Bravo has announced the so-called power brokers who will star in the Washington, D.C., version of its "Real Housewives" franchise, which premieres August 5.
And while StyleList's dream cast (hello, Michele O and Sarah P!) didn't come to fruition, we're getting the next best thing: models, ex-models, and Capitol society
Among the five ladies who will make their "The Real Housewives of D.C." debut is tall, blonde Michaele Salahi, a model who became the focus of a media maelstrom last November when she and her husband, Taliq, were accused of crashing a White House state dinner for India's prime minister (reportedly with Bravo cameras in tow).
We'll also meet Lynda Erkiletian, owner of T.H.E. Artist Agency, one of "D.C.'s top modeling agencies." Bravo calls her the "mother hen" of the bunch. (Watch your backs Jill Zarin and NeNe Leakes!)
The rest of the cast includes Catherine Ommanney, a British transplant, interior designer, and author; Mary Schmidt Amons, the granddaughter of radio and TV personality Arthur Godfrey and a founder of two D.C.-based fashion charities, Labels for Love and District Sample Sale; and Stacie Scott Turner, a political fund-raiser, philanthropist, and Harvard graduate.
Bravo executive Andy Cohen describes the series as a departure from other "Real Housewives" offerings because of the D.C. political subculture that influences story lines. The show began filming at the beginning of the Obama administration.
"We knew that this was going to be a different social narrative than any of the other 'Housewives' series, provocative and engaging in its own way," Cohen said in a statement.
Guess that means diplomatic negotiations instead of table flipping to settle their catfights.
In related news, check out our interview with New York "Housewife" Alex McCord. (Sans Simon!)