Nothing says opulence like the ladies of the Real Housewives franchise. From their latest sports cars, to designer shoes that match their expensive bags and their hilltop mansions that overlook the city. The women of Beverly Hills and New York are returning to DStv this September and there’s plenty to unpack…
The Real Housewives of New York
The Housewives in the concrete jungle are on the prowl and the claws are out in The Real Housewives of New York (RHONY) S12, weekdays from Monday, 14 September on 1Magic (DStv 103) at 18:00. In episode 1, they learn through gossip blogs that the life and party of the group, Bethenny Frankel, isn’t returning to the show for personal reasons. None of the women could care less, except for Dorinda Medley. She’s saddened. The pair have made great memories together, like dancing on tabletops and teaming up to take jabs at other cast members. “Why do I feel like crying,” says Dorinda with a frown. They’re called emotions, darling, and they’re for ugly people. Now cheer up and have some Botox because this is New York and the show must go on!
There is something to celebrate this season: Luann de Lesseps, the former Countess, has a beaming face in episode 1 after she completes her probation. She was arrested for driving under the influence and physically attacking a policeman in 2017. Luann walks out of the courtroom with pep in her step and cast member Sonja Morgan by her side. She’s in a better place, emotionally. “I was able to turn my life around,” says Luann. “I take my sobriety very seriously and I’m working day by day.”
The cast will be spending most of their time hanging out in Ramona Singer’s mansion in The Hamptons and going out for spa dates. And don’t miss episode 9 when they go on a getaway to Newport, Rhode Island. You know how the ladies love to let loose on a getaway, and chaos will break loose when they let their hair down… again.
Watch Real Housewives of New York S12, weekdays from Monday 14, September on 1Magic (DStv 103) at 18:00
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
Palm trees, blue skies and shade, darling! That’s what the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (RHOBH) are serving up in S10, weekdays from Wednesday, 30 September on 1Magic (DStv 103) at 18:00, after RHONY waves bye-bye. Unlike previous seasons that were filled with tension and catty remarks at every turn, the ladies are all on good terms with each other… until a sex scandal rocks the group.
The ladies are all packing for New York Fashion Week (NYFW), where Kyle is showcasing her collection in episode 1. And because these aren’t just ordinary Housewives, they turn the trip into the ultimate “weekend” vacation. They book into 5-star hotels and dine at the best restaurants while in The Big Apple. For Kyle and the ladies, NYFW is like an annual pilgrimage. “You want to get your best clothes, you want to get dressed up, it’s the closest that some of us will get to a religious experience,” jokes Kyle. The cast members are showing their support for Kyle, and they’ll all be walking the catwalk in Kyle’s Kreations. We’ll be scanning the crowds for the RHONY ladies. It’s a rare bird, but there’s nothing we love more than a Housewives crossover episode.
A new face
The most notable change in the reality show is new cast member and actress Garcelle Beauvais, who is replacing former Queen Bee Lisa Vanderpump. After 9 seasons on the RHOBH, Lisa was on everyone’s bad side. She was dubbed the big bully of the group, which eventually led to her quitting, and she didn’t even bother pitching to last season’s reunion, which is the ultimate shade. “The women made it pretty impossible for me to return [to the show],” says Lisa. “I made the decision to leave because Housewives was just too difficult to deal with. The objective of the reunion is to reunite, right? And I have no inclination to reunite with the women who've been harassing me for 10 months,” adds the former cast member.
Garcelle, on the other hand, fits right in with the group. She might be all smiles but make no mistake: she won’t let any of the women walk over her. Not in those shoes. “I’ve been friends with some of the cast members for decades now, like Denise Richards and Lisa Rinna,” says Garcelle. “The one thing that was shocking to me when I first started filming was that the women and I could be laughing and having a good time and then the next [day], they’re throwing you under the bus. That took a lot of getting used to,” explains the actress.
Watch The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills S10, weekdays from Wednesday, 30 September on 1Magic (DStv 103) at 18:00
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