9 Things You Didn’t Know About Bravo’s Southern Charm
Southern Charm is one of the more unique reality TV shows on air right now. It debuted on Bravo back in 2014 and after four successful seasons has led to several spin-offs including Southern Charm Savannah, Southern Charm New Orleans and RelationShep. Southern Charm focuses on southern culture and politics as it follows the professionals and personal lives of several socialites in Charleston, South Carolina, many of whom are from prominent American families. While we wait for news of a fifth season, here’s a look at 9 things you probably didn’t know about the show!
9. Creative Force
Many fans might not know this but Southern Charm star Whitney Sudler-Smith was actually the creative force behind the show. He was the one who pitched the show to Bravo after partnering with Haymaker Productions. When asked about the concept behind the series, Whitney said: “I think the idea was a little Downton Abbey, a little bit of Gone With the Wind, a little bit of The Bachelor and a little bit of Animal House.”
8. Thomas Ravenel
Show creator Whitney was introduced to Thomas Ravenel through his mother, Patricia Altschul. They met at a party around the holidays and shared an immediate connection. Ravenel has easily become the star of the show. He comes from one of the most influential families in Charleston. Not only that but he has political baggage. A big part of his storyline in season 1 was his 2007 public scandal when he pleaded guilty to “conspiring to buy and distribute less than 100 grams of cocaine” and was sentenced to serve 10 months in a federal prison. As a result of his conviction, he was forced to resign from office. “Basically, he was totally ostracized and a lightening rod. I found him incredibly amusing, I just thought, something should be done with this person,” said Whitney.