Yesterday, the two highest-rated news channels in the OKC metro – KWTV News 9 and KFOR News Channel 4 – aired reports claiming the reality trash hit “The Real Housewives” would be filming a season in Oklahoma City. The two stories are virtually identical. In fact, they’re so similar I was able to mash them into one story:
Watch out America, because the next series of the popular “Real Housewives” reality TV shows could be happening right here in Oklahoma City.
Today was the by invitation only casting call for a new installment of “The Real Housewives”. This time instead of New Jersey or Beverly Hills, It’s right here in Oklahoma City.
A local production company is already in talks with producers at Bravo, which is the network that has launched six “Real Housewives” series since 2006 including Beverly Hills, New York and Atlanta. Thursday was the first day producers started screening potential housewives in Oklahoma.
“There have been so many times in my life I have said, ‘Oh, my gosh. My life should be sitcom,'” said Eva Aranda, a potential ‘Real Housewife.’ “So when this came up, I said, ‘You see, my life could be a sitcom.'”
And this may be Aranda’s big break. She and several women met at the Gaillardia Country Club to be screened for the “Real Housewives of Oklahoma City” reality TV show.
One by one, women hand-picked from well-known families sat in the hot seat and showed the camera why they should be one of the next Real Housewives of Oklahoma City. Los Angeles producer Annette Colbert – Latham pitched the idea to Bravo.
“I think they’re elegant. They’re wonderful women. They’re showing the best side of Oklahoma City,” said Colbert-Latham, Executive Producer of the ‘Real Housewives Of Oklahoma City.’ “They’re socially connected. They’re very wealthy and more importantly, they have a lot of things on the ball and also own their own firms. Some are millionaires, multimillionaires and even billionaires.”
Colbert-Latham’s team plans to put together their video of the group in the next couple of weeks and send it off to Bravo to see if the show will be picked up. The second round of screen tests will take place Friday again at Gaillardia from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Latham wants women who have made names for themselves.
“You can expect to see some real drama, we are very real here, and nobody puts up facades, and nobody tries to be something they’re not,” said Carol Hefner, a potential ‘Real Housewife,’ whose married to Robert Hefner IV and has five children.
Hefner’s family is responsible for Lake Hefner and Hefner Parkway, and she once ran for the State Senate.
So there you have it. The Real Housewives of Oklahoma City is coming to town. There’s no need to get a quote from Bravo or vet the mysterious “Los Angeles producer Annette Colbert – Latham.” She has cameras, a couple of credits on IMDB, and wealthy local housewives at her disposal. Therefore, everything she said must be 100% legitimate and this is in no way an elaborate ruse or scam. Nothing to see here. Move along.
Well, not exactly.
We did a little research, and this whole thing smells as fishy as a bass from the lake Carol Hefner’s family allegedly built, and instead of exposing the publicity stunt / possible scam for what it is, our two biggest news channels fell for it hook, line and sinker.
Here are two things that make us feel this way:
1. Bravo is denying any involvement in the show. Check out what Andy Cohen, the face of the network, tweeted last night:
The two women above – Mean Dueweke (L) and Deeda Payton (R) – both made the top five of last year’s 20 Hottest Women in the Oklahoma City Media, but they moved away to other markets. Who will step up and replace them? I guess that’s what we’re going to find out, but before we do, let’s review the rest of the list:
20. Courtney Francisco
19. Meg Alexander
18. Abigail Ogle
17. Lisa Monahan
16. Lauren Nelson
15. Danielle Dupuy
14. Bobbie Miller
13. Tiffany Tatro
12. Ashley Kringen
11. Michelle Apon
10. Jessica Schambach
9. Maggie Stokes
8. Kim Passoth
7. Emily Sutton
6. Kisha Henry
Out of all the years we’ve run this feature, this batch of hotties may be the toughest to rank. It kind of reminds me of this year’s NBA Draft. There’s no clear-cut number one, and a player you get at 12 may be just as good as the top pick. I guess it all depends on team needs, upside, and taste.
Anyway, here’s the Top 5:
The girl pictured above is Siera Santos. We learned yesterday that she works for Channel 9. We learned this because she told us.
@TheLostOgle I've been at KWTV for just over a month. I'm the new sports utility girl (reporter/photog/producer/Dean Blevin's handler).
— Siera Santos (@SieraSantos) June 25, 2013
1. In Siera’s defense, I doubt she’s read the Dean Blevins section of the News 9 Employee Handbook. Therefore, she probably had no clue how funny that tweet was.
2. We’re pretty critical of Dean at times, but lets give credit where credit is due. He’s shown remarkable improvement at hiring reporter/photog/producer/ handlers. He’s gone from being handled by Toby Rowland and Mark Rodgers to Miss Central Phoenix. That’s quite remarkable.
3. That sound you just heard was Dean Blevin’s wife picking up the phone.
Since we just learned about Siera this week, she regrettably did not make this year’s list of the 20 Hottest Women in the OKC. If she’s able to tough things out in OKC for another year or two, and go swimming and eat pizza with us, there’s a good chance you’ll see her in our future ratings.
The guy pictured above is KOCO’s Morgan Chesky. Why I am publishing a picture of his handsome man face, Zack Morris hair and super chin in a post about the 20 Hottest Women in the OKC media? Check out this email he sent us in late 2012 before he started work at KOCO:
Patrick, Clark, and Tony,
Greetings from Austin. Stumbled across Lost Ogle and wanted to touch base on an upcoming move to OKC.
Just accepted a weekend anchor role at KOCO where I’ll start January 7th.
Know y’all cover a little bit of everything, but wanted to pass on my contact info should any news/media story arise.
Weekend Anchor, KOCO News
That was professional and swell I guess, but here’s the deal. If you’re a man and have an androgynous name and send an email like that to a bunch of male bloggers, please go out of your way to let them know you’re a dude, otherwise those bloggers are going to think you’re a chick, google your name, and then be tremendously grossed out and disappointed. Seriously, it doesn’t have to be much. Maybe include a reference to “grabbing beers,” “playing golf” or “hitting up a strip club.”
Anyway, here are the 15th, 14th, 13th, 12th, and 11th Hottest Women in the Oklahoma City News Media. You can view 20 – 16 by clicking here.
Welcome to our annual ranking of the 20 Hottest Women in the Oklahoma City News Media. We originally wanted to post this list in May, but then the tornado happened, an Oklahoman reporter was arrested, another tornado happened, and some weatherman told people to flee the storm. I guess you can say it was a busy and terrible month.
Because 90% of the Internet is filled with perverted lonely men or judgemental bitter women, this is one of our most anticipated annual features. When we started the series in 2008, it was done more as a joke and to provide satirical commentary on that vanity and state of TV news. It’s still kind of works that way, but now people seem to care about the list and we have to take it semi-seriously. That means I had to spend four hours of my weekend on Facebook callously judging and scrutinizing the hottest reporters and anchors this town has to offer. And I did it all for you, the TLO reader.
Before we get to the 2013 rankings, let’s take a look at the ladies from 2012 who have either moved away or left the media. This year we went all out and made a creepy “In Memoriam” tribute video for them.
That was sweet.
Today we’re going to review 20 – 16. Overall, there some new names and faces on (and off) this year’s list. We didn’t even know a lot these ladies existed until this past weekend. That probably means we’re either slipping, growing up, or depended too much on an apparent stalker to deliver us updates on hot anchors and reporters. It has to be one of the three.
Here we go:
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