It’s no secret that Season 5 of The Real Housewives of New York has premiered to lackluster ratings, and now show insiders are grumbling that the show needs some of that old cast magic back.
According to New York Daily News, a show insider said that Bravo needs to bring back some of the fired Housewives, most notably Jill Zarin and Alex McCord. “The best thing they could do is bring back Jill and Alex and pretend this season never happened,” the source said.
It’s an interesting sentiment, since both Alex and Jill have been vocal about their dissatisfaction over getting fired and that they would love to return to the show. “You don’t change what works,” Zarin told NYDN in the same article.
However, not all is lost for the new RHONY. The new cast members — Carole Radziwill, Heather Thomson, and Aviva Drescher — are still settling into their new roles, and they are already stirring up some highly watchable drama. In Monday’s episode, Heather didn’t invite Ramona on a “girls’ weekend” to London, which rubbed the established Housewife the wrong way.
It was reported that Bravo initially changed up the cast and dropped Jill, Alex, Kelly Bensimon, and Cindy Barshop because the season (and franchise) had gotten “too dark.” The producers wanted to inject some new blood into the series, so they went for a trio of wealthy, established socialites and businesswomen. The mixing in of wealthier, savvier women worked well for Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, which features some of the richest women on the franchise and doesn’t lack in drama.
RHONY initially started off as a show called Manhattan Moms, so the extreme wealth and social connections that we’ve come to associate with Real Housewives weren’t a factor into the initial casting. (Indeed, former cast member Alex, who was originally cast in Manhattan Moms, was often mocked for her lackluster pedigree, Brooklyn address, and awkward social climbing.) However, most of the women on the show were “new money,” so it was easy to transition the show to a Housewives brand. Over the years, the show did take a dark turn, with Jill lashing out at former BFF Bethenny Frankel when her career began to take off, Alex becoming more desperate for camera time, and Kelly’s behavior becoming increasingly bizarre.
But, aren’t the bizarre, petty arguments exactly what we kind of like about RHONY? Should the show really bring back Jill and Alex to help out the lagging series? Or will the new Housewives eventually give us the drama that we so strongly desire?
Either way, we aren’t ready to give up on the new Housewives just yet. It’s nice to watch a show made up almost entirely of women that you enjoy, but we hope that doesn’t mean less drama down the road.
The Real Housewives of New York airs Mondays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Bravo.
Source: NYDN, Perez Hilton, RealityTVWorld
Maria Mercedes Lara is an editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter @maria_mercedes.
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