Forget the plastic mountains of Beverly Hills, the gilded avenues of Manhattan and the orange tans of Miami, the final frontier for TV table flipping is — drum roll please — Prince George’s County? “We’re currently casting in Prince George’s County (and surrounding areas) for the young, the wealthy and the uber-fabulous women who are proud to call it home,” read the notice from a producer fishing for names to drop in the casting pool.
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We assume that project is either on hold or has been scraped for the more fertile ground of Prince George’s.
Before he was an award-winning Hollywood screenwriter and producer, Darren Star was just a teenager from Potomac.
His dad was an orthodontist, his mom a freelance writer, and he lived in a big brick house where he used to throw basement parties for his classmates at Winston Churchill High School.
Starr wrote his first big hit based on those years, a show about the lives and loves of pretty, privileged students.
“Its rolling hills, gated mansions, sophisticated prep schools, and exclusive country clubs all serve to keep the area invitation-only.” From a focus on "proper etiquette" to the cast's main rivalry, here's a guide to the premiere of Bravo's "Real Housewives of Potomac" and how the episode sets viewers up for the season's main themes.
(The Washington Post) But locals say the show is more fiction than reality, especially in its obsession with class, pedigree and etiquette.
“That’s the stupidest thing I ever heard,” says Chamber of Commerce President Adam Greenberg.
He wanted to call it “Potomac, 20854.” But Fox executives thought it should be about someplace more recognizable.
Someplace like, say, “Beverly Hills, 90210.” Twenty-five years later, the little Maryland town is finally getting its moment in the spotlight.