'The Real Housewives of Orange County' Season 8 Gets a Premiere Date and a New Housewife
'The Real Housewives of Orange County' Season 8 Gets a Premiere Date and a New Housewife
Gina Pusateri
Gina Pusateri
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
The original Housewives of Bravo are back! The Real Housewives of Orange County season 8 is premiering on April 1, and all of the ladies are returning with the addition of one new face.

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Although she was giving RHOC fans' hopes up by threatening to leave, it looks like Alexis Bellino is on board for another season along with the only remaining original cast member Vicki Gunvalson, Gretchen Rossi, Tamra Barney, and (finally not a one-and-done!) Heather Dubrow.

The ladies will be joined by new housewife Lydia McLaughlin. Lydia is Canadian born and has her own jewelry line. Her grandfather was a mogul and founder of NTV, which is basically the Canadian CNN. She is married and has two young sons aged 4 and 2. She is also the managing editor of Beverly Hills Lifestyle Magazine. It seems like she has a lot going for, unfortunately she claims to be friends with Alexis, so as Heather put it, that may mean she's not "my kind of people."

Not to mention, it looks like Lauri Peterson is returning in some capacity, although she is not listed on Bravo's website as a full time cast member. However, according the Bravo, Lauri will be "rekindling her friendship with some of the ladies and revealing shocking information that will rock one of the wives' worlds." Dun dun DUNNN!

It looks like we'll also get to see the planning and the eventual nuptials of Tamra and Eddie. And it seems Vicki's weirdo boyfriend Brooks story line has survived and crossed over into another season. Gretchen and Slade talk about making babies which is gross. Heather rolls her eyes a lot because she the queen of everything. And Alexis has cute new short hair... so there's that.

What do you think? Are you down for another season of the ladies from the OC or has this branch of the franchise run its course?

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