After last season, the Real Housewives of Orange County had a lot of work to do to avoid the chopping block. To be fair, the show’s been pretty downhill since the peak days of the Brooks Ayers cancer scam. Once Vicki Gunvalson and Tamra Judge were out, it seemed like RHOC was on a sinking ship. And none other than Kelly Dodd and Braunwyn Windham-Burke were at the wheel, responsible for the final blow that almost took it down.
Andy Cohen and co. knew they had some work to do to fix the oldest Real Housewives city in the franchise ahead of Season 16. They sent Boringwyn and Kelly Fraud packing and
begged for brought back the champs queen herself, Heather Dubrow. Heather has always brought wealth and class to RHOC, and she is forever on the right side of history when it comes to calling out Kelly’s horrific behavior. However, Fancy Pants was headed into Season 16 with a whole lot of weight on her shoulders to fix the show. And in honor of that, she’s the star of the first RHOC trailer of the season.
People premiered the trailer for the Heather Dubrow show this week ahead of RHOC’s premiere date on December 1st. We see Fancy Pants in her mansion, heading back to her roots and whooping it up with the girls (even though Tammy Sue isn’t by her side yet). Heather finds a new buddy in Gina Kirschenheiter, who loves that Heather brings her to “fancy shit.” That’s my goal — to be under the wing of someone as fabulous as Heather. But Heather’s return isn’t good news for everybody — particularly Shannon Beador.
Shannon has some fun in the trailer when the girls take a trip to Cabo, as she seems to be in her element whenever the RHOC ladies head to Mexico. But aside from that, Shannon’s a bit of a mess. She doesn’t like everyone fawning over Heather. And considering the history between these two, it probably is even more of a sting. Shannon also stirs the pot next season. Particularly, we see a moment when Heather confronts Gina and Emily Simpson and proclaims that Shannon told her not to trust them. Shanny, you not-so-sly dog. I don’t see Shannon going up against Fancy Pants as ending well for her, but we’ll have to see.
The trailer also introduced us to newbies Noella Bergener and Jen Armstrong. Noella, Brauny’s old pal, seems to be following in her former BFF’s footsteps by being a trainwreck on camera. She deals with financial issues and divorce all in season one. And apparently, she decided it was a good idea to give Heather’s daughter pornography as a gift for some unknown reason. I’m definitely going to need some more context to that, but it sounds exactly like someone out of Braunwyn’s camp.
Jennifer, on the other hand, is a physician with a husband who hates wearing a shirt. Interesting enough, I guess. We also got a glimpse at Emily’s little weasel of a husband Shane Simpson. And frankly, seeing him is always a bummer. So while the trailer didn’t give me super high hopes that RHOC was on the up again, it was nice to see Heather back in her element. But the truth will be revealed once the season premieres if a whole lot of champs can get this series back to its roots.
Watch the Real Housewives of Orange County Season 16 trailer below.
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