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“Real Housewives” vs. “Working Housewives”

Westchester housewives vie for a spot in the reality TV world.

Potential “Real Housewife” castmate thinks that a local spinoff of the Bravo series would just serve as an imposter.

“It’s a cheap knock-off,” said Wald, owner of, of "Working Housewives of Westchester."

Working Housewives of Westchester” is a pilot being independently created by Rye resident, actress and children’s novelist Mary Amy and her partner Paul Moore—a photographer from Rye. The pilot hasn't been picked up yet, and the duo plan to pitch to “any and all” television stations.

"We’re winging it and making it work," said Amy, a 40-something mother of three who grew up in Larchmont.

Amy, who will appear in her pilot as a housewife, says she wanted to take a slightly different approach from the usual hair-pulling and cocktail-throwing women viewers are used to seeing in the Bravo "Real Housewives" series. 

“I thought it was a positive approach. These ladies have children, they have their own business or are working in a serious field,” said Amy. “How are they doing that, plus being married? I just thought it would be interesting to see how these women succeed, work through their problems and help each other problem solve.”

Amy interviewed 75 local women through a Craigslist casting call, and selected nine to film—including Pelham resident Cheri Corso, a former model and mother of two.

Corso is also the creator of a line of organic and Reiki-charged nail care products called G2organics—sold in in Pelham where she got her hair and make-up done Tuesday morning before the first shoot for the “Working Wives of Westchester."

“She’s got a great personality,” said Adrienne Brini, manger at Nicholas Day Spa. “She’s the typical 6-foot blonde bombshell. She wore a screaming red Valentino gown to the shoot. She’s just so easy to work with.”

After getting all dolled up, Corso and the other eight ladies headed to a photo shoot held at the Wainright House—a spiritual and holistic center in Rye, which had the USA show “Royal Pains” recently film on site for a week.  

Amy said the nine women—who also include Alyssa Dweck of Chappaqua, Melissa Cass of Irvington, Jene Luciani of White Plains, Pamela Gill Alabaster of Pelham, Kahleen Rozowsky of Rye, Eunie Han of Rye, and Lisa Avellino of Scarsdale—might not all make it into the pilot.

“We’ll film each of our lives, and through the editing process find out who is the most interesting,” said May. “They’re all wonderful, lovely very intelligent women.”

Paula July 03, 2011 at 12:11 AM
I don't mean to be negative about any ot=f these women personally. I'm sure they are all sincere. It's just that so many women are "Working housewives", including the maids, nannies and home health care workers in the suburban homes, who do their job anbd then go home and take care of whatever husband or kids they have of their own. It's more about the selection process of the producer. I'll probably watch it once just to see Wainwright on TV - it's very pretty there. I just don't get the whole reality TV thing. It sure saves a lot in costs for writers and set designers, though. I hope none of these women get burned or embarrassed in the end. I think that producers usually want some kind of strife or tension shown somewhere and someone always ends up looking bad.
ilad July 12, 2011 at 07:12 PM
Paula, You're rambling.
Paula July 12, 2011 at 08:51 PM
And ilad, you're as condescending as this selection process is to working housewives,
J. Cattano July 12, 2011 at 09:36 PM
I just can't see parading my children and my dirty laundry on National television. Not fair to the kids and certainly not worth the payoff - memories are forever...
Lori Robinson July 17, 2011 at 02:40 PM
Yes, that's her!

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