Following months of speculation, it has now been confirmed that the Real Housewives of Miamiwill be returning for a second season!
Housewife Alexia Echevarria confirmed the news via her twitter page! “Dear Followers, Yes, #RHOM2 is coming back but there is going to be some BIG changes and that’s all I can say…… so Stay tuned!” tweeted Alexia.
As of the moment, there is no word yet on the casting changes we can expect though the general consensus seems to be that Larsa Pippen will not be returning. The reason? Well for starters, she is no longer residing in Miami since moving to Chicago with her husband and family.
At the end of the day, it’s safe to assume most fans of the show will be okay with any of the housewives getting the axe as long as Mama Elsa Patton returns! Let’s face it, Elsa was THE star of the show.
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE RHOM SEASON 2? EXCITED? DO YOU THINK THE SHOW CAN BE SAVED?
In a new interview, Real Housewives of Miami star Marysol Patton displays some refreshing honesty when she candidly discusses the first season of the Bravo show and why it failed to impress some fans.
For starters, the show seemed to have all the makings of its successful Bravo counterparts, such as the catfights, dramatic dinners from hell, and even a party crashing incident, but for some reason, it just didn’t gel well together. The RHOM brought in pretty low ratings for Bravo, even lower than the Real Housewives of DC which was recently canceled.
“The ratings? I knew why that was happening,” said Marysol to the Daily Beast. “They literally told us 10 days before it aired that the show was going to air.” The Daily Beast however notes it was actually 19 days; with Bravo making the officially announcement to postpone the NYC Housewives in favor of the RHOM on Feb. 3. The Miami Housewives made its debut on Feb. 22.
“We got one week’s promotion,” Marysol continued. “All the other shows get two months of, ‘It’s coming, it’s coming, it’s coming!’ What kind of following can you get when there’s only one of advertising?”
And Marysol, who owns a PR company, wasn’t happy with the very short time they had to promote the show. “When we were told, all of a sudden everyone in [my] office froze. We looked at each in awe, like, What are we going to do? We looked at each other like, Why do we all feel so paralyzed? I didn’t know what to do. We had to let Bravo do their thing, I couldn’t go gang-busters doing my own PR. So I had to sit back and watch… We were all frozen and frustrated.”
Marysol also points out what has been widely reported which is that the show was not intended to be a housewives series. In fact, she reveals when she was first approached by Bravo to do the show, it was sold to her as an untitled project “about women in business and philanthropy.”
“It wasn’t supposed to be a Housewives show,” said Marysol adding that Bravo considered different titles such as Miami Caliente and Miami Chicas. “So they did a lot of work scenes, which got cut out.” And when the show finally aired, her storyline “was turned into romance and my mom.”
Marysol reveals she and her costars were told their show would become a Real Housewives series after filming wrapped. She adds that she wasn’t happy most of her work scenes were cut out, echoing the same sentiments of her costar Cristy Rice who stated she was disappointed Bravo failed to make mention of her boutique, which she has had for 12 years.
Despite everything, Marysol makes it clear she enjoyed the Housewives experience and most importantly her mom,Elsa Patton, who has become a fan favorite and now has her own twitter account, loves the attention that comes with the show.
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON MARYSOL’S COMMENTS ABOUT WHY THE RHOM FLOPPED?
Instead, her narrative “was turned into romance and my mom.”
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.
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON ANDY’S INTERVIEW & COMMENTS?
On the fifth episode this season titled “Beach Slap,” Larsa welcomes the ladies to an Italian-culinary tutorial at her private restaurant, but what could have been tasty turns testy because of swirling rumors and accusations. Elsewhere, Marysol returns from her elopement in Aspen; and Cristy and Alexia participate in a fashion show, but an ill-fated turn of events blindsides one of them.
Watch What Happens Live – The guests tonight will include the one and only Elsa Patton and her daughter Marysol Patton! Andy Cohen revealed on Sunday’s episode that Elsa was terrified of flying so he had to send two of his staffers to Miami to safely drive her back to NYC. Part of the journey was taped and will be shown tonight.
Elsa also tweeted (yes she is on twitter) some of her demands to Andy yesterday. “@bravoandy these are my demands. I want soft yellow roses, I’m a lady. That is all. A woman never gives more than she takes,” tweeted Elsa. Below is a pic of Mama Elsa and Marysol during their journey.
Meanwhile, a new poll is up on who is your least disliked favorite Miami housewife, and you can cast your vote below. Good luck.
A preview clip of the new episode –
TELL US – WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE MIAMI HOUSEWIFE & WHY? THOUGHTS ON TONIGHT’S NEW EPISODE?
In an interview with the Miami Herald, the NYC Housewife shares her opinion on RHMIA’s Elsa Patton and Lea Black. According to Ramona, Lea is badly in need of a makeover.
“I thought she looked like she was going to a costume party,” Ramona stated about the House of Gaga reject attire Lea wore to Adriana‘s gallery opening. “She looked a little ridiculous.” Oh but Ramona had more to say. “Someone’s giving her bad fashion tips. I think she needs a makeover,” added Ramona about Lea’s crimes against fashion. “It just looks like she’s stuck in a bad era.” Ouch!
And what does Ramona think of the glamorous Elsa? “I freaked out. I didn’t know if she was a man or a woman at first,” said Ramona upon facing Elsa for the first time on television. “I didn’t know if she was like a drag queen, I swear.” Telling it like it is indeed.
In other MIA news, the Miami Herald reported last week that three of the housewives – Alexia Echevarria, Marysol Patton and Lea Black — share a six degrees of separation with Willy Falcon and Sal Magluta, dubbed “The Boys” during the real Miami Vice era. Both currently seat in prison as Falcon pleaded guilty to money laundering and got 20 years in prison, while Magluta was convicted in 2002, sentenced to 205 years and ordered to pay a fine of $63 million for laundering cocaine profits to defense attorneys, bribed jurors and Colombian hit men.
Alexia, 43, then Alexia Figueredo married a Magluta associate Pedro L. Rosello in 1992, the same year their son Pedro aka Peter was born in Hialeah. Rosello, who cooperated as a government witness, was ultimately convicted of cocaine trafficking, and served some time in prison. Alexia and Rosello were divorced by the end of 1995.
Meanwhile, Marysol, 44, was the girlfriend of a convicted, big-time cocaine distributor who also was a cooperating witness in the federal drug case.
As for the role of Lea, 56, she is married to famed attorney Roy Black, who was paid millions to represent Magluta. When Roy was asked about the connections between the Bravo show and the Willy-and-Sal case, he simply stated, “It’s so Miami, that’s for sure.”
If you recall, the self proclaimed Cuban Barbie managed to diss the entire city of Hialeah – population 250,000 – when she referred to them as a “lower” class of people who purchase her Venue magazine as a means to live vicariously through the socialites portrayed in her mag, which caters to Hispanics.
The Miami Herald reports the folks of Hialeah are none too pleased with Alexia’s comments, especially considering the fact that her husband Herman Echevarria, is a former Hialeah City Council president and former chairman of the Hialeah Chamber of Commerce and Industries.
Longtime resident, sixth-grade science teacher and former political hopeful Phil Secada, 56, told the Herald that Alexia’s comment was uncalled for. “We got good people,” Secada said. “I can’t think of a better place to live than Hialeah. I have been to all 50 states except three. I love Hialeah.”
Society writer and former Herald columnist Daisy Olivera called Alexia’s comment a classic “case of ‘open mouth, insert Louboutin.’” Nobody “with any semblance of class or humility call anyone else ‘lower persons,’ especially not your own, hard-working people,” wrote Olivera blasting Alexia. Ouch.
Alexia has since apologized for her comments, stating: “I admire and respect the people of Hialeah; in fact my husband is a product of Hialeah.”
In other MIA news, Elsa Patton, darling mother to Miami housewife Marysol Patton, continues to be a hot topic, mainly for her appearance. In fact, our site got a ton of searches for Elsa this week, with most having to do with Elsa’s face, and many wanting to know what she had done, or what she used to look like.
Well good news, as we now have a before photo of Elsa, and she was actually not too shabby looking. That before photo is below –
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON ALEXIA’S COMMENTS PLUS ELSA’S BEFORE PHOTO?
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So is it time for Bravo to start panicking? Maybe, maybe not. Bravo did air a sneak peek of the premiere episode on Sunday night so perhaps the viewers who tuned in on Sunday failed to show up on Tuesday. But then again, it might just have been the bad word of mouth. As we previously reported, the show has been panned with negative reviews from both viewers and critics.
In general, premiere episodes tend to be low in ratings as some viewers wait for the drama to build up. Example – the October 2010 premiere of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills brought in 1.5 million viewers, but the viewership steadily grew as the show went on to average well over 2 million viewers for its first season.
And oh yeah, above is a photo of Marysol Patton and her 76-year-old mother Elsa Patton. The photo was taken this week during the RHMIA premiere party.
In other news, the ‘Real Housewives of Late Night‘ made their second season return last night on the Late Night With Jimmy Fallon show. The highlarious skits will be airing every other Thursday on the talk show. And just in case you’re wondering, Denise seems to be a dead ringer forJill Zarin, while Lydia channels Caroline Manzo. Perhaps Yvonne is Nene Leakes?
Watch the video below to find out what Renee, Dale, Denise, Lydia, and Yvonne been up to!
TELL US – SHOULD BRAVO BE WORRIED ABOUT THE LOW PREMIERE RATINGS & BAD REVIEWS? THOUGHTS ON THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF LATE NIGHT SKIT?