The Hulu original series The Hotwives of Orlando went live yesterday and if you’re not already binge-watching this amazing reality TV spoof, I don’t know what’s wrong with you. This show is perfect for people who love the Real Housewives, but it’s also perfect for people who hate them. Mostly, it’s just perfect. It stars Casey Wilson (RIP Happy Endings), Angela Kinsey (The Office) and Kristen Schaal (30 Rock), along with many other familiar faces from Comedy Central, UCB and Funny Or Die. Basically, it’s a who’s who of the current comedy world, each pretending to be some of the most iconic Real Housewives and house-husbands from the Bravo TV franchise.
So, who are these “Hotwives”?
Casey Wilson stars as Tawney St. John, a mash-up of Real Housewives of Orange County‘s Tamra Barney and Gretchen Rossi. I also see some Kim Zolciak in there. Tawney’s wealthy, oblivious husband may or may not be dying, but Tawney doesn’t seem to know for sure – probably because she’s spending too much time with her hot trainer. P.S. Her hot trainer is played by NKOTB’s Joey McIntyre.
Andrea Savage plays Veronica Von Vandervon (definitely the best character name on the show) who’s largely based on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills‘ Lisa Vanderpump, with a dash of RHONY‘s Sonja Morgan thrown in. Veronica loves to dress up her dog and talk about her vagina.
Kristen Schaal is Amanda Simmons, based almost entirely on RHOBH star Kim Richards. Amanda is a washed-up child star with a severe drug and alcohol problem. Probably no comedian out there truly commits to a role like Kristen Schaal and boy, she throws herself into this one.
Angela Kinsey plays Crystal Simmons, Amanda’s older sister. She takes on the Kyle Richards role of sanctimonious sister, but she’s largely based former RHOC cast member, Jesus Jugs herself, Alexis Bellino. Crystal is an airhead, a religious zealot and an aspiring weather girl. Also, props to Seth Morris, who plays her controlling husband.
Danielle Schnieder is Shauna Maducci, the perfect parody of Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice. Shauna is an overspending shopaholic who only “wants the best” for her slew of children, but she’s seemingly unaware that her husband is bankrupt. Shauna also has a propensity toward violence.
Finally, Tymberlee Hill plays Phe Phe Reed, a combination of NeNe Leakes and Phaedra Banks from the Real Housewives of Atlanta. Phe Phe is known for speaking her mind (“I gotta be Phe Phe!”) and her large number of entrepreneurial endeavors. Not going to lie, but Phe Phe might actually be my favorite.
The Hotwives of Orlando is available in its entirety on Hulu right now and I cannot recommend it enough. I am not getting paid for this (although honestly, I will always take money. Casey Wilson, call me!) I am just truly a huge fan. It’s hilarious. My favorite part of the series is probably in episode three, where Veronica has a dinner party/séance. Crystal brings along her friend, the “Ghost Shouter,” who smokes at the table and shouts at dead people. If you know anything about the dinner party from hell, this will make you laugh until you cry.
Have you watched the Hotwives of Orlando yet? Who is your favorite?