The hit Bravo reality show Southern Charm is heading even farther south tonight with the premiere of its first-ever spinoff series, Southern Charm Savannah. Those who love the original—which takes place in Charleston, South Carolina—will find Savannahequally addicting, thanks to the proven Bravo formula: manufactured drama, larger-than-life personalities, and (of course) a lot of alcohol. Below, a few things to know about the new show.
1. SOUTHERN CHARM SAVANNAH FOLLOWS SIX HEIRS AND SOCIALITES WHO CLAIM TO BE LIFELONG FRIENDS.
The cast includes Daniel Eichholz, a Jewish businessman whose family was involved in a major scandal; Ashley Borders, an actress, stylist, creative director and mother of one; Catherine Cooper, a Savannah native and quintessential southern belle; Hannah Pearson, an “out of towner” who grew up outside of Atlanta; Louis Oswald, an entrepreneur and Hannah’s boyfriend; and Lyle Mackenzie, a reformed bad boy who’s looking to settle down.
2. EACH CAST MEMBER HAS DEEP ROOTS IN THE COASTAL GEORGIA CITY.
For instance, Daniel Eichholz’s ancestors had prominent ties to the Revolutionary Wars and were among Georgia’s first Jewish settlers.
3. THE MOST BUZZED-ABOUT CHARACTER WILL INEVITABLY BE W. NELSON LEWIS.
In one particular scene, the recurring guest star and media strategist explains that his family has been described as “the Kennedys of Savannah.” Lewis also has a history of making headlines—he was arrested in 2010 for impersonating Georgia Rep. Jack Kingston (whom he previously interned for) and according to Page Six, he’s also claimed he was related to former Bank of America CEO Ken Lewis.
4. THEY HAVE NO PROBLEM REINFORCING SOUTHERN STEREOTYPES.
According to Catherine, a cast member whose grandmother is a Colonial Dame, “Everyone in Savannah is related. You have to be very careful who you kiss around here.”
5. THEIR SOUTHERN CHARM PREDECESSORS AREN’T CONVINCED SAVANNAH WILL DO THE SERIES JUSTICE.
In a teaser clip, Shep Rose—a star on the original Southern Charm—uses his cameo as an opportunity to make a dig at the newbies, exclaiming “Savannah! The ugly stepchild of Charleston!”