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Let's Talk About the Salahis with the New D.C. Housewives, Shall We?

The ever-expanding Real Housewives empire puts another flag in the ground tomorrow night as Bravo sets their cameras on some attention-starved D.C. ladies. There will be cat fights, as there are always cat fights, but this time a few of these cat fights will be about issues. Political issues! Oh, how scholarly. And what fun! I recently joined a promotional conference call with two of the ladies -- Mary Amons and Stacie Scott Turner, neither of whom crashed a White House party, so you've never heard of them -- to find out what's in store for this season. They basically think the show is Meet the Press, which is just absolutely precious.

What do you guys make of the whole Salahi incident and the attention that they're getting with the launch of the show and the commercials and everything? Do you think there's too much attention on them?
Stacie Scott Turner: I think the viewers are going to be so surprised to find out that the White House party crash is not the crescendo of the show. It is a small part of five really interesting storylines, and it by no means is all the drama with the show.
Mary Amons: Correct. It's just going to be one small snippet.

Are you at all worried about how you're going to be portrayed on national TV?
MA: It's a great risk to invite cameras into your world and it is really important to just be yourself. And we had a lot of trust and faith in our producers [Editor's Note: There's your first mistake. -- Mindy] and the network to ensure that we would be -- basically, what they told us is that your behavior is the way you act. You cannot be portrayed as someone that you're not. We can edit you, yes. But it's for entertainment purposes.

But overall, I just think that our show's going to be very different in that it's just going to be much less about drama than it is about issues and political views and all that stuff. [Editor's Note: Don't worry -- I've seen the premiere, and that's absolutely not true. Rest assured, it is all about backstabbing, who's a bitch, who's a racist, who's bulimic, who's running their mouth, etc. As it should be.]

How well did you all know each other before the shooting started? It appeared in the first episode like some of you didn't know Cat very well.
SST: I did not know any of the ladies intimately before we started shooting. I had met Mary a couple of times. We have a mutual friend. So socially, just at philanthropic events we have crossed paths. So it was really great getting to know them.

How has the reaction to the show been in D.C.? Have you gotten any negative feedback from folks?
SST: It's kind of been 50/50. Most of my friends were like, "Have you lost your mind? I mean, that is so crazy." I was like, is that because you think I'm crazy? They're probably thinking they're just happy it's not them. And then the other half you know have just been like, oh my gosh, just be careful and develop a thick skin because you know when you put your life on display everybody's going to have an opinion and sometimes it's good and sometimes it's bad.

Are we going to be seeing any big name political people on the show, any cameos by members of Congress or anything like that?
SST: One of the things that was really difficult in terms of casting is that in D.C., because you had so many people who are in politics, it's super conservative, and if you're an attorney you know there are so many people that couldn't do the show for that reason and confidentiality.

Stacie, you never actually use the word "alleged" talking about Michaele Salahi's appearance at the White House. I mean for your money, she crashed, yes?
SST: I heard what everybody else has heard. It appears that she crashed, but, interestingly, she said she didn't and so, you know, I'm really curious to hear what that story is.
MA: It's hard to say, really. I think there's a lot of variables here that we don't know about, and apparently they're going to be penning that in a book, so that'll be interesting, but somehow they got in. They walked in, I don't know. It's mind-boggling.
SST: Mind-boggling.

Are you excited for the premiere? Care to offer some off-topic complaints about the fact that reality television exists? Leave it all in the comments!

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