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Bravo unveils 'Real Housewives of Miami,' shelves 'New York City' till spring

New "Housewives": The ladies of the Miami edition are, from left, Alexia Echevarria, Marysol Patton, Larsa Pippen, Cristy Rice, Lea Black and Adriana Demoura-Sidi.
New "Housewives": The ladies of the Miami edition are, from left, Alexia Echevarria, Marysol Patton, Larsa Pippen, Cristy Rice, Lea Black and Adriana Demoura-Sidi. (Adam Olszweski)

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Friday, February 4, 2011

Instead of bringing back "The Real Housewives of New York City" on Feb. 15, as it had announced less than a month ago at Winter TV Press Tour 2011, the Bravo network has decided to unveil "The Real Housewives of Miami" on Feb. 22 at 10 p.m., because it's the "sunny city where the party never stops."

"The Real Housewives of New York City's" fourth season will sit on the shelf until later in the spring, Bravo said. Apparently, the producers needed more time to wrap up work on that season of "TRHoNY" - Bravo loves having the episodes in the can to steep for a while.

Oh, and this is the first time Bravo has actually acknowledged there even is a "The Real Housewives of Miami."

About a year ago, Bravo announced a new series called "Miami Social Club" - a sort of overhaul of the network's "Miami Social," which flopped in the ratings because, hello, it starred guys and chicks.

Since then, there have been loads of press reports that Bravo had decided it did not need to reinvent the wheel and should just let the "Miami Social Club" show ride on the "Real Housewives" coattails.

Anyway, on Thursday, Bravo finally officially unveiled to the world "The Real Housewives of Miami" and revealed the cast.

But, wait a minute . . . what's this? Not a drag queen among them! For months, the press has been all agog with news that Bravo is going to star drag queen Elaine Lancaster, a.k.a. actor James Davis, in "Miami Social Club." Then word got out the show was being smushed into the "Housewives" franchise, and the press was all agog again with news Lancaster was in.

Heck, Lancaster co-hosted a Miami fundraiser last fall, based on being " 'Real Housewives of Miami' star Elaine Lancaster," as written up at that time.

"Any claims or reports that Elaine Lancaster is part of the cast of 'The Real Housewives of Miami' are erroneous," a Bravo spokeswoman helpfully told The TV Column.

But all is not lost. The cast of "The Real Housewives of Miami," like others in the franchise, may be drag-queen-star-less, but it is chockablock with some of your favorite stereotypes, because why should this iteration of the hit docu-soap franchise break the mold?

There is, according to Bravo, a "Brazilian bombshell" and a "Cuban Barbie." (Adriana DeMoura-Sidi and magazine editor Alexia Echeverria, who wants America to know she's more of an older sister than mom to her two sons from a previous marriage. Ick.)

Also in the cast: the Latina NBA-superstar divorcee (former Lakers and Heat player Glen Rice's ex, Cristy Rice), not to be confused with the Hottest NBA Wife (Larsa Pippen, wife of NBA superstar Scottie Pippen).


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