On the other hand, they can at least try to keep up the illusion that it's real. Can't they?
I ask this after hearing that two soap actresses have been cast on the next season of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. That's right, Lisa Rinna and Eileen Davidson aka Billie Reed and Kristen DiMera from Days of Our Lives will now be Housewives.
The Housewives franchise has had various degrees of success when adding new Housewives. It's gone really well (i.e. Melissa Gorga and Tamra Barney) and really badly (i.e. Joyce Giraud and Kelly Bensimon not to mention all of the new Housewives on New Jersey this season, ugh). I love Andy Cohen for creating these shows and for continually trying to make things fresh but by casting soap opera actresses it seems like he's actually acknowledging that the shows are fake. After all, these women are professional actresses and they can cry on demand! It remains to be seen whether they will be believable as actual people and whether their soap acting skills will add to or detract from the show.
The one positive thing from this casting is Lisa Rinna is friends with Lisa Vanderpump, which hopefully means that Lisa Vanderpump will have more back-up after the group takedown she suffered last year. Lisa Vanderpump is my favourite Housewife by far and I hated watching Brandi Glanville stir up drama against her. With all the rumours that Lisa was leaving RHOBH, maybe the show was forced to add some of her friends -- even soap star friends -- to the show to ensure her return.
Have a great weekend, friends!