Bravo has added two new housewives to the mix, and we hear they are already facing off with some of the other cast members. All in all, the new season is gearing up to be a good one, and let’s be honest- RHOA never disappoints.
5.The Real Housewives of Miami
Miami was amazing in every way possible, and I’m still baffled at how they got canceled.
Fans of the franchise have been urging Bravo and Andy Cohen to revamp the show and bring back the fabulous Miami cast, but so far it’s a no go.
The women were rich, glamourous, and sexy, and they spoke their minds with no apology. Plus, having Miami as a backdrop for the show made us feel like we were on a fabulous vacation.
These ladies were all wives, fiances, and girlfriends of rich doctors, basketball players, and Miami businessmen. Their stunning clothes and expensive jewelry didn’t stop them from picking a fight at any given moment.
They led interesting lives and kept us thoroughly entertained for three seasons, and their cancellation came as a shock to viewers.
According to Andy Cohen, “The reason that we let it go was, I remember the ratings went down toward the end of the season. Which never happens. Like it went down for the reunion, and if it’s going down toward the end that’s just never a good sign.”
No one is buying this excuse Andy…NO ONE! I’m quite sure the ratings have gone down for many of the other shows in the franchise and they are still on the air.
The Real Housewives of Miami needs to make a comeback immediately.
6.The Real Housewives of Dallas
Dallas is one of the newest additions to the Real Housewives franchise, premiering in 2016.
Since then, they’ve certainly been a breath of fresh air, giving us a glamorous look inside the modern metropolis known as Dallas.
Despite the fancy charity events and over-the-top parties, these ladies are not your typical southern belles. With questionable behavior, out-of-control drinking, and money woes, the women’s antics would be frowned upon in Dallas society.
Nonetheless, cast members Stephanie Hollman, Brandi Redmond, D’Andra Simmons, Kameron Westcott, Kary Brittingham, and LeeAnn Locken brought the heat in Season 4, and we’re excited to see what else they have in store for us.
Interestingly, LeeAnn Locken tying the knot last season makes RHOD the only franchise where all the women are actually married. But, despite being a popular figure for the franchise, she was fired from the show for racially insensitive comments against fellow cast member Kary Brittingham.
The network has allegedly added two newbies, Jennifer Long and Tiffany Moon. Filming for the new season is now underway and we’re excited to see what the RHOD ladies will deliver in Season 5.
7.The Real Housewives of New Jersey
New Jersey was one of the most loved franchise back in its heyday with the original members of the show.
Back then, Caroline Manzo was the real OG of the franchise and many of the other cast members were also members of her family.
Caroline’s sister Dina Manzo was a full-time cast member and Jacqueline Lorita was her sister-in-law. The family was good friends with Teresa Guidice and they all joined forces against outsider Danielle Staub. The first few seasons were filled with shocking revelations and the show also gave us the infamous table flip by Teresa.
But things changed after Caroline and Jaqueline left the popular series after being at odds with Teresa. These days the mom-of-four is now divorced and fresh out of prison. She’s also the only OG cast member left on RHONJ.
New Jersey still knows how the bring the heat and stir things up, but boy would we love to see a comeback from Caroline and Jaqueline.
8.The Real Housewives of Orange County
We call them the real OGs, since this was the very first show in the housewives franchise.
It was the overwhelming success of Orange County in 2006 that initiated the spin-offs in all the other cities, so we have to give them props for that.
In the beginning, the ladies kept us glued to our TV screens with their over-the-top spending habits and extravagant lifestyle.
Plus, RHOC was the first show of its kind, so we were absolutely intrigued by the rich women behind the gated Orange County community.
However, over the past few seasons, we’ve seen a shift in the show and the original cast members have been picked off one by one.
Last season, OGs Tamra Judge and Vicki Gunvalson revealed that they would not be returning to RHOC. So now, OC will be the only housewives franchise that doesn’t have at least one original member on the cast.
And with fans already losing interest, it seems OC might be jumping the shark.
Furthermore, we’ve seen the trailer for Season 15, and sorry, but I’m not impressed.
9. The Real Housewives of DC
DC started with a bang, and when it ended we were chomping at the bit for more.
As the fifth installment in the Real Housewives franchise, the show only lasted one season, but oh what a season it was.
The show first aired in 2010 and focused on five women in the Washington, D.C area, namely Michaele Salahi, Mary Amons, Cat Ommanney, Lynda Erkiletian, and Stacie Scott Turner.
The women weren’t quite as vivacious or over-the-top as the other franchise but they led very interesting personal lives and gave us a solid season.
But by 2011, the show was canceled after cast member Michaele Salahi and her husband Tareq Salahi made national headlines for sneaking into a White House State dinner.
Apparently, Bravo was none too pleased with the negative press that came as a result of the Salahis’ national security breach, and after the first season ended, it was promptly axed.
The short-lived RHODC made history as the only housewives franchise to not move forward for a second season.
10. The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City is the new kid on the block. The show hasn’t even aired yet, so what choice did we have but to give them the last place spot?
Chances are they won’t stay down here for too long, because from the trailer we’ve seen so far, these women will indeed be memorable.
Andy Cohen has been dropping hints on social media that the franchise will give the others a run for their money, and I, for one, am looking forward to that!
The series will delve into the unexplored world of Salt Lake City, focusing on six successful women who belong to an elite social circle. Their lives entail luxury homes, shopping sprees, multi-million-dollar businesses, and religion –which will play an integral role in the show.
The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City is set to premiere Wednesday, November 11 on Bravo and we can’t wait to get wrapped up in this new franchise.
What do you think about our top ten rankings? Were there any surprises on the list?
5 Ways Freddy Krueger Is The Best Slasher (& 5 It’s Ghostface)
When it comes to slasher movies, they don’t really come much bigger or better than Scream or A Nightmare On Elm Street. Both of these franchises have had many incredible movies and several tremendous moments, but it is Freddy Krueger and Ghostface themselves that really carry them.
They are two horror icons and that is due to how scary and entertaining they both are within their movies. Each character has a massive amount of personality and while they both are classic slasher-style villains, they do offer something very different in their delivery, and how they provide their scares. This is why they have so many different fans and why they are two of the very best within the genre.
10 GHOSTFACE: No One Knows What Ghostface Is Thinking
While Ghostface tends to be very talkative, Ghostface doesn’t show any real emotions because of the mask. It’s easy to see what Freddy is thinking and feeling at any given moment due to his facial expressions, but the same cannot be said for Ghostface.
That’s what makes Ghsotface slightly scarier. At times, it’s impossible to know what is running through Ghostface’s mind even if a keen observer examines the killer’s body language. The fear of the unknown is a big thing, and that is something Ghostface has in spades when it comes to the scare factor.
9 FREDDY KRUEGER: He Has More Variety
Freddy Kruger and Ghostface are classic slashers and because of that, their kills are always going to be similar. One uses a knife, the other uses a glove with razors, but they provide a similar outcome: someone get stabbed. But because Freddy can dip into slightly more unrealistic ideas, it allows him to have a little more creativity with his scares and kills.
Having the power of dreams just helps make Freddy more exciting to watch as it really allows for unpredictability. This originality and flavor is key to any horror film’s success, and that’s exactly what Freddy provides.
8 GHOSTFACE: They’re More Realistic
While Freddy Krueger’s world of torment and mind games does create for some fun and wacky situations especially in the later movies, Ghostface is more realistic. It is easier for viewers to relate to someone in a mask running around stabbing people compared to killer boogeyman. While it might not be as wild and adventurous, the former can be scarier.
Audiences instantly put themselves into the shoes of the victims and imagine what it would be like to be in such a life-threatening situation. While the idea of a murderous dream demon is scary on its own, running from a psycho in a deliberately generic Halloween costume is frighteningly more mundane and relatable. That simple fact is that a killer grounded in a little more reality is just scarier.
7 FREDDY KRUEGER: Those One-Liners
While people aren’t necessarily going into a horror movie looking for laughs, throughout history the genre has tended to provide plenty of them. Freddy Krueger is a big example of that, as he often delivers some excellent one-liners throughout his movies that leave audiences in floods of laughter.
Sometimes, this works in a frightening way because his jokes can take the audience to a different mindset. Basically when the kill comes, the attack is even scarier since Freddy’s obviously having a ball. Plus, it just makes Freddy that much more entertaining.
6 GHOSTFACE: They Have Tons Of Personality
While Ghostface might not be pulling out witty one-liners after every kill, that doesn’t mean that Freddy has this horror icon beat in the comedy department. Nope; Ghostface is, in fact, one of the funniest horror characters of all time, mainly because Ghostface is always full of personality.
Before actually killing anyone, Ghostface usually taunts victims with an encyclopedic knowledge of horror movies and their tropes. Once again, it isn’t the laughs that people are watching Scream for, though Ghostface’s dark sense of humor does provide Scream with lighter moments and makes the viewing experience more enjoyable.
5 FREDDY KRUEGER: He Has A Stronger Backstory
Freddy Krueger has one of the best backstories of any major horror icon, which is what makes him such a compelling villain. His past actions (i.e. being a notorious child-killer) are despicable and they set him out as a true villain even before he becomes the burnt boogeyman that everyone thinks about.
Having that detailed backstory really does set the tone for him as a character and instantly makes him out to be someone people should hate. It adds an extra layer to him, which is what makes him a more intriguing human monster. Meanwhile, nothing is consistent about Ghostface since the person under the mask always changes, and so does Ghostfaces’ motives.
4 GHOSTFACE: That Self-Awareness
Sometimes, it can be hard to take horror characters seriously because of the classic tropes they follow and religiously adhere to. However, that is what sets Ghostface and the Scream franchise apart from the rest. Though generally recognized as slasher movies, the Scream franchise and Ghostface are incredibly self-aware.
They openly mock plot holes that a lot of horror films fall into, and that helps set Ghostface apart from the pack. The fact that Ghostface knows how a slasher movie would play out and how their victims would react or otherwise makes them less predictable, and that makes whoever’s under the mask a lot scarier.
3 FREDDY KRUEGER: He’s An Expert At Psychological & Physical Scares
The brilliant aspect of Freddy Krueger is that it isn’t just the slasher killer element that is scary about him; it’s the mental torture he plays on his victims, only killing them in their nightmares when they are sleeping. It makes viewers find everything more relatable, as everyone knows the feeling of trying to desperately stay awake.
The mental burden of forcing one’s self to not fall asleep is amplified to a nightmarish extreme with Freddy, making him scarier than a normal human killer. Sometimes, those moments can be more terrifying than the big kills and attacks themselves, and the psychological terror certainly makes Freddy a more developed character than most.
2 GHOSTFACE: Their Identity Is Always A Mystery
It doesn’t matter what installment of A Nightmare On Elm Street people watch; everyone knows Freddy’s behind it all. This is where Ghostface has a nice advantage over him, and is also why the Scream villain is one of the best horror characters of all time. Basically, Ghostface always has an air of mystery because no one knows who’s under the mask until the very end.
This mystery is something audiences can get sucked into no matter what else is happening in a Scream movie. The idea of trying to determine who will be behind the mask requires attention to detail and closely following every possible lead, which can result in some great surprises along the way.
1 FREDDY KRUEGER: He’s Always The Same Man
While a mystery can be fun, the beauty in Freddy Krueger always being the same man is that it actually makes him scarier. Freddy is an invincible killing machine who continues to come back and ask for more in each movie, which also allows for some continuation of the story and character development — things Ghostface doesn’t really get.
Having him be consistent only makes Freddy even scarier. The fact that audiences know who’s wielding the bladed glove and still come back for more showcases how effective this creative choice is,. This actually forces the writers to create something fresh and unique for Freddy — no matter who’s playing him — in each of his outings.
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Apple Takes on Netflix with First Oscar Slate: Tom Holland’s ‘Cherry,’ Sofia Coppola, and More
Apple has picked up “Cherry” for north of $40 million, and the Russo Brothers are already touting Tom Holland for the Oscars.
With the announcement that Apple Original Films has acquired worldwide rights to Anthony and Joe Russo’s “Cherry” in a deal reportedly worth north of $40 million, the streaming giant continues to build its first Oscar slate. Apple has announced an early 2021 release for “Cherry,” and the Russo Brothers have been touting star Tom Holland as an Oscar contender for much of 2020. Holland stars as an Army medic in Iraq who returns home suffering from PTSD and becomes addicted to opiates and heroin.
“I think it’s an Oscar-worthy performance,” Joe Russo said in April. “I think he is absolutely amazing in it. He gives a gut-wrenching performance. What he does to himself emotionally and physically is unbelievable. We haven’t seen an actor in a role like this in a while. The movie spans a decade, complemented by an epic performance. And one that I certainly hope will be in the Oscar conversation.”
“Cherry” reunites Holland with the Russo Brothers, who directed him as Spider-Man/Peter Parker in “Captain America: Civil War,” “Avengers: Infinity War,” and “Avengers: Endgame.” For the Russo Brothers, “Cherry” marks their first directorial effort since the record-breaking run of “Endgame” last summer. The script was co-written by Jessica Goldberg (“The Path”) and Angela Russo-Otstot (“The Shield”). Rising actress Ciara Bravo stars opposite Holland as his character’s wife.
Films that aim to be eligible for the 2021 Oscars have to be released by February 28, so expect “Cherry” to launch before that cut-off date. A buzzy premiere at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival ahead of an early February streaming launch could be in the cards.
“Cherry” joins Sofia Coppola’s “On the Rocks” and the Tom Hanks war thriller “Greyhound” as the narrative features in Apple’s inaugural Oscar slate. Coppola’s new film debuted at the New York Film Festival to positive reviews, but it’s a lighter affair for the Oscar-winning “Lost in Translation” screenwriter. Oscar voters haven’t nominated a Coppola effort since “Marie Antoinette” won Best Costume Design. Bill Murray’s well-reviewed “On the Rocks” performance might appeal more to the Golden Globes than the Oscars, but expect Apple to push the actor and Coppola’s original script for contention. A24 is opening “On the Rocks” in theaters October 2, followed by the Apple TV+ debut October 23.
“Greyhound,” written by Hanks and directed by Aaron Schneider, was released on Apple TV+ over the summer after the streamer picked up the movie from Sony Pictures amid the pandemic. While not expected to be an above-the-line contender, Apple could have success with “Greyhound” in the craft categories depending on how the rest of 2020 shakes out. War films are catnip to the sound branch (see “1917 earlier this year), and there’s a lack of big-scale studio contenders outside of “Tenet” right now. Upcoming tentpoles “No Time to Die,” “Wonder Woman 1984,” and “Dune” are likely to factor into the craft races, but there’s no guarantee these films stay on the release calendar.
Apple’s likeliest contender at the moment is Jesse Moss and Amanda McBaine’s “Boys State,” which is in the running for Best Documentary. The film earned rave reviews out of Sundance 2020, where it was picked up in a joint deal by Apple and A24. IndieWire’s Oscar expert Anne Thompson lists “Boys State” as a frontrunner in the Best Documentary race along with Netflix’s “Crip Camp” and Amazon’s “Time.”
Netflix is expected to dominate the Oscars this year with contenders such as Aaron Sorkin’s “The Trial of the Chicago 7” (confirmed to be a full blown contender), David Fincher’s “Mank,” Ron Howard’s “Hillbilly Elegy,” Spike Lee’s “Da 5 Bloods,” and George C. Wolfe’s “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.” Amazon also has Regina King’s acclaimed feature directorial debut “One Night in Miami,” which already has buzz for its performances and King’s direction.
Does Apple have what it takes to break into the Oscar race against heavyweight rivals such as Netflix and Amazon? The new streamer managed to do just that at the Emmys earlier this month, where Apple original “The Morning Show” picked up five nominations and won the prize for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series thanks to Billy Crudup’s performance. With “Cherry” now under its wings, Apple is getting ready to do the same at the Oscars.
The 8 Most Devastating One Chicago Deaths, Ranked
The One Chicago shows deal with life and death every day, and sometimes, it hits too close to home.
All three shows — Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D., and Chicago Med — have lost characters, and some have been more heartbreaking than others. The latest finales weren’t deadly as past ones have been, but they did have us concerned for a couple characters.
Firehouse 51 suffered another injury on the job — though fortunately, Capp (Randy Flagler), was clear to return to duty soon by the end — and Intelligence’s Atwater (LaRoyce Hawkins) just made enemies with some powerful people in the CPD and Mayor’s office. (But he was right to tell the truth about a cop’s racial profiling causing his own and an innocent man’s deaths.)
While we wait to see what’s next for our favorite first responders over the next three(!) seasons, click through the gallery above to see the One Chicago deaths that still hurt, even years later, ranked from least to most devastating.
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