The wife of Silverchair drummer Ben Gillies is one of six housewives whose lives will be splashed on screen when The Real Housewives franchise is given the Aussie treatment.
Jackie Gillies is the youngest of the housewives in the local series, which chronicles the lavish lives of the Melbourne women as they shop, gossip and fly in their private jets.
It’s the first local version of the hit US series which began in Orange County and has since spawned 11 American and international versions.
The US series has made stars of women such as Bethenny Frankel, who now has her own talk show, several book deals and a diet cocktail range.
Gillies is the most famous of the Aussie bunch, a celebrity psychic who’s best known as the Silverchair drummer’s wife.
She’ll be joined by former TV journalist-turned-plastic surgery advocate Andrea Moss on the show, along with the lawyer sister of fashion designer Bettina Liano - Gina.
There’s also Lydia Schiavello, the wife of architect Andrew Norbury; millionaire property developer Janet Roach, and ’well-connected’ event company owner Chyka Keebaugh.
Foxtel’s executive director of television Brian Walsh said Melbourne was the perfect setting for the local version of the franchise because it was home to a strong selection of ‘‘colourful identities’’.
The Australian series has started production under Matchbox Pictures and will air on Foxtel’s Arena channel in 2014.