After a low-rated first season, The Real Housewives of Miami
aren't rolling over just yet. Bravo has decided to give the South Beach off-shoot of their most-watched franchise another shot.
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According to The Hollywood Reporter
, The Real Housewives of Miami
season 2 will get a "relaunch worthy of the other series in the franchise." The network plans to announce which cast members will be returning and start shooting soon, but they'll wait to publicize new stars until the premiere grows closer.
The show will also gain a new production company, the same company that is also behind the Atlanta, New Jersey,
and New York
shows, as well as Bethenny Ever After
Part of the reason RHOM
may not have had the success of its affiliates is the fact that it was originally unintended
for the Housewives
franchise. The women were cast in what they thought would be a Miami Social
knockoff, but it wasn't until after shooting wrapped that they realized it would be a Housewives
show. This new production company may be exactly what RHOM
needs to put it in the same category as its sister shows. Miami
was not only critically panned, but its viewership was way down compared to the other shows in Bravo's half-a-billion dollar
franchise. And it was hardly given the chance to gain steam, with only seven episodes and one live reunion special that garnered very few viewers.
Now that Bravo is experiencing a ratings upswing thanks to the much-watched Atlanta
and Beverly Hills
series (and even an increase in ratings after the O.C.
debut earlier this week), it seems like a good time to take another chance on Miami
. All they have to do now is find the NeNe Leakes of South Beach. Gina PusateriContributing Writer(Image courtesy of Bravo)