Excited for the return of The Real Housewives of New York City? Well, I have bad news. Put away your “Countess LuAnn 4 Eva” posters because the Bravo express is headed south. That’s right: we’re making an unexpected stop to Florida (much like my trip to New York last week) as The Real Housewives of Miami is suddenly slated to premiere on February 22nd while Alex, Ramona, Sonja et al have been bumped back to “Spring” (according to People).
It’s not clear why Bravo has made such a drastic scheduling change, thus undermining a month an a half of promos for the NYC set. Already people are gossiping on Twitter that the fourth season of the New York clan still needs some fine tuning, but methinks there’s more to it than that: maybe Bravo realized it was screwing up the sacred order by placing New York before Orange County, a sin so great that not even I can bare to mention it again. Who knows. The point is that Bravo has to go into publicity overdrive now (which shouldn’t be hard because this cast looks AMAZING).
Above, check out a preview of the new season, and after the jump, read the full, formal press release, which arrived in my inbox just minutes ago…NEW YORK â€“ February 3, 2011 â€“ Bravo gives viewers an escape from the grueling winter and turns up the heat with the premiere of â€œThe Real Housewives of Miamiâ€ on Tuesday, February 22 at 10pm ET/PT. The newest series of the Housewives franchise adds a unique flavor as the show goes inside this cultural hot spot. â€œThe Real Housewives of Miamiâ€ follows six of the most connected and influential women of Miami as they live their lives to the fullest in this sunny city where the party never stops. Moving to a new date, â€œThe Real Housewives of New York Cityâ€ season four will air later this spring.
â€œThe Real Housewives of Miamiâ€ cast includes:
Lea Black: Deeply loved, occasionally uncompromising, but universally respected, this Texas native is leaving an indelible mark on Miami. Married to one of the top criminal defense attorneys in the country, Roy Black, and raising their 9-year-old son, Lea has a reputation as a community leader. She raised money for President Barack Obama during his 2008 presidential campaign as well as many other local Florida politicians, and spends a majority of her time working towards the success of her own beloved charity.
Marysol Patton: Miami native Marysol Patton is one of Miamiâ€™s most sought-after women both socially and professionally. Divorced 10 years has allowed her to put all energy into creating and running one of the premiere public relations firms in town, the Patton Group. Armed with her bedazzled iPhone and a hot female staff, this PR maven definitely knows how to throw a party for her A-list clients. When Marysolâ€™s not working, she finds time to hang with her mother Elsa, a character in her own right. Elsa considers herself a â€œseer,â€ not a psychic and sheâ€™s a hot commodity amongst A-listers looking for spiritual guidance.
Adriana DeMoura-Sidi: This Brazilian bombshell is a full-time mom and a highly respected art curator who is always on the go. Coming off a traumatic divorce, Adriana wasted no time meeting her new fiancÃ©e, Fredric. Still her relationship is always on the rocks, as Adriannaâ€™s flirtatious ways and fiery personality seem to get her in trouble and leave her peers gossiping.
Alexia Echevarria: This â€œCuban Barbieâ€ holds the pulse of Miamiâ€™s Latin culture. As the executive editor of Venue Magazine, Alexia spotlights the latest fashion trends as well as up-and -coming Latin film and TV stars. Alexia loves to spend time at her Miami Beach home with her husband Herman, and admits she is at times more of an older sister than a disciplinarian to her two sons from a pervious marriage.
Cristy Rice: As a Miami native who is beyond proud of her roots, Cristyâ€™s sassy Latina flair is evident in everything she does. Recently divorced from NBA superstar Glen Rice, Cristy has entered a new phase of her life, being single and living out loud. When sheâ€™s not out dancing at night or dealing with relationship drama, Cristyâ€™s life is jam-packed with being a single mom to her three children and running her own clothing store.
Larsa Pippen: This wife of NBA superstar Scottie Pippen shares the unofficial title of â€œHottest NBA Wifeâ€ with her friend Cristy Rice. A snarky Lebanese beauty, Larsa boasts that sheâ€™s successful at everything she does, including playing wife and mother to her four young kids. When sheâ€™s not busy turning her three little boys into star athletes, shopping for her one-year-old princess, or firing nannies, Larsa is happy to spend a little time on herself.
The series is produced by MC Filmworks for Bravo. Sheri Maroufkhani, Michael McNamara, Jack Tarantino serve as executive producers. Barrie Bernstein is Co-Executive Producer.
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