ORIGINALLY POSTED April 7, 2011 RE-POSTED September 13, 2012 5:00 pm
NOTE: In anticipation of tonight’s RHOM second season premiere… on Bravo at 9pm… just a quick look back at what happened with the Miami Housewives, season ONE.
AND… this is a RE-POST for all the viewers who are wondering WHY the Miami bunch deserve a second season!
Real Housewives of Miami….”We’re going to find that Andy Cohen and when we do….”
It’s done and over with, but the Real Housewives of Miami‘s first season and reunion show is one that should enrage Bravo watchers to the boiling point… enough to carry picket signs and protest outside of Andy Cohen’s building… and when the picketers are ignored (as is usually the case), rush the building, climb up to the 46th floor, find Andy’s office, and bash Andy with the cardboard signs until Andy gives up the name of the person who gave the green light to substitute the Real Housewives of New York with the Real Housewives of Miami and then Andy should fire that person.
Oh yeah… the person at Bravo who made that decision was Andy!
Andy Cohen was the bright Bravo bulb who threw Miami into the New York slot. Andy’s probably fanning himself with palm fronds, thankful that the whole Miami mess is over.
The Miami group was cast last year as “Miami Social Club.” Miami Social Club’s premise was a dinner party taking place each week at a different cast member’s choosing, among ‘friends,’ and the relationships and problems that blossomed or crashed throughout the relatively short production period.
It was not a Bravo-endorsed series until well into filming at which time Bravo changed the title from “Miami Social Club” to the Real Housewives of Miami and made it part of the Housewives’ franchise… welcome to your new home at Bravo, Miami.
When the Real Housewives of New York finished filming and media promotion was well underway for the RHONY’s fourth season, Andy took a look at the NY footage and immediately made the decision to postpone the RHONY’s fourth season’s debut. Rumors always have a nugget of truth wrapped in them somewhere and the rumor around Andy’s decision to postpone the RHONY was that he watched the footage and found it lacking… boring, a total snoozefest.
What to do… what to do???
Weeeeelllll… there’s that ‘Miami dinner party’ thing… let’s throw them in there while we work on making the RHONY un-boring. So, in late February, Housewives fans were anxiously awaiting the return of the NY Housewives, but instead were forced to take a brand new set of Housewives from Miami.
How could Andy do this to his faithful Housewives viewers!?
Well, this is how Andy did it: “You know, we’re all just so tired of snow and Winter time… so I thought I’d bring you some warm Miami sunshine.” Uh, OK Andy…
The Miami franchise was prepped for failure.
Unlike the other Housewives franchises, Miami was not given the usual Bravo treatment: pre-premiere publicity to introduce the individual Housewives, weeks of promotional ads on Bravo and parties in Miami and New York to let the media warm up to and write about the Housewives. Miami was like eating a too-rare steak… you were expecting a steak and you got a steak, just not exactly as you ordered it and you’re kind of bummed. You would like to send the steak back to have it cooked exactly as you wanted, but your table is one of the last, and despite the place being fine dining, you can tell that the wait staff is counting the minutes until you leave and they can call it a night, so you eat the steak anyway… it’s still good, just not exactly what you wanted. Miami, in keeping with the dining/restaurant/cooking theme throughout RHOM, should have been a perfect rare steak; instead, Bravo served one that was quickly flipped on the grill and thought you should still appreciate it.
The Real Housewives of Miami should not be compared to other franchises of the Housewives… no other franchise was treated by Bravo as Miami was. When it was announced that Miami’s debut was in place of NY’s next season, no one was more surprised by the announcement than the Miami Housewives: Lea Black, Marysol Patton, Alexia Echevarria,
Cristy Crispy Rice, Adriana de Moura and Larsa Pippen, but they went along with the decision. The sudden announcement also placed the Miami Housewives in a hostile position with the viewers… we want our NY Housewives back… who are these Miami women and how dare Bravo shove this crap down our throats?
The RHOM also did not have the usual ten to twelve episode season… Miami had a mini-season of just six episodes. When their ‘season’ was over, Andy gave Miami a rushed send-off and indulged himself by experimenting with their reunion show.
The Bravo Housewives reunion show usually takes place in a hotel ballroom located in the Housewives’ city, elegantly decorated, huge sofas flank Grand Andy, hair and makeup people are there off camera and the taping begins… usually lasting anywhere from eight hours to fourteen hours per day (some reunions are shot for two days), after which the footage of the reunion show is carefully edited to produce two one-hour reunion shows.
Again, Miami was given the short end of the Bravo stick. Andy decided to do something really exciting… a first ever in Bravo history… it will be wild, lively, thrilling… a LIVE Housewives reunion right in the Bravo Clubhouse!!! Was Andy so tired from trying to put together decent episodes from the dull footage of the NY ladies for the next season of Real Housewives of New York that he couldn’t take the time or have the energy to fly to Miami and tape their reunion show per standard Housewives procedure?
Andy insulted Housewive’s viewers and the Miami Housewives by assembling them all in his tiny clubhouse on chairs and just let them speak…they spoke over one another, raised their voices and chatted on about subjects that were hashed and re-hashed many times over during the run of their show… Andy barely spoke a word and certainly did not rein anyone in or take the lead as hosts usually do in this type of setting, but hey… it was LIVE!!!
Did Andy say the Miami reunion would be at ‘the club’ in Miami, the one right on the beach with the great views? Uh, no… we’re going to his CLUBhouse… the one in NY that used to be Isaac Mizrahi’s dressing room…
As much as Miami was closely compared to the Housewives of DC as a failed show and unfairly compared to the other Housewives franchises, Miami should be given another season. A REAL season… one produced by the standards to which all the other Housewives franchises have been produced.
DC was developed to the fullest, so it’s not fair to compare Miami to DC… Besides, DC was just stanky…
Again, Miami was prepped for failure by Andy’s rush for a RHONY replacement and he succeeded, as Miami is considered a failure. However, the blame for Miami’s weak ratings and its downfall cannot be placed on the RHOM… the blame should be placed squarely on the Bravo executive who made the decision to rush Miami into the Bravo fray when Miami clearly was not ready, and that executive decision was made by Andy Cohen.
So, Andy… you need to fire Andy!
NOTE: You can see the entire Miami reunion at StoopidHousewives YouTubeChannel…
The Miami reunion was worse than this screw-up in the clubhouse…