The Real Housewives of Orange County

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The Real Housewives of Orange County
Genre Reality
  • Current Housewives
  • Vicki Gunvalson
    (Season 1-present)
  • Tamra Judge
    (Season 3-present)
  • Heather Dubrow
    (Season 7-present)
  • Shannon Beador[1]
    (Season 9-present)
  • Lizzie Rovsek[2]
    (Season 9-present)
  • Former Housewives
  • Kimberly Bryant
    (Season 1)
  • Jo De La Rosa
    (Seasons 1–2)
  • Lauri Peterson
    (Seasons 1–4)
  • Jeana Keough
    (Seasons 1–5)
  • Tammy Knickerbocker
    (Seasons 2–3)
  • Quinn Fry
    (Season 3)
  • Lynne Curtin
    (Seasons 4–5)
  • Gretchen Rossi
    (Season 4-8)
  • Alexis Bellino
    (Season 5-8)
  • Peggy Tanous
    (Season 6)
  • Lydia McLaughlin
    (Season 8)
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 9
No. of episodes 124 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Douglas Ross
  • Gregory Stewart
  • Kathleen French
  • Kevin Lee
  • Scott Dunlop
  • Matthew Beirne
  • Kimberly Goodman
  • Sally-Anne King
  • Ken Schoech
Running time 40 to 44 minutes
Production company(s) Evolution Media
Original channel Bravo
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original run March 21, 2006 (2006-03-21) – present (present)
Followed by The Real Housewives of New York City
Related shows Date My Ex
Tamra's OC Wedding
External links

The Real Housewives of Orange County is an American reality television series on Bravo that debuted on March 21, 2006,[3] and is set in Orange County, California. It is the first The Real Housewives program in the franchise. The series is a voyeuristic look into the wealthy lives of these housewives, as they shop, get plastic surgery, gossip, fight and live lavishly. The financial crisis, the beginning of which coincided almost exactly with the first season's broadcast, has since trimmed the housewives' lifestyles with job losses, evictions, mortgage defaults, foreclosures, and marital stress—all recorded in progressive seasons of the show.


Shannon Beador, Heather Dubrow, Vicki Gunvalson, Tamra Judge, and Lizzie Rovsek (from left)

The series emerged as The Real Housewives on April 26, 2005, when Bravo announced their programming slate for the 2005–2006 season.[4] It would later be announced with the current title, The Real Housewives of Orange County, on January 5, 2006, with Kimberly Bryant, Jo De La Rosa, Vicki Gunvalson, Jeana Keough and Lauri Waring as the five original housewives.[3] Created by Orange County producer and Coto de Caza ("Coto") resident Scott Dunlop, the series was initially set primarily in the gated community of Coto, following the lavish livestyles of five "housewives" and their families who resided within Coto mansions, with the exception of one housewife (Lauri Waring), who lived in a Ladera Ranch townhouse.[5][6] The first season was produced by Dunlop Entertainment and Kaufman Films with Scott Dunlop, Kevin Kaufman, Dave Rupel and Patrick Moses serving as executive producers.[3]

Kimberly Bryant was replaced by Tammy Knickerbocker in the second season.[7] Bravo announced on March 28, 2007, that casting was taking place for the third season.[8] The third season premiere date was released on October 9, 2007, with Tamra Barney introduced into the cast.[9] Quinn Fry also joined the season during the sixth episode of the third season.[10] Barney and Fry were discovered by producers during the casting call.[10] With the introduction of Barney, Fry and Waring's move to San Juan Capistrano, the scope of the show widened its narrow focus that used to emphasize the privilege and exclusivity of living in gated Coto de Caza to purport the general luxury and materialism of living in the Orange County environment.

Bravo announced the series' fourth season renewal with the return of three original housewives, Gunvalson, Keough, Peterson (Waring, after her marriage to George Peterson at the end of Season 3), and Season 3 housewife Barney. A new housewife, Gretchen Rossi, replaces Season 2 housewife Knickerbocker and Season 3 housewife Fry, both of whom did not return. To compensate for the mid-season departure of Peterson, another new housewife, Lynne Curtin, joined the cast.[11][12][13][14][15][16][17]

In June 2009, Bravo announced the renewal of the show for a fifth season with the entire season four cast returning.[18] During this season a sixth housewife, Newport Beach resident Alexis Bellino was added to the cast to replace Keough, who departed mid-season, leaving Gunvalson as the only remaining original cast member. The series was renewed for a sixth season, with new housewife Peggy Tanous replacing Lynne Curtin. It was also announced that Fernanda Rocha, a personal trainer who co-owns the Art of Fitness & Day Spa, had signed on to appear on several episodes during season six.[19] On Tuesday, August 2, 2011, The Real Housewives of Orange County was renewed for the seventh season with new housewife Heather Dubrow.

Alexis Bellino announced on September 24, 2012 that she would not be returning to the show for its eighth season in order to 'focus on family and other opportunities'.[20] However, in October 2012, Alexis was spotted filming scenes for the show and is still a main cast member. Production for season eight started in Fall 2012. All housewives of season seven returned along with new housewife Lydia McLaughlin. On November 19, 2012, Vicki Gunvalson posted a picture on her official Facebook page of the ladies getting ready for a bachelorette weekend for Tamra Barney which was being filmed for season eight. Included in the picture were Gunvalson, Barney, Rossi, Dubrow, and new Housewife, Mclaughlin. Noticeably absent from the picture was Alexis Bellino, who was not invited on the vacation. Lauri Peterson has returned in a recurring role. The Real Housewives of Orange County premiered its eighth season on April 1, 2013.[21]

Bravo celebrated the series' 100th episode milestone by airing a two hour special that depicted The Real Housewives phenomenon and how the series impacted the lives of the housewives and their families who have been on the show.[22] Bravo also aired the first 100 episodes starting ten days before the June 24, 2013, air date of the special.[22]

It was announced on September 24, 2013 by E! that Gretchen Rossi and Alexis Bellino will not be returning for the series' ninth season.[23] Cast member Tamra Judge announced that the upcoming season began production on October 23, 2013.[24] Lydia McLaughlin announced her exit from the series on November 4, 2013.[25][26][27][28][29] Shannon Beador was announced as a new addition to the cast on November 29, 2013, via fellow cast member Tamra Barney's Instagram post.[1] In December 2013, Lizzie Rovsek was revealed as the second new housewife for season nine.[2]

On March 10, 2014, E! News revealed that the ninth season would premiere on April 14, 2014, with Shannon Beador and Lizzie Rovsek joining as main housewives.[30] Danielle Gregorio also joins the cast as a friend of the housewives.[30]

Current housewives

Vicki Gunvalson

(Season 1 – present)

Born March 27, 1962,[31] Vicki Gunvalson has a family that includes her ex-husband, Donn, and the two children from her first marriage, Michael and Briana Wolfsmith. She works as an independent insurance agent. Gunvalson herself admits to having control issues. By Season 3, Gunvalson and her husband are empty nesters and purchase a smaller home in Coto with the goal to downsize and simplify their lives. However, they still reside in their large residence and Gunvalson eventually sells the smaller home. Gunvalson appears to have expanded her business to include business associates in Bellevue, Washington and Atlanta, Georgia, with her son eventually joining her business. Her daughter Briana has a cancer scare, as documented in the series, but eventually recovers. In October 2010, it was reported that Vicki and Donn were divorcing. In April 2011, on the Bravo series Watch What Happens Live, Vicki confirmed that divorce proceedings were ongoing. She is the sole original housewife from the first season, which lead to Andy Cohen giving Gunvalson the title of "The OG of the OC".[32]

Gunvalson's daughter gave birth to her first grandchild on September 28, 2012.[33] Troy William Culberson is the son of Briana Wolfsmith-Culberson and her husband Ryan Culberson.[33] The Culberson's are expecting their second child, which is another boy.[34]

Status: Divorced

Tamra Judge

(Season 3 – present)

Tamra Judge (formerly known as Barney),[35] born September 2, 1967,[36] joined the cast in Season 3 through a casting call. She lived in Ladera Ranch with her second husband of 10 years, Simon Barney. Judge became a real estate agent in Coto de Caza and Ladera Ranch to achieve a sense of "value" in her family dynamic. However, she made it clear that her job did not provide her family with its primary financial support and that her husband was her family's primary breadwinner. Her family includes three children by Simon: Sidney, Spencer, and Sophia. Judge also had an older son, Ryan Vieth, from her first marriage. On January 7, 2010, after production was completed on the fifth season, Simon filed for divorce claiming Tamra was "verbally abusive and committed acts of disloyalty and infidelity."[37][38][39]

Judge confirmed on May 22, 2013, that she received her own wedding spinoff.[40] The three-part series entitled Tamra's OC Wedding debuted on September 2, 2013, and showcased Tamra's June 15, 2013, wedding to Eddie Judge[41] Tamra and Eddie's wedding ceremony was held on June 15, 2013.[42][43]

Status: Married

Heather Dubrow

(Season 7 – present)

Heather Dubrow /dʉˈbr/ joined the cast in season 7 as a stay-at-home mom, married to Newport Beach plastic surgeon, Terry Dubrow. In season 8, Dubrow filmed guest spots on Hot in Cleveland and Malibu Country. Heather and Terry have four children: twins Nicholas and Maximilia, Katarina, and Collette. Dubrow and her family lived in the community of Pelican Hill, however, sold their mansion for $16,450,000.[44] They are in the process of building a new home in the guard-gated Crystal Cove community, located in Newport Coast, Newport Beach.[45]

Status: Married

Shannon Beador

(Season 9 – present)[1]

Shannon Beador is married to David Beador, who is the owner of Beador Construction Company, Inc.[1] The couple have three children together, which includes a set of twins.[1]

Status: Married

Lizzie Rovsek

(Season 9 – present)[2]

Lizzie Rovsek is a former model and was crowned Miss Kentucky USA in 2002.[2] Rovsek is married to Christian Alexander Rovsek,[46] with whom she shares two sons, Kingston and Preston.[2] The family resides near fellow cast member Tamra Judge in Ladera Ranch, California.[47] Rovsek also owns a business that sells designer swimsuits, named Sun Kitten Swimwear.[2] Rovsek graduated from University of Kentucky[46] with a degree in Fashion Design and Merchandising.[2]

Status: Married

Former housewives

Kimberly Bryant

(Season 1)

Jo De La Rosa

(Seasons 1 – 2)

De La Rosa released her first album, titled "Unscripted," in August 2008.[48]

Lauri Peterson

(Seasons 1 – 4: Main, Season 8: Recurring)

Prior to the start of Season 4, in June 2008, Peterson's son, Josh, was charged with two felony counts of possession and intent to sell.[49] He would later be arrested on April 23, 2010, and charged with battery on a spouse or significant other and false imprisonment.[50] Peterson came back to the series during season 8 as a recurring housewife and has since dropped Waring from her name.

Jeana Keough

(Seasons 1 – 5)

Jeana Keough /ˈk/ was born September 18, 1955.[51] Jeana and Matt lost the residences which they bought for their children during the boom, but averted the loss of their home in March 2010.[52]

Quinn Fry

(Season 3)

Tammy Knickerbocker

(Seasons 2 – 3)

Lynne Curtin

(Seasons 4 – 5)

In May 2012, former co-star Tamra Barney stated that Lynne and Frank have, since leaving the show, filed for divorce.[53]

Gretchen Rossi

(Seasons 4 – 8)

Gretchen Rossi joined the cast of The Real Housewives of Orange County in Season 4. Gretchen grew up in La Cresenta, California, and has a degree in Psychology and a minor in Family Studies and Child Development.[54] Rossi has a make-up line and handbag collection.[55] Rossi has dated Jo's ex-fiancé Slade Smiley for several years, with Rossi proposing to Smiley in season 8. She is pursuing options to become pregnant with Slade.[56]

Gretchen has a singing career and was featured on the show making her professional singing debut performing with the Pussycat Dolls at Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas.[57][58]

Status: Engaged

Alexis Bellino

(Seasons 5 – 8)

In September 2012, Us Weekly reported that Alexis had quit the show and would not be returning for season 8. Bellino released a statement to People Magazine stating that she will not be returning to the show's eighth season "in order to focus on family and other opportunities".[20] However, Alexis was spotted filming scenes for season 8 and was included in the cast.

Status: Married

Peggy Tanous

(Season 6)

Lydia McLaughlin

(Season 8)

Lydia McLaughlin joined the cast in Season 8. She is the granddaughter of Canadian media mogul Geoff Stirling, founder of NTV, the first 24-hour television station in Canada.[59] Lydia and her husband Doug live in Dana Point with their two sons, Stirling and Maverick.[59] McLaughlin announced on November 4, 2013, that she will not be returning for the ninth season.[60]

Status: Married

Housewives history

Housewives Seasons
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Vicki Gunvalson Main
Tamra Judge Main
Heather Dubrow Main
Shannon Beador Main
Elizabeth Rovsek Main
Danielle Gregorio Recurring
Jeana Keough Main Recurring Guest
Lauri Peterson Main Recurring
Jo De LaRosa Main
Kimberly Bryant Main
Tammy Knickerbocker Main
Quinn Fry Main
Gretchen Rossi Main
Lynne Curtin Main Guest
Alexis Bellino Main
Peggy Tanous Main Guest
Lydia McLaughlin Main
Fernanda Rocha Guest Recurring
Sarah Winchester Guest


Season Episodes Season Premiere Season Finale Reunion DVD Release Date
1 8 March 21, 2006 May 2, 2006 May 9, 2006 March 15, 2009
2 10 January 16, 2007 March 13, 2007 March 20, 2007 November 8, 2009
3 12 November 6, 2007 January 22, 2008 January 29, 2008 March 21, 2010
4 15 November 25, 2008 February 17, 2009 February 24, 2009 November 14, 2010
5 17 November 5, 2009 March 5, 2010 March 10, 2010
March 11, 2010
August 9, 2011
6 16 March 6, 2011 June 5, 2011 June 12, 2011
June 13, 2011
February 7, 2012
7 23 February 7, 2012 June 26, 2012 July 10, 2012
July 16, 2012
December 4, 2012
8 22 April 1, 2013 August 5, 2013 August 12, 2013
August 19, 2013
August 26, 2013
9 TBA April 14, 2014 TBA TBA TBA


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