The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City: Andy Cohen Announces New Series!

There’s one reason that Austen Kroll is giving relationship updates and Kelly Dodd is chilling with Ramona Singer in New York.

The very first Bravocon is here, and at the convention, Andy Cohen made a startling, exciting announcement.

“We’ve always tried to choose a city that has completely unique personalities,” Andy Cohen announced at the big reveal on Saturday.

He continued: “And we also try to throw a little curveball now and then.”

“Pick somewhere you weren’t expecting,” he clarified..

Andy then expressed: “We are very excited to travel to Salt Lake City, Utah!”

“You didn’t see it coming,” Andy freely acknowledged.

“But I have to tell you, in Utah, you have the majesty of the mountains, the Mormon religion,” he listed.

Andy continueds: “An exclusive community of people who have very successful businesses who live in their own universe.”

“It is gorgeous,” he gushed. “And I think you’re going to be really surprised and intrigued by the group of women we’ve found.”

Bravo also released a more formal reveal of the exciting new addition to the wildly successful franchise.

The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City takes viewers into an undiscovered world,” the official Bravo announcement reads.

The statement adds that it’s a world “that is about so much more than religion.”

“Although,” the announcement acknowledges, “the Mormon church is undeniably ingrained in the culture.”

“In the majestic mountains of Utah is a hidden social circle made up of successful women,” the announcement contnues.

Bravo describes them as woman “who have created their own paradise filled with luxury homes, shopping sprees, and multi-million-dollar businesses and brands.”

“With Hollywood’s exclusive Sundance Film Festival in their backyards,” the statement notes.

Bravo teases: “These Type-A power-brokers are accustomed to rubbing elbows with A-listers and what party list you are on means everything.”

“They have mastered running wildly successful enterprises by day and enjoy après ski at the finest resorts by night,” Bravo dishes.

The announcement adds that they do this “all the while raising extraordinary and unconventional families.”

“Here perfection is not an aspiration, it’s a mandate,” the network dramatically expresses.

That may be the single best line of the entire reveal. it’s not even done and I’m already sold.

“They hold themselves and each other to an extremely high standard,” Bravo’s announcement points out.

The women have lofty expectations “and never hold back when things go sideways.”

“But lord knows they are always there for each other when they need it most,” the statement concludes.

That is so exciting … but who will star on it?

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Unfortunately, we do not yet have a cast list. If we did, we would be showing you their names instead of snaps from Reunion specials.

If you’re like me, the first name who came to mind at the idea of wealthy housewives in Utah was Slate writer Nicole Cliffe.

But despite her cult-like following on Twitter, she has already confirmed that she will not be part of the cast.

She herself is speculating on Twitter about who might be a good fit for the show. Let’s hope that she joins in Season 2.

Update: Nicole now reports that her network of Utah socialite friends have identified two cast members: Lisa Barlow and Angie Harrington.

The Mandalorian Review: It’s Good Star Wars

Disney Plus launched in the wee hours of Tuesday morning!

There were plenty of good reasons to sign up for the streaming service. In my case, they had me at “new Clone Wars episodes.”

Those aren’t out yet, of course. What is out is The Mandalorian, whose first episode went live at launch.

To say that the first episode was “good” does not do it justice.

Check out our review (and carefully crafted gifs) below and see if Disney’s live-action Star Wars series sounds like a hit or miss.

We promise that we’ve only included minor spoilers.

1. It’s a Space Western

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Usually, that would be a critique, but Star Wars has always had strong Western vibes, though that has never been exclusive. Environments like the cantina at Mos Eisley Spaceport on Tattooine are basically saloons, and in his first scene, the titular Mandalorian might as well have pushed through a pair of saloon doors.

2. It FEELS like Star Wars

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We’ll talk about this more once we get into the gifs, but this show really feels like it’s part of the broader Star Wars canon in a way that the Sequel films, for many fans, have not. The vibe here is definitely more Rorgue One, and that’s exactly how it should be.

3. Aliens are back!

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Anyone else notice how there are almost no new Alien roles in the Sequel films? (Holdo should have been a Theelin; fight me, Rian Johnson) Well that last slide showed a Quarren, a classic Star Wars species who share a homeworld, Mon Cala, with Admiral Akbar’s species. And then there’s this dude, an Alien with an extended speaking role.

4. Yes, there are monsters

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A huge part of Star Wars has been the existence of terrestrial perils unrelated to evil generals or Sith Lords or whatever the heck a Ren is. From “Sand People” to wampas to giant worms that live in asteroids, sometimes planets just have monsters on them. The Mandalorian knows this and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

5. It’s a BEAUTIFUL show

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This particular beast looks like a blend of a walrus and a hippopotamus, and we learn that it’s attracted to the spaceport area because ships dump their gray cargo — that is, their organic waste — which attracts a whole food chain of critters. Also, it just looks great. Shows need good budgets to be viable, and we’re glad that this show delivers.

6. The Mandalorian isn’t all action

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The titular character has some serious childhood traumas — including an apparent aversion to droids, but one that is not absolute. He also has tremendous respect for Mandalorian culture and traditions, many of which were nearly lost when the Empire (at first, the Republic) invaded Mandalore to oppose Maul’s faction of Death Watch. It was many years before his people were free again.

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