Bravo executives didn’t get around to canceling Real Housewives of D.C. until last week. But Washington City Paper contributing writer Mike Riggs had foretold the show’s demise before it even started airing.
In a cover story last summer, Riggs wrote that the District is where reality shows come to die:
Welcome to reality TV’s Washington: Wealthy women with Newsweek-grade opinions waxing soporific on the existential significance of a black president on Real Housewives; House Speaker Nancy Pelosi dicing things up on Top Chef; twentysomethings pining progressive on the Real World. And absolutely everyone—except maybe Tareq and Michaele Salahi—boring the pants off their viewers.
This is what happens, to paraphrase MTV’s flagship reality TV product, when shows stop being interesting and start symbolizing a wet finger in the wind.
Tune in to NBC4’s 4 p.m. news broadcast today to hear Riggs discuss why the show was yanked off the air after just one season.