The Real Housewives of New York City

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10 p.m. Tuesday, March 4
Bravo

"The Real Housewives of New York" should be taken with a grain of salt, followed by a Pepto chaser.

With its tongue in cheek -- we can only hope -- this new seven-episode reality series from Bravo, a takeoff on the successful "The Real Housewives of Orange County," gets in there down and dirty and comes up with five women, each a social climber (is that term still used?), a purveyor of the superficial and a pretty good example of what happens to people when thoughts completely leave your head and take up residence in someone else's.

The five women profiled in this fascinating series tell us that New York and the Hamptons are the only places to live in the world. There you have private schools, social events that boggle your mind and schedule -- but you learn to cope with deciding which ones to attend -- and a piece of real estate that works diligently to tell everyone who you are, a point well taken.

All this adds up to the everyday lifestyles of the rich and not yet famous women here: Jill, Alex, Bethenny, Ramona and LuAnn. It's not important to know their last names, or the names of their significant others, because they are the new everywomen of the 21st century. For as much money and privilege they have that others will never see, they are extraordinarily ordinary.

And that is what makes these women perfect fodder for reality television. If they don't make you a little sad, then you'll know this series has succeeded with just the audience it needs. "Sex and the City," where art thou?
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