Let the speculation cease! The ‘Real Houseflies Of Atlanta’ are back for another season of falsehoods, fairytales and fallacies — and two new housewives. Below, watch a teaser clip promoting the upcoming season and also read Atlanta Journal-Constitution journalist Rodney Ho‘s thoughts on the future of the top-rate series.
(Although Kim Zolciak is absent from the official promotional pictures for the upcoming season she is still a cast member. Dropping another load off at the
docks maternity ward comes perhaps?)
Via AJC.com — Although the general idea of all these shows remain the same, the ways to keep them fresh is to change out cast members – the reality show equivalent of Botox. “Real Housewives of Atlanta” only has two original players left and they are the two biggest names: Kim Zolciak and NeNe Leakes. Kim had a successful spinoff earlier this year and will spend much of this season pregnant, not as active in the shenanigans as in the past. (In fact, Kim season four was already semi-MIA since she was pregnant then as well.)
As for NeNe, she has carved out an acting career, something very few reality show people have been able to do. “Glee” creator Ryan Murphy saw her one liners on “Celebrity Apprentice” and gave her a shot on “Glee” in a recurring role as a tough swimming coach. She got good feedback and Murphy gave her a role as a sassy assistant on “The New Normal” on NBC. So personally, I was surprised NeNe even bothered to stick around for a fifth season, given her relative contempt of several of the existing cast members. But my guess is the money was too good to pass up.
Meet The Gworls
There are two new ladies in the mix, as previously reported.
Export Kenya Moore, a model from Detroit whose ties to Atlanta are weak. It sounded like Bravo canvassed half of Atlanta and tested out dozens of women. In the end had to go outside the city for one of the cast members. She better be good! [UPDATE: Due to popular demand from the commenters below, it's apparently worthy to note she was Miss USA in 1993 and has had appearances as an actress in shows such as "The Steve Harvey Show," "Living Single" and "Homeboys in Outer Space."]
The other one is Porsha Williams Stewart, yet another lady married to an NFL player, the fourth one of the show. There’s Kim, of course. The other two – Sheree and Lisa Wu Hartwell – are no longer around. I do not know much about her beyond the fact she’s Hosea Williams’ granddaughter.
Bravo had to be concerned after season four. Numbers began to flag toward the end of the season. In fact, it seemed to drag on forever because Bravo aired 21 episodes, the most to date. Ratings, while strong, fell a bit from season three, averaging 2.8 million viewers.
Readers, when polled in April, conveyed a sense of fatigue. A quarter of them graded the season a C (subpar and going down fast), 22 percent dubbed it an F, claiming to be done forever and another quarter graded it a B, aging but still watchable. Only 22 percent gave it an A and said it was still a guilty pleasure. (The other 7 percent answered that they didn’t watch but wanted to tell the world that in the poll.)
Upfront With The Housewives
What’s worse for the show is over the summer, VH1 stole the “Real Housewives” thunder with “Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta,” which actually drew a larger audience than any “Housewives” seasons and was more pleasurable to watch in many ways, probably because it felt new.
So how much juice does this franchise have? Kind of like “Idol,” it has to lose a LOT of steam to be kicked off the air. We’ll see if the producers can rekindle the magic and wring something interesting out of the revised crew.