Andy Cohen insists Bravo is “done” with Housewives spin-offs now

There are now seven different versions of The Real Housewives franchise; the latest, Miami, recently debuted its first season and wasn’t even really supposed to be part of the franchise, but was a series that got rebranded. I’ve been brainstorming about a post that basically would say Bravo needs to stop this spin-off insanity or just rename their network Housewives Central. But then came miraculous news: Their spokesperson/host/executive/tweeter Andy Cohen says they will stop and won’t create any more spin-offs.

“I really feel like we’re done,” he told OK!. Then he confirmed that Miami would be the last spin-off by saying, “Yeah.”

So there won’t be more seasons to dilute their once-great franchise. Miami was like dumping a whole bunch of ice into a glass that’s almost empty and pretending it’s still potent and tasty. I’m sure some people watch every season of every version, but for me it’s been too much: Too many people, too many similarities, too few breaks to grow to appreciate that it’s missing (like Kell on Earth: It’s been gone so long now I really want that show back).

Not producing additional spin-offs is a start, but of course, the existing seven will probably continue to air multiple seasons until long after the show fades into irrelevance.

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.


A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.