The cast welcomes a new Housewife, Lydia McLaughlin.

Feb 19, 2013 - The Dish

The First Ladies of Bravo, The Real Housewives of Orange County, are back with an eight season premiering Monday, April 1st at 8/7c. 

Vicki, Tamra, Alexis, Gretchen, and Heather are all back, as is... Laurie Peterson? Yup, the original O.C. Housewife makes an appearance in the upcoming season, but from this first look it doesn't look like the other 'Wives are too thrilled about it.

In the teaser, the new ladies are also introduced to new Housewife Lydia McGlaughlin, a friend of Alexis Bellino's. An O.C. socialitie, Lydia, along with her husband, Doug, owns and operates a high-end magazine that highlights the glamorous life of Southern California.

Like Alexis, Lydia is a devout Christian. This season, Alexis is once again the center of controversy between the ladies. Feeling bullied and betrayed, Alexis turns to Vicki for comfort and friendship. But it’s new Housewife, Lydia, who appeals to Alexis’ faith in an effort to achieve forgiveness -- with surprising and mixed results.

Vicki has her own issues to deal with as she celebrates the highs of being a new grandmother to Briana’s new baby boy, while struggling to make her controversial relationship with Brooks survive. Her southern beau is once again the center of scrutiny and causes rifts among Vicki, her family, and friends. 

Tamra Barney’s life was paradise at the end of last season, as Eddie proposed on the beaches of Bora Bora. But reality starts to sink in when the couple moves in and struggles to merge their separate lives. Between the challenges of trying to open their fitness studio and the stress of trying to plan a wedding, their bumpy road is made even worse by the fact that the more Tamra pushes to set a wedding date, the harder Eddie pushes back. 

Wedding bells and babies are on Gretchen Rossi’s mind. With her boyfriend, Slade, landing a job as a radio DJ, the path is paved for Gretchen to take the next big steps in her life. But starting a family isn’t as easy as she had hoped.

Heather Dubrow’s life as a stay-at-home mother takes a sharp turn as offers for acting roles on two popular sitcoms roll in. Although she’s thrilled to be acting once again, trouble comes from the most unexpected source, her husband, Terry, when what should be a dream opportunity turns into the biggest challenge their marriage has faced.


Which Housewife are you most excited to welcome back into your living room? Let us know in the Comments section below!