Let’s talk about this new show “Private Lives of Nashville Wives” for a minute.
I’ll readily admit when I heard about the show, saw the website and the trailers, I was majorly disappointed. It seemed to be just another version of the “Real Housewives” enterprise. Which, let’s be honest, has absolutely nothing real about it. And now this type of show was going to represent Nashville on a national level. The Nashville music industry. And, to be even more specific, us. Road widows.
Then the show aired last week. I tried to watch it. Tried to give it a chance before I wrote it off. But I just couldn’t do it. After the first 20 minutes I stopped. I actually think most of the cast is likable, but fundamentally I just can’t support such an enterprise. It saddened me to think this could turn into the new “Real Housewives.”
But you know what the reviews said? There was not enough drama to make it successful. The women were not exciting enough. They’re too nice. This is what our society has come to. Depressing.
“In other words, all the ingredients of a ‘Real Housewives’ franchise are here, minus anything new to add to the recipe.” – New York Daily News
“Nashville is a fascinating and dynamic city that deserves to be the star of its own show. Sadly though, the same cannot be said for most of the women we met on tonight’s premiere episode.” – The Stir
Then I heard on the radio a casting call for the next season. The requirements? You have to be rich, have a beautiful house, drive expensive cars and have extravagant toys. Oh and of course you have to be outspoken and opinionated. Duh.
I get it. Drama sells. The more the better. But this is just getting plain ridiculous. After all the good press and exposure Nashville has been getting, now we’re going to enter the (contrived) “reality” show market with a complete misrepresentation of how cool and down-to-earth we really are. Shame on you TNT.
Some of you readers may know the women on this show. It is entirely possible given the small town nature of Nashville. I would venture to say, in true reality, they are NOT “Real Housewives” type of people. At least that’s what I like to believe about my Nashville neighbors. Whatever their motives are for doing the show though, the show itself isn’t going to let the cast be representative of what this life is truly like. Because, let’s be honest, there just isn’t enough drama or sensationalism in our real life.
There is a much larger group of “Nashville Wives” in this town. We are ALL supporting this music industry. And we are all different – rich or not, outspoken or not, creative or not. The real story is in the love and sacrifice. The give and take. The ups and downs. The balance of our husband’s careers with our own. That story is what makes us relatable. Not the drama.
So come on Nashville. We’re better than this. We’re more real than this. We’re not wrapped up in our stardom. We’re relatable. We’re likable. We’re nice. And damn it we’re proud of it! Air that.