‘Real Housewives of New York City’ gets reboot treatment by Bravo


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“Real Housewives of New York City” returns, with some major changes.

On Wednesday, Bravo confirmed to Fox News Digital that they are currently “rebooting and recasting” the series for the upcoming season.

According to the network, they are “looking for a diverse group of friends who best reflect one of America’s most multicultural cities.”

In a recent interview, executive producer Andy Cohen spoke to Variety and said, “You know we’re at a crossroads for RHONY.. We spent a lot of time figuring out where to go. And the plan that we’ve come up with, I think, is a real gift to the fans.”

The Real Housewives of New York are back, with some major changes.
(Sophy Holland/Bravo)

Season 13 of “Real Housewives of New York City” featured Ramona Singer, Luann de Lesseps, Sonja Morgan, Leah McSweeney and new member Eboni K. Williams, with its season finale airing in August 2021.

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Bravo shared with Fox News Digital that no official casting has been done at this point.

“It’s a Major casting search,” Cohen added to Variety. “We’ll be casting castings all over Manhattan and the boroughs — part of the search is getting the word out.”

Cohen continued, “And when you start from scratch, Beverly Hills was a really successful cast for Season 1. Jersey was a really successful season 1 cast. Salt Lake City was a really successful cast for Season 1. They were people who were in each other’s lives, who knew each other, who were relatives. That’s one of the things that’s going to be fun about it. Because when you find people you like, you can say, ‘Who are your friends? Who else is in your life?'”

“I think it will be New York’s rainbow. That’s the goal,” he added.

Andy Cohen shared in a recent interview with Variety that Bravo is at a "crossroads" with "RHONY."

Andy Cohen shared in a recent interview with Variety that Bravo is at a “crossroads” with “RHONY.”
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Cohen, however, hinted at Williams’ return.

“We are interviewing several groups of friends. So if Eboni is interested and has friends who would meet our casting objectives, they would of course be considered,” he said.

Cohen even left the door open for some original members to return, including Bethenny Frankel and Jill Zarin.

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Frankel announced in August 2021 that she planned to leave the Bravo reality show after first joining the cast in 2008.

“It’s just not what I wanted to do anymore,” Frankel, 50, told Paris Hilton on an episode of the socialite’s “This is Paris” podcast. “I didn’t want to argue about things that didn’t really matter anymore. It’s changed. I was there at the beginning when it was something neither of us really knew what it was. .”

Season 13 newcomer Eboni K. Williams is in talks with Cohen and Bravo about her return.

Season 13 newcomer Eboni K. Williams is in talks with Cohen and Bravo about her return.
(Photo by: Sophy Holland/Bravo)

Along with the reboot news, Bravo shared with Fox News Digital that the network is featuring an additional show with the new title “RHONY: Throwback.” in the works.

Although there hasn’t been a confirmed casting call, Cohen told Variety that he wants to be successful in casting this season.

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“I feel like we want to have the right cast,” Cohen said of the new series. “We just want to get it right. So that’s the focus right now. I don’t want to go back on a production date. Because I want it to succeed, it’s too important for too many people.”

“I could tell you about hypothetical situations involving a lot of people who were on the show,” he added. “I think the good news is that it’s a band that’s always in each other’s lives.”

Cohen even left the door open for some original members to return, including Bethenny Frankel.

Cohen even left the door open for some original members to return, including Bethenny Frankel.
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The show’s 13th season, which saw its reunion episodes axed, reportedly suffered a ratings decline.

According to People magazine, after the show’s final episode, a source said the network launched an internal investigation following complaints of racism among the cast.

“Cast and production members were interviewed, but the investigation was closed after nothing substantial was found,” the source told the outlet, who reported that the season suffered a hit. conflict between Singer and Williams who disagreed over race and politics.

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Fox News’ Julius Young contributed to this report.


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