RHOBH is now on its milestone 10th season and returns to rare form
Bravo has had several ups and downs with their Real Housewives series, undoubtedly changing the game for reality television. There’s been a rise in the success of a “television personality” which is something that feels directly connected to the growth of The Real Housewives for over over a decade.
That suggests that the platform is rapidly evolving, and some have really established a life for themselves because of this spotlight, most noticeably RHOBH. It can be healthy to some extent, but the last two seasons have felt like there’s been a negative shift.
Last season on RHOBH, viewers were extremely vocal that they didn’t like the almost forced departure of original housewife Lisa Vanderpump who felt targeted by castmates amidst grieving over the unexpected loss of her brother. It felt like a Game of Thrones-style powerplay by the other women, which Lisa wasn’t willing to partake in.
The departure of Lisa was her choice, but many felt that the network opened the door for other women to believe there are no boundaries when it comes to pushing their own agenda to build-up their growing egos.
This time things might work differently for The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
A lot of the resentment from last year came from the fact that Bravo appeared to favor everyone other than Lisa. Continuing to allow the others to isolate someone and give so much airtime about something with no legitimacy (#puppygate) appeared like they wanted to utilize it as a central storyline.
It’s as if they intended to make viewers feel something that definitely didn’t sit well with a majority of the audience.
Clearly learning from last year, Bravo has started to show more of the unfiltered behavior of other cast members. Early on there were conversations that Denise Richards was the next target by the seemingly solid group, which actually has started to play out already.
The difference is that Denise is getting the well-rounded edit that Lisa could have benefitted from and we’re finally discussing the two-faced tendencies of certain Beverly Hills socialites. With Denise standing her ground and not allowing her castmates to push her out, there’s hope that Bravo could shake things up next season to level the playing field.
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills: The Kyle we knew existed
If you’ve watched The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills from the beginning, you already know problematic star Kyle Richards. Kyle has drudged up conflict with family including substance abuse and her sisters’ personal lives but typically avoids discussing any of her own experiences.
We’ve watched Kyle refuse to speak about tabloid gossip and cry through interviews to shut down conversations about herself or her husband, but that hasn’t stopped the last remaining original housewife from excessively revealing intimate details about others.
Kyle hasn’t ever truly been in central conflicts aside from her often interjecting, but this year Kyle’s required to work for her diamond. From the first episode, we witnessed her cringeworthy attitude towards her partners or even her snickering about Denise’s appearance, making her feel like a natural villain once again.
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills: The new girls are perfection
New housewives are a tradition to keep the franchise fresh and continue to shift dynamics. Sometimes it can be a perfect fit, and other times it can come off as forced. This season we meet Garcelle Beauvais, an actor, producer, and insanely entertaining casting choice who challenges the standard repetition of housewife drama.
Sutton Stracke is the other new friend-of-housewife role, but there’s no doubt that she was robbed of a spot on the cast. Sutton has a southern coldness to her that you can tell intimidates the other women with her presence and amusing over-the-top style. Though the two haven’t really united as of yet, their opposite friendships help keep the other women reminded that their spots on RHOBH aren’t untouchable.
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills airs Wednesday nights on Bravo, so check it out and let us know your thoughts on season 10!