For “The Real Housewives,” (alleged) crime pays, and viewers will see that phenomenon play out once more on the upcoming season of “The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City,” which has its premiere on Bravo Sunday night.
As the newest entry in the “Real Housewives” multiverse, “Salt Lake City” hit the ground running in its first season last year, with its cozy, snowy scenery in wonderful contrast to its combative cast. The show is making the most of what promises to be its central plotline: cast member Jen Shah’s catastrophic legal woes. Earlier this week, perhaps to assure “Real Housewives” viewers of its commitment to this story, Bravo released the opening scene of the episode online.
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The strategy succeeded in stoking the fanbase, who will need to fill the hole left by the current season of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” which is drawing to a close after nearly four months of riveting television, courtesy of the spectacle of Erika Girardi’s financial and legal miseries. Erika, so careful with her own image, has become human before our eyes because of the immense pressure she’s under due to the forced bankruptcy of her estranged husband, Tom. Erika has wept, she has looked ill, she has hissed threats at her castmates. And with those vicissitudes, “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” has become a spellbinding “Succession”-like drama with an all-female cast.
And viewers love it. The most recent episode hit a high…