7 Things You Didn’t Know About RHONY
The Real Housewives of New York City is one of Bravo’s most popular and profitable reality series within the Real Housewives franchise. The RHONY has been on the air since 2008 and is currently airing season 8. The show focuses on the lives of various wealthy professional women living in New York City who all run within the same social circles — and of course, all the drama that ensues around them! The New York version of the Real Housewives is one of the most successful because the women on the show have been “friends” for a very long time and all have a strong history with one another. Most of the women on the show are veteran housewives who have been with the series since the beginning like Ramona Singer, Bethenny Frankel, LuAnn de Lesseps and Sonja Morgan. Despite being on the air for almost a decade, there’s a lot about the show fans still might not know! Here’s a look at 7 things you probably didn’t know about The Real Housewives of New York City:
7. Name Change
The Real Housewives of New York City was originally a show called Manhattan Moms. This series was supposed to be about wealthy moms living in New York City and the struggles they go through to get their children into the most elite private schools. At the time Manhattan Moms was being produced, The Real Housewives of Orange County was taking off and becoming a huge success. Producers at Bravo decided to capitalize on this unsuspected success and turned Manhattan Moms into a spin off series. This was the beginning of the Real Housewives franchise. The show had already been filmed, so they just used the footage they already had, added Bethenny Frankel and never even told the women that the concept of the show had changed! In an interview OG housewife, Jill Zarin said, “We went to check out the artwork on the computer and it said Real Housewives of New York City. At first we were a little disappointed, to be honest.”
6. RHONY Video Game
Long before the Kardashian’s made turning reality television into video game a popular business venture, The Real Housewives of New York City had a game where players could flirt, fight, and climb their way through the Manhattan social scene as characters based on the women on the Real Housewives.