Which American setting will be the new Jersey Shore, capturing the hearts and minds of America in a slew of reality television? A&E seems to have thrown their chips in with Mark Wahlberg and Boston, MA (where Wahlberg is producing multiple new unscripted reality dramas). As for Bravo? Well, Bravo is setting up shop in Hotlanta.
Already home to 'The Real Housewives of Atlanta' (the highest-rated chapter of the franchise) and 'Don't be Tardy for the Wedding' (a spinoff of the former), Bravo has just pulled the trigger on two more unscripted reality series based in The Gate City. Having renewed Kim Zolciak's series for a second season and shortening the title to 'Don't be Tardy...,' Bravo will now make room for 'Married to Medicine' and 'Taking Atlanta.'
'Taking Atlanta' centers on young, hip working professionals determined to leave their mark on Atlanta's thriving social scene. The characters are ambitious locals who are breaking in to the fashion industry, hospitality, music and even real estate.
'Married to Medicine' will follow a group of educated, successful women (including doctors and the wives of doctors) who run Atlanta's world of medicine with style and southern flair. Just as Wahlberg's planned A&E series relies upon hard-nosed no-nonsense Boston femmes, 'Married to Medicine' seems to be putting all of its faith in the southern hospitality of Georgian ladies. I guess it's up to America to determine which group of women they'd rather watch.
'Don't Be Tardy...' will begin production on the second season in the coming weeks; Zolciak will be leaving 'The Real Housewives of Atlanta' in order to focus on 'Tardy' fulltime.