The Winners and Losers of 'The Real Housewives'

What new "Housewives" can learn from Teresa's fails and Bethenny's wins.

ByABC News
September 2, 2010, 3:23 AM

Sept. 2, 2010 — -- 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.