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'Housewives' in Miami heat

Alexia Echevarria, left, Marysol Patton, Larsa Pippen, Cristy

Alexia Echevarria, left, Marysol Patton, Larsa Pippen, Cristy Rice, Lea Black, Adriana Demoura-Sidi in "The Real Housewives of Miami" Season 1. Photo Credit: Adam Olszweski/Bravo

As the first episode reminds viewers, this is a "colorful," "vibrant" and "flashy" city, the "partying capital of the world" where people walk around practically "naked" and there is a constant "sexual vibe."

Bravo delivers with the right cast - these are Housewives on hormones, with Brazilian art dealer Adrianna De Moura as ringleader. Although she has a beau her 10-year-old son adores, the leggy divorcee likes the men. She's a little dangerous - doing things like walking the catwalk when a fashion show is over for "the rush."

Aside from being the most stunning "Housewives," these women are probably the least insecure. Larsa Pippen, NBA legend Scottie Pippen's wife, declares that she's "good at everything" as she learns to shoot a gun at a firing range wearing Chanel sunglasses. (She jokes that she needs to learn just in case she ever discovers that a nanny is stealing her handbags - ha, ha.)

Pippen, who is Lebanese and Assyrian, says she is often mistaken for a Latina. One of Miami's natives is Alexia Echevarria, who calls herself the "Cuban Barbie." The magazine owner and editor says she looks so young that her sons - 17 and 13 - think of her more as a friend than a parent.

By the way, there's a lot of posing on the show. Just saying.

MY SAY There are many more idiosyncrasies to learn about these Miami mamas and the others viewers will meet, but none seems quite as interesting as Elsa - the mother of housewife Marysol Patton, a PR maven who partied in Miami's heyday with the likes of Madonna, Versace and Sylvester Stallone. Elsa has "spiritual insight," Patton explains as her unusual-looking mother sips red wine and gives her an afternoon reading. It will be fun to watch her gift unfold at an explosive dinner party in a future episode (this will sound familiar to Beverly Hills "Housewives" devotees).

BOTTOM LINE The dynamics of the show seem different enough that "Housewives" fans will want to give Miami a try. But we'll have to see if the plot lines will sustain interest.



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