TV Time: Real Housewives of Vancouver

Noa Glow | May 2012

Photo: CNW Group/Shaw Media

Last month’s premiere of Shaw Media’s newest reality series marked the first time many of us were formally introduced to Christina Kiesel, Reiko MacKenzie, Jody Claman, Mary Zilba and Ronnie Seterdahl Negus—the Real Housewives of Vancouver.

But, as Vancouverites settled in to watch the first episode April 4, some realized they’d seen these glam gals before, taping at ritzy locales likes the Room at the Bay, the Loden Hotel, Coast Restaurant and Tableau Bar Bistro and the Commune Cafe.

“A friend and I went to get our nails done at a salon in West Van, but they told us Housewives was shooting,” says one viewer. “We didn’t get our manicures.”

There will undoubtedly be many more opportunities to spot familiar places around town as the show plays out on Slice this season. Shaw also promises to reveal “intimate and often outrageous details” about the housewives’ careers, families and sex lives. Here’s what we knew about each cast member as of press time:

<Christina, twice divorced, loves to travel (she’s visited over 30 countries in the last four years) and finds women to be “competitive and backstabbing.”

<Jody, single mom of three, calls herself “Martha Stewart on acid.” She owns a high-end clothing boutique and is founder of a charitable organization to help fight hunger on the Downtown Eastside.

<Mary, who put her singing career on hold to have kids, has re-set her sights on the spotlight. She’s also dating again after a bitter divorce, and “isn’t impressed with the crop of single men available in Vancouver.”

<Reiko, a self-described “adrenaline junkie with a need for speed,” studies mixed martial arts and collects exotic sports cars (including two Ferraris valued at $1 million) with her venture capitalist hubby.

<Ronnie owns four homes side-by-side in a gated West Van community, a 200-acre vineyard, a private jet and a yacht; she says she loves a good party almost as much as a good secret.