'The Real Housewives of New York City' Starts Tonight
Just over a month since The Real Housewives of Orange County wrapped up its third season on Bravo, its spin-off The Real Housewives of New York City debuts at 11 tonight.  Yes, the voyeuristic look into the lush lifestyles of the rich and soon-to-be famous women of the Big Apple begins late this evening.

The Real Housewives of New York City takes a close look at five women, who, ironically, are anything but mere housewives.  With the exception of LuAnn de Lesseps, the four other women – Alex McCord, Bethenny Frankel, Jill Zarin and Ramona Singer, all have enterprises and ventures that take up as much of their time as their domestic responsibilities.

In tonight's premiere episode, Ramona talks about herself, her 12-year old daughter Avery and her husband Mario.  She discusses taking pride in her looks, particularly in the fact that she remains sexy despite her age and the fact that she's already had a child.  She also speaks candidly about Avery's constant disapproval of her more liberal way of life. She admits to enjoying earning her own money and the fact that Mario allows her to be who she is.

Jill on the other hand goes on extensively about what it takes to gain entry into the small but elite Manhattan circle.  She tells us how the price of admission includes appearances at both charity and political events, as well as parties, giving gifts and naming buildings after oneself.  She also goes on to reveal how she and her husband Bobby choose to live in the Big Apple because they consider it to be the center of the universe.

Kansas-bred Alex discusses exactly how crucial status can be to some New Yorkers.  Much like Ramona, she too, expresses a great deal of satisfaction at having her own career and making her own money.  She also talks about meeting her husband, Australian Simon, and how they've practically been inseparable since their second date after first meeting in 1999.  One curious thing with Simon and Alex's household is their deliberate employment of a French au pair to take care of their two children.  According to Alex, they want the kids to grow up bilingual and having the French nanny live with them is the best way to accomplish that goal.

Then there is Bethenny – the only currently unmarried member of The Real Housewives of New York City.  On tonight's premier episode of the new reality series, this natural food chef talks candidly about growing up with no involvement from her parents and, for all intents and purposes, having to simply raise herself.  She opens up about wanting desperately to have the best of both worlds – career and family – as a means of finding the validation she never had before.

Finally, LuAnn discusses how she went from an awkward contestant in the Miss Connecticut beauty pageant many years back, to a countess married to the man whose family built the Suez and Panama canals and gave the Statue of Liberty to New York from France.  She also talks about the joys of their family's yearly exodus to the Hamptons in the summer as she and her two kids scurry to get all their necessary gear packed and ready to go.

-Rosario Santiago, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: Bravo, NBC
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