Reality Roundup: Series Ratings and Casting Rumors

Kelly Bensimon (Source: Peter Kramer/AP)

Bravo‘s Concrete Jungle installment of The Real Housewives franchise may be demolished after this season. Despite the success of other Real Housewives series in the franchise, the current season of The Real Housewives of New York City has the lowest viewership in the show’s history.

Although the cast members are entangled in an array of drama, including bankruptcies and cheating scandals, viewers have been tuning out in increasing numbers. Since the season premiere, the show has continued to decrease in viewership—hitting a series low of 1.2 million viewers for the fifth episode.

“Bravo executives are watching the numbers closely and they are definitely considering getting rid of the New York franchise,” a source close to the production told RadarOnline.

Despite the increase in viewership the past two weeks, the core audience of 18-49 year olds that advertisers look for has decreased drastically.

“The ladies just aren’t connecting with viewers and they need something major to happen to them,” the source continued.

Viewers of The Real Housewives of New York City may be intrigued when they see a familiar face later this season when former RHONY star Kelly Bensimon guest stars on the show.

In a recent interview with WetPaint, Kelly revealed that Countess LuAnn de Lesseps asked her to come on the show to walk in a fashion show. “LuAnn asked me to come on with her. She was like, ‘Will you walk in this fashion show for me and surprise all the ladies?’ And I obviously told her that I would. It was really fun. I got to meet Carole Radziwill, who’s incredibly smart, funny, and charming. She said she wanted to meet some guys to snuggle with, so I set her up on some dates,” Kelly said in the interview.

When asked if she would ever return to the show, Kelly expressed that she is open to the opportunity; however,  she would only return if she could showcase her life in an more natural, unscripted manner. “I loved being on the show and meeting these women and observing their lives. The only way that I would actually ever consider coming back is if I could actually show my real life and be able to celebrate who I am, versus being in a scene with women I don’t know. 

Kelly and her former casemates Jill Zarin, Alex McCord and Cindy Barshop, were booted from the franchise after the fourth season of the show. She is currently keeping busy promoting her new fragrance line.

Speaking of returning housewives, if the rumors surrounding The Real Housewives of Atlanta casting are true, than an original housewife may be making a comeback.

After a record-breaking season, The Real Housewives of Atlanta may be undergoing a huge cast shakeup. Rumor has it that Cynthia Bailey and Porsha Stewart will not be returning for season seven of the show. Instead, former Real Housewives of Atlanta star Sheree Whitfield may be returning, Sister 2 Sister reported on Thursday May 1st.

Sheree was included in the exclusive guest list to Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker‘s wedding last month and has made recent appearances on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live.

If the rumors are true, Sheree would be the second housewife in history to return to the franchise. The Real Housewives of New Jersey star Dina Manzo was the first housewife to ever return after a hiatus. Dina will be starring in the upcoming season of RHONJ. 

Bravo is taking a leap into scripted television programming. The network is currently developing a new series entitled All the Pretty Faces. In collaborating with Warner Horizon Television, the show is being executively produced by actress Jennifer Garner.

“By teaming up with the incredibly talented Jennifer Garner, we can bring fans a compelling family drama with a fun, mystical twist,” Andrew Wang, Bravo’s Vice President of Scripted Development & Production said in a statement.

The network is also working on two additional scripted shows to add to their lineup—Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce and Odd Mom Left Out.

While it seems that every Real Housewives star is selling something these days, The Real Housewives of New Jersey star Melissa Gorga is branching out into the jewelry business. The Love Italian Style author recently secured a deal with HSN for her own line of affordable jewelry due out this summer.

In a statement for Us Magazine, Melissa revealed her desire to offer “something fresh that was luxurious and bold, but accessible for stylish women at any age,” prompted her to create this line.

“I’ve always admired one-of-a-kind statement pieces so I wanted to create a collection of my own,” Gorga tells told the mag. “When designing the collection, I was looking to create those ‘wow’ pieces that people would stop you and say, ‘Where did you get that?'”

The jewelry line will feature pieces that range in price from $20 to $100.

While on the subject of RHONJ we have exclusive info that things may not be fine and dandy on the new season between Teresa Giudice and her family. A castmember, whose name we cannot reveal, told us that the mother of four has “brought evil to the show” and “has ruined all the Housewives shows”  when she notoriously flipped a table during the first season.

Tell us— Do you think the Teresa table flip changed the course of Housewives? Leave a comment below and voice your opinion! Your email will never be sold or shared. 

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Brent Osborne has always been loud, a little brash and unapologetically truthful. Prior to joining TBB, Brent founded and authored the successful Real Housewives blog, ThatHousewifeGuy.com and the Starpulse.com column of the same name. Brent’s industry experience is extensive and includes interviewing former Real Housewives of New York City star, Jill Zarin. Inspired by his former teachers, Brent is currently pursuing a career in Childhood Education with hopes of becoming a High School Guidance Counselor. With coffee running through his veins, Brent works numerous jobs and attends school full-time. Brent’s mantra is “Love what you do and work with others who do the same.” He’s grateful to his supportive family and friends for cheering on all of his endeavors!

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