The Grande Dame of Potomac is returning to her roots in Surry County, Virginia for a Bravo spinoff titled The Real Housewives of Potomac: Karen’s Grande Dame Reunion.
RHOP star Karen Huger will give fans a glimpse into her family’s history in the two-part special. It follows Karen, her husband Ray, and daughter Rayvin at the first Wooden family reunion.
In a teaser trailer released Thursday, fans learn Huger’s ancestors were slaves and listed as “property” in official documentation.
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Huger and her family are seen in the trailer enjoying moments on the 82-acre family estate, including a Soul Train line, a corn shucking competition, a formal event, and time outside hunting. Throughout her time in Virginia, however, Huger is approached by her cousins, Megan and David, who want to talk about the family’s succession plan for the farm.
“This is a story about family. This is a story about history. This is a story about succession,” Karen says as the teaser trailer begins.
A press release for the special says, “The Woodens have a rich history in Surry County, tracing back to the 1800s. Karen’s ancestors, who were once enslaved, went to great lengths to purchase the farmland that they now own, when many African Americans worked to rebuild their lives after the Reconstruction Era.”
Huger’s role as an ambassador of Surry County is also highlighted. She was sworn in as an ambassador there last season, but filmed her tourism video in Potomac.
The special is produced by Truly Original with Steven Weinstock, Glenda Hersh, Lauren Eskelin, Lorraine Haughton-Lawson, Karen Huger, Nora Devin, and Camilo Valdes serving as Executive Producers. Jackie Hebert and Shanta Mayes serve as co-executive producers. Andy Cohen is also an executive producer.
The Real Housewives of Potomac: Karen’s Grande Dame Reunion premieres April 17 at 8 p.m. ET on Bravo.