Last year, they took Orlando by storm. In 2015, they’re off to Sin City. They’re the Hotwives, and as of August 18th, they have returned to Hulu for their second season.
Hotwives, which parodies the Real Housewives TV franchise, began in 2014 with The Hotwives of Orlando, which provided plenty of laughs and ultimately secured multiple nominations at the upcoming Streamy Awards. Season two is titled The Hotwives of Las Vegas, but while it may have a new setting, the show’s cast remains most intact. Casey Wilson, for example, portrays a trashy Southern belle named Jenfer Beudon after playing a “trophy wife” named Tawny St. John in season one. Series creators Dannah Phirman and Danielle Schneider also show up as two of the seven hotwives.
As with the web series Burning Love, Hotwives is a co-production between Paramount Digital and Abominable Pictures. Those two studios have developed a distinct flavor for their collaborations, and Hotwives is no exception. Its biting satire of reality TV stars will play well with genre fans, and its numerous guest stars provide a steady stream of entertainment. The first episode, for example, features “Weird Al” Yankovic and Keegan-Michael Key in ludicrous roles.
The most important thing Hotwives has in common with Paramount and Abominable’s other co-productions, however, is that it is very funny. I was a big fan of Hotwives’ first season, and the first two episodes of the new season show that the faux-Real Housewives formula is still going strong. Check back each Tuesday to catch the remaining five installments.