North Atlanta is the new setting for a reality TV show about competitive mothering.
Lifetime’s “Pretty Wicked Moms,” which premiered last Tuesday, features six local mothers and has already been classified as another “Real Housewives.”
However, show stars Emily Dees Boulden and Nicole Bennett-Hraygil both said the show is about motherhood. “It’s not trash,” said Bennett-Hraygil, who lives in Sandy Springs and is coined the Alpha Mom. “I really hope that every woman realizes you’re not alone out there. It shows the reality of some of the issues that come up in marriages and interpersonal lives. We’re able to put it out there.”
Bennett-Hraygil, of Sandy Springs, works out constantly and planned an over-the-top, Mad-Hatter-themed birthday party for her 1-year-old daughter McKinley in the first episode. “This show takes a comic approach to motherhood,” she said. “No two women are alike. We couldn’t be further apart in everything, like the way we parent and financial situations.” Bennett-Hraygil said all nine episodes take place mostly in Atlanta’s northside neighborhoods, as well as in Johns Creek and Marietta.
Boulden is called the Queen Bee, and lives in Buckhead and owns a high-end boutique called Swank.
“A lot of moms will be able to identify with one of the six girls, and be like, ‘You know what, I get her,’” she said.
Boulden said the first episode, which captured her saying things like, “Swank is number one,” before her husband and 2-year-old daughter Amzie, made her look like a “selfish girl.”
“This really is a light comedic show. It makes us moms sort of look outrageous at first,” she said. “As new moms, we all struggle with motherhood. We’re all learning and doing the best we can do.”
In the first episode, at a Moms’ Night Out at Swank, mother Miranda Carlson (“The Southern Belle”), who Emily calls a “forced-friend” in the show, was bashed by Emily for being a stay-at-home mother.
Afterwards, Carlson was bitten repetitively by a Shih Tzu, which happens to belong to Doggy Mom Nicole Noles, who is Boulden’s best friend. “Everyone judges everyone else about the way they do things. ... Everyone always thinks they’re right,” Boulden said.
She also expressed her hatred of play dates during the first episode.
“I'm not best at getting my point across sometimes. … But at the end of a long day, the last thing I want to do is sit around with a bunch of women and hear about their problems and their kid,” she said “I am normal, I am a human being and I have a heartbeat. … I so need people to know that so they don’t come knocking on my door trying to murder me.”
The show airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. on Lifetime.