Review: "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"
When/Where: Premieres Thursday night at 10 on Bravo
A rich combo on 'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills'
Boobs, shoes, handbags and extensions - they make for six perfect-looking cougars. Money is what allows them to look that way. It also allows them to make certain lifestyle choices, like having four nannies for two children, even though they don't work.
But unlike the well-heeled women of the New York City and Orange County casts, these ladies might get viewers to feel a little sorry for them.
There's statuesque Taylor, who says her marriage is 80 percent business and 20 percent romance. The premiere opens with her in the plastic surgeon's office because she's afraid her husband might leave her for a hot new thing.
Then there's Kim, a successful child actress who is raising four children on her own and trying to find a luxury home to rent. Unmarried and somewhat adrift, she thinks she might want to add to her brood. Let's hope that if she does, she won't have a daughter who ends up like her infamous niece, Paris Hilton.
And Camille, a former Club MTV dancer (yes, that was a long time ago) who says she's been called a trophy wife and is actually much more than that - "I'm the powerhouse behind Kelsey Grammer. I've kept him alive. I've saved his life, and I'm still here." If you've read the tabloids lately, you know that she's still here, but Grammer's not - he's now with another woman and she's younger. No wonder he looks so uncomfortable in the premiere.
MY SAY: Maybe this is the "Housewives" show in which the cast members learn about humility. Hooray! Adrienne will help with that. Of the six, she's the one who says she has always valued hard work. What a concept.
BOTTOM LINE: "Housewives" fans will enjoy the show but might tire of seeing yet another cast of wealthy, self-indulgent women. It might be time to change it up. What about "The Real Housewives of Anchorage"? Or Bangor, Maine? Or how about a real housewife who's really real? She, too, can be pretty, interesting and outrageous.
REASON TO WATCH: Keeping up with the "Housewives" empire, especially Kelsey Grammer's soon-to-be-ex, Camille