THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF MELBOURNE
REALITY, 8.30PM, ARENA
The bit of bogan in these Melbourne housewives sets them apart from their US counterparts in this Australian take on the reality franchise. The first episode introduces Andrea Moss, Chyka Keebaugh, Gina Liano, Jackie Gillies, Janet Roach and Lydia Schiavello and leaves little time for catfights. These women aren’t ladies of leisure. Most work bloody hard running their own businesses. The show strains to make Melbourne as glamorous as Beverly Hills, New York and Miami but doesn’t quite convince. Janet “Botox me baby” Roach is a hoot.