One of the latest entrants to the crew, "Mob Wives," features the wives and daughters of men said to be connected to organized crime.
PHOTOS: Top Celebrity Sex Scandals “She was more just a late night hookup after the club.
We were never in a boyfriend/girlfriend relationship. She was just a side thing, and we were cool like that so her boyfriend didn’t know,” Banks said.
These days she is all about the housewives and girlfriends shows and blogs about several of them. "Andy Cohen (executive vice president of original programming and development for Bravo, the home of the "Real Housewives" franchise) says it gives people a license to gossip and, of course, he's right," Koff said.
"Women and men gather together (on) blogs and discuss the show and their reactions to what plays out, but they also talk about their lives and form friendships as they follow the shows." "I also think women like to see how other women 'do it.' How they live their lives, their ups and downs." Michael Vulpo is a die-hard fan of reality TV and associate entertainment editor at Neon Tommy, a digital news site at the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.
If you're Natalie Didonato, you call him up and ask to help out.
South Philly's Didonato, the newest cast member on VH1's "Mob Wives," recruited rapper Meek Mill to help out in her own charitable offerings.
(CNN) -- The funny thing about reality shows built around housewives and girlfriends is that the men who made them such really aren't necessary.
Sure, the men often are present in storylines and some even seem to crave the attention as much as the "stars" of the series (we're looking at you, Simon from "The Real Housewives of New York City").
From VH1's new series "Mob Wives" to the "Real Housewives" franchise, girl power reigns in a subgenre of reality television that has taken the concept of over-the-fence gossip to a new level and into millions of households.