Fans of The Real Housewives of New York City will have to wait a bit longer before indulging in vicarious pleasures like lunching at Cipriani. Despite recent ads announcing the show’s return this month, Bravo’s decided to delay the premiere of the Big Apple’s fourth season until “later this spring.” Why, you ask? The Real Housewives of Miami.
In spite of the rumor mill, the postponement has nothing to do with a lack of sufficient drama – at least not according to New York City housewife Alex McCord: “Good things come to those who wait, and this is our best season yet,” she announced via Twitter.
Executive VP of Original Programming and Development for Bravo, Andy Cohen also offered his insight on the Housewives‘ season swap:
“No conspiracy here, folks. We have an embarrassment of riches with Miami and New York, and can assure you that the Real Housewives of NYC will be well worth the wait, and the Real Housewives of Miami is hot, hot, hot.”
Whatever the reason behind the change, viewers should already be anticipating the fourth installment with at least an ounce of trepidation. With the departure of core cast mate and fan favorite Bethenny Frankel finalized, the producers have opted to throw a seventh housewife in the mix to replace her.
Though the idea of that many New York housewives may be a tad dizzying, the choice is anything but arbitrary. Cindy Barshop, an industrious single mom who owns and operates a chain of hair removal salons, seems to share Frankel’s entrepreneurial hustle. She’s also a “real” native of New York (even if it is Long Island).
But beyond having a career rooted in the real world, we can’t tell much about Barshop’s personality until season four airs “later this spring.” If we’re lucky, she’ll be mocking the “social climbers” and wannabe nobility that surround her, though it’s doubtful she’ll be half as funny as Frankel.
The Real Housewives of Miami premieres February 22nd – for now anyway.Tags: alex mccord, Andy Cohen, bethenny frankel, Bravo, cindy barshop, cipriani, Miami, new television, new tv, new york city, reality show, reality TV, season 4, season four, series premiere, television, the real housewives of miami, the real housewives of new york city