BY CHRISTINE DOLEN
Watching attractive, affluent “housewives” go about their business and get into cat fights has made for addictive, love-it-or-hate it reality television. Bravo and producer Scott Dunlop spun off five additional series from the original The Real Housewives of Orange County, focusing on the lives of big-personality gals in New York City, Atlanta, New Jersey, Beverly Hills and Miami.
That got Maxine Tulloch to thinking: Why am I not seeing Caribbean women on these shows?
Caribbean Wives of South Florida was born
What Tulloch has so far is a pilot that will be screened during a red-carpet evening at 7 p.m. Thursday at Cinema Paradiso in Fort Lauderdale. What she doesn’t have yet is a deal to turn the pilot into a series. But she believes in Caribbean Wives, so much so that she and husband Keith took out a $50,000 mortgage on their Miramar home to get the pilot made.
The women in the 'Caribbean Wives of South Florida' pilot are, from left, Carmel Moise, Terryann Ramirez, Cindia Azize, Dale DeFreitas, Kendra Z. Parker, Brigette Cadet-Young and Selines Silverio
“I was perturbed by The Real Housewives of Miami,” Tulloch says. “South Florida is not just Hispanics. When you look at the demographics on people from the Caribbean, there are just as many of us.”
Tulloch put out various casting calls, including two that aired on the Hot 105’s popular Tom Joyner Morning Show. She was swamped with hopefuls, and wound up with a diverse group of Caribbean women.
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