Real Housewives Franchise Moves to… Salt Lake City?

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If you love reality TV as much as we do here at DailyPopStar, then you’re probably a Real Housewives addict. One of the first–and best–reality series continues to expand with new cities and new casts. But this latest move has us puzzled.

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Read on to find out about the brand-new franchise set in Salt Lake City.

“Somewhere You Weren’t Expecting”

Andy Cohen announced the news at BravoCon this week that the Real Housewives were coming for Salt Lake City, Utah.

“We’ve always tried to choose a city that has completely unique personalities and we also try to throw a little curveball now and then. Pick somewhere you weren’t expecting,” said Cohen. “We are very excited to travel to Salt Lake City, Utah!”

Welcome to TV Hell?

We can understand the appeal of the OG series set in Orange County. New York and Beverly Hills made sense too, but some of the spinoffs were more successful than others. The Washington, DC, edition only lasted half a season, and Miami was cancelled after 3 seasons.

Is Salt Lake City going to be a win or a loss for the franchise? It’s impossible to say just yet, but consider us skeptical.

But not as skeptical as Scott D. Pierce, writing for The Salt Lake Tribune, who reacted to the news with “We’ve arrived… in TV hell.”

He described the show as “wealthy women for whom consumerism and avarice are a way of life backstab, confront, scream at and insult each other. All for our entertainment.”

Hey, Scott, you say that like it’s a bad thing…

What Can We Expect from RHOSLC?

Of course, the most unique thing about Salt Lake City is the strong presence of the Mormon church. However, Bravo promises that the season will be much more than “Real Mormon Housewives.”

“You didn’t see it coming but I have to tell you, in Utah, you have the majesty of the mountains, the Mormon religion, an exclusive community of people who have very successful businesses who live in their own universe,” Andy Cohen gushed said. “It is gorgeous and I think you’re going to be really surprised and intrigued by the group of women we’ve found.”

The network promises ski resorts, rubbing elbows with the Hollywood elite at the Sundance Film Festival, and, of course, shopping sprees.

What About an All-Star Season?

If SLC doesn’t pan out, Andy Cohen hinted that a Real Housewives set in Nashville, Tennessee, might be in the works. He’s also suggested that a New Orleans show isn’t out of the question.

At this year’s BravoCon, Cohen also suggested that they might do an ultimate edition with the most popular all-stars from every city. He recommends that if fans are passionate about the idea of social media, it might just happen. But not anytime soon.

“We will do Real Housewives: All-Stars when the show is just about out of gas,” Cohen once told Entertainment Tonight. “It’s something that we don’t waste now. We want to save it for later.”