If you just can’t get enough of NeNe Leakes on the RHOA, Fox’s “Glee”, or NBC’s “The New Normal”, you’re in luck! Bravo greenlit the latest in it’s Real Housewives spinoff series’, “I Dream of Nene: The Wedding” (working title), set to debut in the fall. It will follow the RHOA star and her ex/future husband Greg Leakes as they plan their second wedding. We’ve had the opportunity to watch this couple come full circle…going from good, to bad, to divorce, to last season’s on-air proposal. If their story doesn’t make for good TV, we don’t know what would!
The Real Housewives of Atlanta is the most highly rated series in the Housewives franchise and Bravo is certainly capitalizing on this popularity. Already, three other Atlanta cast members have received spinoffs: Kim Zolciak’s “Don’t Be Tardy” is currently airing it’s second season, Kandi Burruss’s music-oriented “The Kandi Factory” is in it’s first season, and, recently, Phaedra Parks’ spin-off, “Rich People’s Problems” (working title) was announced, focusing on her legal practice; no word yet about a premiere date. NeNe is arguably the series’ biggest star, as evidenced by her out-of-network casting successes and the fact that she is, reportedly, Bravo’s highest paid Housewife.
So what makes for a great Housewives spinoff series and how does Bravo decide which women to feature? When asked by The Wrap, producer and face-of-the-network Andy Cohen answered:
“Phaedra does a lot of other things outside of the “Housewives” show. Kandi is a songwriter. Lisa [of “Vanderpump Rules”, greenlit for 2nd season]has restaurants. So, these are other things that the women do in their real lives that lend themselves to seeing more of them. I think that the women just living their lives, that’s what they do on the ‘Housewives.’ The shows that we’ve picked up have been because the women have other things going on. Kim’s show started with her getting married, which is really the natural way to, it lends itself well to another series, you know?”
So, do you think “I Dream of NeNe: The Wedding” will be a winning formula for spinoff success?
We’ll be sure to keep you updated as soon as we get wind of a premiere date!
Expect their second wedding will be a fabulous, lavish affair…they’ve got to top their first go around after all! Photos courtesy of Straight from the A: