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

By Lisa de Moraes
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, February 3, 2011; 10:21 PM

Instead of returning "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. ET, 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).

Rounding out the cast: PR expert-cum-"seer," which, we have learned, is not quite a "psychic" but does make Marysol Patton a hot ticket among A-listers looking for spiritual guidance in Miami, Bravo assures us.

And, finally, Lea Black, wife of defense super-lawyer Roy Black, and, according to the Village Voice, great pals with Lancaster.

Which may explain why the Bravo spokeswoman, while emphatically stating Lancaster is not "in the cast" of the new "Housewives," would not rule out Lancaster sightings in the course of the first season.

'Idol' apology

"American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest had promised on his syndicated radio show that this week's Austin auditions episode would open with a formal apology from the producers for new judge and Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler's behavior on the show. Seacrest also tweeted about it, and he's up to nearly 4 million followers on Twitter.

Let's say the curiosity level about the apology was high-ish.

American Idol would like to apologize for last week's outrageous behavior by Steven Tyler.

That's how the show opened - the words appeared on a black screen.

Thing is, we have no memory of Tyler doing anything so outrageous last week.

Was "Idol" protesting too much, about the whole Steven Tyler is a Bad, Bad Boy thing?

Another printed message appeared:

Mr. Tyler has been warned and assures us it will never happen again

This could only mean . . .

Cut to: "My name is Jake Muck," a kid in a blue tank top, blond hair and oversize baseball cap told the "Idol" judges.

"You know what 'Muck' rhymes with?" Tyler asked.

"Duck?" Muck guessed

"Read my lips . . ." Tyler said.

The "Idol" joke the producers, and Seacrest, had nursed and massaged so lovingly, coughed twice faintly and died.

Just think how convenient it would have been for comedy greats such as Jackie Gleason, and Red Skelton, and even Johnny Carson - if, when one of their gags curled up and died on their respective TV series, they could have simply tweeted to viewers: "Smile or 'Go **** a duck.' "

Sadly, Twitter was not available to Gleason, Skelton or Carson. It was, however, available to "Idol" exec producer Nigel Lythgoe after Wednesday's "Idol" broadcast, and that's what he tweeted after reading comments about the Austin episode's opening.

Then came comments from folks such as TVladywatch, who sniffed: "apparently you're not to happy with the talent so u come up with this bull. give us the talent and not fake apologies."


And how about this one from wehoscott, who asked: "Hey [Nigel], how about apologizing for foisting horrible Kara DioGuardi down our throats for two seasons."

In fairness, Nigel was not exec prod on the show during the Kara years.

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