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February 28, 2011  | by: Jaclyn Hendricks

The Real Housewives of Miami

Sunscreen? Check. String bikinis? Check. A wave of reality TV drama, courtesy of Bravo? Double check! As the sun sets on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, a new one rises with the premiere of The Real Housewives of Miami. The new addition to the Housewives franchise made its television debut last Tuesday, Feb 22, and like the Housewives before them, there was no shortage of catty drama between the new batch of wives.

Featuring six new women to take the reins of the 60-minute drama, including the wife of NBA superstar Scott Pippen, a PR maven, and an executive editor of Venue magazine, the cast of colorful characters boasts notable Miami socialites. But it’s still unclear whether or not these South Beach power players can translate their beachy escapades into ratings gold like Orange County, New Jersey, and, New York before them.

Like the black sheep of the Housewives franchise, D.C.Miami isn’t quite off to a hot start. Entertainment Weekly has already dubbed the show “a damp fizzle,” as the “women of Miami haven’t quite cracked the Bravo code of crazy,” and for those who thrive off Housewives or a Bethenny Frankel spinoff weekly (as I do), know what they’re talking about. To make matters worse, the premiere only attracted a mere 1.21 million viewers.

Patton's mugshot

Though the series is just getting started and trying to find a solid audience, the wives are already in trouble.  Days before the show’s opening, a mug shot of housewife Marysol Patton surfaced after her DUI arrest last December.  Although Patton avoided jail time, she plead guilty to reckless driving and paid a hefty fine of $1000, as reported by the Daily Mail.

If the drama of these saucy ladies is spicier off screen than on, I may opt for following their tabloid tales more as opposed to the show itself, but for now, I think I’ll give Miami another shot. If that fails, there’s always the millionth sixth season of Orange County.

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