Airdate: The Real Housewives of Melbourne

Arena's anticipated local series kicks off in late February.

2014-01-20_1730Arena’s anticipated local series  The Real Housewives of Melbourne kicks off in late February.

Produced by Matchbox Pictures, it features society businesswomen Andrea Moss, Chyka Keebaugh, Gina Liano, Jackie Gillies, Janet Roach and Lydia Schiavello.

Between them, they own private jets, homes and are married to high profile businessmen, including one to a rock star and another to a plastic surgeon.

Foxtel’s Executive Director of Television, Brian Walsh, said “In television it’s rare to be certain about anything, however, we are certain about this – everyone will have an opinion about The Real Housewives of Melbourne.

“This production, the first of a stellar line-up of new series on Foxtel this year, is a great testament to the worldwide hit franchise and we hope is a favourite of our subscribers. These women don’t pull any punches, and shine a new light on life in Melbourne.”

Other Housewives series outside the US include Israel, Athens and France.

When it comes to style and glamour Melbourne is the jewel in Australia’s crown. It’s the city where fashion, food and culture reign supreme. But relationships in this high society are like four seasons in one day, fine one minute, stormy the next. And Melbourne’s Housewives know that they had better be careful because it’s a long way to fall.

This entertaining 10 x one hour soap-doc provides an insider view of the lifestyles of the wealthy and extravagant women with a revealing insight into their world. From glamorous cocktail launches; romantic rendezvous; and getaways at exclusive resorts where the weather isn’t the only thing to turn sour; these Melbourne Housewives love to indulge in the finer things in life as well as high end drama.

The series begins with beautiful designer Lydia, the wife of a top architect, running fashionably late to meet friends Gina, a successful barrister, and Andrea, the owner of the Toorak based skin centre: Liberty Belle and the wife of plastic surgeon Dr. Chris Moss. Andrea invites the ladies to an upcoming VIP party at Liberty Belle – among the guests is bubbly Chyka Keebaugh, co-owner of catering and event company The Big Group and wife of her business partner, Bruce. Another guest is the recently single property developer Janet Roach who brings with her new Melbourne resident, Jackie, a celebrity psychic who is married to Silverchair drummer Ben Gillies. The stage is set for all six women to come together for the first time. But as Jackie attempts to break into Melbourne society, she throws a spanner in the works with her unnerving psychic predictions and the drama begins to unfold.

The Real Housewives of Orange County is the series that started the Real Housewives franchise which has now spawned series in the cities of Miami, New York, New Jersey, Atlanta, Beverly Hills, Washington DC and Vancouver which screen on Arena the home of Housewives. 

Sunday February 23 at 8.30pm on Arena.

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