'Real Housewives of Melbourne' Season 2 All Have US 'Real Housewives' Franchise Doppelgangers, Naturally

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In social circles, you might not hear me proclaiming my selective following of The Real Housewives franchise, but in the privacy of my own living room, you will find me eagerly awaiting the arrival of The Real Housewives of Melbourne cast. Australian accents and age-defying bandage dresses? Count me all the way in.

As Bravo has found with Shahs of Sunset (and tried with Euros of Hollywood), the best way to keep breaking new ground with the exact same format is to bring heretofore untelevised cultures and subcultures into the mix. And there just simply isn't enough fun-loving Aussie culture on American television. So, let's get an early look at the most glamorous "housewives" of Melbourne's cast bios and consider the archetypal Real Housewives that paved the way for them before Andy Cohen delivers seven new "ladies" to our pinot-grigio-loving DVR doorstep Thursday night...

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