4/8 UPDATE: Bravo confirmed that Shahs of Sunset will be renewed for Season 4!
Whatever the weather where you live, it definitely feels like a changing of the seasons on Bravo these days. All of our well-loved winter programming is ending, making room for a fresh set of shows to carry us into spring. We just said goodbye to Vanderpump Rules and, already, we have to bid another favorite farewell.
The Shahs of Sunset wrapped up their 2-part reunion last night and I must admit those crazy, wonderful Persians had me a little bit misty-eyed by the end. It’s almost unfathomable how this group, who at turns were at each others throats all season, could pull it together in a message of love to wrap up their third installment–but they did. Somehow, in the space of one meal, MJ & GG went from hurling insults and hate across mounds of dried fruit and baked goods to tearfully professing their eternal affection. The same went for Mike and Reza who, despite admitting a lack of trust on both sides, hugged it out in the end; both unwilling to let such a meaningful friendship die.
Even Lilly, who hadn’t really been a part of the group all season, seemed to be accepted warmly back into the fold by the time of the final toast. So, what exactly had Andy slipped into those gilded goblets to get everyone feeling so warm and fuzzy? Whatever the magic cocktail was I’m betting it’s affects wont last long. So, don’t you worry, if history is any indication, there’s still plenty of drama in this group’s future.
The question then is, what exactly will the future look like for the Shahs of Sunset? Can we expect to see them back for Season 4? My guess is yes, but we may be expecting some changes. Shahs of Sunset Season 3 did find rating success; average total viewership per episode was at 1,296,929 up until the reunion. This should be good enough to warrant renewal. The problem is, compare that number to Season 2, which averaged 1,928,154 total viewers per episode, and the trajectory doesn’t look so great. With an over 32% drop in viewership between this season and last, you can bet Bravo isn’t feeling quite as much love as the Shahs were last night.
So, what might we expect to be different in Season 4? Most likely we’ll see a casting change. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Lilly Ghalichi out and a new Shah in. She barely had a storyline this season and, despite something of a mea culpa at the reunion, I’m just not seeing how she adds enough to justify sticking around. Would you miss Lilly?
The other possibility is a big new storyline to set things in motion with a new tone for Shahs Season 4. For instance: Reza and Adam’s wedding. Reza said that it will “definitely be a small and intimate affair” and that they may even plan a destination wedding. Let’s not forget that Tamra Barney said similar things before wedding Eddie Judge in an extravagant ceremony captured by Bravo cameras. So, I’m definitely not ruling this possibility out. I could even see Reza and Adam having a wedding spinoff series, making it a same-sex first for Bravo. Guess we’ll have to stay tuned!
What do you think Shahs of Sunset Season 4 might look like? Would you like to see the same cast or some new faces to mix things up?