Is it the end of an era or the beginning of a new one? The RHONY season 14 news seems to be a little bit of both, but how will longtime cast members like Ramona Singer and newbies like Eboni K. Williams factor into the franchise's future?
On Wednesday, March 23, executive producer Andy Cohen gave Variety some details about the next edition of The Real Housewives of New York City—the next two editions, actually. (Thankfully, that means those concerns of "Is Real Housewives of New York cancelled?" were for naught.)
Taking into account "everything that our passionate audience has really been telling us over the last year" about the much-derided season 13 of the show, Cohen spilled the tea on how producers are "rebooting and recasting" RHONY. Here's what we know so far.
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Who will be in RHONY season 14?
"We're at a crossroads for RHONY," Andy Cohen told Variety. "We've spent a lot of time figuring out where to go. And the plan that we've come up with, I think, is a real gift to the fans."
While no official casting decisions have been announced, it seems like Cohen and the Bravo team are looking for a more diverse group than the show's current cast, which includes Sonja Morgan, Luann de Lesseps and Leah McSweeney.
"There are thousands of stories to tell here [in New York]," he said. “This is the most multicultural, diverse, and energetic and exciting city in America: We are searching for a multicultural group of friends who really best reflect the most exciting city in the country."
Cohen added: "This is a major casting search. We're going to be casting all over Manhattan and the boroughs—part of the search is spreading the word."
"When you start [casting] from scratch, Beverly Hills was a really successful season 1 cast, Jersey was a really successful season 1 cast, Salt Lake City was a really successful season 1 cast. Those were people who were in each other's lives, who knew each other, who were relatives," Cohen said. "That's one of the things that is going to be fun about this. Because when we find people that we love, we can say, 'Who are your friends? Who else is in your life?'"
Does that mean that the entire current cast of Real Housewives of New York is out? Not entirely. Cohen hinted that Williams, the first and only Black cast member on RHONY, could potentially return: "We are interviewing multiple groups of friends. So certainly if Eboni is interested and has friends that would meet our casting goals, then of course they would be considered."
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Will the RHONY cast return for the spin-off?
Along with a fresh cast for The Real Housewives of New York, Cohen also discussed a second NYC-set season of Housewives, referred to internally as RHONY: Throwback or RHONY: Legacy, Variety reports.
The new series will take a page from The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip, a Peacock spin-off that features some of Bravo's best-known Housewives across multiple cities, gallivanting around a mansion in tropical Turks and Caicos. Only this version will feature RHONY ex-cast members from over the years.
“We’re looking at people who are beloved by fans,” Cohen told the outlet. Again, no cast announcements have yet been made, but season one O.G. Jill Zarin is rumored to join. The New York spin-off also leaves room for longtime Housewives to join, such as current RHONY cast members Luann and Sonja, though Cohen is cagey about any confirmation.
"I don’t really want to get into specifics about specific women. Because then it’s like, 'Oh, well, he said yes to these two…'" Cohen said in the interview. "The answer is: Sonja and Luann have been a part of the show—for Luann, from the beginning, and Sonja since Season 3. So I think, in theory, sure!"
Bethenny Frankel? Dorinda Medley? Kelly Killoren Bensimon? The options are endless!
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