After 8 dramatic seasons, the original Housewives franchise is getting a reboot. And, even during the off-season, The Real Housewives of Orange County have been keeping us on our toes. Here’s what’s gone down since Season 8 ended:
Tamra & Eddie got hitched. The happy couple tied the knot on June 15 and, luckily for us Bravo Watchers, we were invited! Tamra’s OC Wedding was a quick 3-episode special series but it was great to be able to see all the details of Tamra and Eddie’s big day. (We even brought you some insider info from Tamra’s Man of Honor, Ricky Santana!) Mazel, you two!
Gretchen & Alexis were fired. This news came out back in September. Clearly Bravo was looking to shake up the cast which means some of the ladies had to go in order to make room for fresh faces.
Lydia McLaughlin quit. To me, it came as a total surprise when Lydia revealed in early November that she had decided to leave the show. Lydia said she never planned to make a career out of being a Housewife but that leaving was bittersweet.
Heather, Vicki and Tamra took a trip to Hawaii. Heather was filming a guest role on Hawaii Five-O so Tamra and Vicki headed to the aloha state in early November to pay her a visit. The trip was further proof that these three were the last of the Season 8 cast still slated to return. We’ll be seeing more of the trip on Season 9 but here’s a snapshot:
Tamra Revealed “New Housewife” Shannon Beador. After posting pictures with Shannon and ‘outing’ her as the new housewife via social media in early December, the Bravo blogosphere lit up with talk of the new addition. Shannon is 49, lives in Newport Beach and has three children with her husband David. And then there were four:
Speculation about Heather McDonald joining the cast. The Chelsea Lately comedienne started popping up in the aforementioned photos that Tamra posted with Shannon as well as some additional photos with Vicki and Heather Dubrow. We already knew she was friends with Tamra and Heather but it sure seems like she’s hanging around a lot during filming. Heather Dubrow chimed in saying “I love Heather! She’s hilarious. I wish she lived in the OC.” Hmm…that doesn’t sound promising and apparently other “sources” are saying she’s not joining the cast, too. But, we’ll still be keeping tabs on this rumor for you!
Elizabeth Rovsek, the newest newbie confirmed. In late December, Us Weekly reported on two new additions to the Real Housewives of Orange County cast. We already knew about Shannon Beador (see above) but the second newbie is reportedly Elizabeth (Lizzie) Rovsek. Lizzie is in her early thirties, is married to real estate executive Christian Rovsek, has two young sons, is a former Miss Kentucky USA 2002, and runs a swimwear business: Sun Kitten Swimwear by Lizzie. Her networth is reportedly $25 million. Oh, and she’s over-the-top gorgeous:
There you have it, folks! That’s everything we know about The Real Housewives of Orange County Season 9. Bravo, of course, is yet to even confirm that Season 9 is happening or any of the above casting speculation, but that’s the norm. We likely won’t have official confirmation until Bravo Upfronts or the first official trailer, whichever comes first. As far as a likely start date goes, I’m guessing we’re on track for Spring 2014, similar to last year’s April 1 premiere. And, of course, you’ll be the first to know when we do!
What are your thoughts on RHOC Season 9?