Day: August 1, 2014

Binge-worthy: Hotwives of Orlando


I’m a big fan of Angela Kinsey from her days on The Office.  Though her character, Angela Martin, was never exactly the life of the party, I loved watching this little ray of sunshine play such a convincing unimpressed character.  I follow Angela on instagram, and that’s how I heard about The Hotwives of Orlando.

The Hotwives of Orlanda is a Hulu original series and a parody of Bravo’s The Real Housewives.  Its seven episodes (6 stories + 1 “reunion special) feel like a long-format SNL skit.  The show opens with: “Mario Lopez once said, Orlando is the most glamourous city in the world” which got an immediate laugh out of me.  This series was enjoyable to watch all the way through– funny, light-hearted, and on-point with attention to detail from the Bravo counterpart.

Oddly enough, this show kind of made me want to watch The Real Housewives… like I need another bad reality show to occupy my time!  To me, each character seemed to embody a different Housewives location.  Wikipedia breaks it down a little more:

Angela Kinsey plays Crystal Simmons, “the Religious Zealot.”  Crystal is a holy roller, who believes her husband is king.  She admits to never having read the bible, because her husband told her that women can’t interpret it as well as men.  She is based on The Real Housewives of Orange County’s Alexis Bellino and The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’s Kyle Richards.  Though I’m unfamiliar with both of these Housewives, Crystal is my favorite.  I love this stereotype and find it very funny.  I also love Angela Kinsey just so much.

Kristen Schaal plays Amanda Simmons, “the drug-addicted former child star.”  Amanda is single, and a complete alcoholic mess.  She was in Florida Prune Juice commercials as a kid, and has not let this go.  She is based on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’s Kim Richards.  Again, I’m unfamiliar with her, but this is a familiar stereotype that works well in this format.  Think: Cinderella in the SNL spoof, Disney’s Real Housewives.  Kristen Schaal is another favorite of mine, as she gives voice to Louise, my favorite character in Bob’s Burgers.

Casey Wilson plays Tawny St. John, “the trophy wife.”  Tawny is a gold digger with a bad roots who has convinced herself her older husband is dying, and is blatantly screwing her fitness instructor, Heath (played by Joey McIntyre!).  She is based on RHOC’s Tamra Wilson and Gretchen Rossi, but really, every Housewife has a little Tawny in her.  From silly charity events to bad entrepreneurial ideas, Tawny seems to be what the Real Housewives as really like.

Danielle Schneider plays Shauna Maducci, “the bankrupt overspender.”  Danielle is a loud, overreacting, material girl.  She has 4 (or possibly 5) daughters with ridiculous names that we never see.  She is pure Real Housewives of New Jersey and is based on the infamous Theresa Giudice.  Her overspending has pushed the envelope so much that the family’s home is repossessed.  In the final episode, her husband Anthony is arrested for fraud.  This is the most familiar character to me, as I’ve actually watched some RHONJ.

Tymberlee Hill plays Phe Phe Reed, “the entrepreneur.”  Phe Phe (which is short of Phenomenon) is prone to speaking her mind and claiming– she’s just being Phe Phe!  She is a lawyer, a CPA, an ordained minister, an amateur taxidermist, and a music video producer to name a few!  She represents the Real Housewives of Atlanta, specifically Nene and Phaedra.  Even though I’ve never seen RHOA, I watch Bravo and recognized her name mash-up right away.

Andrea Savage plays Veronica Von Vandervon, “the cougar.”  Speaking with a pseudo-British accent, (which she explains in the reunion special, is how white people with money speak,) Veronica is an heiress to a mini-golf course in Orlando.  She makes overtly sexual jokes, then explains them to you in case you didn’t pick up on it. She was based on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’s Lisa Vanderpump and The Real Housewives of New York’s Sonja Morgan– I’m familiar with Sonja enough to see this and her name is a great play on the likes of Vanderpump.

Producer Paul Scheer makes a cameo at the end of every episode and hosts the “reunion special” as Matty Green, a perfect play on Bravo’s Andy Cohen.  This adds to the accuracy and authenticity of this parody, making it all the more hilarious.

If you’re looking for a fun, quick watch this summer, I highly recommend you check out The Hotwives of Orlando.  In a weird way, this show actually makes me want to watch the Bravo shows it parodies…

Has anyone heard if they’re doing another season?  I’m hooked!