Is 'Real Housewives Live' a 'Really Bad Idea'?
File this one under "Really Bad Ideas."
Bravo announced this week its latest grand plan for spreading the word about its reality TV lineup - a "Real Housewives Live" tour.
According to The Wrap, "the tour will stop in three cities -- Atlantic City, New Jersey; Hammond, Indiana; and Atlanta -- and each show will feature four cast members from various 'Housewives' franchises talking about their reality-show experiences."
While there's no question that there's an audience for the it's-not-scripted-we-swear-wink-wink-nudge-nudge approach of the shows in "The Real Housewives" franchise, you have to wonder how many people would be willing to show up to hear the cast members sit around and talk without a script or some source of manufactured crisis to help stoke the drama.
Plus, the post-mortem has already been written on "Glee: The 3D Concert Movie," with critics and entertainment business publications calling it "one of the biggest box office disasters of the summer." That debacle may serve as a poignant reminder that some popular shows belong right where they started - on the television.
Attendance was also light earlier this year at the Reality Rocks Expo, despite that even hosting some of the highest-profile stars in reality TV.
Then again, if you told us several years ago that any show called "The Real Housewives" of anything would spawn six spin-off shows spanning from Orange County to New Jersey, we'd have accused you of smoking the waky tobacky.
Tickets for the live tour go on sale on August 19 at 10 a.m. EST. Pre-sale tix are also available through venues and participating media partners starting August 17 at 10 a.m. EST. For more info, check out the Bravo website.