The success of a Real Housewives season is based on several factors, one of the biggest being the cast. The Real Housewives of Potomac has been so successful because the cast is truly an ensemble and they all bring their A-game year after year. And we saw last year on the Real Housewives of Orange County that no matter how hard you try, some ladies will just NOT work well together to make good TV. The rumblings around the current grandma-filled season of the Real Housewives of New York is also evidence of that, especially considering they’re a teeny tiny cast of 5 this year. And that’s clearly why Bravo is taking its time to figure out the next move for the Real Housewives of Atlanta.
Last season of RHOA was a bit all over the place. The Bolo hype was real, but aside from that, the season felt disconnected and a little stale. Kenya Moore and Porsha Williams will obviously never resolve their issues, and that as a storyline is played out. Newbie Drew Sidora and her bad wig was a bit of a bust. And Kandi Burruss and Cynthia Bailey essentially brought NOTHING to the season, and 50 Cynt even had a whole ass wedding. And again I’m pleading, WHY IS Marlo Hampton STILL PEACHLESS? Make it make sense.
It’s no secret Real Housewives of Atlanta might need some help. Last year was a fever dream and in the space of about five reality television minutes, it appears Season 14 of RHOA will revolve around Porsha Williams and her 97 wedding ceremonies to Simon Guobadia. Maybe if we’re super lucky, Drew Sidora will be there to provide updates on the prophets every five minutes and the Kenya Moore Hair Care marching band can supply entertainment.
Gossip is swirling that Cynthia Bailey’s time might be up, combined with hints of a potential returning Housewife. Chances are good it isn’t Phaedra Parks because it wouldn’t be Bravo’s best look to throw another opportunity at the woman who started a rape rumor. Now it appears Shereé Whitfield has picked up the phone, called Tyrone (called him), and she’s telling him to come on because the Bone Collector might be back on the job.
Real Housewives of Atlanta alum Phaedra Parks is a controversial character. When she first joined the show, she was hilarious with her quick one-liners and over-the-top parties put on by none other than Dwight Eubanks. When Phaedra was good, she was good — pickle photo shoots, her mortician journey, her donkey booty in a thong. But when she was bad, boy, did things get dark. We can’t forget her crusade against Kenya Moore, calling her a “whore” every chance she got, based on lies from her ex-husband Apollo Nida. And the nail in the coffin was when she spread horrible rumors about Kandi Burrus and Todd Tucker, claiming they were planning to drug and rape Porsha Williams. While Miss Phaedra might have no regrets from her time on RHOA, she probably should have a few.
As an RHOA cast shakeup is imminent, fans have been talking about who they’d like to see added back to the show. Phaedra and OG Sheree Whitfield’s names have been thrown around quite a bit. And to be honest, I was rooting for Phaedra. I miss her hilarious reads and her adorable children on my TV. But her actions are unjustifiable and she needs to put in the work to earn a return. And based on some of her recent social media activity, it’s not exactly looking like Phaedra is ready to sit back, listen and learn. Unfortunately.
Let’s discuss the Real Housewives of Dallas it’s precarious status after a frustrating season. Kary Brittingham dumped salsa on beds and spent the majority of the time with her new BFF tequila. Stephanie Hollman blinked a lot and defended her buddy after making a video mocking Asians, and a social media exercise in how to be a complete dick courtesy of Kameron Westcott’s family went down after the reunion. The whole thing was a mess.
Losing LeeAnne Locken to asshole comments about Kary’s heritage taught no lessons in sensitivity or owning mistakes and Season 5 fell apart after recently-tapped Tiffany Moon arrived as the first Asian cast member. Fans were appalled at how Tiffany was treated and Brandi Redmond’s self-imposed victimization of a tone deaf video no one forced her to make didn’t help. Viewers called for firings or cancelling the show completely and now rumors are swirling some ladies are out. If one door closes, another one opens, and Cary Deuber might be behind door number one.
After Season 13 of the Real Housewives of Atlanta, the cast is clearly due for a shake-up. Marlo Hampton needs a peach in her hand, to fix the “snoozefest” of a show. Kenya Moore and Porsha Williams’ long-time feud has been overplayed. And we even had #Bologate and Prophet Lott, yet the season just didn’t hit like the good old days. But I gotta give the ATL ladies a break — the COVID-19 pandemic took its toll on all Bravo shows. And it definitely wasn’t the worst — looking at you, Real Housewives of Orange County.
There’s been a lot of buzz about who will appear on RHOA Season 14. LaToya Ali may be one and done after her explosive debut. There are always rumors swirling that Phaedra Parks and/or Sheree Whitfield will make a return. Maybe even NeNe Leakes, never say never. And it’s obvious some of the girls just need to go.
Even though Cynthia Bailey went forward with her
superspreader wedding last year, she brought very little to the show. She really has been chilling on the sidelines since the days of Peter Thomas causing drama are behind her. Just look at the last reunion — she barely said a peep. Aside from defending having a huge wedding in the midst of a global pandemic, so big that even Bravo bailed on filming.
The Bravo gods have answered our (my) prayers — Heather Dubrow is returning to the Real Housewives of Orange County. The news of Fancy Pant’s long-awaited return comes along with some arguably even better news — Kelly Dodd and Braunwyn Windham-Burke are OUT for good. No more Kelly Fraud’s nasty comments and total ignorance. Or Braunwyn’s over-the-top narcissism. Both ladies were eyeing for a return, but the fans have spoken. And Boringwin really uprooted her entire life as she knew it for a TV show that doesn’t want her back. What a shame. Oh, and Elizabeth Lyn Vargas is out after one season, but we hardly got to know her anyway.
The Fancy Pants news is just too much to bear. We’ll finally see the completed Dubrow family mansion. Terry Dubrow, despite duping fans about Heather’s return, will be back on our screens to provide plastic surgery advice and corny dad jokes. And this could lead to a potential Tamra Judge return, but no news has been announced yet. CHAMPS FOR EVERYONE, except maybe Shannon Beador.
If this season of Real Housewives of Atlanta could be summed up in two words it would be “friend of”. It seems that Marlo Hampton, Falynn Guobadia and LaToya Ali were the only ones who came with their peaches in hand. Most of Falynn’s drama has been happening off screen and we can’t get enough. But let us not forget when she insulted
Porsha’s new man Falynn’s soon-to-be-ex, causing Falynn to chase her out of her house with a golf club. All in a medusa outfit complete with body paint. Whew.
But LaToya wasn’t done bringing the smoke, pissing off literally everyone. She came for Drew Sidora so hard, I didn’t think Drew would survive the season. And despite coming into the season as Kenya Moore’s new bestie, she certainly didn’t stay that way.
I’m not going to lie, I love seeing any bad news about Kim Zolciak and her crew. But back in the very early days of Real Housewives of Atlanta, Kim was a harmless narcissist. Who just so happened to be the mistress to a very rich man. She was entertaining and delusional, which is exactly how I like my housewives. One of my all time favorite housewives moments ever was watching Kim drink a glass of wine and smoke a cigarette in a strip mall parking lot, blasting the original “Don’t Be Tardy For The Party.” All in front of an equally delusional Sheree Whitfield, who commented on what a lovely singing voice Kim had. Of course, those were all pre-wig shifting days.
But Kim ultimately moved on from Big Poppa and created another “one hit wonder” thanks to Kandi Burruss. But Kim’s origin with “Don’t Be Tardy For The Party” ultimately led her to her own spin off. Once Kim met now-husband Kroy Biermann at Sheree’s charity dance off, love bloomed and she quickly became pregnant. Don’t Be Tardy For The Wedding was created and ultimately, she left RHOA to have her own show, Don’t Be Tardy. It featured Kim, Kroy and their gaggle of kids. Chaos ensued. So did plastic surgery. And money was spent. Lots of it. I will never fully understand how they kept up with the lifestyle they portrayed but now we are getting a little glimpse as to why.