Bravo announces the cast of ‘Real Housewives of Dubai’ (TV News Roundup)

“The Real Housewives” is going international, and the first stop is Dubai. “The Real Housewives of Dubai” will premiere June 1 at 9 p.m. ET, Bravo announced Friday. The network also revealed the first promo for the franchise’s first official international iteration.

Dubai marks the 11th city in the “Housewives” franchise, and the first new one after the hit series “Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” premiered in 2020. “Dubai” was first announced in November, and according to Well done, it “follows a powerful group of lavish women as they lead business empires and expertly navigate a very exclusive social scene within this ultra-luxury billionaire playground…When new dynamics of group threaten longtime friendships, tensions inevitably reach a boiling point, so if you can’t stand the heat… Get out of Dubai.

Bravo announced that the cast will include Nina Ali, Chanel Ayan, Caroline Brooks, Dr. Sara Al Madani, Lesa Milan and Caroline Stanbury, who was previously a fan favorite from Bravo’s “Ladies of London.” Learn more about the cast and watch the promo below.

Nina Ali is a Lebanese-born, Texas-raised lifestyle content creator. She moved to Dubai in 2011 with her husband, Munaf, with whom she is raising three children. “Although she supports her husband’s lucrative business ventures, they have to decide if the penthouses and personal drivers are worth the many sacrifices,” Bravo says of Ali.

Chanel Ayan is dubbed “Dubai’s first black model”. She is “a glamorous socialite known for her elegance and enviable style,” in addition to being “a fashion and beauty expert,” according to Bravo. She balances motherhood while running a talent agency and launching her makeup and skincare business, and when she “comes up against demons from her past and present, she realizes she can’t can hide behind the seam for so long”.

Caroline Brooks was born in Boston to Honduran parents and is currently well known in the Dubai real estate world as “Caroline DXB”. “Self-taught and hyper-driven, she will use every relationship — including her ex-husband’s — to cement her and her son’s future,” Bravo says.

Dr. Sara Al Madani was born and raised in the United Arab Emirates, and started her first business at age 15. She has been divorced twice and is still looking for love.

Lesa Milan is originally from Jamaica and a former Miss Jamaica winner, and is currently a fashion designer and mother of three. She is “fiercely loyal” and always puts her family first. She is “proud of her luxury maternity fashion line Mina Roe” but fears she cannot balance the success of her brand with the demands of her personal life.

Caroline Stanbury is best known for her role in the former Bravo series “Ladies of London”. A former fashion designer and current mother of three, Stanbury found happiness in Dubai after her divorce and found love with former Real Madrid footballer Sergio Carallo. But Carallo is much younger than Stanbury, which offers its own set of challenges.

Truly Original is producing “The Real Housewives of Dubai” with Steven Weinstock, Glenda Hersh, Lauren Eskelin, Jamie Jakimo, Brandon Panaligan, Glenda N. Cox and Chelsey Stephens serving as executive producers. Andy Cohen is also an executive producer.

Also on today’s news:

FIRST LOOKS

Apple TV Plus has released a new trailer, an all-new Peanuts Earth Day special “It’s the Little Things, Charlie Brown,” premiering on the streaming platform Friday, April 15. The new special will feature an original song by singer-songwriter Ben Plis. The special is directed by Raymond S. Persi and produced by Craig Should, Bryan Schulz, Cornelius Uliano, Paige Braddock, Josh Scherba, Stephanie Betts, Amir Nasrabadi and Anne Loi. It is also produced by James Brown and Tim Smith. Additionally, the classic Peanuts special “It’s Arbor Day, Charlie Brown” is coming to Apple TV Plus on April 29.

PRODUCTION

Hundreds co-founder and president Ben Hundreds is set to host a new Tastemade show called “Big Appetite.” Co-produced by Tastemade and Family Style Fest, the show will premiere in the summer of 2022 and will feature hundreds of people exploring the intersection of food and art in Boston, Los Angeles and New York. The show will feature chefs, restaurateurs and artists and highlight the favorite shops, restaurants and galleries of hundreds of people in each of the cities. Hundreds is executive producing along with Darin Bresnitz of Tastemade, Miles Canares of Family Style Festival and Bobby Hundreds of The Hundreds. Jan Lashly is producer, Tiffany McNeil is creative director, and Chris Low is director of photography, with Bam and Rion Barcena overseeing graphics. Mary Agnes is the showrunner and director of the series.

DEVELOPMENT

Stone Village Television has acquired the film and television rights to Margot Douaihy’s upcoming crime thriller, “Scorched Grace.” The company plans to adapt the novel into a television series with Scott Steindorff, Dylan Russell and Zhara Astra to executive produce and Shannon Kobler to co-produce.

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