The scoop on the cast contenders
Move over, New Jersey. When it comes to TiVo-worthy reality TV divas, no one can deliver like Texas. So it's no surprise that experienced producers from Los Angeles are quietly in talks with several sultry socials for a Houston-based series.
The cast is still being whittled from 18 to the final five, but here's CultureMap's not-at-all-scientific, handicapped list of who we expect to see bringing the drama and the glamour soon in primetime.
Housewife credentials: Former model? Check. Pro-athlete spouse? Check. Philanthropic? Check. What's not to love?
We're not sure if she's related to the oil and museum Gettys, but this modelesque brunette with the impeccable fashion sense strolls past velvet ropes to the most exclusive parties — and where she goes, we want the cameras to follow.
Ready for drama and controversy mixed in with social climbing? As wife number four of the notorious hand doctor, she's making waves in the social scene and raising quite a brood.
Can you say America's sweetheart? Echols' adorable blonde looks and sweet, bubbly personality will win her fans. And what's a villainess without a heroine to play against? (All the better if she drives a cherry red Ferrari.)
Every good cast has a character that's well-meaning but a little bit wacky — think Lynne from Housewives of Orange County. Plus we all know the Rose family takes to reality television drama like a fish to water, and it's high time Cindi dove in.
You can't have a show about the Houston social scene without mixing in a glamorous, over-the-top diva with international flair. And we're pretty sure "flair" is this bombshell's middle name.
With a politically-oriented husband, sweet Melissa brings the culture (learning French in France? ooh la la!), plus she's a former beauty queen — another key Housewife criteria.
Leslie Tyler Fink
This leggy blonde with the lip gloss line lives for the spotlight and has a knack for finding celebrity friends. She could be the Cinderella socialite people love — or love to hate.
With a business to promote and a penchant for the social scene, Festari would make a great matriarch of the cast, like New Jersey Housewife Caroline — plus her pull-no-punches commentary will keep people coming back for more.
Like Ursaline, Ericka is known for staying out on the scene and giving back in a big way. She always keeps it fun, so we'd pick her in a heartbeat. The drawback? Husband Jeff prefers to keep a lower profile.
Update: To clarify, the show has not definitively been linked to Bravo (or any network) yet. It's just being cast and pitched as a group of married socialites/housewives. We'll be the first to tell you where the show lands and what it will be called.