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Months after stating Bravo was likely done with new housewives franchises following the Miami disaster, it seems Andy Cohen is deciding to leave that door open.

In a new interview with Variety, the Bravo executive VP of original programming and development reveals he’s happy with the current franchises on the air but is always open to adding a new series if all things are right.

“We’re at a really good place right now,” says Andy. “Each city will be on for three or four months, and then they go away for close to a year. That’s a nice thing. It allows the women to regroup. It also allows the viewers to miss them.”

Andy adds that if the cast is right, a new additional franchise is possible while also revealing a shocker! According to Andy, Bravo actually tried to get a Texas franchise, which might or might not be my dream franchise, going but failed to find the right cast.

“You only want cities with strong points of view, cities that have strong regional personalities,” explains Andy. “We’ve tried to mount a Texas (incarnation), but we never hit the nail on the head with casting.”

Sighs.  Here’s to hoping the socialites, famewhores, and housewives of Dallas will step up to the plate and allow their lives to be featured on Bravo! I stand strong in my belief that a Texas franchise would be G.E.N.I.U.S.

In other Andy news, a new report came out today stating he is one of the three finalists being considered by ABC to replace Regis Philbin on “Live with Regis and Kelly.” The other two finalists are said to be Ryan Seacrest and Mark Consuelos.

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On last night’s episode of Real Housewives of New Jersey they celebrated Halloween with some serious drama and some serious fashion. The annual Posche Trashion show is back with Teresa, Jacqueline, and Melissa as models, Caroline puts her foot down on family drama, Kathy tries an unsuccessful Gorga mediation. Oh and The Kims re-emerge!

The show started on a happy note with Teresa and her Made For TV family, Caroline and Jacqueline getting together with their kids to carve Jack-o-lanterns with Danielle’s face on them. Scary! Naturally they begin talking about the Christening Day Masacre, and all the kids are pushed aside somewhere so the ladies can dish. While Teresa is telling the story of how push came to shove came to insanity, Caroline is standing there, arms crossed, giving the hairy eyeball and reminding Teresa that it’s her family, and family’s first – so she better fix things, because after all, the Posche Fashion Show is happening. Frankly, I’m shocked anyone would invite Teresa after last years “incidents,” but hey, The Kims love them some dramz! Tersea puts Caroline in her place by declaring she doesn’t need any advice from mommy dearest, because she is the matriarch of her family and knows just how to manipulate handle them.

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Last night’s episode of Real Housewives of New York City was all about vaginas, vacations, and Pinot… again. Jill Zarin is hosting an anti-bullying fundraiser, and while guests are paying $200 to attend, the irony of Jill championing this event is priceless. Kelly accidentally sees Sonja’s ladybits, Cindy takes her good friends on a “brunettes only” weekend, New Housewife Pinot Grigio high-jacks Jill’s charity event, and sweet LuAnn just wants everyone to get along, dammit!

The episode begins with LuAnn and Sun-yah meeting for lunch to discuss a girls trip. LuAnn is planning to “break the tension” between the ladies. Since this is a classy restaurant, Sonja, predictably arrives straight from the gym with a fur thrown over her sports bra. Sonja states she wants to go to Italy for Truffle Season (that’s a thing?) because “everyone will be there!” Everyone except the NY Housewives, that is, because LuAnn is just so over Italy and wants to vacation somewhere exotic. Somewhere like Morocco, which is the Paris of the Middle East, didn’t you know? Bravo, desperate to capitalize on a repeat of Scary Island, decides Luann must “invite” all the ladies, but LuAnn has some reservations about Kelly being included because no one wants “Scary Desert” on the horizon. Well, no one but Bravo, because ratings are everything dah-ling, so Kelly is IN!

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Ahh, Real Housewives of New York…this week we say G’day to Jill (have you missed her?  She missed you!), Sonja reveals the housewives’ pecking order to newbie Cindy, Kelly and Ramona call a truce (??), LuAnn makes it clear that shopping parties are not her glass of pinot cup of tea, and Alex finds her (slightly grating) voice when it comes to holding her own.

Jill returns to lunch with LuAnn, Kelly and Sonja, and the first thing out of Jill’s mouth is that she is done mouthing off about others.  No. More. Gossip. From. Jill.  And 5-4-3-2… “Oh, I want to be out of the gossip and the garbage, but sometimes I get sucked back in…”  Kelly’s threat drunk text from Ramona resurfaces and the ladies learn Kelly is going to meet Ramona for lunch the following day.  Sonja is concerned that Kelly isn’t quite ready to confront meet with Ramona, and thus begins the role-playing to prepare Kelly for the inevitable barrage of Rameddling.  If Ramona ever gets the flu this season, I think Sonja could easily just grab a glass of pinot grigio, do Ramona better than Ramona does Ramona, and we viewers would be none the wiser.

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In a recent interview with Life & Style, Real Housewives of Atlanta‘s weave-a-holic star Kim Zolciak, who is practically done cooking her bun in the oven, gives new details about her pregnancy!

As we all know, Kim, who has two daughters, Brielle, 14, and Arianna, 9, from a previous relationship is expecting her third child, a son, due in June with Atlanta Falcon’s defensive end Kroy Biermann. Kim describes how she is feeling about her pregnant body, explaining: “I feel like I’m just getting fatter.” Well, Kim you kinda are – because you know, that’s what happens during pregnancy: you get bigger and bigger until the baby comes out! Kim lets us know,”This pregnancy has kicked my butt, and now I’m at the stage where I’m uncomfortable.” Luckily for her it’s almost over as she has only few weeks to go.

Although Kim is feeling fat and uncomfortable, boyfriend Kroy loves her pregnant body: “He thinks I’m sexy, he makes me feel beautiful,” she goes on to describe: “He’s just been the best partner.”

While her pregnancy, including baby shower, will be heavily featured on the upcoming season of Real Housewives of Atlanta, Kim reveals that despite her love of TMI, cameras will not be allowed in the delivery room. You mean, she’s not following in the footsteps of fellow Bravo mamas Phaedra Parks and Bethenny Frankel by letting Bravo film her birth scenes?! Frankly, I’m a little surprised. Kim’s reasons for keeping her delivery Housewives free: “It’s a very personal moment. I just want to share it with Kroy.”

What I really want to know is this: will Kim be wearing a wig in the delivery room? C’mon – you know you’re curious!

In the accompanying incredibly awkward maternity photo shoot, Kim does her best version of America’s Next Top Model‘s “broken down doll” pose, but she clearly forgets to smize and Kroy sniffs her belly.

Best of luck to Kim and Kroy on welcoming their new little boy into the world very soon.

This episode of Real Housewives of New York City was scattered, hard to follow, and all over the place – so the writing is reflective of how difficult it is to connect the plot points. The episode, which Bravo dubbed “Ramona’d” was all about Ramona Singer unleashing her Pinot Personality and letting her cray-cray take over, I call that Cramona. Crazy Ramona. We’ve seen it before from Mrs. Mario Singer – however not like this, but lets start out the recapping by focusing on another lady who is losing her marbles and a different one who is losing her teeth. Sonja Morgan and Cindy Barshop take it away!

Replacing Jill Zarin this season as Empress of the frienemies, Sonja agreed to trek all the long way downtown to TriBeCa and meet Cindy for some shopping and designer schmoozing at Vivienne Tam and then lunch at Cipriani. Unfortunately, when Sonja arrived Cindy had some news: after having a few too many Martinis at Ramona’s event the previous night, she devoured a bunch of pistachios and the veneers on her two front teeth fell off! A likely story if I’ve ever heard one –I personally think she took a drunken tumble after all those martinis. It happens to the best of us. :-) The ladies proceed into the store where Cindy actually pulls out the broken front teeth, which she has brought with her in a Ziplock baggie along with an accompanying tube of Fixadent. While in Vivienne Tam Cindy, asks Sonja to help her put her teeth back in. Yuck. Sonja is understandably grossed out! Who wants to eat lunch after all that? Sonja still does, actually.

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From L to R: Kim Lewin, Raquel Miller, Pat Smith, Tina Majerle and Lori Citron

Will there or won’t there be a Real Housewives of Scottsdale seems to be the lingering question today.

According to a number of local media outlets in Arizona, the new housewives franchise is indeed in the works! KPHO.com reports a pilot for the Scottsdale Housewives will begin filming this week at the VIP opening of Scottsdale Quarter’s Drybar.

A source tells the site that three cast members have admitted to having signed show contracts. Another media outlet Arizona Foothills confirms the same story, stating that three women have signed on for the show.

Those three women are Lori Citron, wife of anesthesiologist Gregg Citron; Tina Majerle, wife of former Phoenix Suns player Dan Majerle; and, Kim Lewin. The three ladies are pictured above at a 2008 event. Other possible cast members include Juliette Irakliev, Raquel Miller, Raya Cavernes and Char Hubb.

Sounds pretty good right? Except Bravo’s own Andy Cohen denied the news on his twitter page yesterday. When a fan asked him about the show, he simply replied “No truth.”

However, it is very possible that both Andy and the media outlets are right. Why you ask? Well for one, shooting a pilot simply means shooting a pilot. It means the show hasn’t been officially picked up by the network yet, and will only get picked up if the network likes what they see.

So the moral of this story folks is that it’s a definite possibility the Real Housewives of Scottsdale might soon be a reality… show; that is if the ladies can bring the drama. We’re guessing following the D.C. and Miami disasters, Bravo is playing it safe when it comes to new franchises. So the Scottsdale ladies had better bring it or else the show will just remain a pilot.

As for Andy’s previous comments of there being no plans for new housewives series, it’s very unlikely he has the lone say in that issue as there are other higher ups at Bravo that get a say as well. But at the end of the day, the fact that Bravo is shooting a new housewives pilot debunks that statement as it at least confirms the network is still open to adding on more housewives series. Plus Andy made that statement before the recent cancellation of the DC Housewives, which leaves room for the network to add a new franchise.

In the meantime, we will continue to daydream about our dream franchise aka the Real Housewives of Dallas. Sigh.

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In a new interview, Bravo’s Vice President of Original Programming and Development aka Andy Cohen discusses the Real Housewives of Miami – explaining why the first season was cut short to just six weeks, the low ratings & the decision to do a live reunion show. Andy also touches on his strong like for Mama Elsa Patton plus his favorite and least favorite part of his job.

Excerpts from Andy’s interview with the Miami New Times below –

What’s your favorite part about your job?
Too many to count! Just talking to people and getting to know people and having fun with them, being on Watch What Happens Live!, I don’t even call that a job. My mom came to the show with me last night and we were getting home at 12:30 and I was like ‘Can you believe that’s even considered work, what I just did?’ It’s just fun.

Least favorite part about your job?
I hate negotiating contracts. It just gets really personal and nasty, not nasty, but very personal and sensitive.

Are there any shows you took a chance with and were surprised they became successful?
The Real Houswives. It was something that we all thought could be interesting but you just never know what’s going to resonate. And Top Chef! And that the title of ‘Top Chef’ actually means something to a lot of people and a lot of chefs is something we’re all very proud of here.

It seems like Bravo shows shot in Miami [Miami Social and the Real Housewives of Miami] have some ratings challenges. Any insight on this?
I don’t know, I feel pretty good about the Miami Housewives. We threw it on with not a lot of promotion and I think those woman are great characters. The truth of the matter was, we put it on because everyone in America was going through such a horrible winter and we just kind of realized we had Miami on the shelf, ready to go, and we needed a little more time to finish New York [Housewives] to make it perfect. Let’s throw it on as a six-week kind of antidote to all the winter madness.

And then by the time we decided to do a reunion show, we were three weeks in and didn’t have time to post it properly, so we decided to do one live. And I think the fact that we [did] a live reunion show speaks to our wanting to do something to celebrate the end of the show. I’ll say that when I had Elsa and Marysol on Watch What Happens Live! it was one of the best half hours I’ve ever had on TV or off TV. It was a blast!

Elsa has been the break-out star of the show, hasn’t she?
She has been one of them, yeah. Look, the breakout star of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills was a hairless pomeranian named Jiggy and we love break-out stars.

If Elsa Patton could grant you three wishes, what would they be?
I think Elsa ‘can’ grant me three wishes, because I think she is a witch. But one would be that she comes back on Watch What Happens Live!, two would be that she finds me the love of my life, and three would be eternal health and happiness.

Who would win a cage match between Elsa and Ramona [from the Real Housewives of New York]?
Ramona. I think she’s fueled by Pinot Grigio, she works out a lot, and Elsa’s got a bum knee. But, I think Elsa could reduce Ramona to tears. If it was a couch match, Elsa could cut Ramon down. But if you threw them in a cage, it’s going to be Ramona.

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