In a last ditch effort to save the franchise, Bravo dug deep into their pockets to lure Bethenny Frankel back to the NYC Housewives next season. Ugh. Too little, too late, Bravo. I have layered distaste for this desperate decision. Yes, I do believe this stunt casting will temporarily spike the ratings, but after last season’s toilet ratings it would be hard to do worse. Ramona’s implausible deniablility regarding the implosion of her marriage paired with that new basic blonde bitch made for a dud of a season.
When it comes to Bethenny, what haven’t we seen her do? We’ve watched her destroy friendships for fame, strike it rich, birth her daughter, exploit her marriage for ratings, divorce, and engage in a protracted nasty custody battle. What do we have to look forward to? Bethenny and her once-accused-rapist boyfriend walking hand and hand with little Bryn? That should go over well.
The main difference between the old Bethenny and new Bethenny is net worth. Bethenny recounts that when she began with RHNY she was teetering towards broke. Now she sitting on a pile of money looking down at everyone else. This should create the most interesting shift in the dynamics among the women. Filthy rich Bethenny has no reason to give a fuck about offending anyone. I expect a deluge of snide criticism. She doesn’t need the approval or allegiance of her castmates. Her wealth keeps her good company.
Rejoining an ensemble cast after a failed talkshow isn’t exactly a propulsive career move. This is a woman who clearly wants her mug on the blogs whatever the cost to her dignity. Apparently, it’s gotta be fame and fortune for Mizz Frankel. It’s rumored one of the contingencies of Frankel agreeing to return was a no-Zarin clause which is unfortunate since Jill’s the only Housewife that could prove a worthy adversary to her former friend.