Much to the chagrin and dismay of many local folks, Bravo TV show “Southern Charm” debuted last night. For those of you unfamiliar with this “reality” show, “Southern Charm” goes behind the walls of Charleston, South Carolina’s most aristocratic families to reveal a world of exclusivity, money and scandal that goes back generations according to the Bravo website description. It goes on to say “viewers will see them launch political careers, build businesses, break hearts, and chase true love — all while struggling to preserve their family names. Because in Charleston, you’re only as good as your last garden party and one social screw-up can taint generations to come.”
There you have it. And after watching last night’s episode, I’m hooked. This is some bad, bad tv! And I can’t wait to see what happens next. It certainly does not paint the aristocracy of Charleston in a very good light and that has upset some of the natives. It features former state treasurer and bon vivant/convicted felon Thomas Ravenel Jr., along with a cast of nobodies with some links to old Charleston. It is a classic guilty pleasure and is on Bravo Monday nights at 10pm so take a look and see what you think and who you might recognize. There are some nice shots of the Charleston landscape which might be the only redeeming aspect of this dreck.
For a more complete review of last night’s episode from the hometown newspaper, click here: http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20140304/PC16/140309788/1177/review-first-episode-of-southern-charm-not-so-charming