When most people think of Utah, their mind doesn’t immediately go to star-studded drama. No, quite the opposite, in fact. While reality TV fans are familiar with the state because of the Brown family of TLC’s Sister Wives, few other reality TV shows have featured the area. That is until now. In November 2019, Bravo announced that the 10th installment of their Real Housewives franchise would begin filming in Salt Lake City. Reactions to the announcement were mixed, and it honestly seems that fans don’t know what to expect from the state best known for its landscapes and ties to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Bravo executives promise, however, that the show will be nothing like what fans think.
Why did Bravo choose Salt Lake City?
Salt Lake City seemed like an odd choice for a network that has focused its effort on major metropolitan areas. The housewives production teams currently film in Beverly Hills, New York, New Jersey and Atlanta, among other cities and regions. The masterminds behind Real Housewives, however, have assured their fans that they know exactly what they are doing.
The television juggernaut settled on Salt Lake City because they were looking for something completely different than previous incarnations of the show. Andy Cohen discussed the network’s decision to cast a group of housewives settled in Utah. According to Bravo, he said, “We’ve always tried to choose cities that have completely unique personalities and we also try to throw a little curveball now and then, pick somewhere that you maybe weren’t expecting,”
Salt Lake City and It’s surrounding areas certainly does have a unique personality and it is absolutely the last city fans would have pegged as the next location for a Real Housewives franchise. According to Fansided, camera crews have been spotted in a couple of exclusive enclaves just outside of Salt Lake City. Camera crews were seen in South Jordan, Utah as well as Daybreak, Utah. Daybreak is a planned community that boasts large homes.
Fans are likely to be surprised by the ladies rumored to be a part of the cast
While Bravo has yet to release casting details, fans have been sniffing out as much information as they can in recent weeks. Several high-profile residents are believed to be attached to the project, and these housewives are anything but the standard religious ladies fans are expecting. In fact, a distillery owner, a skincare maven, and a jewelry designer are all rumored to be joining the cast.
Bravo noted that, in some ways, the women of Salt Lake City are far more varied than most fans would expect, and in many cases, more interesting than the ladies who fill spots on other Real Housewives incarnations. Fans will need to wait a while to find out if the rumors about Angie Harrington and Heather Gay joining the cast are true. Bravo has not released any information about when the show will premiere, but it looks like it will happen sometime in 2020.
Fans aren’t all that jazzed about the new location
While some Bravo fans are interested in seeing what life in Salt Lake City is really like, others are a lot less jazzed about the concept. Several viewers took to Twitter to discuss the decision shortly after the Nov. 16 announcement. Many noted that a diverse cast would have been a better move from Bravo, and that seems to be unlikely with a show centering on Salt Lake City.
Salt Lake City, according to World Population Review, is about 74% white. The homogonous location has many fans assuming the show won’t be featuring women of color, leaving some feeling lukewarm about the decision. Frankly, it seems like fans were a bit more interested in seeing a new filming location that was a bit more diverse. Chicago, San Francisco, and Boston have all been floated as potential filming locations by fans. All three cities are more diverse than Salt Lake City. While those cities haven’t been picked just yet, that doesn’t mean Bravo won’t consider them in the future.