Gossip, rumors in ‘Sunset Boulevard’ provide addictive storyline

September 24, 2020 — by Nika Bagherian

The cast of “Selling Sunset” poses for a picture for their newest billboard.

“‘Well … Uh! Uh! Chrishell was right about you. Oh!’ and then she storms off,” Christine Quinn re-enacts a confrontation she had with her ex-best friend Mary Fitzgerald, while mocking and ridiculing her for her two best friends. Mary and Chirstine who had suffered a falling out, were yet again fighting; tensions were high.                                                                 

“Selling Sunset,” a Netflix reality show, surrounds The Oppenheim Group of A-list realtors who work to sell luxurious properties to and for often famous clients while navigating their own relationships. The brokerage is made up of seven agents: Christine Quinn, Davina Potratz, Mary Fitzgerald, Maya Vander, Amanza Smith, Chrishell Stause and Heather Rae Young. The realtors work for co-owners of the brokerage, brothers Brett and Jason Oppenheim. 

Like most reality television shows, “Selling Sunset” revolves around the drama between coworkers, friends and significant others. There is a lot of competition over who sells the most homes and earns the highest commission. Within their personal lives, there are feuds between the women, like when Davina was the only person in the office who was not invited to Mary and Romain’s wedding.  

“Selling Sunset” takes a deep dive into the realtors’ daily lives, touring the homes and giving showings while trying to beat out the rest of their competition and participating in petty arguments throughout their days.  

In “Selling Sunset,” confrontations do not happen face to face, making it different from other reality shows. Although “Selling Sunset” lacks one-on-one altercations between the cast, it makes up for that in gossip and rumors. I find the show even more interesting when the tension builds up and blowouts become even crazier. 

 My absolute favorite part of the show is seeing the beautiful houses in all of Los Angeles, which are never priced at less than a million dollars. The audience is able to appreciate the remarkable Los Angeles architecture, with its modern layouts and stunning views.

When I watched the show for the first time last year, I was blown away by the variety of the aesthetics of the multi-million dollar homes, mostly modern and contemporary, but with some Spanish style homes in the valley.

Notably, the cast come from economically diverse backgrounds, ranging from Christine and her millionaire husband to Chrishell, who grew up in poverty and Amanza, who struggles to feed her kids. 

The diversity in the show allows the audience to connect more  to their favorite characters. The show doesn’t portray them as self-centered characters but rather humanizes them so that the average person can relate to them.   

High-tension shows like this may not be up everyone’s alley, but “Selling Sunset” certainly got me hooked.

 

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