“The Real Housewives of Orange County” Review: Will We Still Care?
After the craziness of New Jersey, the catfights of Beverly Hills, the brashness of Atlanta and the political scandals of D.C., you have to wonder if anyone will still care about the original housewives of Orange County.
And after watching the premiere, I’m still wondering…
In case you’ve forgotten, the Orange County Housewives are Tamra Barney, Vicki Gunvalson, Alexis Bellino and Gretchen Rossi (Lynne Curtin is no longer a regular.). They will eventually be joined by Peggy Tanous, but we don’t meet her in the premiere.
Tamra is divorced from Simon, who she had troubles with all last season, and she’s loving every minute of her freedom. She’s also trying to mend fences with everyone she hurt last season, especially Vicki. But she also decides she wants to try and finally bury the hatchet with Gretchen. But things do not go as planned for Tamra as Gretchen seems to have no interest in being friends with Tamra. However, her reluctance to try with Tamra may end up destroying her friendship with Alexis.
Rivalries are the touchstone of all of the “Housewives” shows, but the central “Orange County” rivalry—Gretchen vs. Tamra—has honestly grown a little stale. Especially since Tamra seems willing to move on, making Gretchen look even worse than she has in the past.
Of course, there is the possibility that I’m being unfair to “Orange County” because I’m comparing it to all of the other “Housewives” shows. And it’s always been pretty tame in comparison. Or maybe it’s honestly time to shake this one up a little.
It could start by digging a hole and putting a hatchet in it…
“The Real Housewives of Orange County” premieres Sunday, March 6th at 10 p.m. on Bravo…
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