Well I was just getting settled into this new season of Real Housewives of Atlanta, and before I could even get into the second episode, I’m hearing news of more housewives in TWO different parts of the country!
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.”
First up are the ladies of the Potomac; Potomac, Maryland, that is. The cast includes Gizelle Bryant, Katie Rost, Karen Huger, Charrisse Jackson-Jordan, Robyn Dixon, and Ashley Darby. Let me give you some background.
Gizelle Bryant– Is a Hampton University graduate who is the ex-wife of Pastor Jamal Bryant. She is a single mother/socialite who with a packed calendar, still manages to raise their three kids. Gizelle keeps herself busy with multiple philanthropy projects. She works with the city council of Birmingham, Alabama to generate funds to revitalize the city and is currently working on an event to raise money for a number of local charities. Gizelle is committed to working hard and sees every obstacle as an opportunity. She is currently working on a makeup line geared to meet the needs for women of color and is on target to launch the line in 2016.
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.
Karen Huger–Karen reigns supreme as a grand dame of Potomac, and she is a big contributor to the social scene. Although Karen is known for throwing over-the-top parties at her home, her family always comes first, and she is extremely proud of all that they have accomplished. With her oldest out of the house and her youngest about to leave the home, Karen must face becoming an empty nester, and there’s no telling how this will impact her relationship with her husband.
Charrisse Jackson-Jordan–Is a dedicated mother of two teenagers–Jackson, 16, and Skylar, 14–Charrisse has been married to NBA player-turned-coach Eddie Jordan for more than 17 years. The secret to their marriage is distance: for much of their marriage, they have lived apart. Eddie currently resides in New Jersey while Charrisse and the children live in Potomac. 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, as she has raised millions of dollars for organizations such as Feed the Children, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
Robyn Dixon–Baltimore native Robyn Dixon 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.”
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. Soon thereafter, Ashley married Michael Darby, an Australian real-estate millionaire, who is 29 years her senior.
Ok. Now that you’ve been briefed, check out a quick teaser!
So what do you guys think? Will you be tuning in?