The Real Housewives Of Orange County

The Problem With Braunwyn And What Bravo Can Do To Fix RHOC

Braunwyn Windham-Burke is the newest cast member on Bravo’s RHOC and it’s safe to say that she isn’t exactly being welcomed by fans. It only takes a quick search of either Twitter or Instagram to see that most viewers seem to be over Braunwyn’s oversharing but then again, they don’t seem to be happy with Kelly Dodd, Shannon Beador, Tamra Judge, or Vicki Gunvalson, either.

Braunwyn, for her sake, signifies one major problem with the franchise today: It’s 2019, everyone knows what Housewives is, and casting wealthy women who will actually want to partake in the type of drama viewers seem to be attracted to are no longer jumping at the opportunity to put their lives out in front of cameras. Well, at least most of them. (We’re looking at you, Real Housewives Of Salt Lake City).

But Braunwyn does have money, so that’s not what’s bothering us with her appearance on the show this year. Instead, we’re becoming increasingly frustrated with what seems like a desire to shock us with controversial statement after controversial statement week after week.

While social media may have something to say about the current season, that’s not to say that Bravo or Evolution Media, the production company behind the show, are even looking to make changes for season 11. If they are, however, we have some suggestions on how they can fix RHOC.

New Housewives

Tamra is currently on season 13, Shannon is celebrating season number 6, and Vicki, as she likes to constantly remind us, has been around since season 1. Clearly, these women know the deal and that can lead to them overproducing which is exactly what we’ve experienced the last few years with RHOC. Switching up the cast is one way to ensure fresh storylines and while the show did attempt that by bringing on Emily Simpson and Gina Kirschenheiter, those two just haven’t seemed to really resonate with viewers.

The Real Housewives of Orange County, RHOC
The Real Housewives of Orange County (RHOC).
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Improved (And Much Lighter) Storylines

RHOC isn’t known for keeping things light. The show was at the forefront of reality TV at the time and brought some pretty dark moments, including when Vicki found out that her mom had passed away. In recent years, we’ve seen a man fake cancer and now, it’s just Kelly vs. Everyone Else week after week. Coming up, we’re expected to hear about how Gina’s husband allegedly physically abused her.

The show could do with some lighter storylines and it wouldn’t be a bad thing to see some of the pettiness from The Real Housewives Of Atlanta or New Jersey influence things over in Orange County. The women could also take notes from some of the international cities, who manage to come up with interesting and dramatic storylines season after season without bringing us down too much.

The OG Of The RHOC

Another albeit somewhat unpopular idea could be to go all-in on the veterans. We know, we know. We just suggested that a cast shakeup might be what RHOC needs but what if we were to say that the show should also consider going all-in and bet on the veterans?

While some viewers think that Bravo made a mistake by demoting Vicki, there is mixed opinion when it comes to whether or not bringing her back as a full-time cast member makes sense for the show at this point. After all, she is to be credited with some of the most entertaining moments on this franchise, but she also had the whole Brooks Ayers faking cancer thing. Bravo must be pleased with Vicki this season as Radar Online reports that she has in fact redeemed herself and gotten back her orange.

Numerous franchises have brought back their OGs at one point or another and some of the former Housewives returning could be exactly what this cast needs. Remember, the show’s drama was at an all-time high with Alexis Bellino and Heather Dubrow so Vicki coming back could pave the way for Evolution to give fans a must-see season with some of the older Housewives returning to recreate the magic.

Only time will tell what happens with RHOC but for now, we know that we’re a little less likely to watch the show live until some much-needed changes are made.

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