Bravo announces “Real Housewives” is getting a Dallas spinoff

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Bravo announced Wednesday that it’s adding two more ritzy destinations to its highly popular reality franchise in 2016 — Potomac, Md., and Dallas, Texas.

Bravo on Wednesday released the trailer for the newest installment in the “Real Housewives” franchise, and this one’s close to home: get your champagne flutes ready, Potomac, Md. In January, it will air “Real Housewives of Potomac,” trailing the pampered princesses of this ritzy Maryland suburb where “a handful of old-line, wealthy African-American families … have historically broken racial barriers to provide the best life possible for their children.” While the future of “Real Housewives of New Jersey” is up in the air — Bravo has yet renew the show for a seventh season, even though star Teresa Giudice will be out of federal prison by the end of the year — there’s clearly still a mint to be made off the backs of spoiled rich women with very little body fat, even less impulse control and a complete lack of shame. Andy Cohen and company are heading to Potomac, where “new money is good, but old money is so much better.” According to a news release, the show, which premieres at 9 p.m. We’d been getting reports about the cast and film crews following a group of African-American women from the Maryland ‘burbs in the summer, but the working title — “Potomac Ensemble” — didn’t tip that the squad was a new “Real Housewives” cast.

News about a major lie in discussing his cancer treatment: “Words cannot express the deep regret that I have in fabricating documents to ‘prove’ to the world that I, in fact, have cancer. Bravo describes the women as “socialite and single mom Gizelle Bryant, international model and TV personality Katie Rost, grand dame Karen Huger, social butterfly Charrisse Jackson-Jordan, publicist and single mom Robyn Dixon, as well as restaurateur Ashley Darby.” More relevant deets: Jackson-Jordan is a former president of the NBA Wives Association and wife of former Wizards head coach Eddie Jordan; Rost was once linked to hip hop mogul Russell Simmons; Bryant is the ex-wife of popular Baltimore pastor Jamal Harrison Bryant; Darby was crowned Miss DC 2011 and later married prominent developer Michael Darby.

Giudice was sentenced to 15 months for federal bankruptcy fraud and conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud, and has been serving her sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution at Danbury, Conn. Bryant was married to pastor and activist Jamal Bryant, with whom she “lived in Baltimore in wedded bliss for seven years.” The preview promises tropes familiar to any “Real Housewives” fan: fights on boats, fights about etiquette and fights over bringing husbands to “girls only” events. The series, which is set to premiere on Jan. 17, follows a cast of six deep-pocketed women as they look to maintain their statuses in a town filled with gated mansions, upscale country clubs and high-end prep schools. The teaser offers a glimpse of what’s now become standard-issue RH fare (McMansions, five-inch heels, catty confrontations), but the show had stirred up drama even before the first voice-over began.

Dina Manzo, who starred in the show’s first, second and sixth seasons, has said she will not return, and Amber Marchese announced earlier this week that she also won’t be back, seeking instead “more suitable endeavors.” Vicki Hyman may be reached at vhyman@njadvancemedia.com. We reported on a leak from True Entertainment, the production company shooting the series for Bravo, indicating that the show would follow six affluent African-American women with ties to Jack and Jill of America, a historic social club that “becomes a playground for gossip and cattiness among its members.” Perhaps the second time will be a charm for the Washington area and its notoriously bad track record as a backdrop for reality TV (that is, if you don’t count C-SPAN). The series gives an exclusive look into their glamorous galas, scintillating scandals, and enormous egos, to prove exactly why everything is bigger in Texas.”

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