By Victoria Uwumarogie
Would you watch Caribbean Wives of South Florida? You already watch every installment of the Real Housewives franchise and every other “Wives” show that there is, but you haven’t seen anything like this.
A major reason for a show like this to be made, according to those behind it, is because reality shows set in Florida (like Real Housewives of Miami) really don’t show or represent the true demographics of the state like they should. Maxine Tulloch, the woman behind Tulloch Media Communications, which is producing the show, elaborates on this lack of diversity in an interview with Vibe:
“South Florida is not just Hispanics. When you look at the demographics on people from the Caribbean, there are just as many of us.”
According to the New York Daily News, the show ”looks at the triumphs, trials and tribulations of marriage, careers, raising their children and cultural challenges in America.” The show has women straight from all over the Caribbean, including Jamaica, Haiti, Grenada, the Dominican Republic, and more.
Tulloch and company say the show is entertaining, but respectful to the Caribbean culture, as to not portray the women in too negative of a light. As she told the Daily News:
“It’s different because there is nothing like it — Hollywood wants the high drama, the fights, the ridiculous conflicts, shock behavior — we bring none of that to the production. Yes, there are conflicts, but they are played out differently, the Caribbean way, with class and dignity; our culture dictates how we behave and it is shown in our production — we are different, America has never seen the Caribbean in its true form. In this production, we expressed the culture as best as possible.”
There will be an actual screening and red carpet premiere of the show in Manhattan on Friday, Nov. 15 (at Hunter College’s Kaye Playhouse from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. if you’re in NYC). If all goes well with the pilot, the show should be joining the throng of reality shows out right now (and we all know there are a bit too many). But will it be worth the watch? After checking some of it out, I don’t see any physical altercations or major messy drama, but the women do have quite the catty moments. Check out a preview of the show below and let us know if you think cameras should be following these ladies.