As the Internet hopes that Bravo will spin its deliciously horrific Housewives franchise offinto a Pentagonal direction, in response to cable-ready plot twists concerning one former C.I.A. director, Julia Roberts has been announced as the executive producer of a new housewives-themed series. Alas, it will not air on Bravo, presumably will not feature any housewife-on-housewife lingerie-party violence, and, most regrettably, will not host annual reunions refereed by Andy Cohen.
Instead, the actress is one of the driving forces behind a “light drama” that Lifetime is developing, making Roberts and Lindsay Lohan unlikely colleagues. Written and produced by Katie Ford, the Miss Congeniality screenwriter, Paranormal Housewives will center on a group of professional investigators of unusual phenomena who call themselves the Paranormal Housewives. The series is inspired by an actual group of women in Southern California, and not, as you might assume, by the Bravo personalities who age in reverse, flip tables, and levitate a steady stream of meaningless chaos without any scientific explanation. The last project that Roberts produced was Jesus Henry Christ, an indie comedy starring Toni Collette.