Like bobble-headed dandelions in the garden of stars, they're cropping up all over the place: in the nation's capital, in Beverly Hills, in any place where McMansions rise and plastic surgery thrives.
They, of course, are the women of "The Real Housewives," Bravo's uber-successful franchise of shows documenting what happens when middle-aged wannabe celebrities stop acting polite and start fighting for fame.
This week, Bravo unveiled footage of the upcoming "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills," featuring Camille Grammer, the soon-to-be ex-wife of actor Kelsey Grammer. The 90210 edition also features a British restaurateur who can't be without her live-in, gay, personal trainer, a tiny dog named Giggy and so much collagen that the casts' lips could probably serve as life preservers.
It's fitting, because as past seasons of "The Real Housewives" have shown, it's not hard to go under when the drama heats up. A few of the "Real Housewives" have emerged from the show stronger and with more star power; most haven't been so lucky.
Below, a round up of the winners and losers of "The Real Housewives." Beverly Hills newbies, take note:
Sure, the catfighting and crying that are as crucial to "The Real Housewives" franchise as curling irons and concealer bring out the worst in everyone. But the reputations of three women have taken a beating more than the others.
Take Teresa Giudice -- during this week's "Real Housewives of New Jersey" reunion, she let a bad attitude get the best of her, telling castmate Danielle Staub, "You're a pig. Look at yourself, you're disgusting," before hurling expletives at Staub and shoving everyone in sight. Her season one dinner table-flipping freak out was bad -- this was worse. But more than her temper, Giudice's greed brought her down. Earlier this year, after going on a spending spree to outfit her sprawling 6-bedroom house, she and her husband filed for bankruptcy, revealing they were $11 million in debt.
Staub has suffered plenty during her "Real Housewives" reign too, though much of her pain was self-inflicted. First there was the season one revelation that she was arrested in 1986 on charges of drug possession and extortion and the rumor that she formerly worked for an escort service. This year, a sex tape starring Staub landed in the hands of Hustler, Inc. -- while Staub claims it was stolen, fellow Jersey "Housewife" Jacqueline Laurita tweeted in June, "Heard from a VERY reliable source that D released her OWN sex tape. Heard it's disgusting." None of this has stopped Staub from pursuing a questionable singing career and proclaiming that her lovers and haters haven't seen the last of her, whether or not she returns for a third "Real Housewives" run.
Michaele Salahi hasn't graced TV screens for a full season, but already, she has the caliber of critics most fame-mongers spend years trying to amass. The alleged White House party crasher got on Whoppi Goldberg's bad side during a backstage squabble on ABC's "The View" earlier this month after claiming Goldberg hit her and berated her with curses. (Goldberg maintained she never got physical with Salahi but refused to apologize for her use of "choice words.")