In D.C., it is not ‘Housewives’ as usual

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When “The Real Housewives of D.C.” premiered in August, it was riding the coattails of one of the most notorious — and most-watched — seasons of the Bravo franchise, “The Real Housewives of New Jersey.” And it had a pre-premiere publicity train led by the antics of Michaele and Tareq Salahi, the infamous White House state dinner gatecrashers.

The latest iteration of the successful Bravo show seemed destined to be a pop-culture phenom, much as its predecessors were, with its stars poised to transform themselves into money-making brands via self-help books, inane pop songs and endorsement deals.

But, just as the drama onscreen is muted, the deafening buzz one might expect to surround the ladies of the Beltway isn’t so ear-splitting.

The series, which wraps its first season on Thursday, stars five Washingtonian women: Salahi, a model and socialite, and the most likely to appear as tabloid fodder; Catherine “Cat” Ommanney, a British interior designer who enjoys bragging about her (at the time) “well-known White House photographer” husband; Mary Schmidt Amons, who oversees two D.C-based charities and has five children; Lynda Erkiletian, a mother of four children who owns a modeling agency; and Stacie Turner, a real estate agent.

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