Following a solid second season, Bravo‘s The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills offshoot Vanderpump Rules looks poised to get a third season renewal. The reality series, starring RHOBH‘s Lisa Vanderpump, has grown steadily in the ratings, starting with 1.19 million viewers for the Season 2 premiere and culminating with 2.24 million tuning in for the first part of the end-of-season reunion. Viewership dipped a bit in the reunion conclusion (1.92 million) but Vanderpump managed to edge RHOBH in its last three airings and to pull in Season 2 averages in total viewers and adults 18-49 that were ahead of Season 1.
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills will premiere Sept. 5 as originally scheduled despite the recent suicide of co-star Russell Armstrong. “Given that these episodes were filmed months ago, the producers of the show taped a brief interview this week with several of the cast members to introduce the premiere,” Bravo president Frances Berwick said in a statement. “Re-editing of the episodes is still underway.” She said that Bravo has partnered with the Entertainment Industries Council to raise awareness about suicide prevention and will air PSAs during the show. “Our thoughts continue to be with the Armstrong family during this difficult time,” Berwick said.
Alaska continues to be a popular setting for cable reality series. Following TLC’s Sarah Palin’s Alaska and History’s taxidermy-themed Mounted In Alaska comes Coast Guard Alaska, a new Weather Channel reality series produced by Al Roker. It is exactly what the title suggests.
TLC has renewed Say Yes To The Dress: Bridesmaids for a second season with a 18-episode order.
Meanwhile, what Bravo now calls “the critically acclaimed series” The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills will return for Season 2 on Sept. 5. In addition to the premiere date, the cable network also announced two new cast members — Brandi Glanville and Dana Wilkey — who will join returning stars Taylor Armstrong, Camille Grammer, Adrienne Maloof, Kim Richards, Kyle Richards and Lisa Vanderpump.