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News from Around the Net – New York Housewives Bumped for Miami Newbies

Posted by tinselkitty on February 4, 2011


There’s a whole lot of speculating out there. Let’s round ’em up and see which theories can duke it out to the top.


Bravo announces ‘Real Housewives of Miami’ will bump ‘New York City’ premiere for now: Could it be a blessing in disguise?

Buried amid Bravo’s announcement about the launch of The Real Housewives of Miamidebuting Feb. 22 is the sad — or maybe not so sad? — news that the fourth season of The Real Housewives of New York City, which had been scheduled for a Feb. 15 debut, won’t see the light of day until spring. Indeed, EW is hearing a late March premiere for the antics of the Countess, Jill Zarin, Ramona, & Co. The big question that comes out of this rather jarring change: Could The Real Housewives of Miami really be a suitable replacement forThe Real Housewives of New York City?

It’s clear that Bravo wouldn’t like it to seem as though they’re swapping one for the other (we can already hear the chorus about them being totally different shows!), but there’s no way thatReal Housewives fans — who likely anticipate New York City as one of the franchise’s best iterations — won’t make such leap.

Judging by the preview clip that Bravo released (see below), Miami has the potential to be good. There’s more than one Kim Kardashian look-a-like! A pole-dancing scene! A nude butt through frosty glass! Lots of big hats! And Scottie Pippen’s wife! And from what EW knows about the shaky first cut of the premiere of The Real Housewives of New York City — remember, it’s devoid of star Bethenny Frankel now that she’s had so much success with her own show, which is heading into a second season — this might not be the worst replacement move ever. In fact, this gives the folks behind New York City a little more time to figure out how to cut the remaining ladies’ (and new Housewife Cindy’s) interactions in the most interesting way, post-Frankel. But you tell us if like what you see when it comes to the upcoming Miami. Good call? Better than the aging New York City?

US Magazine

Watch what happens, indeed!

It came as a table-flipping shock to just about everyone on Thursday, when Bravo announced that Real Housewives of Miami would premiere its debut season Feb. 22 — and thatReal Housewives of New York‘s fourth season, originally slated for this month, was pushed back to May.

Promos for the beloved Big Apple leg of the franchise had been running on Bravo for the past week; multiple sources confirm that NYC cast members Jill Zarin, Alex McCord, LuAnn deLesseps, Ramona Singer, Kelly Bensimon,Sonja Morgan and newcomer Cindy Barshop were notified about the last-minute switch on Thursday morning.

So, is something rotten in the state of Manhattan?

“No conspiracy here, folks,” Bravo’s Andy Cohen in a statement.

“We have an embarrassment of riches with Miami and New York, and can assure you that the Real Housewives of NYC will be well worth the wait and the Real Housewives of Miami is hot, hot, hot.”

Alex McCord told Us at an NYC event on Thursday: “I think this is definitely the best season so far — [But] there was no way they were going to get [editing] done in time.”

In the meantime, the brand-new Miami cast is ready for its closeup. The women include fashion editor Alexia Echevarria, divorced publicist Marysol Patton, two basketball wives (Larsa Pippen and recent divorcee Cristy Rice), politically involved mom Lea Black and fiery, newly-engaged Adriana DeMoura-Sidi.

E Online

Bravo Announces The Real Housewives of Miami Cast—and Postpones New York City‘s Premiere

At least these ladies can correctly pronounce salsa.

The six hot mamas of The Real Housewives of Miami were revealed today, along with the premiere date for Bravo’s latest hit reality franchise installment: Tuesday, Feb. 22.

What does this mean for The Real Housewives of New York City, originally scheduled to return Feb. 15?

New York City‘s fourth season is “moving to a new date,” Bravo said, confirming we won’t be sharing satchels of gold with Kelly Bensimon—or meet new RHONYC castmember Cindy Barshop—until “later this spring.”

“We haven’t announced a new date yet” for the return of RHONYC, Bravo reps told us today, explaining the bump as “just a scheduling change.”

We’re not complaining: a show shot in the Sunshine State (even if it was repurposed for the Housewives franchise) is mighty appealing during these massive winter storms.

So who are the ladies heating up reality TV?

As first reported, NBA star Scottie Pippen‘s wife Larsa Pippen is starring alongside Cristy Rice, whose ex is retired basketballer Glen Rice. Per Bravo, the women share the unofficial title of “Hottest NBA Wife.”

Larsa (the seated brunette in the picture), described as a “snarky Lebanese beauty,” has four young kids with the Chicago Bulls superstar. Her recently divorced pal Cristy (standing, center) is a Miami native with three kids who runs her own clothing store.

Besides Larsa, only two other women in the cast are truly “wives”: Cuban native Alexia Echevarria (far left), executive editor of the Spanish-language lifestyle magazine Venue, lives in Miami Beach with her husband, Herman, and two sons from a previous marriage. Lea Black (seated, right) has a 9-year-old son with husband Roy Black, a criminal defense attorney who boasts Real Housewives of Beverly Hills‘ Camille’s ex Kelsey Grammer as one of his “noteworthy clients.” Lea’s community activism includes fundraising for Barack Obama‘s presidential campaign.

Brazilian Adriana DeMoura-Sidi (far right) is a full-time mom and art curator who, after a traumatic divorce, has a new fiancée, Fredric. Finally, Miami native Marysol Patton (seated, left) seems to be the Samantha Jones of the group—she runs the Patton Group public relations firm and has been divorced for 10 years.

Notably absent from the Real Housewives of Miami is Elaine Lancaster, the drag queen  long rumored to be one of the castmembers. Here’s hoping the South Beach diva has a costarring role, à la Housewives sidekicks Dwight Eubanks and Paul Wharton.

What do you think of the new cast? Who will be the new Housewife we love to hate? Make your predictions in the comments!


‘Real Housewives of NYC’ has premiere pushed back and producers are worried

Is Bravo worried about “The Real Housewives of NYC“?

In the wake of the cable network’s abrupt announcement Thursday that it was delaying the Feb. 15 premiere of the reality series’ fourth season until March or April, a source close to the program tells us producers are “a little worried” about early reaction to the show.

The actual housewives were as surprised by the move as their fans. They learned about the change only hours before Bravo’s decision, via an internal memo sent to them by Bravo executive vice president Andy Cohen.

The message, marked “URGENT,” informed Ramona SingerJill ZarinKelly Bensimon and the rest that “RHONYC” would be delayed until spring to give Bravo “more time to make the show as GREAT and as big a hit as possible.”

Cohen apologized “for the inconvenience,” then dropped another bombshell: The newest entry in the franchise, “The Real Housewives of Miami,” which he said “has been ready to go for a while,” would debut in the “RHONY” slot on Feb. 22.

After requesting that the email’s recipients refrain from tweeting any of it, he signed off, “XX Andy.”

As our favorite middle-aged city-slickers scramble to rearrange a multitude of preseason interviews and premiere parties, we hear the success of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” may have something to do with the decision. “Hills” had the second-highest-rated freshman season of the franchise.
(“Jersey” is No. 1.)

Our source says the network “thinks ‘Miami’ is more like ‘Beverly Hills‘” and bets fans of the latter, which just ended its season, will “piggyback” onto “Miami.”

Not that the New York ladies are ratings-challenged. According to Bravo, season three of the series was the best ever among the key demographics – adults 18-49 and total viewers.

That said, our insider explains that the cable network seemed “a little worried” about the fourth season of “RHONYC,” because “there are new producers on the show this season, and everything is different.” The source also says Bravo got “negative feedback” after airing “sneak peeks” of the show during “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Reunion Part 1” show that ran Jan. 27.

In a statement, Cohen dismissed such concerns. “No conspiracy here, folks. We have an embarrassment of riches,” he said. “The Real Housewives of New York City” will be “well worth the wait,” and the Miami version is “hot, hot, hot. Heaven knows we could use a bit of heat on the East Coast about right now.”

TV Squad

Sonja Morgan Explains ‘Real Housewives of NYC’ Delay

Now that we’ve come to terms with ‘Real Housewives of Miami’ taking ‘Real Housewives of New York City’s’ place on Bravo’s schedule, it’s time to talk about why.

According to ‘New York City’ star Sonja Morgan, editors need more time to piece the series together.

“They want it to be the best possible season,” Morgan told Star magazine. “To do that, they need some more time to edit. We’ve filmed like crazy, more than ever, and we’re seven ladies so they have a lot of footage to go through.”

Many insiders — including us — speculate the season wasn’t shaping up to be very dramatic without Bethenny Frankel. Her new series, ‘Bethenny Ever After,’ debuts later this month.

NY Post

Boring Housewives Delayed

Producers of “The Real Housewives of New York City” suddenly scrapped the new season premiere because it lacked the explosive catfight-filled drama expected of the Bravo show, sources told Page Six.

Bravo boss Andy Cohen yesterday e-mailed Ramona SingerCountess LuAnn de LessepsJill ZarinSonja MorganAlex McCordCindy Barshop and Kelly Bensimon, explaining the show would be pushed back — despite the network’s already running promos for the Feb. 15 premiere.

“We decided yesterday that our best bet was to give ourselves a little breathing room,” Cohen wrote. “I would rather get the show right than rush it to air.”

He warned the cast not to tweet about it until Bravo could craft a press release.

The New York series is now expected to air in March or April, while the debut of a new franchise, “The Real Housewives of Miami,” has been set for Feb. 22.

Sources said that following good ratings for its brawl-filled Beverly Hills counterpart, the New York show didn’t have enough drama to satisfy producers, including new executive producer Omid Kahangi.

“They wanted the ladies to fight like cats and dogs, but they got along,” said a source. “[But] they are now freaking out that they’ll get fired for being boring and replaced by more fiery women.” Some of the cast members are also frustrated after planning splashy viewing parties at clubs for the premiere.

Insiders said that one option to up the local drama might be to bring Beverly Hills housewife Camille Grammer to New York, the location of her divorce drama with Kelsey Grammer, who is soon to marry girlfriend Kayte Walsh. A source said Grammer hasn’t been approached by New York producers, but that Zarin has invited her to hang out with the Housewives.

Bravo’s Cohen said in a statement: “No conspiracy here, folks. We have an embarrassment of riches with Miami and New York, and I assure you that ‘the Real Housewives of NYC’ will be well worth the wait.”


Good News/Bad News: “Housewives” Fans

Lotsa “Real Housewives of (fill in the blank)” pros and cons flying around today. First and foremost, the fourth season of “New York,” schedule to debut on February 15 has been postponed till sometime this spring. That’s the bad news. The good news is that sources tell me the season is filled with so much gold, you could fill eight of Kelly’s satchels.

So why delay then, you ask. Well, production on season four just — and I literally mean just — wrapped, so Bravo thought it best to give editors enough time to properly guide the crazy train.

Now, for good news: part 2 — because this slot needed to be filled, the network tapped “Real Housewives of Miami” (which had been waiting in the wings for sometime) for the late February premiere.

Now the bad news, one “Housewives” mother has had so much plastic surgery, she resembles the creepy citizens from “Eye of the Beholder.” You know, that “Twilight Zone” episode featuring the deformed doctors?


Yesterday, we learned that Andy Cohen will be taking us on another mind-numbing anthropological journey: The Real Housewives of Miami. But in turn, Real Housewives of New York, set to premiere this month, was suddenly pushed back. Initial reports from the New York Post said, “The season is filled with gold … but production just wrapped, so Bravo thought it best to give editors time.” We wanted to believe that, but today the same paper is singing a new tune: “Producers suddenly scrapped the new season because it lacked explosive catfight-filled drama.” There is hope, however: “Insiders said one option to up the drama might be to bring Beverly Hills housewife Camille Grammer to New York, the location of her divorce with Kelsey. [Jill] Zarin has invited her to hang out with the Housewives.” Compared to what we’ve been dragged through in other cities, the New York Housewives almost seem normal now. Grammer, the Beverly Hills lightning rod, on the other hand, is a deluded former (soft-core) porn star going through a difficult and very public divorce. Basically, she’s the best thing to happen to the Housewives franchise in a while, and we’d welcome her to this city.

Washington Post

Bravo unveils ‘Real Housewives of Miami,’ shelves ‘New York City’ till spring

Instead of bringing back “The Real Housewives of New York City” on Feb. 15, as it had announced less than a month ago at Winter TV Press Tour 2011, the Bravo network has decided to unveil “The Real Housewives of Miami” on Feb. 22 at 10 p.m., because it’s the “sunny city where the party never stops.”

“The Real Housewives of New York City’s” fourth season will sit on the shelf until later in the spring, Bravo said. Apparently, the producers needed more time to wrap up work on that season of “TRHoNY” – Bravo loves having the episodes in the can to steep for a while.

Oh, and this is the first time Bravo has actually acknowledged there even is a “The Real Housewives of Miami.”

About a year ago, Bravo announced a new series called “Miami Social Club” – a sort of overhaul of the network’s “Miami Social,” which flopped in the ratings because, hello, it starred guys and chicks.

Since then, there have been loads of press reports that Bravo had decided it did not need to reinvent the wheel and should just let the “Miami Social Club” show ride on the “Real Housewives” coattails.

Anyway, on Thursday, Bravo finally officially unveiled to the world “The Real Housewives of Miami” and revealed the cast.

But, wait a minute . . . what’s this? Not a drag queen among them! For months, the press has been all agog with news that Bravo is going to star drag queen Elaine Lancaster, a.k.a. actor James Davis, in “Miami Social Club.” Then word got out the show was being smushed into the “Housewives” franchise, and the press was all agog again with news Lancaster was in.

Heck, Lancaster co-hosted a Miami fundraiser last fall, based on being ” ‘Real Housewives of Miami’ star Elaine Lancaster,” as written up at that time.

“Any claims or reports that Elaine Lancaster is part of the cast of ‘The Real Housewives of Miami’ are erroneous,” a Bravo spokeswoman helpfully told The TV Column.

But all is not lost. The cast of “The Real Housewives of Miami,” like others in the franchise, may be drag-queen-star-less, but it is chockablock with some of your favorite stereotypes, because why should this iteration of the hit docu-soap franchise break the mold?

There is, according to Bravo, a “Brazilian bombshell” and a “Cuban Barbie.” (Adriana DeMoura-Sidi and magazine editor Alexia Echeverria, who wants America to know she’s more of an older sister than mom to her two sons from a previous marriage. Ick.)

Also in the cast: the Latina NBA-superstar divorcee (former Lakers and Heat player Glen Rice’s ex, Cristy Rice), not to be confused with the Hottest NBA Wife (Larsa Pippen, wife of NBA superstar Scottie Pippen).

Rounding out the cast: PR expert-cum-“seer,” which, we have learned, is not quite a “psychic” but does make Marysol Patton a hot ticket among A-listers looking for spiritual guidance in Miami, Bravo assures us.

And, finally, Lea Black, wife of defense super-lawyer Roy Black, and, according to the Village Voice, great pals with Lancaster.

Which may explain why the Bravo spokeswoman, while emphatically stating Lancaster is not “in the cast” of the new “Housewives,” would not rule out Lancaster sightings in the course of the first season.


Sounds like an editing schedule that was too stingy, worries about Bethenny withdrawal and not enough fighting (which may necessitate the extra editing) all combined with a heavy dose of crap, Atlanta and Beverly Hills pulled in crazy ratings, we have to beat those, crap, crap crap. I imagine there were many late night calls, a ton of Xanax and quick approval of overtime hours.

Or maybe Bravo was getting a lot more positive feedback about wanting to see Miami than New York.

Or, maybe Bravo really believes in this New York season and pushed it back to make sure it was on the air for sweeps time. Wait, I don’t know about that last one. How long is a regular season?

Hell, who knows. I, for one, am happy about the switch. I wasn’t ready to deal with Jill Zarin. And now there will be more palm trees.





25 Responses to “News from Around the Net – New York Housewives Bumped for Miami Newbies”

  1. Your killin me

  2. Huh? How so, IJS?

  3. Olive the othe Reindeer said

    TK ,,you covered everything,,,the “no Conspiracy line”…fromAndy reminds me of Officer Briarbrady on South Park,,Move along folks..nothing to see here you bunch of lookey loos..

    Great work TK,,covered all the bases,,even stole a few..Homerun!!!!!

  4. Mrs. Hugh Jackman said

    I really like NY…since the beginning. I should enjoy Miami. Heck, I like ALL of the HW shows. I don’t care what state they’re in, I’d watch. Bring on the comedy and drama. I’d like to see someplace in the SW and MW represented. Something like TX or AZ Housewives, and IL or MI Housewives. I’ll watch no matter what. Not thrilled that NY is postponed, but as long as they don’t do away with it…..I’ll be happy.

    There was a show not too long ago about a group of folks who were professionals w/ money in Miami. Reality tv show, and I liked it. It involved a couple who were married at one time, and then got a divorce. I think it was on before any HW show. (It reminds me of a HW show….good w/ the bad.)

  5. Olive the othe Reindeer said

    MHJ..Texas,,that would be good,,every thing is bigger in Texas..seriously,,,,being in the midwest,,this is kinda’ a culture lesson,,,,OK,,get Andy on the phone….we want Texas!

  6. Dani said

    Well I was looking forward to NY but who am I kidding, I will watch any show they put out there. The fun for me is snarking w/you guys so keep it coming Bravo.

  7. Mrs. Hugh Jackman said

    @5 Olive, of course I’m glad they have Atlanta, but I think TX would be neat. I think either Houston or Dallas. I have some relatives that were born in both places, and have never moved. In fact, I have a few that could be on a HW show and would be great. They have money, very nice, and they don’t put up with BS. (Too bad they wouldn’t be on a HW show.) Also, I really would like to see a midwest HW show. I think Chicago would be great. Honestly, Olive, I wish Atlanta would show the women who really have money. I think Kandi and Phaedra have money (even though there houses aren’t anything great), but not the others. I wish they would get the Lisa’s of Atlanta. Don’t get me wrong, I like Atlanta and will watch no matter who they have on. I just wish it’d be nice to show that there are Atlanta women who actually do have money, very nice homes, and can afford their car(s) unlike Sheree. I have to say, I was excited to see BH because I thought there would be women who lived very nicely, but then we found out Taylor (& Russell) struggling financially.

  8. Rosie said

    I wanted NY!! 😦

  9. Mrs. Hugh Jackman said

    Dani, LOL! Yes, we can watch all the HW and come here to snark, etc. and have a great time! 🙂 My daughters watch the shows, but I don’t have much time to talk with them since they’re in college. That, and NONE of my girlfriends watch the HW shows. My sister doesn’t either. Thank goodness for TVTime101!

  10. G-sus said

    I’m kinda glad NY was postponed. I wasn’t ready to see Jill, Kelly and LuAnn prancing around like the 3 musketeers. Miami, I have a feeling, will be anything but dull.

  11. Bryan said

    I Blame Strega, yeah good luck trying to get Camille to go back to NY, she came from there and she said she doesn’t want to go back to that, at least not to live, I don’t blame her, go from that Malibu house ( I love that place) to some dirty Manhattan high-rise, hell no!!!

    Those were all interesting stories, That Cindy Carhop person cracks me up, that horse face!

  12. Olive the othe Reindeer said

    IT’s so great to have all of u,,,none of my friends watch these shows,,,I got my boyfriend hooked and when he comes home from work,,I tell him about TK’s sloothiness,,,,and what all of you very smart snarky people say,,,lol…he knows next time if I’m hospitalized for4 weeks again,,to get on here and make sure you guys are still here..I had to hunt you all down when I got home..but I thank BOBL,,,if not ..I’d be at Reality Tea getting into fights…lol…


  13. Rosie said

    Olive… Xoxoxo!!!

  14. Bryan said

    @12 Yes being over at Crack-Tea is the last place you need to be

    Hugs back!!!!

  15. Logan K said

    Hey All- Reality Tea is definitely going nuts over this topic.

    I’m kinda bummed…now I have to get through Miami AND Orange County just to get to NYC.

    It better be well worth the wait.

  16. Mrs. Hugh Jackman said

    Olive, we love you! XOXO 🙂 SO glad you are here! It’s a great place. Ditto what Bryan said. LOL.

    Please take very good care and don’t overdo. Get lots of rest, too! XO

  17. G-sus said

    Anyone remember a story last fall that the bravo execs weren’t happy with the early filming of NY and had asked Bethenny to come back and do some cameos? Of course, that was probably just Bethenny doing some self-promoting.
    Anyway, I’m ok with them moving straight to Miami. I like the freshness of the new shows like BH and DC. I wouldn’t mind if they replaced a lot of the OC or NY cast. I think when these women are on their 3rd or 4th season they play to the camera too much or try to pawn the goods they are selling on the side.

    @Olive, how did you get your BF to watch? My husband took one look at one of the episodes and said (snarkily, I may add) “I can’t believe you watch this stuff” Man doesn’t know good TV when he sees it. Though he is all about watching some Hoarders with me.

  18. Rosie said

    @15. Logan..
    Me too! 😦

  19. Olive the othe Reindeer said

    Good morning all u wonderful people….Gsus,,I think my boyfriend spoils me and watches the housewives,,but after awhile he got into it,,he can’t keep the programming straight,,but all i had to say was Atlanta is on tonight ( Sunday )..or thursday BH,,he was ready to when I’d give him the gossip TK would find and what you fabulous people would bring to the table,,he was
    Hey,,,I watch his UFC fighting so we are compatible…I still have to explain some things about football to him,,only kidding,,but he does tell his friends,,I know more about football then he does,,,
    And to all u single gals out thee,,knowing and loving footballis an aphrodiasiac to guys..lolllllllllllllllllll

  20. Olive the othe Reindeer said

    I do love u guys…u all are special,,and when I’m really down,,sometimes I read something someone wrote and makes me laugh and things are ok again,,,but Bryan,,sometimes,,,you just sneak in a one liner BAM! and I’m not ready and have a sip of soda in my mouth,,and unladylike I spit it out laughing,,,nice image,,huh?

    Love u all to pieces,,hugssssssssssss!!!!

  21. Rosie said

    Hi Olive.. Xoxoxo
    How are you feeling?
    Your boyfriend is a keeper, by the way!

  22. Mrs. Hugh Jackman said

    Hi Olive and everyone!

    Olive, I love ya! XO 🙂 I agree with Rosie, your boyfriend IS a keeper!!

  23. G-sus said

    @ Olive lol, it is definitely a good thing for a girl to know her football. I will watch with hubby, but only teams that interest me. He will watch any sport, any team, any time.
    Hope you are feeling well, I am sending good thoughts and wishes your way.

  24. G-sus said

    I will say about Miami bumping NY, that it is very telling that Bravo suddenly announced the replacement when they hadn’t even really promo’d the show or even set it up on their website. Sounds like they had a “oh shit” moment. Curious they wouldn’t have just put OC on instead since they had already promo’d that season.

  25. Bryan said

    Here is Pretty On The Outside’s blog take on Atlanta and Miami David Gilmore the artist who does all the art on the site is a Bravo Housewife lover like us…

    check out his blog and his art especially his drawing on Neigh LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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