Picks and Pans Review: The Real Housewives of Atlanta

updated 10/13/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/13/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Bravo, Oct. 7, 9 p.m. ET

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Bravo is launching a third edition of its Real Housewives franchise, with a cast predominantly of African-American power ladies. In the premiere they lavish themselves with luxury goods—the episode climaxes with a party featuring a cake decorated to look like a Louis Vuitton bag—and gossip about the battles between Sheree and her nemesis, a live wire named NeNe. Amusing, as always, but isn't Bravo on the verge of suburban sprawl? Next up: The Real Housewives of New Jersey.

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