The BRAVO and Discovery cable TV networks announced Wednesday that the stars of the popular "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" series will appear in a special season of the "Naked and Afraid" show, wherein contestants agree to spend up to 21 days enduring hardships of every kind without simple clothing or shelter. According to the statement issued by Discovery, the merger will "revolutionize" the reality TV industry, as well as provide "high level entertainment with stars you know and love".
In typical episodes, Naked and Afraid participants arrive at a remote location- most often in a tropical, jungle setting- and are paired with a stranger of the opposite sex. The duo are then videoed by the camera crew as they attempt to set up a primitive shelter, obtain sanitary drinking water, find food, and endure a range of hardships from insect bites to harsh weather over a 3 week timespan- all while lacking any clothing or survival training. They are entitled to bring one tool each to help them succeed, and most opt for some kind of fire starter, cooking pot, or hunting tool. The process is made yet more challenging by the need to work together through very difficult circumstances.
As no contestants in the history of the show have been more poorly-equipped to make it to the end of the 21 days than the beloved Housewives, the producers of the show opted to give each the ability to bring an extra tool. They also staged the show on Waimanu Beach in Hawaii to help the ladies along, assuming that the agreeable climate and close proximity to white wine kiosks would ease their suffering.
The staff of Leaks and Scallions were given an extensive sneak preview of the upcoming season. Here are some highlights that we were allowed to share:
Partners Brandi Glanville and Lisa Rinna arranged to have their personal trainers each be one of their two "tools" for the show, which proved beneficial on the first night when, having no shelter, they crafted a makeshift blanket out of the naked males.
Kyle Richards started the season partnered with her sister, Kim Richards, but after 2 hours and several glasses of Zinfandel the two began arguing about which one had said the more unkind thing about the other's [naked] body type, and which apology had or had not been sincere. They were separated, whereupon both became deeply reflective and promised to learn from the experience.
Reality TV mogul Lisa Vanderpump became confused on the first day when she realized that she would be partnered with neither a circus of undertrained twenty-something sociopathic restaurant employees nor a circus of undertalented forty-something sociopathic socialites. Surprisingly, the camera crew was able to calm her frayed nerves by backing her into a corner and spraying her with a hose of cold ocean water and then forcing her to eat a goddam Subway sandwich.
Eileen Davidson was able to use her two tools (a mirror and an American Express card) to make pretty patterns in the sand before she 'tapped out' within the first 16 minutes of the show.
Only Yolanda Hadid was able to make it past the second night, and impressively went on to complete the full 21 day challenge after she fashioned a lean-to shelter using a dildo and shawl, and spent the rest of her days perfecting her fake Dutch accent.
Amazingly, none of the contestants complained of hunger or lack of water as they were surprisingly accustomed to eating next to nothing and drinking wine to stay hydrated.
After the show's completion, both BRAVO and the Discovery channel plan to air a "Reunion" episode wherein they will re-broadcast the few moments of substantive entertainment from the previous 19 episodes and ask the assembled (now-clothed) Housewives to comment. As has become customary for such events, the Housewives reportedly spent the first half of the show squabbling over who was a better friend to who and whether or not she is a bitch, and then professed their deep love for each other, cried a bit, drank some more wine, and complemented Andy for his hard work, compassion, and ability to exploit lavishly wealthy, shamelessly self-involved narcissists for personal gain.