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Bravo’s “Real Housewives” Adds Potomac And Dallas Spin-Offs To 2016 Slate

"If you haven't heard of Potomac, that's fine, because that means we've done a great job of keeping it a nice, little secret."

In 2011, Andy Cohen announced a major record scratch: No more Real Housewives spin-offs.

With the last two franchises to launch both fizzling (D.C. was canceled after only one season in 2010 and Miami has been on an indefinite hiatus since November, 2013), Bravo showed no signs of adding to its lucrative Housewives portfolio.

(Though Bravo began airing Real Housewives of Melbourne in 2014, it does not own the show and tragically does not tape a reunion with Andy Cohen).

So imagine our shock upon learning that Bravo is launching not only The Real Housewives of Potomac but also The Real Housewives of Dallas.

Best of all, we won't have to wait too long to meet our new girls. Potomac will premiere first, on January 17, with Dallas following later in the year.

The Real Housewives of Potomac is the show you never saw coming, and it’s going to take everyone by surprise,” Housewives franchise executive producer Andy Cohen in a statement.

According to the official release:

‎Just up the river from our nation’s capital lies a hidden gem—Potomac, Maryland. Its rolling hills, gated mansions, sophisticated prep schools, and exclusive country clubs all serve to keep the area invitation-only. Sprinkled throughout this community are a handful of old-line, wealthy African-American families who have historically broken racial barriers to provide the best life possible for their children.

The Real Housewives of Potomac follows the upscale lives of six intriguing, well-to-do women: Gizelle Bryant, Katie Rost, Karen Huger, Charrisse Jackson-Jordan, Robyn Dixon, and Ashley Darby, all of whom have fought for their places in this society by way of legacy or marriage. In a town where entry is granted only through class, pedigree, and lineage, how far will these ladies go to secure their spot at the top of this prestigious circle?

Dallas (whose cast remains unknown) will premiere later in 2016. "It’s a natural extension of the franchise with a Southern twist that ‘ya’ll’ will enjoy," said Cohen.

According to the official release:

The Real Housewives of Dallas follows a group of sophisticated southern socialites, as they claw their way to the top of the city's social scene. The series gives an exclusive look into their glamorous galas, scintillating scandals, and enormous egos, to prove exactly why everything is bigger in Texas.

This will mark Bravo's 8th and 9th Housewives franchise following: The Real Housewives of O.C., New York, Atlanta, New Jersey, D.C., Beverley Hills and Miami.

Our initial reaction:

Then after some time to think on it:

We finally realized: