Kelsey Grammer's ex-wife among new "Housewives" cast

Wed Sep 1, 2010 5:27pm EDT
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By Zorianna Kit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The soon to be ex-wife of "Frasier" star Kelsey Grammer and a pair of Paris Hilton's aunts are among the women who make up the cast of the "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills."

The reality show, slated to premiere on U.S. cable network Bravo on October 14, follows the lives of well-connected women in the wealthy community of doctors, lawyers, business professionals and, of course, Hollywood stars. The cast was announced on Tuesday.

It follows in the line of similar "Real Housewives" shows that have taken place in U.S. locales such as Orange County, New York City, Atlanta, New Jersey and Washington D.C.

Grammer is arguably the best known castmember of the Beverly Hills housewives group, owing to her relationship with her actor husband, whom she is currently divorcing. The show began taping before the pair announced their breakup.

Other notables include Kim Richards -- a former child star who appeared in Disney's "Escape to Which Mountain" franchise during the 1970s -- who is the aunt of celebrity socialite's Paris and Nicky Hilton. Richards is joined on the show by her younger sister Kyle Richards, also an actress.

Also on board "Housewives" is Adrienne Maloof, whose family owns the Sacremento, California Kings basketball team and the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.

British designer/restaurant owner Lisa Vanderpump and consultant Taylor Armstrong and round out the cast.