Bravo is highly motivated to get its Real Housewives franchise back on the air, aiming for an in-person reunion for RHONY Season 12 as well as for RHOC and RHONJ to resume filming in July.
The coronavirus pandemic has had a massive impact on the reality TV industry including The Real Housewives and fans have certainly noticed the impact, with June in particular bringing a slowdown to the small screen.
Bravo, however, is highly-motivated to get their Real Housewives franchise back on the air, according to a new report from HollywoodLife.
According to the gossip outlet, the network would love to hold an in-person reunion taping for The Real Housewives of New York City. “The goal is to have a reunion in person for New York City at the end of the summer,” a source said.
Bravo would love an in-person reunion for RHONY Season 12 as they aim to get their Real Housewives franchise back on the air. (Photo: Bravo)
RHONY has had quite an interesting season, with Bethenny Frankel quitting the show on the eve of filming, and Tinsley Mortimer choosing to walk away midseason. Ramona Singer, LuAnn de Lesseps, Leah McSweeney, Dorinda Medley, and Sonja Morgan will carry the back half of RHONY Season 12 when it returns to screens this July.
Meanwhile, the report states that the network is anticipating resuming filming on both RHOC and RHONJ next month.
“A lot of reality TV is resuming earlier than sitcoms because they’re easier to film and can be done in smaller settings and in homes,” an industry source explained. “The Real Housewives of Orange County will resume in July as will New Jersey.”
As previously reported, production on RHOC Season 15 and RHONJ Season 10 was halted at the beginning of March. RHOC, in particular, had about a month of filming under wraps, including the introduction of new Housewife Elizabeth Lyn Vargas.
Back in early February, TV Deets reported exclusively that Elizabeth was joining the cast and also confirmed the return of Shannon Beador, Gina Kirschenheiter, Emily Simpson, Braunwyn Windham-Burke, and Kelly Dodd.
The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City may be finished filming season 1 but it won’t debut on Bravo until 2021. The network wants an in-person reunion for RHONY and RHOC and RHONJ back in production right away, according to a new report. (Photo: Bravo)
Some minor filming has already restarted, as well.
“A lot of reality TV shows started back up this week and crews are as small as possible,” the source said. “A lot of casts are still filming on their phones and you probably won’t be seeing any big trips happening anytime soon. Since it doesn’t require a set, these shows are easier to film and you’ll start seeing this film much quicker than a show requiring a set.”
Aside from RHONY, RHOC, and RHONJ, Bravo delayed the start of the new season of The Real Housewives of Potomac in order to ensure that there would be a new Housewives on our screen through the end of 2020. The Real Housewives of Dallas has reportedly already resumed production on their new season, too.
The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City, which has wrapped filming on its inaugural season, will not premiere until 2021, even though some fans have been asking the network to speed up its production schedule and get RHOSL on the air sooner rather than later.
The coronavirus pandemic has shocked the television industry and we’re sure Bravo, and the other reality networks, are now taking a closer look at their processes to ensure they can avoid a similar gap in programming in the future.
The impact hasn’t only been stateside, though. The Real Housewives of Cheshire had to shorten their latest season due to the outbreak and The Real Housewives of Melbourne was delayed once again.