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Posted at 11:34 AM ET, 08/31/2011

‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ will premiere as planned, add PSA about suicide prevention

Taylor and Russell Armstrong (Evan Agostini - AP)
The second season of Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” will debut as planned on Sept. 5, the network confirmed, though episodes are still being re-edited in the wake of Russell Armstrong’s suicide.

Russell, the estranged husband of “Housewives” cast member Taylor Armstrong, died two weeks ago, about a month after Taylor filed for divorce. The couple’s marital problems were going to be featured on the upcoming season.

Reports emerged this week that cast members had taped a special addressing Russell’s death, and Frances Berwick, president of Bravo, said that the footage will be used to introduce the premiere.

“Bravo will proceed with the Monday, September 5 premiere date of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Given that these episodes were filmed months ago, the producers of the show taped a brief interview this week with several of the cast members to introduce the premiere,” Berwick said in a statement released to the press. “Re-editing of the episodes is still underway.”

Bravo will also air public service announcements during the show about suicide prevention, and provide information such as the National Suicide Prevention Hotline.

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