Hey, everyone! Welcome to my first blog! My name is Dave Rupel, and I am the showrunner, as well as one of the Executive Producers of the new Bravo series, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
The purpose of this blog is to give fans some behind-the-scenes information that you won't get anywhere else! So get your questions ready, while I tell you a little bit about me, and what I do on the show.
First off, what is a showrunner? There are seven other Executive Producers on the show –- four from Evolution Media (the production company) and three from Bravo, but they all work on multiple other shows at the same time. I'm the only EP who is dedicated solely to RHBH, so I literally "run the show."
Not that I'm hogging all the credit (Well, maybe if people really like the show I will...). But seriously, if it "takes a village" to raise a child, it takes a small army to produce a reality show. Our total crew topped out at a little over 100 people, and what an impressive army I got to lead! Some of the past credits of our very talented team include: The Amazing Race, The Simple Life, The Apprentice, Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Jersey Shore, Project Runway, Millionaire Matchmaker, The Bachelor, Celebrity Fit Club, Nanny 911, Top Chef, Wipeout, Ruby, The Real L Word, and Dr. 90210.
Fun Fact: One of our Segment Producers on RHBH, David Yost, also is an actor and played Billy Cranston, the original blue ranger in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.
As for me, I go back to almost the beginning of reality TV, way back to the second season of MTV's The Real World (Los Angeles) -– the series that really helped launch the entire genre.
Fun fact: My Co-Executive Producer is Toni Gallagher. She is one of my best friends (the Grace to my Will) and she got me hired at Real World, where we worked together for 2 ½ years, through RW San Francisco (remember Puck and Pedro?) and RW London (the one nobody remembers). After that, Toni and I never worked together again until RHBH. And after 15 years, it's been a total blast from the past!
After Real World, I moved up the ladder on shows like Bug Juice, Temptation Island (the first –- and I like to say, good season, where I helped make America dumber by introducing the non-word "conversate" into the public lexicon -– thank you, Ytossie), Big Brother 2, Meet My Folks, American Princess, and Bands Reunited 2 (where I found myself trapped in Billy Idol's driveway and later scaled a fence in order to get to one of the New Kids on the Block.) I was also showrunner on the first season on the aforementioned RHOC. (Ah, Slade and Jo. You made great TV!)
Oh, I so agree! I can't believe they haven't done RH San Francisco. There's so much old money here, as well as a huge, thank you dot com era, amount of new money to blow your mind! Why are they not willing to any further north in California. I was born In Ft. Worth, so I totally understand the Dallas thing.
Wow, I LOVED BILLY the blue Power Ranger! I had a HUGE crush on him as a kid. I'm not sure why, but that makes watching this show even better for me. Thanks for that info!
I love Real HW OC, love Real HW ATL, and I think I will love Real HW BH (in that order)...I could do without Real HW NYC (snooze, don't care for any of the ladies, including Bethanny), don't care one way or the other about Real HW NJ, and didn't even watch Real HW DC.
I want more Camille! She is truly a fascinatingly kooky person and we have not seen enough of her yet. She speaks and my jaw drops. More! More!
Hi, I have been watching all of the housewives shows and they are great! My favorites are NY, NJ and now Beverly Hills...and I guess OC-but I am tired of them...and DC-couldn't stand that show...the Salahi's make me ill!!! And Atlanta - I wasn't gonna watch this season but it seems funny with Kim, Kendra, and Sheree...I love Kendra! And then Phaedra-well I think she is the one to watch because she's so out there with her comments! And the model is beautiful and I will keep watching.
But so far BEVERLY Hills is very interesting!
Um, could you please look into having a show in SAN DIEGO!! I think it would be very entertaining! You could do one with the rich women in La Jolla and/or Del Mar (both beautiful towns by the beach) or even Rancho Santa Fe-which is a very wealthy community in San Diego. There's a lot of money in Rancho Santa Fe and FAirbanks Ranch, Del Mar areas down here in San Diego. I am sure you could find some very, very entertaining, interesting characters (oops, I mean women, lol) here. And some of their spoiled rich kids too! lol.
Anyway, you gotta keep trying different cities! I think a show in TEXAS would be good too! OR how about Seattle?? Or San Francisco- such a beautiful city!
Anyway...seems Bravo has a good thing going with the housewive line of shows.
-Kim San Diego
Loved the show!! Always wondered--who pays for the dinners or expensive outings? Is it always the show or do the housewives ever pick up the tab?
Hi Dave: Just want to add my two cents, I think you've hit gold! OC is losing all it's players, posers, etc to foreclosure and what not, the other cities have their problems. Here you have truly wealthy people who give us a glimpse into their lifes in such a way we don't want to puke! Thanks again....BYW would also be nice someday to see Texas, Montana, Arizona (they have money too).
Something i love about Bravo is that you guys are so real about everything. You address things most other reality shows keep quiet (i.e. when Andy Cohen informed us the reason they all put their phones on speaker is because they are required to so that we can hear the convo).
Do you think any of the housewives -- past, present, and future -- are different when the cameras are on than they are when they are off? If so, who and how are they different?
Also, will you tell us who your least favorite housewife to work with is? You probably can't say but it's worth a shot :)
I am lovin' BH but I have to agree with some of the posts. It's okay to watch RH's from the coasts but it is time for Dallas, Nashville, etc. somewhere in the middle of the country.
Great job with this cast. With other RHW casts, I was only interested in 1 (maybe 2) characters. But the RHW of Beverly Hills are ALL fascinating!
LOVE that Kim Richards is on the show. I loved her as a child - loved her movies, wanted to BE her. :) I would never have known anything about her life after witch mountain otherwise. Thank you!
I have been a HUGE fan of reality TV way before reality TV was even cool to watch. Real World is indeed the pioneer for reality TV and no matter what you say about RWLondon Neil getting his tongue bitten off is part of 90s pop culture. Even though this is irrelevant to the show RHBH, you devoted an entire blog listing your work history I would love to put you to the test.
We all know that Eve and Jen got kicked out of camp for bringing contraband but WHAT exactly did they do to get them kick off the show?!
You’re answer would severely satisfy my curiosity!
Can't wait to see more of these housewives! I also think you should start looking into a Real Housewives of Dallas TEXAS!
Finally! Some housewives who actually have money instead of pretending! This group could buy and sell the other housewives. I keep getting a picture of Vicki sitting in Coto frantically adding up how much insurance she has to sell to buy a 55 million dollar house.
1. I also adored BugJuice as a child... 2. I am also extremely curious about Camille's surrogate. Was it for medical reasons or vanity reasons? A surrogate and twice as many nannies as children? I'm not sure that counts as motherhood... However, I do find her to be the most interesting character on the show. And I really enjoy how she prefaces every obnoxious statement with "this is going to sound SO obnoxious!" because, you know, at least it shows some self-awareness.
Love this blog Dave, such a genius!! How did you pick the housewives? Very interesting each and individual! Can't wait to see more BH!!
OMG... I loved Bug Juice when I was a kid! I still know the words to the theme song. It was so fun - a great kid friendly reality show... made me want to go to summer camp.
Can't wait to see what the rest of the BH season has in store for us! =)
Which we all know as bona-fide fruit punch....made with very little real fruit, and lots of sugar :(
Great blog..I will look forward to reading it each and every week!! Is there anyway you can explain the process of picking the women to be on the show? Ive heard that they actually send in audition tapes,is that true? One more question,do these women that do all the housewives shows,get paid? If you answer my questions,I will thank you in advance,,thank you!
Congratulations on a very successful first episode of RHOBH. It left you wanting to see more of these interesting, privileged, accomplished people. Perhaps it's due to you & your crew that this newest addition to the Housewives franchise seems fresher, less formulaic, more refined. Kudos.
The original allure (for me) of the Housewives series was the implication that the audience would get a glimpse into the lifestyles of those of means & the circles they move in. Alas, not all were socialites (though some were social climbers); or wealthy (though some milked the shows to build a brand they hoped would produce wealth); or even housewives (though at least one parlayed her casting windfall into all three plus a spinoff). In fact, a few of the franchises presented (in my opinion) some of the most opportunistic, low brow personalities on television.
Since you invited fans to ask questions, etc.: How do you reconcile your statement that reality shows (although you did qualify that you were referring to yours) are not scripted with statements made by some of the Housewives indicating otherwise (Kelly's statements regarding her compulsory trip to "Scary Island"; Danielle's statement regarding her being written as the show's villain; the Salahi's statements that they couldn't comment on their actions on the show because Bravo exercised control)? I tend to think the shows are less scripted than they are contrived (through editing, staging, re-shooting, etc.) and that's where a once interesting show can lose its luster.
Hope your offering will escape that curse & get a great run from this terrific start.
Love it! I hate intervieweres that never find out what we all really want to know.... 1. Who seems to be polite to those that work for them (nannies, cooks, etc)? 2. Who seems to be most self-absorbed? 3. Whose children are truely nightmares and are any resspectful or do they appear to feel entitled? 4. When you show up to shoot the women...do they tell you certian things are off limits or does anything go?
WOW!!! How exciting to get to pick the brain of a person on the other side of the camera. I LOVE THE ENTIRE SERIES!!! Each show brings its own dynamic to the RH franchise.DON'T LISTEN TO truefan(sorry truefan...I love 'em all).
I would love to see a RH of Dallas(partially because I live here and I'm nosey). But compared to the other cities Dallas gets no play...we probably can't compete but it is a very exciting city all the same!!! WHY NOT INTRODUCE ANOTHER NEW DYNAMIC TO THE RH BRAND!!! Hello we are tehe home of America's favorite team.
Also, how about looking into a RH series where everybody isn't rich!!! While I enjoy watching the lavish lifestyles and even finding things that I can relate to in them. It would be interesting to follow a few ladies that are working to make a name for themselves, etc, etc. JUST A THOUGHT.
Do the wives get any say in what ends up on each show AT ALL? Can they pick areas of their life that they DO NOT want on the show?
I really enjoyed the show even though I thought ENOUGH of RH of anything. It was escapism. Maybe DC turned me off so much on all the shows. Looking forward to next week. Where the heck were you in your cameo???? And the girls were great with Andy last night.
Okay, just watched the 1st Episode and it seemed to be interesting having an inside view of the lives of those with a lifesyles some dream of.
But I guess it's true - "Money Can't Buy You Happines." These women seem to be unhappy. Not that I expect them to be June Cleaver or anything but, why is it that women have to be portrayed as the worrier woman! Fighting, Fussing and Crying!
I'm gonna watch the next episode and see from there if I'm a fan or not.
I think you have a BONA-FIDE HOME-RUN HIT in the Housewives of Beverly Hills! After just the first episode, you have whet the appetite for everything we want to see from beauty, to glamour to fabulous homes to decadent lifestyle, all kinds of families and husbands....can't wait for more. Pure and total genius entertainment of the Housewives kind. LOVE IT!!!!
dave- please come to the jersey shore and see the REAL jersey shore housewives. we have fun, drama and did i mention fun here? come check us out! oh, and LOVED bh!!
I am so excited to follow your blog this season! Reading your "resume" I feel like I've met a long lost friend, one who I've moved in similar circles with my whole life! (I even watched Real World London and I loved Neil and his crazy girlfriend who sent him a heart on Valentine's day - I didn't see the humor in it either!) RHBH looks like it's going to be a wild ride - I can't wait!!!
I'm glad a production person is finally blogging (besides Andy) !
I've been a huge fan of the series from the start, here's my problem Bravo always seems to go back to the well tooooooo many times.
Please no more RHOC, RHONY, RHOA they are so played out and forced it's hard to watch. RHODC was the worst ever!
RHOBH looks like it's going to be great fun and interesting!
There are so many other cities with interesting characters why do we need to see NeNe and Kim again.....no positive forward motion there.
Palm Beach, SOuth Beach, Chicago, Dallas, San Fransisco, Aspen.....come on Bravo!
maybe you could run a show rhsf. san francisco - three straight couples, two gay couples. please not the ones that cause fear in the heart of the bible belt, just manly gays with only one working, or older lesbians, together for 35 years, maybe legally married here in the city, again with a real housewife. just to show how normal their lives really are. let the country see how this city is so diverse, and not the crazy liberal hippies they think we are. i'm not a housewife, so i wouldn't be interested in inserting myself into the mix, i just think it would help LGBT, as well as intersexual and asexuals to be seen as people, not things. maybe the intersexed would help people see that their god doesn't make mistakes, that there is just a sexual spectrum, like most other things in life. i think it would be interesting (sf is the most beautiful city in the world, in my humble opinion), and possibly help with getting the equal rights that we all deserve, exactly as the constitution requires. thank you for your consideration.
Wonderful idea! It is great to have someone in the know to send a Kudo or a rant! Loved meeting the ladies tonight and really looking forward to the series. Especially after watching, trying to watch is more accurate the DC housewives...they were awful people...not one redeeming quality amongst them! Hopefully there won't be another season of them. I can already tell the Beverly Hills gals are going to be entertaining to watch. Just what we Real Housewife fans need to wipe away the bitter taste left after the failure of the DC wives to be anything other than ugly, petty, and irritating!
Sounds like fun blog. Look forward to reading more. 1st question...if a camera man doesn't move fast enough and they are in the shot do they get fired? J/K.
Mr. Rupel I enjoyed the premier of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills tonight. But, I didn't enjoy Kim Richards at all! She's not entertaining at all. She seems to have some real issues going on. So needy. Bless her heart. Thanks for reading my comment. Good luck on the show. Caroll Coan (Indiana)
Now this is a blog I am going to be excited to read! How interesting to see many of your reality shows I watched religiously! I appreciate your explanation of how the shows are not scripted, it is much clearer to me how this can all be real and so dramatic at the same time. I like knowing what I'm seeing is really the casts actions, even though the editing may be a slight change, people are saying what is on their minds.
My question is about the surrogate. Is that true? DId she truly have a surrogate to avoid her body changing or was that a joke? I'm not judging her either way. I'm just very curious!
Jennifer Underwood, Florida
Dave, From the clips, I already like RH of Beverly Hills. I alreadt love Lisa's persona. Moreover, you seem to have hands on all of my favorite reality shows---from the Amazing Race, The Apprentice, Big Brother, Bechelor/less, etc... In sum love your works and looking forward to the RH of Beaverly Hills.
PS. Does the common post in Bravotv.com is very need to be delay for monitor? It also would nice to see a rating of comments that posted here, such as---check of: like or dislike and see result in %.
This is very smart to have an EP do a blog. I spend a lot of time chatting with other fans on the message boards and we always have unanswered questions about production.
My question about RHoBH is why is Linda Maloof doing this show? She's obviously a very busy, professional woman with many obligations. What can she possibly be getting out of her participation?
My other question has to do with Atlanta, although I'm not sure you would know. Why the HECK didn't Sheree google Tiy-E Mohammed? While the episode was airing, I googled him and found out what a fraud his is. This felt like a staged moment and not real to me, since she would never intentionally put herself in such an embarrassing situation.
I look forward to your next blog.
Agh!. Now I will have to re-watch the episode to try and pick you out! If your true to Hitchcock though you will be in the few scenes eh?