There has been a lot of speculation on the state of Bravo’s “Real Housewives” franchise. When once it was a force to be reckoned with, viewership shows that just because a cast is blessed with “The Real Housewives” title, it doesn’t mean they’re going to be a hit.
Now, Radaronline.com reports that “The Real Housewives of DC” has been impeached from the franchise.
“The show just didn’t do well and it wasn’t worth airing another season,” a source “close to the situation” tells the site.
We contacted Bravo for a statement and a representative tells us, “The network has made no decision regarding a Season 2.”
According to the report, filming for the second DC season was to begin about now, but Bravo has yet to contact the housewives about their decision to cancel the series.
The first season of the series was marred by the antics of the alleged gatecrashers, Michaele and Tareq Salahi, and several of the cast members believed the couple hijacked the season. It was a bit of a PR debacle for the network, as well, as it played coy around confirming that the Salahis were on the show to begin with.
So, could the currently underperforming “Real Housewives of Miami” be the nail in the coffin? Or is it just coincidental that it’s airing as the network has been making some adjustments to its thinking around the franchise.
SVP of original programming and development and the face of Bravo, Andy Cohen, recently said there won’t be anymore new “Housewives” added to the franchise. And the network’s recent announcement that the Miami reunion show will take place live has raised some eyebrows among reporters and bloggers. Is the series performing so badly that it needed the boost of such a gimmick?
“They’ve realized a lot with the failure of DC and Miami,” the site’s source says. “And they’re going to concentrate on the successful shows they have and not expand any further.”
Thus far, the franchise includes Orange County, Atlanta, New Jersey, New York, DC, Beverly Hills and Miami.
Do you think the DC and Miami housewives deserve another season? Or do you believe Bravo should focus on the hit casts it already has?