Ok, so I think I would be very into a Bravo dating show (maybe living together a la Summer House). I’d want to see people from all franchises/shows invited. My cast would include:
VPR: Katie, Lala, Raquel, Peter
Summer House: Ciara, Andrea, Luke, Alex
Housewives/HW Adjacent: Frankie Jr., MKE, Avery Singer, Brielle, Kairo, Ashley Darby
Below Deck: Rocky, Courtney, Kelley (I’m not caught up on the recent seasons)
I’m missing a ton who would be fantastic, but this is a top of the head list for me. What do you think?
Ugh, let's talk Summer House.
Watching the buildup to Kyle and Amanda's nuptials is the closest I've gotten to a full body workout since 2019. I am TENSE. I am sweating. I am pacing around my house, muttering to myself.
While I'm sure no one is watching this season of Summer House and thinking, "Wow! These cuties are ready to walk down that aisle! What a healthy and not at all damaged relationship!"....I think I've pinpointed why their cycle of dysfunction is especially hard for me to watch: I have been the Amanda.
One of the tough things about infidelity is that, as the one who has been cheated on, you are forced to make an excruciating choice: You either need to accept things will never be the same and leave OR you need to forgive, move forward, and stay. Unfortunately, Amanda has done a little bit of both. She stayed, but hasn't forgiven.
It's clear that Amanda does not trust Kyle, so she smothers him. This leads to Kyle acting out which leads to stupid shit like staying out all night by himself. Which leads to Amanda feeling validated that he is not to be trusted. Which leads to her smothering him.... And circles become circles and round and round they go on this toxic Merry-Go-Round sponsored by Loverboy.
Is anyone else really struggling with this "storyline"? What are your thoughts? I need a support group of reformed (and current) Amandas.
Title says it all! I’ll go first to kick us off on this fab Friday, and we can comment with clues!
I always find it sooo interesting when people say what show got them hooked on Bravo. Because once you fall for one, suddenly you're watching Sunday-Thursday programming, DVR-ing every WWHL! and following Bravo gossip accounts.
My intro to Bravo was originally shows like Flipping Out and Millionaire Matchmaker. I would dip my toes in and out, and watch if they had a marathon on. But then, I found Real Housewives of Atlanta (season 1) and became obsessed. I was obsessed with Kim and Nene, Deshawn Snow thinking she can raise 1 million dollars, also Lisa's husband Ed... hot. I couldn't get enough.
What is your intro to Bravo?!
Okay fellow Bravo historians (and @bravohistorian!): What is your favorite fun fact you’ve learned about Bravo and/or Bravolebrities during your time as a fan?
My favorite is Slade getting on RHOC by winning a charity auction. Un. Real.
It's officially been 10 years (10 years!!) since Vanderpump Rules premiered on Bravo. The same year, we got Southern Charm, and just a bit later, Summer House provided us with yet another distraction. But, since then, we haven't seen another next-gen hit make its way to Bravo.
Instead, Bravo has really leaned into cross-over content, recycling its stars, instead of creating new ones. Is there a reason why you think Bravo has yet to really find another post-Summer House hit? And why they aren't leaning into Gen Z more? I always think about when Andy Cohen said they wouldn't do cross-overs until the content got stale, and I worry about what's to come...
Anyone else feel like there’s just a meanness creeping across shows right now? Don’t get me started on RHOBH tonight and making jokes for mean girls’ sake. And when Venita was the ONLY ONE not invited to Friendsgiving (other than Madison)….hmmm, why do we think that is? When was the last time a cast member wasn’t invited to a group event?
Everything is feeling very negative in a way that gives me anxiety and I might really have to take a break from some of these shows.
What shows, seasons, or episodes would you show someone who has never watched Bravo!? I am dying to know.
For me, I would show:
Season 2 RHOBH
Season 4 RHOP
Any RHONY (even season 4, that morocco trip is gold)
Season 1 Vanderpump Rules
Season 1 Southern Charm (that finale is WILD)
From my amateur sleuthing skills I have discovered who I THINK will be starring in the upcoming series, Southern Charm: Leva Land, which focuses, Vanderpump Rules-style, on Leva Bonaparte's restaurant, Republic. Which as we know, is THE place to go in Charleston. The entire cast of Southern Charm frequents it and has for years.
My predictions are based on this tweet, which showed servers at Republic: https://twitter.com/pumprulesbravo/status/1524728330557304833?s=21
And then searching for Leva's bar on IG, I found this photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/CdKITO0rirA/?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y=
Those photos had the following people tagged, who, let's be real, definitely looks like Bravo reality stars who work at a restaurant. This isn't our first rodeo!!
The rumored cast of Leva Land might include...
Lucia P (@sunshinelu13): In her IG bio it says she is part of bottle service at Republic. She is also a mother to one son named Lucas.
Maddi Reese (@madison_reese): She seems to be in charge of the VIP section at Republic according to her IG bio. And is also a DJ.
William (@_kulp): is a British model, unsure of his role at the restaurant and might be dating bottle service girl Emmy (see below)
Emmy Sharrett (@esharrett15): Bottle service girl at Republic, and looks to be recently dating William, since she posted a recent pic of them together celebrating a birthday.
Bradley Carter (@bradnboujee_): is a personal trainer, and works at Republic. He, Maddi, and William seem to be close friends.
Mia Alario (@miaalario): works at Republic (unsure of her role)
Joe Bradley (@joecbradley): Lives in Charleston, and works at Republic. Seems to be friends with Bradley and Lucia.
They are all hot, beautiful, young and I know they are gonna be messy. I just know it. I can't wait.
We all have one or two Bravolebs that we will ride into battle for. Ok, fine that might be extreme. But still. The sentiment stands.
I find myself always defending Melissa Gorga, and Candiace Dillard. I just love them both and think they are both misunderstood and beautiful and pop star queens!
Who is your Bravoleb that you love no matter what?