How are “Real Housewives” Selected for Their own Spinoff?



The “Real Housewives” franchise has several spinoffs and specials, including Kim Zolciak’s “Don’t Be Tardy,” Lisa Vanderpump’s “Vanderpump Rules” and Bethenny Frankel’s “Bethenny Ever After.” However, not all housewives are spinoff-worthy.

On May 27, LALATE reported that “The Real Housewives of Orange County” star Tamra Barney would be getting her own spinoff, surrounding the happenings of her Orange County gym, CUT Fitness.

At the time, the site claimed Barney would be headlining the show in an effort to anchor Monday nights in the spring/summer season for Bravo in the way that Vanderpump’s series, “Vanderpump Rules,” has done in the fall/winter season. “RHOA” has the same scenario going on, with the show airing at 8 p.m. followed by one of the show’s many specials, including NeNe Leakes’ “I Dream Of NeNe: The Wedding” and Kandi Burruss’ “The Kandi Factory,” airing directly after.

While the setup seemed to make sense, the rumors of a Barney spinoff ended up being untrue.

During an “Ask Andy” segment of “Watch What Happens Live,” “Real Housewives” creator Andy Cohen said there were no plans to give anyone a spinoff at this time — and explained why not just anyone can carry their own show.

“Someone needs to be going through a serious life transition that will take them out of [the franchise],” he explained. “They just have to be able to hold their own for an hour. It’s a lot of time. A lot of Housewives—almost all—have asked me for spinoffs. And I always say you should be so happy to be in this ensemble show. You get paid so well. You can all fall back on each other and rely on each other.”

Thus far, in “Real Housewives” history, there have been a total of nine spinoffs.

In 2008, Bravo launched its first spinoff of its first “Real Housewives” franchise, “RHOC.” The series, titled “Date My Ex,” followed Slade Smiley and Jo De La Rosa, a previously engaged couple who starred on the series’ first and second season, as Smiley attempted to find love for De La Rosa post-split. The show was aired for one season.

“Date My Ex” was followed by 2010’s “Bethenny Ever After,” which featured Frankel and her ex-husband, Jason Hoppy, as they balanced their relationship with their careers, and 2012’s “Don’t Be Tardy,” a series about Zolciak and her husband Kroy Biermann, who married in 2011 after meeting on “RHOA.”

The following year, four spinoffs were launched: Burruss’ “Kandi Factory,” Vanderpump’s “Vanderpump Rules,” Barney’s “Tamra’s OC Wedding” and Leakes’ “I Dream Of NeNe: The Wedding.”

More recently, Bravo began airing a second Burruss spinoff about the singer’s wedding to Todd Tucker, titled “Kandi’s Wedding.” And soon, fans will be seeing “RHONJ” star Caroline Manzo in her own show based on her family’s New Jersey restaurant, The Brownstone. The series will be titled “Manzo’d With Children” and is expected to air in early 2015.

As for which “Real Housewives” star could be next, it is hard to tell. However, there are certainly a few stars who stand out and have more than others going on when it comes to their lives off the show. For instance, Heather Dubrow is currently juggling her gig on “RHOC” with a career in acting and her four children. Her husband, Dr. Terry Dubrow, also has his own show, and the pair are currently building their dream home. On “RHOBH,” Kyle Richards seems to be a potential spinoff candidate, with four children, as well, and a successful store in Beverly Hills (Kyle By Alene Too, which is a celebrity favorite).

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