Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Get Ready for Big Rich Texas on the Style Network!

We are about to be hit with a bevvy of new "reality" shows filmed here in Dallas.  The first one out of the gate will be Dallas Divas and Daughters, Season 2  Big Rich Texas.

Earlier this year, I brought you the news about this new docu-series.  Since that first post, there have been changes to the original cast.  

The cast of Season Two was initially told that the premise of this season would be a "Mother/Daughter show to showcase different parenting styles" and that it would be "completely different from last season's show" - hence the change of title - but it appears that the producers pulled a fast one and once they started filming it became apparent this was not the case.  It looks like this season will be just like Dallas Divas and Daughters, Season One, focusing on the interaction of the women, with little focus on their daughters, much less their parenting abilities.

I hear the cast was brought together before they started filming to meet each other and at the end of the day were told they were not allowed to exchange phone numbers or emails.  The producers wanted ZERO interaction off-camera from the cast.  But wait, the show makes it look like they are all friends who already know each other...

Are we really shocked to learn that reality TV is not always so real?  Hmmmm.





Seems a few of the ladies were upset about the lack of "reality" in this show and bailed completely or asked to have their roles lessened to make them less visible. 

So where's the shake-up?  Seems "Queen Bee" Dena and her daughter, Jade couldn't get outta this cast fast enough.  Southern Belles Paula, her daughter Shanelle and mom Althean also made a hasty retreat.  This left the show's producers scrambling for replacement families. And WOW!!!  Did they ever get a great replacement. Looks like they talked my favorite duo from DDD/Season One, Pamela Martin-Duarte and her daughter, Hannah, into coming back for more abuse screen time.  I know nothing about Leslie and Kayln. Will have to dig around...

Here's your final cast:

Bonnie
Bonnie has a PhD and three novels to her credit.  She was born into Dallas money but rejected the rules of a high-society lifestyle early on. Now a self-made millionaire, she wants back in, but she still wants to do things her way – along with her rebellious daughter Whitney.  They are quite a team, shopping and undergoing mother-daughter plastic surgery together.


Melissa
Former model Melissa is approaching 40 and hoping to get back on the catwalk.  15 year-old daughter Maddie is determined to have a say in her mother’s life including who she dates, and will do anything to get her way.  It’s a battle of wills between this mother-daughter duo as Maddie constantly tests her mother’s limits.

Connie
Recently divorced Connie is out to prove herself as an independent business owner with her designer consignment boutique business.  Her daughter Grace, a trendsetter and rule breaker, is determined to become the head cheerleader on one of the nation’s most prestigious high school cheerleading squads.  This pair likes to consider themselves more as best friends rather than mother and daughter.

Leslie
Leslie is Connie's cousin and a jet-setting pageant coach. She owns homes across the country but has recently moved to Dallas to take on the pageant capital by storm and launch the pageant career of her goddaughter, Kalyn.

Leslie is an unabashed, undeniable cougar, having dated the much younger Anthony Dorsett Jr., and an even younger golf pro at the club named AJ (who I am told isn't really even a golf pro, but was just cast for the show) . These aren't exactly the lessons Leslie wants to teach Kalyn, who has her own issues fitting in with the Texas elite.

Pamela
Married to a gorgeous, successful husband and mother to two beautiful daughters, Pamela calls it like she sees it...and calls it bluntly. She is an accomplished author, chairwoman of the Luxury Marketing Council and the epitome of southern class. Her connections and influence make her a center of power at the club, and she's determined to ensure her daughter Hannah follows in her footsteps.

After finishing her first year at college, Hannah is home for the summer and Pamela has decided to make Hannah her assistant. What better way to increase her daughter's profile in society - and keep a watchful eye on her. This duo should be familiar to Style viewers as they were last seen on the network's series Dallas Divas & Daughters.

"Big Rich Texas" begins airing Sunday, July 17 at 9:00pm ET/PT on The Style Network.

22 comments :

  1. Have you seen the behind the scenes pics posted on cast members Fb pages? Egads! The old torn up tennis court, ancient dilapidated apartments in the background....I don't know of an elite dallas country club that has such views or lack of maintenance...really?

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  2. Hi Cynthia, lets set the facts straight..
    Dena did not run from the show.. she show ran from her ! as for Shanelle and her family.. who knows .. perhaps this town wasn't big enough for all of us.
    Cheers !

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  3. With regards to the comment from "Anonymous" about the "old torn up tennis courts and apartment bldgs in the background". I can tell you that the show filmed at a country club in Ft. Worth. This is not a "Dallas" show. That's why it's called Big Rich TEXAS. They had to give themselves some wiggle room. :)

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  4. I'm sorry to say Cynthia but you do have some of your facts wrong. First this is NOT Season 2 and 2 cast members did not "bail" as you reported. Dena was not able to participate due to extreme pressure from her family. Dena wanted to do the show.

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  5. Dear "Anonymous", I know it's not technically season two, but really.... it is. And with regards to Dena, there are two sides to every story and the truth usually lies somewhere in the middle. I'm just letting readers know what I'm hearing. If you'd like to give me more details on your side of the story, you are always welcome to email me at cynthia(at)ohsocynthia(dot)com.

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  6. Shanelle and her family knew they couldn't go on national TV and pose as Big Rich Texans, they ahve to live in this town and while they are not millionaires as this cast portrays them to be, they have an upstasnding reputation and am sure they left to save face. Kudos! Just as I'm sure Dena's family didn't like the idea of showing off being big rich Texans. This is Dallas. a city full of class where the wealthy don't flaunt it in this way. They give to chairities, have building s at hospitals and universities named after them. I don't recognize any of hte names in this cast as Dallas elite.

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  7. I will give you even more juice. None of the women on this show are rich. Bon and her husband lost their house to the bank, now rent. They don't have a dime in the bank. Leslie has a couple rental houses, flown in from CA to replace an early exit. She won Mrs Washington back in 1992. Probably the oldest on the show. Must be mid 50s for god sake. Renting here too. The country club is a dump out in Ft Worth. Nothing exclusive about it. The cars are all leased or rented. The kids are all losers, most spending time in rehab. No one has ever been part of the Dallas or any other social scene. And no one belongs to any country club. With all the rich people in Texas, seems you could have found a few for the show. Oh, then did, Dena Miller's family had money, but they made her get out. Smart on their part!

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  8. Melissa is a personal trainer if her profile is accurate. She may be nice but it's a staged show and not a real slice of the rich movers & shakers of Dallas "

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  9. Ouch, ouch and ouch...the truth hurts!!

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  10. This joke of a Show will be cancelled soon enough, lol

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  11. hahaha Love of the haters because you sure will not miss one episode and will rant in envy for not being part of it! hahaha love you guys.... The combo of all these women will be so intense yet some of them truly embarrasing which you will know right away. Yes Dana got the Boot. and a few too many not so rich. this is going to be ten ime funnier and entertaining than Dallas Divas. I hope they don't try to "abuse" Pamela too much She is so funny and says it like she sees it. Also probably the only one that is involved In Dallas charities .

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  12. I thought Melissa was a secretary at Energy Resource Tech? and Connie is a millionaire from selling rich peoples used clothing?? And they were so desperate for cast eemmbers they had to get connie's out of town cousin with NO daughter...no it's not Divas and Daughters, is it? Nor is it big and rich. What exactly does Pam do for charity? Will we really see any of that on the show? I won't because I won't watch a single episode of this cast of wannabe's making Dallas look bad. Last post doesn't even know the woman's name, yet laughs! maybe should re-read Dallas Morning News story on her....

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  13. Deceptive is as deceptive does. We got first hand experience with this show and have been waiting for it to come out just to see if a specific scene makes it into one of the episodes. We signed a release as extras, so the show has the right to air it, however I am 100% sure that it will be taken out of context and will not portray my daughter or myself honestly or in the best light which is ok because I have a pretty good sense of humor. It's like quoting lines from the bible, you really aught to know what happened leading up to the event as well as after. Let’s just say that what happened before was completely inappropriate where minors are involved. I for one was there and know the truth of the matter and am proud of my daughter for standing up to the production crew. I would like to say that the women and girls from the cast that we did meet were very nice people. We did have the opportunity to talk to a few of them. I have come to the conclusion that while I would not willingly want to participate in something such as a reality TV program again, the people that choose to do so probably have underlying reasons why they might choose to. I wanted to say to Maddie's mom how impressed I was upon meeting Maddie. Even though I only met her the once I must say that she showed a great deal of poise, grace, and sportsmanship toward someone she didn't even know. With out giving away any pertinent information, I am not fond of any of the reality TV shows that thrive on DRAMA, I have enough of that in my every day life with out a production crew creating it. By the way, it was the production crew and not the cast that created drama where there really wasn't or shouldn't have been any. With that being said, ladies I just hope you are being paid well and just remember to not take it too seriously. I can’t!

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  14. Whitney Whatley a rich Dallas socialite?? What a joke! I've known this loser since high school in Lewisville. Let me summarize her 23 years of accomplishments: At least 2 abortions (she learned that birth control method from her mom), in trouble for drugs since junior high, several rehab attempts (her parents have to random test her even now cause she can't stay off the stuff), arrested in Texas and fled to Florida, had to go back to Whitata Falls to live with Grandparents because her own mother didn't want her. She has been with most of the losers of Lewisville and Whitata Falls. Someone should look up the clan out there. You could get even more stuff on Bon Blossman during her trailer park queen days out there. I can't believe the Style Network didn't do any checks on this cast. If this is Big Rich Texas, then we are all in trouble.

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  15. How many loser chicks have CU*T tatooed on their foot since they were 17? Only one I know is named Whitney.

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  16. This is a waste of time...no they are NOT from money, have no money and no one I know has EVER heard of them...NEXT

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  17. Why is everyone so negative and hateful? This is a "TV show"!!! It is meant for entertainment and I guess they have already entertained the people on this blog for you to go out of your way and make comments that make yourself sound worse than the cast you are bashing. Pretty sad when you hate someone so much that you spend time in your day to type comments about them.

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  18. I'm with the "Anonymous" comment posted above. Shouldn't we wait until the show actually airs and you have something specific to comment on. Then you can start throwing the mud.

    Take it for what it is. Just fun.

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  19. Well, it is supposed to be a reality or "docu-series", isn't it? that doesn't mean its a regular TV show, it means it's supposed to be "reality"!. TV shows a scropted for entertainment,and everyoeen knows it. this is a network trying to pull the wool over the publics eyes, like we won't know any better! if you're going to write a Tv show, give us some real actors, please!!!

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  20. Isn't Whitney now doing one of the producers?

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  21. Just a FYI, that I have turned off "Anonymous" comments. If you want to talk smack, don't hide in the shadows.

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  22. Leslie's house is BEAUTIFUL ...lease or not...is it in on the golf course at the country club?...I sure would like to in that neighbor hood....and I think Pam would too...if anyone knows do tell.....we may as well all fake it..lol

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