While the previous season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
had plenty of laughs and petty drama that fill most seasons of any of the Real Housewives
franchise, it was also clouded with the tragedy of Taylor Armstrong's husband Russell Armstrong's suicide. While Bravo handled the situation as carefully as they could without having to scrap an entire season's worth of film, some of the episodes, especially the ones where Russell appeared, were lined with sadness. Add in Kim Richards's very real alcohol addiction, and the entire tone of the season seemed maybe a little too realistic for such a light-hearted medium.
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But hopefully all of that will change with the premiere of season 3. While it looks like Taylor is still dealing with the aftermath of losing her husband, and Kim is still struggling with a sober life, things in general seem to have gotten back to the normal drama of back and forth cat fights and the luxury lifestyles of these ladies of Beverly Hills.
Last season, Kyle Richards was busy being in the middle of drama and judging everyone, especially her ailing sister (the aforementioned Kim), and it looks like she'll continue to do just that for another season. It also seems that Lisa Vanderpump and Adrienne Maloof have dragged their feud from last season (about Lisa not throwing her daughter's bachelorette party at Adrienne's Las Vegas hotel) to new heights of pettiness.
Not to mention, since this is the period of time right before Adrienne and her husband, Dr. Paul Nassif, filed for divorce
, it will interesting to see the dynamic between the two and if there is any evidence of their crumbling relationship.
Last season's "friend of the housewife," Brandi Glanville, has been promoted to a full-time cast member this season, and she seems to still be getting into it with Adrienne as well. Kim's bad feelings for Brandi have also seemed to leak over to this new season as well.
While Camille Grammer isn't returning in full-time housewife capacity, she will make a few cameos with her hunky Greek boyfriend. New "friend of the housewives" Marisa Zanuck
will also be joining the cast. Her husband comes from old Hollywood, and she already seems like a firecracker
The other new housewife, besides Brandi, is Yolanda Hadid Foster
. She was born in Holland and is a former model married to award-winning music producer David Foster. She has three children with RHOBH
guest star Mohamed Hadid, who she was married to for six years. And from the looks of it, she's not afraid to get in the thick of things, especially with Taylor and Adrienne.
It looks like we can expect a lot more husband participation in season 3 of RHOBH
. Even Todd and Mauricio, the husbands of former friends Lisa and Kyle, respectively, exchange a few heated words. And while I always liked Paul from seasons 1 and 2, it's not really okay for him to call Brandi (or any woman, for that matter) a "bitch."
Overall, it seems that things in season 3 will be a lot easier to watch, with more of a focus on what makes a Real Housewives
show fun in the first place. More important, there is nothing making the viewers too uncomfortable to watch. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
season 3 starts tonight at 9pm on Bravo.(Image and videos courtesy of Bravo)