TV & Radio
Are you feeling expensive? The Real Housewives of Melbourne is coming next year. The first series will be comprised of ten, one hour episodes and is being produced by Matchbox Pictures (those of Underground, Next Stop Hollywood and The Straits) in conjunction with Foxtel.
Foxtel director of TV Brian Walsh explained in a release to the press that Melbourne was chosen because it had the best, and most extravagant talent. Internationally, the Real Housewives franchise has expanded to include France, Israel and Athens.
From Foxtel's release, here are Australia's first set of Real Housewives:
Andrea Moss - Former New York television journalist who now lives in Toorak, shops in Toorak and runs a multi-million dollar plastic surgery and cosmetic medicine business in Toorak. She is co-founder of the Liberty Belle Skin Centre and her husband, Dr. Chris Moss, is regarded as one of the world's finest facial plastic surgeons. When she's not busy managing both businesses and various property developments she's loving being a mum to her three children under 11.
Gina Liano - Her looks, flamboyance and sense of style cannot hide her love of fashion which is a creative relief from her day job as one of Melbourne's top barristers. Gina is a strong, assertive single mother of two and her sisters are fashionistas Bettina Liano and Teresa (TL Wood).
Lydia Schiavello - Recently married to well known Australian architect and CEO of Metier 3, Andrew Norbury, Lydia is currently studying interior design and decoration at RMIT University. Lydia is a very passionate and capable woman; she has a diverse lifestyle and enjoys skiing, fashion, food and flying. Lydia has six children and step-children all under 25 and loves spending time with her family.
Janet Roach - Fabulous and fun is the only way to describe blonde bombshell Janet Roach. After leaving husband number two overnight, this millionaire property developer is now living life to the max re-discovering herself, her freedom and what makes her happy. Janet is the proud mother of two sons aged 29 and 25.
Jackie Gillies - A new addition to the Melbourne scene the amazingly gifted celebrity psychic Jackie is wife of rock royalty, Silverchair drummer and Bento front man, Ben Gillies and is the youngest of our housewives.
Chyka Keebaugh - One of Melbourne's most liked and well connected housewives, bubbly, creative go-getter and mother of two teenagers, Chyka spends most of her days running from one meeting to the next as the co-owner of one of Australia's largest and most successful and extravagant event companies, The Big Group and The Design Depot.
So much for housewives huh? There's not a single non-working woman amongst them!