About a year ago, Bravo announced a new series called “Miami Social Club” – a sort of overhaul of the network’s “Miami Social,” which flopped in the ratings because, hello, it starred guys and chicks.
Since then, there have been loads of press reports that Bravo had decided it did not need to reinvent the wheel and should just let the “Miami Social Club” show ride on the “Real Housewives” coattails.
Anyway, on Thursday, Bravo finally officially unveiled to the world “The Real Housewives of Miami” and revealed the cast.
But, wait a minute . . . what’s this? Not a drag queen among them! For months, the press has been all agog with news that Bravo is going to star drag queen Elaine Lancaster, a.k.a. actor James Davis, in “Miami Social Club.” Then, word got out the show was being smushed into the “Housewives” franchise, and the press was all agog again with news Lancaster was in.
Heck, Lancaster co-hosted a Miami fundraiser last fall, based on being ” ‘Real Housewives of Miami’ star Elaine Lancaster,” as written up at that time.
“Any claims or reports that Elaine Lancaster is part of the cast of ‘The Real Housewives of Miami’ are erroneous,” a Bravo spokeswoman helpfully told The TV Column.
ut, all is not lost. The cast of “The Real Housewives of Miami,” like others in the franchise, may be drag-queen-star-less, but it is chockablock with some of your favorite stereotypes, because why should this iteration of the hit docu-soap franchise break the mold?
There is, according to Bravo, a “Brazilian bombshell” and a “Cuban Barbie.” (Adriana DeMoura-Sidi and magazine editor Alexia Echeverria who wants America to know she’s more of an older sister than mom to her two sons from a previous marriage. Ick.)
Also in the cast: the Latina NBA-superstar divorcee (former Lakers and Heat player Glen Rice’s ex, Cristy Rice), not to be confused with the Hottest NBA Wife (Larsa Pippen, wife of NBA superstar Scottie Pippen).
And, finally, Lea Black, wife of defense super-lawyer Roy Black, and, according to the Village Voice, great pals with Lancaster.
Which may explain why the Bravo spokeswoman, while emphatically stating Lancaster is not “in the cast” of the new “Housewives,” would not rule out Lancaster sightings in the course of the first season.