Hating/Loving the Southern Belles

Just watched that Southern Belles premiere, and it’s really hard to decide which of the five girls is the least likeable.

Though it really has to be Shea, the rich one who is attempting to coerce her boyfriend Jeff into buying a $250K engagement ring by flying him up to Chicago to shop on a private jet. Shea later considers a charity event she’s in charge of a disaster when the event doesn’t raise enough money and Jeff dances with another woman. Oh, and when she gets a diamond supplier to provide jewelry for all the gals, gets her feelings hurt when Emily doesn’t want to wear them.

Shea’s father is Dr. John Johnson, a surgeon. He’s rich. And he doesn’t appear to amused with his daughter’s shenanigans. “It’s nice to have an extra credit card…” she says.

Yea, she’s hard to take, but then there’s our own media darling Emily, who is seen at dinner with her parents talking about her hair and how much she wants to rebel and get away from there. (In previews of next week’s show, she fights with them about moving to Las Vegas). Dad Rich is quoted saying she’s a daddy’s worst nightmare. She talks of being a media mogul, and gets Terry Meiners on the show when she does an interview at WHAS.

It might be Kellie, who complains that as a divorced woman she’s not accustomed to living in such slummy straits.  She gets drunk at the charity event. She also says she wants to make her own money, even though our sources tell us that last fall she turned down a $1.5 million settlement offer from her real estate mogul husband (no one’s saying who that is) because it wasn’t enough.

The show’s billed as a modern-day Sex and the City, but it’s hard to believe these gals would actually hang out together. Maybe there will be some nice catfights in future shows.

But at least the show has a lot of pretty local scenery, high production values and we just won’t be able to keep from watching.