Marysol Patton, Lea Black, and Audriana de Moura will be back for the sophomore season
Real Housewives of Miami Season 2 gets a 2012 debut date with a new cast changes. RHOM will potentially debut this fall.
The Hollywood Reporter‘s sources with knowledge of the project tell us that Bravo has renewed the series for a second season and plans to give it a relaunch worthy of the other series in the franchise.
Bravo never officially canceled The Real Housewives of Miami series like the The Real Housewives of DC, which was also met with mixed results from viewers. But, the Miami Housewives are definitely poised for a comeback.
The returning Season 1 cast members are PR maven Marysol Patton, political fundraiser and socialite Lea Black, and art curator Audriana de Moura.
Larsa Pippen and Cristy Rice are OUT! As for Larsa and Cristy, they have yet to comment on being off the new season.
Housewife Alexia Echevarria will be returning, but in a limited capacity, says a Bravo rep. She will step back from the series slightly in season 2 due to personal reasons. Alexia‘s 14-year-old son Frankie Rosello suffered a very serious car accident last summer that left him hospitalized for months. Alexia had previously stated she did not wish to have Frankie’s recovery and rehabilitation filmed for the series.
“It was a parent’s worst nightmare to get that phone call,’’ says Alexia to the Miami Herald, about the accident that occurred last August, when Frankie was riding in the passenger seat of a car driven by a friend from school. On that rainy day, the car spun out of control, into oncoming traffic. Frankie ended up in ICU with a serious head injury and various broken bones, including a crushed pelvis. He was the only one who got hurt.
The good news is that Frankie, who continues to undergo therapy five days a week. continues to make a ‘miraculous progress.’ Alexia shares, “He’s eating, he’s walking, he’s happy, he’s not on medication. The doctors are amazed. Speech is the most pressing issue at the moment.”
Bravo won’t officially name the new cast mates until after shooting begins this month and it’s sure whose story lines work best.
The Miami Herald claims Joanna Krupa and Lisa Hochstein are joining the cast.
Joanna, 32, appeared on the 9th season of ABC’s Dancing With The Stars. As for Joanna’s link to Miami, she is engaged to Mynt nightclub owner Romain Zago.
The second addition to the cast is said to be Lisa, wife of plastic surgeon Dr. Lenny Hochstein of the short-lived Bravo version of Nip/Tuck called Miami Slice.
Matt Anderson and Nate Green’s production company Purveyors of Pop will helm the second season. They’re also the production team behind the network’s successful Bethenny Ever After and have served as executive producers and showrunners on past seasons of the Atlanta, New Jersey, and New York Real Housewives installments. Sources claim Bravo was unhappy with the last production company, McFilmworks.
In a news statement, Bravo states “The Real Housewives of Miami follows a group of the most beautiful, connected and influential women in town who work hard and play harder.” Bravo also tells news “This season will give viewers an inside look at these aspirational women as they juggle family, work and the fabulous social scene in a city where the food is spicy, and the drama is even spicier.”
Bravo is clearly hoping for better luck the second time around. Season 1, which consisted of just six episodes and a reunion special, averaged just 1.09 million .
The ‘Real Housewives‘ franchise is enjoying an upswing in popularity with the media coverage around The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and record ratings for Atlanta. Also, the season 7 return of the Orange County‘s premiere attracted 2.3 million viewers, a 10% increase among total viewers.