According to Bravo’s Executive Vice President of Original Programming and Development aka Andy Cohen, the Real Housewives of Miami is the end of additional cities to the successful reality series.
When asked about which city he would look to next to find more housewives by OK! magazine, Andy replied, “I really feel like we’re done.” When further pressed on if Miami is the last stop on the Housewives spinoffs? Andy answered, “Yeah.”
And when it comes to other housewives getting their own Bravo spinoff shows a la Bethenny Frankel, Andy reveals that is very unlikely. “I think they’re all good where they are,” he stated.
This comes as no surprise following the lackluster ratings and reviews of the Miami franchise. The show has averaged a dismal 1.18 million viewers over the first 3 episodes.
While ending the addition of new franchises might be best, we are a little disappointed we will never get to see a Real Housewives of Dallas. That would have been all kinds of awesomeness no?
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The second episode of the Real Housewives of Orange County aired last night, and unlike the season premiere last week, last night was more on the somber side, but still good nonetheless. After all, we did get to meet new gun-toting housewife Peggy Tanous, who is anything but boring.
The episode began with a vomit inducing home scene between Gretchen and her deadbeat boyfriend/professional pipe layer Slade, as I still try to comprehend why Bravo would decide to open the show with this scene. A shirtless Slade goes to wake up Gretchen, who reminds us that she and Slade have been together for a year and a half. Vomit. But it gets better as Slade is now Gretchen’s employee who gets paid in the bedroom. Double vomit. Except Gretchen fails to mention the fact that Slade does get paid from being with her via a check from Bravo. Plus, can someone please inform Gretchen that the sexual jokes/innuendos are really not cute or funny, you know, considering she made the same jokes last season and again on WWHL last night. Though the more I think about it, the more I realize these two are perfect for one another as they are truly one of a kind.
It is now time for mogul Gretchen to have a meeting with her very own Sweetie aka her assistant Shawna. Shawna’s crime? Not having Gretchen’s back during Tamra’s get together last episode. It seems Gretchen is still peeved about the princess comment as she brings it up once again. At this point, Gretchen is without a doubt protesting too much. I mean we get it Gretchen! Between building your empire, humping Slade 24/7 and not taking care of him financially, you are very busy!
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On the new episode titled “Shameless In Seattle,” after being with Slade for a year and half, Gretchen still doesn’t know if she is ready for marriage again. Tamra opens up about her emotional divorce to pal Fernanda, while Alexis spends the morning at the park with her close friend Peggy and their daughters. The women have been friends through their pregnancies, but now that their kids are getting older, they find themselves becoming more competitive. And Vicki heads to Seattle for her annual insurance conference, leaving Donn alone, yet again.
Meanwhile, newbie Peggy Tanous opens up about her life and discusses joining the show in a new interview with the Daily Pilot. Peggy, 42, mother to two daughters – Capri and London - is a former model and public speaker. Peggy reveals ever since she was a little girl, she told her mom she wanted to be the next Marilyn Monroe.
As for the show, Peggy says she was actually approached about joining the cast a few years back but declined as she was a newlywed and didn’t feel it was the right time. The idea however came up again when she saw pal Alexis Bellino on the show. “[Alexis] was like, ‘I think you should try out’,” said Peggy. “I was like, ‘I don’t think so. I’m a mom now. I think reality [TV] can be a little scary’.”
So what can we expect from Peggy this season? She reveals while most of her day to day is “boring,” she did share a very sensitive part of her life – - her battle with post-partum depression. The series will show her going through a healing process.
And while she has yet to see the entire season, Peggy states she “would definitely do another season.”
Watch What Happens Live – The guests tonight will be Gretchen Rossi and boyfriend Slade Smiley. According to Andy Cohen, previously scheduled guest Sean Avery, of the New York Rangers, had to cancel.
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During an interview with the E! network last week, OC newbie Peggy accused Alexis of sabotaging her efforts to join the cast. “Alexis didn’t really want me on the show,” said Peggy.
But it didn’t end there as Peggy added, “Alexis told me that [Housewives]was supposed to be ‘her thing.’ That made it really hard to film because I am a very strong believer in friendship.” Meow!
Alexis admits that she indeed did not want Peggy on the show but states that it was intended to protect their friendship. “I [had] this sick feeling [that] the show was going to eat us alive—tear our friendship apart,” she told E!. “I was trying to protect our friendship because to me our friendship is more important than the show. I just wanted our friendship to last.”
“Now that she’s saying I didn’t want to share the spotlight,” Alexis added. “I’m like, ‘Girl, there’s going to be six girls on the show—I’m going to have to share the spotlight. Why do I care if I share the spotlight?’ I don’t understand her whole philosophy, she’s changed a lot this season, to be honest with you.”
So can this friendship be salvaged? Alexis isn’t certain. “I just know that my friend that I had four years ago before the show wouldn’t talk about me behind my back, wouldn’t say the things she’s saying in interviews that I’m finding out about. And a couple things happen during the season where she kicks me while I’m down.”
Moving on to Tamra Barney, who revealed on Watch What Happens Live this week that she and Peggy got roofied during a recent outing in NYC.
Tamra and Peggy were at a bar alongside Vicki Gunvalson, and NYC housewife Ramona Singer, when a fan walked up and handed them both drinks that he had bought them. “He asked us if we would go to a club with him and we said no over and over again,” said Tamra. Eventually, Tamra and Peggy ended up passing out once they got back to their hotel.
Tamra now reveals to RadarOnline that she is hoping to catch the perpetrator. “My attorney is calling to see if there is a surveillance video,” Tamra revealed. “I know the guy that did it walked up with two drinks that were pink. He had sunglasses on and looked Middle Eastern. That’s all I remember,” she added.
Tamra adds that she has learned her lesson not to accept drinks from strangers, and hopes that someone got a picture of the guy since everyone was taking photos that night.
The Register reports Peggy, 41, has received notice that her house has been scheduled to be sold at a foreclosure auction later this month.
Back in February, it was reported Peggy’s home had a default notice dated Nov. 16, 2010, with records showing the amount in default at $190,713. Peggy’s home was purchased in 2006 for $1,379,000, with a loan for $1 million. The bank states that as of the recent foreclosure notice, she owes $1,318,253.
As of today, the auction has been set for March 17. Fun fact? Peggy appeared on E! News less than a week ago showing off the same home.
In other OC news, Vicki Gunvalson discusses her divorce in a new interview with UsWeekly. Vicki reveals she and soon to be ex-husband Donn Gunvalsonare still living together nearly five months after filing for divorce.
“We’re still living together,” said Vicki, 48, though quickly clarifying that a reconciliation is out of the equation. “We’re [mediating] our divorce,” she said. “We still have our finances co-mingled [and] joint accounts.”
When asked if it’s awkward, Vicki stated – “It’s very hard — but the reality is, he’s not fighting for me, he’s not saying, ‘Babe I want you back.’ He’s saying ‘Babe, I wish you well.’” Is she wanting him to fight for her?
So what went wrong? “My love tank has truly been empty for many many years,” Vicki revealed. “We stopped communicating. My happiness came from my work and my children.”
Vicki adds that things came to a head late last summer, when she and Donn didn’t speak or see one another for six weeks. Finally, during a major blowout back at home, Vicki handed him a letter she’d written weeks beforehand. “I said, ‘Here, I want a divorce…I’m done.’ It was the hardest day of my life.”
The first ladies of Bravo returned last night, and if there’s one thing we learned from the Real Housewives of Orange County, it is that six seasons into doing the show, the ladies have still got it! Feel free to replace “it” with drama.
The season kicked off with the new opening title sequences, and missing from Tamra‘s scene is Simon of course and their three kids together. As we reported, Simon has now refused to allow his kids to be filmed. Interesting how Jon Gosselin and Simon all of a sudden decide filming is detrimental to their kids when things are no longer going their way. The ridiculousness began right away with new housewife Peggy Tanous declaring — “Soccer moms drive mini vans but this girl drives a Bentley.” Those words are already coming back to bite Peggy in the tushy as she and her hubby have defaulted on their home loan. Eh, who needs a home when you have a shiny Bentley!
The show begins with “Free Bitch” Tamra sipping wine, going over her freedom papers, while also trying to make amends. Tamra decides to call up the girls including Vicki and Gretchen to invite them to a small get together. Vicki reveals she is still hurt over Tamra ‘stabbing her in the back’ last season, while Gretchen laughs her way through the phoniness. “You know I miss you, I do,” claims Tamra. Umm, no you don’t. Gretchen accepts the invite and Tamra blames her problems with Simon for causing the rift with her and her costars. Safe to assume Tamra’s strategy this season will be to blame all of her past behavior on Simon.
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And judging from the previews, the drama is still alive and well amongst some of the cast members. In fact, Gretchen Rossi and Tamra Barneypickup their feud from seasons past tonight when they go at it during a get together after Gretchen refers to Tamra as an “evil bitch.”
Meanwhile, it seems new “housewife” Fernanda Rocha, 34, might be getting the Jennifer Gilbert treatment this season. Who is Jennifer Gilbert you ask? Well, Jennifer was cast to be a housewife on the Real Housewives of NYC last season, only to get the shaft during the season, by being demoted to an extra. Fernanda, who is openly bisexual, is noticeably absent from the official cast photo above, though she does appear in another one.
And when Vicky Gunvalsonwas asked about Fernanda, this is what Vicky had to say - “ [Fernanda]‘s not really one of the Housewives. She’s somebody that comes in and socializes with us, but I don’t really know how we’re labeling Fernanda this year. We’ve haven’t really been told. I know her very little still. I don’t work out with her. I don’t socialize with her. She seems like a sweet girl.”
And finally, Alexis Bellino revealed in a recent interview with the E! network that her husband Jim Bellino quit the show. Reason? Jim apparently felt Bravo gave him a “jerk” edit last season. “He’s pretty much against the show,” Alexis revealed. “All they want to do is rip him apart.”
Watch What Happens Live – OC Housewives Tamra Barney and Vicki Gunvalson will be joining Andy Cohen in the Bravo clubhouse tonight.
The Real Housewives of Orange Country premieres at 10 p.m. (EST) on Bravo. Below is a preview clip -
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“Every year I’m like there’s not going to be any drama and then of course there is tons of drama. First episode, me and Tamara are already boxing each other so you can’t put five flamboyant women in a room, strong confident women, and not expect some drama and catfights,” said Gretchen to the HollywoodLife.
Gretchen also mentions that she and boyfriendSlade Smiley will be working through their own set of problems throughout the season. When asked if marriage is still on the table for the two, she coyly responded, “Yes, and you’re going to have to watch and see what happens!” They two are rumored to be engaged.
Gretchen goes on to sing the praises of the two new housewives on the show, Peggy Tanous and Fernanda Rocha. “I love Peggy this season, she seems like a really cool, down to earth girl. She seems to fit in with the group well and Fernanda, the Brazilian lesbian as I like to call her, she spices it up a little, she stirs the pot a little, but she’s really fun,” revealed Gretchen.
Meanwhile, Peggy appeared on E! News yesterday during which she gave the show a tour of her house. And yes, it was the same exact house that the she and her hubby recently defaulted on.
Peggy revealed during the interview that she knew Alexis Bellino before doing the show and that Alexis wasn’t happy about her decision to join the cast. The reason? Peggy stated that Alexis told her the show “was her own thing.” Safe to say there will be some friction between Alexis and Peggy on the show this season.
The entire cast also appeared on the Today Show today for an interview, during which Alexis admitted she did not want Peggy on the show, however citing a different reason than what Peggy stated. According to Alexis, she and Peggy have been friends for 4 years, and she simply didn’t want Peggy to do the show for Peggy’s own good and to protect their friendship. Alexis added that the show tends to cause friction between people. A photo of the entire cast from their Today Show interview below.
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