I have several key takeaways from “Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip,” a brave and inevitable experiment finally undertaken by Bravo in 2021. The network understands it’s become less of a cable channel and more of an international fashion lifestyle brand, which is great news for the bottom line of NBCUniversal as it tries to lure niche audiences to Peacock.
From the 2009 debut of “Watch What Happens Live” to “Play by Play” to “BravoCon,” executives have deliberately courted brand enthusiasts beyond casual viewers, fully aware their content engenders debate and speculation, both of which can be monetized in the era of niche programming and social media. It’s ESPN aimed straight at the fairer sex and our general interests.
“Ultimate Girls Trip” brings a collection