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Episode Synopsis:

Andrea invites the ladies to a party, Lydia, Gina, Chyka, Janet and Jackie the wife of Silverchair drummer Ben Gillies. As Jackie tries to break into Melbourne society, she throws a spanner in the works with her predictions.

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Yay!

 

It will be interesting to see what, if anything, is cut from the US airing. I know we won't hear the f-word being used without censors.

 

I'm sure the American people will love Andrea just as much as I do.

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The first episode is available on Comcast OnDemand. Episodes 1 and 2 will air tomorrow starting at noon EST.

 

So far I've noticed the pitch to the theme song is lower and the show's pace is slightly slower. The ladies' voices also sound a bit deeper. I wonder why Bravo did that?

 

I forgot that "bullshit" is another one that will be blocked by the censors too this time around.

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I watched this OnDemand earlier this week.  This was just like...damn!  I don't know any better so they all look rich to me, as opposed to the fronting you can pick out immediately in the US shows.

 

Jackie is really super not-cute to be so high on her appearance.  Not cute at all.  She's, I guess, feeling herself because she's the youngest wife.  I howled at the 'automatic writing' - I assume she's quick with Google and researched a couple of terms to fling around to explain her 'process.'  She is the stuff yikes are made of.

 

Janet's face is so plasticky.  SO plasticky.   Lydia looks natural, but she speaks...slowly and in terribly 'durr' kinds of ways.  I kind of love Gina and her barrister's wiglet and Vegas-style cocktail attire for everything in her life and her eyeliner.  The eyeliner!  I'm in love.

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Oooh yay! My request was granted.

 

Found this gem on demand and just about had a heart attack to see Ben Gillies and his wife being part of the storyline. I used to be a huuuuuuge Silverchair fanatic back in the day. I was truly obsessed. Anyway, yeah seeing Ben on this show made me squee for joy. His wife and her psychic thing just sounds so outlandish.

 

Gina reminds me of a contestant from RuPaul's drag race.

 

The rest I didn;t pay much attention to during the first viewing cos I was so stunned about the Silverchair sighting.

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I'm not sure this one has anything to do with Andy Cohen, but I'm all in anyway. Throw in a member of Silverchair and you have my undivided attention.

 

Don't mind me, I've only been obsessed with Australian stuff since I was 10.

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I just found out about this show and will definitely be DVR'ing the first two episodes tomorrow afternoon. Here's an article about the show:
 
‘Real Housewives of Melbourne’ to Debut on Bravo Sundays (Video)

The international adaptation of Bravo's hit reality format arrives to the U.S.
 
In case you've missed the promos already running on Bravo, the cable channel has acquired “The Real Housewives of Melbourne.” It will air Sundays at noon starting this weekend.
 
The premiere episode will be available early on BravoTV.com, Video-On-Demand and the Bravo Now site beginning Friday, August 1.
 
It couldn't have been too hard for Bravo to “acquire” the series as it was produced by Matchbox Pictures, part of Bravo's parent company NBCUniversal International Television Production and distributed in the US by NBCUniversal Television.
 
“The Real Housewives of Melbourne” follows six successful socialites over the course of its 12-episode first season, which will end with a two-episode reunion special. It has already been renewed for a second season on Australia's Arena channel.
 
Bravo is consistently finding ways around former executive Andy Cohen‘s 2011 announcement that it will not produce more new “Real Housewives” franchises after cancelled D.C. and ratings-challenged Miami.
 
“Ladies of London,” “Blood, Sweat and Heels,” even “Married to Medicine” can be called knockoffs of the “Real Housewives” premise. It has also produced several spinoffs from the “Real Housewives” franchise and now it can import these international editions.
 
Athens and Vancouver also have “Real Housewives” editions.
 
Watch a preview trailer for the Melbourne series above.


I just watched that video preview and Gina needs an eye makeup intervention. Tons of heavy blue eye shadow and blue eyeliner. Even in her talking head at the end when she has brown eye shadow on, it's so unbelievably heavy.
 
That article also includes the bios for all of them from the Bravo website, but I'm going to post them in their individual topics.

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From Bravo's website:  

Real Housewives of Melbourne Is Coming to Bravo!
Meet the stars—and get a first look—of the newest franchise, debuting August 3.

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Pack your bags and get ready for a trip down under!
 
Bravo is thrilled to announce the acquisition of The Real Housewives of Melbourne, set to premiere August 3 at 12p ET/PT. The 12-episode series will broadcast every Sunday with two back-to-back episodes and the run includes a two-part reunion special hosted by Australian fashion designer Alex Perry.
 
In this latest edition of our groundbreaking docu-series, we'll get to know the lavish lives of six successful Melbourne socialites—Gina Liano, Andrea Moss, Chyka Keebaugh, Janet Roach, Lydia Schiavello, and Jackie Gilles—as they live life on their own terms and enjoy the pampered and cultured lifestyle that the "world’s most liveable city" has to offer.
 
Whether they're established business women soaking-up the single life or married to some of the most established men in the city, these Australian bombshells will show no shortage of extravagance and high-end drama. From glamorous cocktail parties to weekend getaways at exclusive resorts, sparks are sure to fly and the friendships and relationships are put to the ultimate test. Life is not one big beach party, however, as Janet adapts to the single life after divorcing her cheating husband and Gina struggles with a long distance relationship and a rumored affair.
 
Can't wait to catch the first episode on TV? We'll be hosting the premiere on Bravotv.com starting Friday, August 1—and we've also got a preview of the series below. Plus: be sure to tweet along with us by using the hashtag #RHOMelbourne!


(I'll post their bios in their individual topics.)

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I don't know that I can handle another Housewives show with Psychic given the last disaster on Beverly Hills with Camille's friend Allison Dubois. What a shit show that was!!

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Narcissists, delusions of grandeur, zero empathy with a dash of Vegemite and an Aussie accent.

It's like Santa read my list!

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Wow the Melbourne version of Theresa Caputo thinks her chubby hubby looks like Johnny Depp? Get some new glasses, girl. Or a new crystal ball. But from what you are saying, he is actually a well known musician?

I almost fell over when the drag queen announced she was a barrister.

This is pretty funny stuff.

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I wouldn't say that he personally is well known....but if you ever heard of the band Silverchair he is the drummer. They were really popular in the late 90's and early 00's.


And while I have always been a fan of Silverchair/Ben Gillies he definitely does NOT look like Johnny Depp. Maybe if you were blackout drunk. But probably not even then.

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I'm actually really liking this franchise-not so obviously contrived, not so much meanness and squabbling just for spite. I will definitely give this a second chance.

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Yup, wrote that way too soon. I cannot believe we are going to have a fight over psychic vs bible. Alrighty then.

 

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Wow the Melbourne version of Theresa Caputo thinks her chubby hubby looks like Johnny Depp? Get some new glasses, girl. Or a new crystal ball. But from what you are saying, he is actually a well known musician?

I almost fell over when the drag queen announced she was a barrister.

This is pretty funny stuff.

I think he looks nothing like Johnny Depp, but if she believes it, good for her! I like her a lot so far, I love that she described that self-serving party as "fucking boring." I almost spit out my drink. I don't like the sailor mouth on RHOA's Kim, but a few choice words here and there can be amusing.

Lydia with her "conjugal right agreement," WTF? Combine that with her daily shopping habit dependent on her husband's bankroll, make it seems a bit, uh...

So far, like this so much better than what RHONJ has been serving up.

Can we get Athens too? Please, Santa!

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So one of the busy birds is writing a book about how to be a working mother, and make long lists of chores for the dozens of nannies and household help at your disposal?   I'm sure the working mothers of the world will be ever so appreciative of her expert advise.  ;-)

 

Psychic bird needs an e-cig, stat.  Trying on your old wedding dress so minion can fawn over your figure 3 whole years later is so fucking lame.

 

Luanne's pirate gigolo looked like Johnny Depp - the musician husband, not so much.   Silverchair; international rock superstar?!?   I must be out of touch.  He needs to wash his greasy hair, too.

 

I need to see the barrister bird in her little while curlywig.

 

My dead grandmother IS a demon.

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I listened to Silverchair in the late 90s when they had a couple of big hits. I haven't heard much from them in the US in years. Does anyone know if they've remained successful outside of the US?

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Entertaining for sure, but there is some serious ugly going on. The husbands are better looking (and younger looking) than their wives (save for fake Johnny Depp -- he's a bit rough on my eyes). Except for the blonde, they all give me a masculine vibe. Maybe it's the wheelbarrow full of makeup on all of them and over the top clothing.

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I listened to Silverchair in the late 90s when they had a couple of big hits. I haven't heard much from them in the US in years. Does anyone know if they've remained successful outside of the US?

The band broke up probably about 2 years ago now. I think they were way bigger in Australia than they were anywhere else worldwide, even though in the 90's and early 00's they were pretty popular. None of the albums past Neon Ballroom were very successful in the US, although they did still tour here a couple times. I think Daniel Johns is taking a musical hiatus, as well as Chris Joannou. Ben seems to be the only one doing anything musically right now.

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Wow the Melbourne version of Theresa Caputo thinks her chubby hubby looks like Johnny Depp? Get some new glasses, girl. Or a new crystal ball. But from what you are saying, he is actually a well known musician?

I almost fell over when the drag queen announced she was a barrister.

This is pretty funny stuff.

I laughed when she said that. He looks more like Dave Grohl than Johnny Depp.

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I really liked this.  I don't think Ben looks anything like Johnny Depp but he seems like a nice, supportive partner to Jackie.  I liked Jackie, crazy and all.

 

I wanted to like Lydia but god, what a poseur.  Andrea needs to take her lists and STFU.  Gina needs a makeunder.  On first glance didn't think I would like Janet but I do.  Chika's husband seems pretty awesome.

 

Wonder why Bravo is airing it at noon on Sundays??

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I couldn't understand what the fuck they were saying. 

 

That chick with the crazy eye make up was so distracting to me.  Attorneys are assholes.  My husband is good at it.  He takes it as a compliment.  Miss freaky make up eyes...she's good at ... freaky make up eyes.

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Andrea is already on my list.  During that dinner conversation when they were talking about sex, she had that talking head saying something like "Oh I'm happily married... I don't even know how to SPELL Viagra."  Bitch, that doesn't make you better than anyone else there at the table.  It makes you a dumbass. Who can't spell. Also, you are not cute.  Like, at all. 

 

Lydia seems annoying and vapid, but I gotta admit she's lovely.  I would have never guessed her to be 45!  Her skin and hair are gorg.  I honestly thought Jackie was older than her- or assumed them to be at least the same age... not 11 years apart!

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I really thought Gina was a transgender woman and I am not really sold on her partner that now lives in Miami, as in not sure if there really was a partner, just something for a story line, besides "partner" is an odd choice of words for boyfriend. 

 

This group reminds me of how RHOC began with extravagant shopping and parties, I love that.

 

Anyone else's radar ping with the party planner guy? 

I had second hand embarrassment during that scene with the blonde howife (to early in the viewing for me to learn their names), getting her hair blown out, so awkward with the hair stylist.

 

Jackie the psychic, she really thinks a lot of herself...she is a very private person (as we watch her life on TV). 

 

Well, I guess this show will be on my list of things to watch when my hubby is not around, I just can't quit this.

 

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Made it through about 45 minutes of the season premiere before I fell asleep.  Still have to watch the last few minutes of this and the entire 2nd episode.

 

That being said, I definitely saw enough to give it a season pass on the DVR...

 

Woohoo, thanks, Bravo, this and Game of Crowns on the same day?  I'm in like sin!!!

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I'm just about to start episodes one and two on demand and am SO excited! Hopefully this gives me a breath of fresh air that the other HW series are lacking right now.

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Baltimore Betty -- hell yeah on two comments! Yes, I thought Gina was actually a man for the first 5-10 minutes and yes, my radar pinged with Chyka's husband. Wished we had been watching together :)

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Yes, The psychic thinks a lot of herself.

And the dark haired woman that went shopping with her grown stepson, seemed like an odd thing to do.

But what do I know. I have to add I had just watched an episode of Law&Order SVU, so that might have colored my view of the shopping scene.

I enjoyed it overall. Once I get to know them better, I'm sure I'll have more of opinion on them;)

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I really thought Gina was a transgender woman and I am not really sold on her partner that now lives in Miami, as in not sure if there really was a partner, just something for a story line, besides "partner" is an odd choice of words for boyfriend. 

 

I thought this too, but I Googled, and he seems to be a real person.  I was wondering if it was another "Big Poppa" situation, like Kim from Atlanta.  Maybe he just didn't want  his name on TV.

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I was a big Silverchair fan so it's interesting to see what happened to Ben Gilles.

 

Americans who may not remember their music might remember them on this side of the Pacific because lead singer Daniel Johns made news when he: a) dated and then married (and later divorced) Australian singer Natalie Imbruglia, who had the big hit "Torn," and b) talked about battling anorexia and reactive arthritis, maladies that almost permanently disabled him.

 

http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/06/05/1086377186083.html

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I really thought Gina was a transgender woman and I am not really sold on her partner that now lives in Miami, as in not sure if there really was a partner, just something for a story line, besides "partner" is an odd choice of words for boyfriend.

I can't figure out how to quote -- but Baltimore Betty was quoted saying this above...

 

As far as the use of the word "partner", when I was in London, I was asked often if I had a "partner", not boyfriend.   It took me a while to catch on, but unlike in the states where partner can be a code word for "same sex significant other", partner really just meant boyfriend.   I haven't been to Melbourne, but perhaps they use "partner" in the same way.

 

I actually like it better than boyfriend for grownups...

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I laughed when she said that. He looks more like Dave Grohl than Johnny Depp.

Dave Grohl is actually attractive.

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This show/women reminded me of a silly mockumentary series that was on HBO, (I think), "J'amie," which was completely hysterical.  But the lifestyle, attitude etc...really was true!

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Fairly common in the UK and the commonwealth to refer to a boyfriend/girlfriend that you live with as a partner.

 

Yeah, I am a US resident and often refer to my live-in boyfriend as "partner."  So I guess I don't see it weird at all either. 

 

That being said, I agree that there is a certain drag queen quality to Gina, for certain.  But I'm kind of digging her over-the-top vibe, at least for the meantime.

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Ugh. I saw the whole season (downloaded it since it already aired in Oz). Just ugh. I cannot STAND Lydia and Jackie. They are the epitome of the classless woman who happened to have a partner with money. Vapid, fake, label obsessed. Just disgusting.

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I definitely got that vibe from Jackie. In the same breath she talks about how down to earth she and Ben are cos they're rockers and then goes on to say how much she loves the finer things in life and diamonds and blah blah...total contradiction. Even though I've only seen the first 2 episodes I can tell she's classless and vapid. Kinda makes me sad for Ben cos I always liked Silverchair....a LOT. And now he's just a second rate crappy reality star. It looks like he feeds into Jackie's bullshit almost as much as she does. So sad.

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What a train wreck this show is! Which means I'll be watching every episode of course. I can't decide if most of these "ladies" look more like drag queens or more like older versions of the girls from My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding. So much glitter, gaudy jewelry and shine, shine, shine!

I love this show already, you know, in a Bravo kinda way.

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I liked that most of the women work and aren't dependant on a man to pay for all the ridiculous shit they likely spend their money on.

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Damn, half of them look like dudes, especially Gina, the lawyer. She looks like a clown with all that eye make up. In fact she looks like Nancy Grace used to look, before Court TV gave her a makeover.

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Damn, half of them look like dudes, especially Gina, the lawyer. She looks like a clown with all that eye make up. In fact she looks like Nancy Grace used to look, before Court TV gave her a makeover.

they sound like dudes. Gina in particular-her voice is so low and husky.

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they sound like dudes. Gina in particular-her voice is so low and husky.

 

Yes.  I'm someone with a deep voice too but I wanted to call Gina , Gino with that voice and all that clown make up.   To me she looks like she's in her late fifties, early sixties.

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