Real Housewives of Atlanta

The Real Housewives of Atlanta’s third season premiered last night with enough bad wigs, frenemy drama, and high society parties for even the most seasoned Real Housewives fan.

This season, the cast has done a little switching around. Sheree Whitfield is still there, and during last night’s episode she revealed her newest venture: acting classes, because she can picture herself winning an Oscar someday, said Entertainment Weekly.

The Real Housewives of Atlanta (abbreviated RHOA) is an American reality television series that premiered on October 7, 2008, on Bravo. Developed as the third installment of The Real Housewives franchise, following The Real Housewives of Orange County and New York City, it has aired eight seasons and focuses on the personal and professional lives of several women residing in Atlanta, Georgia.

The series originally focused on Lisa Wu-Hartwell, DeShawn Snow, NeNe Leakes, Kim Zolciak, and Shereé Whitfield; the eighth season lineup consists of Kandi Burruss, Cynthia Bailey, Phaedra Parks, Kenya Moore, Porsha Williams, and Kim Fields. Of the original housewives, Snow, Wu-Hartwell, and Whitfield respectively left after the first, second, and fourth seasons; Zolciak stopped filming during production of the fifth season; and Leakes left after the seventh. The remaining housewives joined in later seasons; Burruss in the second, Bailey and Parks in the third, Moore and Williams in the fifth (the latter of whom was a friend of the housewives in the seventh), and Fields in the eight. Past housewives include Claudia Jordan (season 7).

The Real Housewives of Atlanta has received moderately favorable reviews from critics and has been recognized as a “guilty pleasure” by several media outlets. However, the series has been criticized for appearing to fabricate portions of its storyline. As of February 2014, it was the highest-rated installment of The Real Housewives franchise and the most-watched series airing on Bravo. Its success has resulted in the conceptions of the spin-offs The Kandi Factory (featuring Burruss), Don’t Be Tardy (featuring Zolciak), I Dream of NeNe: The Wedding (featuring Leakes), Kandi’s Wedding and Kandi’s Ski Trip (again, featuring Burruss).

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