Bravo has pushed back the debut of The Real Housewives of New York City to sometime “later this spring,” and will replace it with The Real Housewives of Miami, a series formerly known as Miami Social Club. And that might have something to do with the absence of the show’s former star, Bethenny Frankel.
The New York season was to debut Feb. 15; now, the new Miami series will take over that same Tuesday at 10 timeslot starting a week later, on Feb. 22. The preview of the Miami season (you can also meet the cast) makes it look like a weird hybrid of Beverly Hills and New Jersey, with humidity.
Why is New York City getting bumped? Might it have to do with the fact that the show needs Bethenny to work? Back in December, Popeater reported that “after Bravo caught a glimpse of how the new season is going, they have asked Bethenny to return for more than the six appearances she is contractually obligated to make. But she wants to phase that part of her life out.”
Of course, the new part of her life includes her own Bravo reality series, Bethenny Ever After, which debuts at the end of this month–though she’s auctioning dresses she wore on the show for charity, so it’s clear she’s shedding that part of her life.
Update: Sonja Morgan told Star that producers “need some more time to edit. We’ve filmed like crazy, more than ever, and we’re seven ladies so they have a lot of footage to go through. I think they feel like they have such good stuff, they don’t want to waste it. They want to make sure it’s done properly.”
Of course they do, but they have that in mind when they schedule a show’s premiere. More likely, I’d say, is that they need time to sort through the footage to find coherent through-lines and narrative arcs that work.