Not so great ratings and negative reviews in tow, the show must go on, and it did last night as Bravo aired the second episode of the Real Housewives of Miami.
While episode 2 didn’t seem to help matters that much, a single phone call via Lea Black on Watch What Happens Live last night did seem to bring some glimmer of hope. Perhaps this season won’t be all that bad after all. More on this later.
The episode begins with Adriana having a convo with fiance Frederic as the two have a surprisingly not awkward conversation about Adriana and her love for guys. The topic then turns to the catwalk drama involving the other ladies. Adriana gets it right when she refers to Larsa and Cristy as high school “mean girls” in her interview, but gets it wrong when she states she did not make a fool of herself on the catwalk.
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Weeks after bumping the Real Housewives of NYC, Bravo premiered the Real Housewives of Miami last night and so far, the reviews today have pretty much panned the show, but more on this later. The Miami franchise definitely felt like a mix between Basketball Wives and the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Is this a good mix you ask? Well, let’s find out!
On to the recap – the premiere episodes of the Bravo housewives are usually a bit ADD and all over the place but something about the RHMIA just seemed slightly more all over the place.
In the first scene, we are introduced to snob #1 Lea, a “people collector” who finds joy in collecting crazy people, as I breathe a sigh of relief that Lea wasn’t around pre-Lincoln days. Some of the people collected by Lea include rapper Rick Ross and former NBA hot mess star Dennis Rodman. In this scene, we also get a glimpse of drag queen Elaine Lancaster in the background. Elaine was rumored to have been a cast member back when the show was still titled ‘Miami Social Club.’ It will be interesting to see if Elaine is in a lot of scenes through out the season. So okay, not a big fan of Lea but what the hey! There are 5 more ladies left so let’s go!
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On the premiere episode tonight titled ‘Paradise Cost,’ the RHMIA ladies are ready to bring the heat, starting with back stabbing and trash talk right from the get go. Adriana is off to a bad start when the ladies make fun of her during a fake strut down the catwalk, and things aren’t much better for some of the housewives at what should be a fun cooking party.
The Real Housewives of Miami debuts at 10/9c on Bravo.
Watch What Happens Live – Joining Andy Cohen in the Bravo clubhouse tonight will be Miami housewives Alexia, Lea and Adriana plus Andy promises a “special surprise.”
Meanwhile, some of the Miami housewives are speaking out in a new interview and the big question was are they worried about “editing?” That answer is no according to Lea Black. “I think you have to give people the material,” said Lea. “And if they edit you … I mean, as long as it’s in context, I don’t think you can blame anyone but yourself.”
Lea, a Miami socialite married to criminal defense attorney Roy Black goes on to add, “No one can force you to say things that you say. Now if you’re making a joke and you’re saying something and it’s taking it out of context and put into a mean spirit then I might have an issue about the editing.”
Meanwhile, Alexia Echevarria reveals they haven’t seen the final cut of the show yet, telling reporters “it’s been a while, it’s been almost a year since we filmed but – so it’s going to be interesting.”
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The RHMIA (Bravo also announced today that’s the hash tag they want to use for the show) was originally filmed as a different show under the title Miami Social Club. However following filming, Bravo loved what they saw, so much that they decided to make it a housewives franchise.
The cast includes (from left to right in the above photo), Alexia Echevarria - executive editor of Venue magazine, Marysol Patton - runs her own PR firm the Patton Group, Larsa Pippen - wife of former NBA star Scottie Pippen, Cristy Rice - recently divorced from NBA star Glen Rice, plus Lea Black - wife of famed attorney Roy Black and Adriana DeMoura-Sidi – a full time mom & art collector.
And despite the reports that came out a while back stating Elaine Lancaster, a Miami South Beach drag queen would be a “housewife,” Elaine did not make the final cast. A preview clip is below -
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Coming soon to a TV near you? The Real Housewives of Miami reports E! Online.
According to E!, not only is the series happening, but it’s a done deal! As it has already completed filming. There is however a catch. A production source tells E! the series will not be as trashy as its predecessors because the show was “originally shot to be a different show, but they have decided to make it a part of the Housewives franchise.”
It seems the show was slated to be titled ‘Miami Social Club‘ not to be confused with the other Bravo flop show simply titled Miami Social. Apparently, once the show finished filming, Bravo loved what they saw and decided to turn this into yet another housewives series.
And in a Bravo first, the Miami series will feature a drag queen as a cast member! Pictured above on the far right is Elaine Lancaster, who is described as the drag queen of Miami South Beach. While Bravo refused to confirm the news, the insider states “the show is set to begin airing sometime between November and January” on Bravo.
As for the cast, it will include Larsa Pippen (pictured far left – wife of former NBA star Scottie Pippen), and Alexia Echevarria (pictured center – Venue Magazine editor).
The remaining cast will include Christy Rice (ex-wife of former NBA star Glen Rice), Art scene socialite Adriana Sidi, public relations expert Marysol Patton, and charity planner Lea Black, wife of famous defense attorney Roy Black. More cast photos below.
And once again, with the less than impressive ratings of the DC Housewives, and the upcoming Real Housewives of Beverly Hills franchise, we have to wonder if Bravo is over-saturating their successful Housewives franchise with too many series. Plus we’re not quite sure we’re buying the whole ‘this franchise will be classier than the rest argument.’ We highly doubt Bravo would have turned a very classy show into a housewives series, as we all know that Bravo is allergic to classy, at least when it comes to their housewives.
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