Bravo released the first 7 minutes of Vanderpump Rules season 8 on their YouTube channel.
2020 is sure to be a great time for Bravo and Real Housewives fans alike. Not only are viewers going to be introduced to the first new Real Housewives spinoff in over five years but some of the network’s most popular shows are in store for some big moments.
Instead of retreating, season 8 is rumoured to feature Lisa in a much more prominent role which should be great news for fans that were worried that what happened on RHOBH might affect Lisa’s pre-existing relationship with the network, and any appearances on Pump Rules. While it’s not yet known if Lisa will discuss what happened with the Housewives last year, it’s hard to imagine the network won’t want to capitalize on the first time viewers are seeing her since all of the drama went down.
After all, Lisa didn’t attend the RHOBH reunion and she wasn’t featured prominently at BravoCon, either. It’s almost like the network is saving her for the new season of Pump Rules.
This year, the existing cast members are joined by seven newbies: Brett Caprioni, Charli Burnett, Danica Dow, Dayna Kathan, Max Boyens, and James Kennedy’s girlfriend Raquel Leviss and Stassi’s boyfriend Beau Clark. They’ll join Stassi Schroeder, Katie Maloney-Schwartz, Jax Taylor, Brittany Cartwright, Kristen Doute, Tom Sandoval, and Ariana Madix, in what has to be one of the network’s largest casts ever.
After appearing in part-time roles last season, Beau and Raquel are in for some of the sneak peek’s biggest moments. In the trailer for the new season, Beau is shown proposing to Stassi, and Raquel threatens to break up with James.
While it’s not clear how much screen time the vets will get, this preview seems to imply that they are safe — for now. In a conversation with Lisa Vanderpump, Stassi is featured heavily and makes it clear that they have just as much to bring by opening up about her feud with Kristen. (These are two women who made up after it was revealed that Kristen cheated with Jax, so that’s saying something.)
While a lot of viewers seem to be looking forward to the new season, Vanderpump Rules isn’t without its critiques. Even though the show has been one of the network’s biggest hits for a really long time, that won’t last forever. The show is clearly popular but viewers have a point when it comes to the lack of diversity, among other issues, and there is even chatter that the show could benefit by minimizing LVP’s presence. Right.
The new cast members, for their part, seem to remind some viewers of the existing cast members, and for good reason. Not only do they look similar, some have also pointed out the similarities between some of the new storylines and what we saw in the earlier years. We don’t want to watch repeats of Stassi and Jax and the newcomers are going to have to bring so much more to keep up.
But by introducing viewers to the new cast members, the network is both getting us used to casting changes and targeting the coveted adults 18-49 demo at the same time, which is a great move. By adding new cast members to an existing and very popular property like Vanderpump, the network ensures that viewers are more tied to the actual show as a whole, opposed to individual characters.
The new season of Vanderpump Rules premieres January 7 at 9/8c on Bravo.