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Meet ‘Real Housewives’ king, Andy Cohen


Think you know everything there is to know about the Real Housewives franchise? Andy Cohen knows more.

As Bravo’s Executive Vice President of Development and Talent, he is the person responsible for overseeing the casts and sussing out new raving maniacs, um, affluent, attractive women.

If the Housewives isn’t a big enough job, Cohen also serves as executive producer on Top Chef and hosts celebrity chat show Watch What Happens Live. No wonder he has an on-set bar.

In the midst of Cohen’s busy schedule, he’s managed to fit in an appearance 7:30 p.m. Monday at The University of Miami’s School of Communication in conjunction with Books & Books. He’ll talk about his 2012 memoir, Most Talkative: Stories from the Front Lines of Pop Culture, now out in paperback.

Info: BankUnited Center Fieldhouse, 1245 Dauer Drive, on UM’s Coral Gables campus. Tickets free for UM students, faculty, and staff. The general public can obtain a voucher for entry with book purchase by contacting Books & Books, 305-442-4408 or RSVP: Seating is limited. Ticket does not guarantee entry.

If the shoe fits

In related news: The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills just wrapped up its season with big questions as to who will and won’t return and who, if anyone, will replace the castoffs. One rumor suggested that former Miami resident Lisa Pliner, wife of shoe designer Donald, would possibly be making her West Coast Housewives debut on RHOBH’s next season.

The Pliners left for Los Angeles last April. Those who watched Miami’s second season may recall a cameo at Pliner’s gigantic former Star Island estate, site of much feigned female drama unrelated to the hosts. Just because Pliner wasn’t involved in on camera drama doesn’t mean she wasn’t involved off camera. So if the shoe fits, why not take your drama to Beverly Hills? After all, Adrienne Maloof is gone and “friends of the Housewives” Marisa Zanuck and Faye Resnick reportedly are, too. So there are a few slots, supposedly, into which Pliner, who was seen lunching at The Ivy with Housewives’ lite Camille Grammer, may fit.

Bravo had no comment on this rumor, but Pliner quashed it immediately, saying that although she did meet with producers, it’s a no-go. “I’m not going to do it. I don’t want to be targeted like these women. They’d tear me apart like vultures! Beverly Hills Housewives needs someone who’s been in L.A. for a long time. I’m still new and no drama.”

We’ll see how long it takes before she sells her soles to the Bravo devil.

Lucky break

If all this talk of reality TV is making you lose your last meal, try your chance on being on an actual television show with talented, professional actors. Go to for your chance to win a cameo on USA Network’s Burn Notice. The process works similar to a charity raffle: The site allows anyone to enter to win by donating just $5; proceeds go to benefit City School West Adams, a charter in L.A.

As if Hollywood fame isn’t enough, your day on set will wrap with an evening of wining and dining with the cast and writers of the show.

Madeleine Marr & Lesley Abravanel

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