The Real Housewives of Orange County
|The Real Housewives of
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||11|
|No. of episodes||171 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||42 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Evolution Media|
|Original release||March 21, 2006– present|
|Followed by||The Real Housewives of New York City|
The Real Housewives of Orange County (abbreviated RHOC) is an American reality television series that premiered on March 21, 2006, on Bravo. It has aired ten seasons and focuses on the personal and professional lives of several women residing in Orange County, California.
The series originally focused on Kimberly Bryant, Jo De La Rosa, Vicki Gunvalson, Jeana Keough, and Lauri Waring (now Peterson); the current lineup of housewives consists of Gunvalson, Tamra Barney (now Judge), Heather Dubrow, Shannon Beador, Meghan King Edmonds and Kelly Dodd. Of the original housewives, Bryant and De La Rosa left after the first and second seasons, respectively, while Peterson and Keough stopped filming during production of the fourth and fifth seasons, respectively. The remaining housewives joined in later seasons: Judge in the third, Dubrow in the seventh, Beador in the ninth, Edmonds in the tenth, and Dodd in the eleventh. Other housewives include Tammy Knickerbocker (season 2–3), Quinn Fry (season 3), Gretchen Rossi (season 4–8), Lynne Curtin (season 4–5), Alexis Bellino (season 5–8), Peggy Tanous (season 6), Lydia McLaughlin (season 8), and Lizzie Rovsek (season 9).
The show's success has allowed for the development of The Real Housewives franchise and similar spin-off series based in New York City, Atlanta, New Jersey, Washington, D.C., Beverly Hills, Miami, Potomac, and Dallas. The Real Housewives of Orange County has additionally resulted in the conceptions of the spin-offs Date My Ex: Jo & Slade and Tamra's OC Wedding.
Overview and casting
In April 2005, The Real Housewives was announced as one of six reality television series ordered by the American television channel Bravo; before its premiere, it was renamed The Real Housewives of Orange County in January 2006. One of its producers, Scott Dunlop, commented that it was originally planned to be set in a single gated community in Coto de Caza, California. A press release issued by the network noted that the series was inspired by the scripted soap operas Desperate Housewives and Peyton Place, and would document the lives of upper-class women who "lead glamorous lives in a picturesque Southern California gated community where the average home has a $1.6 million price tag and residents include CEOs and retired professional athletes."
Its original main housewives were Kimberly Bryant, Jo De La Rosa, Vicki Gunvalson, Jeana Keough and Lauri Waring (now Peterson). Bryant left after the first season, and was replaced by Tammy Knickerbocker beginning with the second season. De La Rosa exited the series after the second season; Tamra Barney (now Judge) joined the series in the third season premiere, while Quinn Fry was introduced in the sixth episode. Knickerbocker and Fry left after the third season, while Gretchen Rossi was introduced in the fourth season premiere. Peterson made her final appearance on the third episode of the fourth season, and was replaced by Lynne Curtin beginning with the fourth episode. Keough initially stopped filming after the third episode of the fifth season, and was replaced by Alexis Bellino beginning with the fourth episode; however, Keough was featured as a friend of the housewives in the sixth season. Curtin left after the fifth season; beginning with the sixth season Peggy Tanous and friend of the housewives Fernanda Rocha were introduced and only featured in the sixth season. Heather Dubrow and Lydia McLaughlin were respectively introduced in the seventh and eighth seasons, while Peterson appeared as a friend of the housewives in the eighth season. Bellino, McLaughlin, Rossi and Peterson departed after the eighth season, and were replaced by starring housewives Shannon Beador and Lizzie Rovsek and friend of the housewives Danielle Gregorio in the ninth. The tenth season saw Rovsek become a friend of the housewives, the departure of Gregorio, and the introduction of Meghan King Edmonds, alongside former housewives Keough, Knickerbocker and Curtin making guest appearances.
In April 2016, Bravo announced that the series is renewed for an eleventh season. On May 23, 2016, the network confirmed that all housewives from the previous season would return together with Kelly Dodd joining the cast alongside former housewife Jeana Keough making a guest appearance. The eleventh season premiered on June 20, 2016.
Timeline of housewives
|Current main housewives|
|Meghan King Edmonds||Guest||Main|
|Former main housewives|
|Jo De La Rosa||Main||Guest|
|Friends of the housewives|
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||8||March 21, 2006||May 9, 2006|
|2||10||January 16, 2007||March 20, 2007|
|3||12||November 6, 2007||January 29, 2008|
|4||15||November 25, 2008||June 11, 2009|
|5||17||November 5, 2009||March 11, 2010|
|6||16||March 6, 2011||June 20, 2011|
|7||23||February 7, 2012||July 24, 2012|
|8||22||April 1, 2013||September 1, 2013|
|9||21||April 14, 2014||September 8, 2014|
|10||23||June 8, 2015||November 12, 2015|
|11||TBA||June 20, 2016||TBA|
The first season sees Bryant discussing her family's move from Baltimore to Coto de Caza, while De La Rosa's relationship with her fiancé Slade Smiley presents struggles. Gunvalson runs her own insurance company, for which Petersen is an employee. Petersen struggles financially after her divorce from her unnamed ex-husband, deals with her teenage son Josh's frequent run-ins with the law, and unexpectedly sees her young adult daughter Ashley move back in with the family after previously living in Los Angeles. With her husband Matt often away traveling for work, Keough raises her children Shane, Kara, and Colton fairly independently. The second season sees the addition of Knickerbocker, a divorced mother who tries to balance raising her daughters Megan and Lindsey with dealing with her ex-boyfriend Duff, who's interested in reconciling and dating. De La Rosa and Smiley had separated and reconciled on several occasions between production of the first and second seasons, during which period Smiley briefly dated Waring. Although Waring became engaged to George Peterson in the second season, conflict developed between De La Rosa and Waring over their relationships with Smiley. Furthermore, De La Rosa is shown pursuing her interest in the music industry.
Gunvalson experiences difficulty accepting her children Michael and Briana's independence as young adults in the third season, and sees her relationship with her husband Donn suffer from her commitment to expanding her insurance company. Keough files for separation from Matt, while Knickerbocker and her daughters deal with the sudden death of Knickerbocker's ex-husband Lou (the girls' father). New housewife Barney tries easing the tension between her adult son Ryan and her husband Simon, after the former moves back into the family home; Fry is added to the cast mid-season and struggles with making her prospective boyfriend Billy to commit to an exclusive relationship. Waring (now Peterson) marries George in a lavish ceremony during the season finale and leaves three episodes into the fourth season to spend more time with her family after the wedding. New housewife Rossi tends to her fiancé Jeff, who is battling a rare form of leukemia, although the women question her intentions due to the couple's significant age gap and Rossi's reputation as a party girl. In the fifth season, Rossi begins dating after Jeff's death and frequently clashes with Barney despite an attempted reconciliation between the women. Gunvalson remains passionate about maintaining her professional career and her marriage, while Barney, Keough, and their husbands suffer from financial difficulties caused by the collapsing economy. Bellino and her husband Jim raises their toddler-aged twin girls, Melania and Mackenna, and their son, James.
Barney files for divorce from Simon in the sixth season. She is stressed by her worsening problems with Rossi and another feud with Keough, who briefly resurfaces after spreading false rumors about Barney in the media. After expressing her eagerness for independence from Jim, Bellino launches a fashion collection of dresses. Gunvalson continues to thrive in the workplace, although her relationship with Donn becomes increasingly distant and unsalvageable. Despite contemplating marriage, Rossi is plagued by speculation that her boyfriend Smiley is a deadbeat parent and knowledge of his previous relationships with housewives. New housewife and stay-at-home mother Tanous explores the possibility of revitalizing her modelling career. After filing for divorce from Donn in the seventh season, Gunvalson and her boyfriend Brooks Ayers are met with resistance from friends and family. Barney and Rossi form an unexpected companionship, which places a strain on Barney's companionship with Gunvalson, and Rossi's relationships with Bellino and Smiley. Barney's relationship with her boyfriend Eddie Judge becomes increasingly serious, while Bellino begins a demanding position as a local news correspondent. Rossi performs with The Pussycat Dolls with the intention of jump-starting a career in the entertainment industry, while new housewife and former actress Dubrow raises her four children with her plastic surgeon husband Terry.
In the eighth season, the newly engaged Barney and Judge move in together, prepare for their upcoming nuptials, and arrange for the opening of their fitness studio Cut Fitness. Bellino becomes friends with Gunvalson after feeling isolated from several of the housewives. Dubrow reestablishes her presence in the entertainment industry after securing recurring positions in the television series Hot in Cleveland and Malibu Country, while Gunvalson embraces being a grandmother to Briana's newborn son Troy, when her relationship with Ayers becomes increasingly turbulent. Rossi reconsiders marriage and beginning a family after her relationship with Smiley becomes more stable; new housewife McLaughlin and her husband Doug connect with the Bellinos over their shared devotion to Christianity. In the ninth season, Dubrow continues pursuing her acting endeavors while her overseeing the construction of her new family mansion, while newlywed Barney (now Judge) considers having a child with Eddie. Still struggling to find common ground between Briana and Ayers, Gunvalson worries that Briana and her husband Ryan will likely relocate to Oklahoma. New housewife Beador experiences difficulties in balancing her career and marriage to her husband David, while another new housewife, Lizzie Rovsek, is unsure whether to pursue her career as a swimsuit designer or have a third child with her husband Christian.
The tenth season sees the departure of Lizzie as a main housewife and the addition of Meghan King-Edmonds. Throughout the season, Shannon deals with the revelation of her husband David's affair. The two go to counseling and work on their relationship with each other and their children. Shannon also works to repair her broken relationships with Heather and Tamra. In the beginning of the season, Meghan and Shannon go head to head over an unwanted phone call. Meanwhile, Heather takes control of the new house being built, and feels disconnected and unappreciated by Terry. Tamra and Eddie decide to spend time away from working together to improve their relationship. Tamra secretly contributes financially to her son's move to Orange County upon learning of his wife's pregnancy knowing Eddie would not approve. Tamra also dives into her faith and gets baptized. Vicki and Brooks are in the midst of dealing with Brooks' cancer; however, when Tamra, Meghan, and Heather see a psychic who reveals he doesn't believe Brooks is ill, accusations fly setting up the major arc for the season. Meghan and Vicki butt heads the entire season over Megan's constantly questioning Brooks and feeling like Vicki is covering up Brooks' lie. Shannon tries to defend Vicki, but when she finds out Vicki was talking about her husband's affair, Shannon gives up her friendship with Vicki. At the reunion, Vicki reveals she does not believe Brooks has cancer and that she will never get back together with him. In an interview with Andy Cohen following the show, Brooks tells the public he and Vicki are broken up and recently, Vicki was spotted with her new Arizona Man.
Season 11 starts with the aftermath of Vicki's admission Brooks' cancer was a lie. New housewife Kelly befriends Vicki and has a huge row with Shannon.
Date My Ex: Jo & Slade became the first spin-off from The Real Housewives of Orange County; the dating game show documented De La Rosa as she began dating after moving to Los Angeles, where potential suitors were regularly surveyed by Smiley. It premiered on June 30, 2008 and ended on September 8, 2008 after broadcasting nine episodes during its first and only season.
After becoming engaged to Judge in February 2013, Barney was commissioned to star in the three-part spin-off special Tamra's OC Wedding. It highlighted the preparations for their nuptials and was broadcast from September 2, 2013 until September 16, 2013.
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