Here’s the good news: The entire cast of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills—the Rolls Royce of reality shows about women who drive Rolls Royces—is back for Season 2. Even Kim Richards, who I was sure was going to be abducted by aliens (or at least kidnapped by Captain Morgan) after the mindblowing season finale, has returned. As has Camille Grammer, who once told TV.com that she regretted having done the first season because of what she felt was an “inaccurate portrayal” of herself. So hooray!
Here’s the iffy news: They’ve opted to futz with the winning formula, and are adding at least one, possibly two more housewives to the mix. I am not sure how I feel about this! Why would you risk disturbing the delicate RHBH eco-balance, when you’ve stumbled into the perfect catfight chemistry with the cast you already have?
According to People, the new cast members include another high-profile divorcee: Brandi Glanville, the 38-year-old ex-wife of Eddie Cibrian, whom Eddie famously left in 2009 for LeAnn Rimes. Brandi and Eddie have two sons together, and she’s reportedly “made peace” with him since. But hoo-boy, she didn’t keep her feelings to herself at the time. Consider the time she tweeted this to Rimes, for all the world to see: “I told Eddie to please tell you that I think it is highly inappropriate for you to sing in my sons class on Friday. Boundries!!"
The other new hire, as-yet unconfirmed, is Ayda Field, wife of British singer/gadabout/funny guy Robbie Williams. She’s a Turkish-American TV actress who most recently played the Latina weather girl on Back to You—Fox’s short-lived sitcom starring...Kelsey Grammer! Oh, what a tangled web we weave.
According to People, the dynamic of the core housewives has changed significantly: “Kim Richards is a more assertive presence, while her sister, Kyle, has taken a more laid-back approach this year. In addition, the entire cast has been more accepting of Grammer.” But what about Taylor? She was really starting to come out of her shell as a potential supervillainess, battling Lisa VanderPump for Kyle BFF supremecy. Kyle and Kim will always be at each other’s throats. And so with Taylor and Kim. Adrian “Aloof” Maloof will always remain far-removed from the proceedings, which is where we love her. And, come on, there’s no way Camille isn’t bringing back her insane, electronic-cigarette-puffing psychic. That lady was the best. (And by that I mean the worst.)
So do we really need these new kids on the block? I’m open to it—especially if it means Robbie Williams is joining the cast, and that Eddie Cibrian might make the occasional cameo when he’s picking up the kids. We’ll just have to wait and see.