We are three episodes in to the Real Housewives of Orange County and the drama is already ramping up. On last week’s show, we watched demoted Vicki Gunvalson chasing Kelly Dodd around Tamra Judge’s house to try to talk out their differences. Or, more likely, to get extra screen time to try to regain her orange.
So far, the season looks to be more promising than the last few. I am liking newbie Braunwyn Windham-Burke, who seems interesting and grounded. We’ll see how long that lasts! Veteran Tamra’s storyline so far has been her new home–and shamelessly planting some seeds for future conflict between her sons Ryan Vieth and Spencer Barney. Of course, Tamra is all about pot-stirring–and creating drama by voicing her opinions on everything. Fortunately–or unfortunately–for viewers, Tamra is willing to do this both on and off the show.
It’s tough to be the new girl on a Real Housewives show. All of the
older more seasoned cast members are scared of losing the spotlight, and ultimately, their full-time status on the show. Braunwyn Windham-Burke will make her Real Housewives of Orange County debut on tonight’s Season 14 premiere.
Notably, the OG of the OC, Vicki Gunvalson, has been demoted to part-time status. So, those are some
obnoxious big shoes for Braunwyn to fill. Does she have what it takes to last on RHOC? Or will she be a “one and done” like Peggy Sulahian or Peggy Tanous? Well, at least her name isn’t Peggy, so she doesn’t have to deal with that one-season curse. Then again, Gina Kirschenheiter and Emily Simpson each got a second season after contributing zero during their rookie years. RHOC is struggling to say the least. Does Braunwyn have what it takes to resuscitate the original Real Housewives show!? Let’s hope so. There’s a lot riding on this, Braunwyn.
It’s been quite a ride for Shannon Beador since she joined Real Housewives of Orange County. Since we’ve “known” her, Shannon has weathered many storms (see what I did there? I’ll show myself out). First, there was her rocky road to a relationship with Heather Dubrow. Then there was THE AFFAIR, which sent Shannon on a crusade to save her marriage to dead eyes David Beador. Finally, there was the separation and inevitable divorce. Nine lemons in a bowl weren’t enough to save that ship.
Shannon’s life has always been something to watch. In Season 14 of RHOC, I think we’re going to see a completely different Shannon. Since last season, she’s totally come into her own as an individual. She started her own QVC food line, got back in shape – and started dating again with the help of former frenemy Kelly Dodd. Now it looks like Shannon is on to the next!
Buckle your seatbelts, everyone! Season 14 of Real Housewives of Orange County debuts later this summe…zzzzzzzzzzzz… Okay, just kidding, I’m awake. Can you believe we’ve been watching these women for fourteen years? Once upon a time the original Real Housewives series actually delivered. RHOC covered the women’s lowest of lows: i.e., death, divorce dramas, drinks in the face, a fake cancer scam. It’s also given us some of the most unintentionally funny moments on TV. Think Gretchen Rossi’s singing marriage proposal. The show needs more completely staged organic, real life moments like that. Then there’s Jesus Jugs and the women’s sky tops. We will never unsee those!
RHOC paved the way for women-centered reality shows. Each season post-Brooks Ayers, however, has been awful. Not because he’s gone though. The stories have been stale, overdone, and slow. The reunion of the tres amigas last season still wasn’t enough. For the first time, there were rumors that Bravo was demoted Vicki Gunvalson, OG of the OC, to shake things up. Rumors aside, for the show to continue, we need a revival. Tamra Judge agrees.
We have seen them come, go, and come back again. Some Housewives have left the fold to pursue bigger and better things. Or just fade into obscurity. Heather Dubrow departed Real Housewives of Orange County after five seasons and a volatile squabble with Kelly Dodd. It’s a shame, because while many viewers felt Heather was cold and unapproachable, she was at least legitimately rich. She had an effortlessly chic, New York flair about her, and didn’t fit in with the rest of the Orange County crew.
Fans of Heather have missed her champagne-filled quips and seeing her enormous home. Heather haters have found themselves in a quandary because who wants to see Vicki Gunvalson and Tamra Judge fight for the 679th time? In the past, Heather has teased a comeback. She has remained friends with mostly everyone, except Kelly. Heather cited her reasons for leaving RHOC were due to spending more time with family and because she wasn’t being offered more serious roles in Hollywood. Now that we haven’t seen Fancy Pants show up on a sitcom or nighttime soap, does that mean she is considering a return to
a steady paycheck reality television?
During the last few weeks, we have been bombarded with the sad news that Lisa Vanderpump is leaving the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills after nine seasons. When word got out that Lisa had ditched the reunion, it seemed pretty clear her Housewife days were numbered.
Almost everyone has an opinion or theory on Lisa’s exit–from fans to co-stars to other Housewives. And Real Housewives of Orange County star Tamra Judge, of course, has her own views on Lisa’s departure, as she has an opinion on everything. And some of her thoughts may surprise you.
Watching all the family scenes on this season of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills makes me nostalgic for one of my all-time favorite Housewife hubbies–Paul Nassif. The scenes between Paul and then-wife Adrienne Maloof were often entertaining–and uncomfortable–as they bickered over everything from child-rearing to romance to how to order food in a restaurant. All that arguing eventually led to an acrimonious split, with the couple announcing their divorce in 2012.
Since that time, Paul and Adrienne have mended fences and are now on good terms. Paul, of course, has gone on to star on Botched, with former Real Housewives of Orange County hubby Terry Dubrow. And now Paul has some good news in the romance department to announce–he was recently engaged!
The Real Housewives of Orange County are the OG’s of using their notoriety to sell products. Vicki Gunvalson has shilled wine in the past–and last year even promoted a trip to Puerto Vallarta with fans. Darn, I missed that! Tamra Judge uses every opportunity she can to promote her fitness business. Real for Real Cuisine is peddled by Shannon Beador–again and again. And former Orange County Housewife Heather Dubrow launched a successful skin care line.
Why should Gina Kirschenheiter be any different? But what to sell…what to promote? I guess with her recent DUI arrest, promoting wine like Vicki is out. Ditto for driving schools as she was also cited for talking on her cell phone while driving earlier this year. Makeup is always a possibility as Gina loves blue eye shadow–but would anyone hire her–and her heavy-handed makeup skills? Such a conundrum–just what could Long Island Gina sell or promote? For better or worse, we now have an answer.