BH Producers

Showrunner Dave Rupel explains why this is his favorite episode of the season, as much for things you'll never see, as for things you did.

Nov 19, 20100

Right out of the gate, let me admit this is one of my favorite episodes of the season. So much drama. So much humor. So much bling!

Of course, I can say that now. But let me flash back to the night of April 17 – the night of the big New York fight, when the proverbial s*** hit the fan – both on camera and off. And I literally thought the show was self-destructing.

As I said in my last blog, most reality shows – in particular Housewives shows – thrive on conflict. All of the ladies knew that before being cast. But let me stop here to clarify. We do not in any way, shape or form, encourage the women to create phony arguments. The only thing we tell them is that if you are having a genuine conflict with someone, be open about it.

So that's what happened in New York. The arguments – first Kyle and Camille, then Kim and Taylor, and finally Kim and Kyle – were all real, painfully real. And the women were not at all prepared for that.

Kim, Kyle and Lisa all come from acting backgrounds. (Did you know that about Lisa? She guest-starred in two '90s series, Silk Stalkings and Baywatch Nights.) So this trio knew what it was like to play characters who have arguments. And I think, in some way, they expected it to feel the same on our show. That the moment the argument is over, you don't feel anything because you're just playing a role that you walk away from at the end of the day. It's different in reality. Even after cameras go down, the feelings don't go away, because it isn’t a role. It's you. And not only was America going to see them at their worst, so were their children.

41 comments
Miss Theresa
Miss Theresa

How the heck did you manage to capture all the catfights but not the conversation that actually started the whole thing? I want to see the conversation between Kyle and Camille where Kyle was asking her about her vacation plans!!! It's like Sally waiting all night in the pumpkin patch with Linus looking for the Great Pumpkin and missing trick or treats!!!

UpstateKate
UpstateKate

Yes! This is what I want to know, too. Who is the "anybody" that wouldn't be interested in Camille?? To accuse Kyle of saying that just makes zero sense. She was going on vacation in Hawaii - not starring in a play or appearing at an event - so why would Kyle ask her who would be interested in her? Would Andy please ask Camille to explain this at the reunion? I don't get it.

Kellogg
Kellogg

Thanks for the insight on what goes on behind the scenes. Interesting comment about the BH “housewives” being actors and how this “reality” is NOT a script. BH is more real and less toxic than NY or NJ probably because it is more real to most people. The lavish lifestyles seem second nature and comfortable to these women. In NY I felt the women were putting on “aires” and very hoity-toity prissy bitches. Totally stereotypical of what living in NY (the big city) is to me. However, the BH women seem more confident in who they are and their wealth is not blatantly thrown in our faces as if to say, “see what I have and you don’t.” One question and concern I have as I continue to watch your series… I cannot tell the women apart…who is whom? As they are all about the same size and stature but they also all (except Kyle, thank you) have shoulder length or so BLONDE hair. For me, they all look the same. Whereas in NY there were distinct differences in the stature and looks of the various women. In NJ, it was nice to see women who look more average and relatable (Caroline) to the average American women (me). Even though the NJ accent was a bit grating, I did enjoy those characters. My mission now is to keep watching the BH ladies and learn which blonde is Kelsey’s ex, Kyle’s sister, who owns a casino, etc. Thanks for quality reality television. It comforts me to sit in my own modest quaint ecclectic living room and enjoy the fashion, interior decor, shoe collections (what is it with women and shoes?), wedding dresses preserved in a frame on the hallway wall, shopping trips to places other than the thrift shop or big box stores, jetting off to far off places in search of more fun and exotic foods… Entertainment is defined in so many different ways. Thanks again for my indulgences (I do not confide to others that I watch TRH of BH, NY, ATL or even Alabama (?). Love your blog.

Topchefer
Topchefer

They said last week that they didn't have the all of the conversation on film.

BoomerGirl
BoomerGirl

Interestingly, it seems to me that the show itself could lay to rest the issue of what Kyle did or did not actually say to Camille. You were filming, right? I can't imagine that the cameras stopped in the split second between what was shown and what was alleged. Don't leave the burden on Kim.

IrisC
IrisC

I Find that Kim had the hardest time because she was always used to a script. As far as Camille, I feel she wants to break out as Bethenny and Ne Ne did. She's not a stupid woman, and knowing that Kelsey himself called and got her on the show while he was spending a year in New York, said wonders.

There were so many instances that I could tell there was something wrong with their relationship. The wife is NOT the last one to know despite on what people think.

I just want them to keep it real as possible. That's what I enjoy: classey, intelligent women. Thanks for the behind the scenes moments.

texmexi
texmexi

Wonderful backstory to the drama that unveiled to us viewers! Thank you for helping us better understand it. I am amazed at how complex it is to shoot a RHOBH episode. Wow! Keep up the great blogs!

Fascinated Viewer
Fascinated Viewer

Dave, thank you so much for your fresh and real perspective. The average viewer loves the behind-the-scenes info, it's kind of like a studio tour! Thank you to you and your crew for giving us this beautiful gift of insanity, which is a break from our own daily realities, but is sometimes scarily relatable.

DetroitViewer
DetroitViewer

Your blog is very interesting. For the record, I'll just ell you that I am one of those who does not enjoy seeing conflict or bad behavior on the show. There are so many other things you could focus on. I feel that you encourage the ladies on this and other RH shows to make fools of themselves. That troubles me.

orlandocruz
orlandocruz

I think the ball gown that is encased in Adrienne's home is her own wedding dress. Just my impression!

Thank you so much for this series! The Beverly Hills wives are refreshing (especially after New Jersey!) and I look forward to tuning in every week. Real housewives, real money, real likable. I'm a real fan!

Mimia
Mimia

This is what I expected from the RH franchise back when I started watching. Women who are housewives, who have money I can only dream of, and homes that are too grand for the best magazine spread. We want to see how the other side lives. I personally do not ever wish to see another fight between two women. Can we just keep that part on the cutting room floor?

susan wilson
susan wilson

Thank you so much for bringing this series to the HW franchise. I had actually stopped watching the franchise because I could not stand the bickering, cursing, nastiness, bullying, and just plain meanness that all of the series had basically melted down into. It seemed after Laurie Waring left, the Orange County series just fell apart, Atlanta was always a fire pit, and NY was a joke. The homes seen in BH are in varying stages of grandness with Camille's being a small country and I am so appreciative that these women have let me into their lives for an hour each week to see their beautiful homes and their beautiful closets, private planes, attend from afar their beautiful girlfriend only lunches, and view from my couch their special events that they take pride in planning for their friends. I am so glad that the drama is kept to a minmum and I was really sad to see the Kyle/Camille explosion in New York especially knowing that Camille was then in real time facing some pretty personal tragedy with her marriage falling apart and Kelsey's cheating on her. I am sure while she watched this episode, she could put tension filled moments with her husband that she may have then questioned now can be put to rest. Keep up the good work. The only burning question I have is what is the special ocassion or special person the ball gown belonged to in Adrienne's house that is framed and above a small setee at the end of the hallway that we see when her husband is putting out the lights while she is patiently waiting to go to her mom's in the episode where her uncle passed away? Thank you again.

ChristianBoston
ChristianBoston

This Beverly Hills franchise is going to be fantastic. I like the fact that some of the women are genuinely wealthy. Camille is seriously delusional, and Lisa is one of the coolest Housewives ever. Mr. Rupel, I am loving,loving, LOVING your blog. Please keep this going. It is fantastic learning the other side of The Real Housewives. Awesome.

Aloha808
Aloha808

Dave, My fav RHs producer! Thanks a million for your blog. I'm sure this is a cast like no other, full of surprises and unexpected turns-lots of, um, (cough cough) 'stuff'. . . Just stay on that board when you ride the Beverly Hill wave. It's awesome that you dont let all that, er, 'Machivelliac' stuff knock the ride. Great work! Love those mad skills that all you producers have!!! Mahalo, Aloha808

VMJ9872
VMJ9872

This is my favorite blog! Keep 'em coming.

kelsey fan
kelsey fan

The drama is starting to turn me off. A little is good but i started watching the first version because it was fun to watch. The cast looked like they were having fun. But all the drama makes the show heavy sometimes. I can watch a bunch of arguing and catfights on Maury. Bring back the fun.

a fan
a fan

How many hours in a day do you film each housewife? Since there are six housewives, do you have six teams of videographers following them? What if a housewife's day has no dramatic conversation or if a housewife is doing something that is not worth showing, does your videographer go home and come back on another day, hoping that the next day will provide more dramatic footage? Is it a housewife's responsibility to think up of dramatic or interesting scenes in her life, i.e., a birthday party, moving to a new house, etc. so she will be included in the show that day?

ViewerinVA
ViewerinVA

Love this blog, hope you continue with all the shows!

BevHillsHousewivesFan
BevHillsHousewivesFan

I absolutely adore your blog. Chock full of fascinating insight about people and the job itself. You make me want to be a reality show producer...or watch a show about a reality show producer--now wouldn't that be something!

dmaria
dmaria

keep the blogs coming! it's a fun perspective! Cannot wait til next week ;)

Mattea
Mattea

Your blogs are as addicting as the show itself! Love hearing about what goes on even when the cameras are turned off. It's also great to read each Housewife's blog and to hear each one's unique take on the drama. Can't wait til the next episode!

BreezyforSheezy
BreezyforSheezy

I love this blog. I wish the other Housewives shows had insider info like this!!

kaiye
kaiye

love that your giving the back door perspective. Makes the show so much more fun and love to hear how you encapsulate the drama without causing it. Great insight that of the acting wives ---they related the show back to something along the lines of acting and how they are slightly suprised to find real emotions attached to their scenes

JenDaveMax
JenDaveMax

Your blog is awesome! I love hearing about all the stuff we wouldn't normally hear about it. And I have to tell you, I love the Beverly Hills housewives. What makes these shows so fun to watch (besides the personalities, conflicts, etc) is seeing how the 'other half' lives - their glamorous houses, designer clothes, etc. It's jaw-dropping fun!

DC gal
DC gal

Your blog is a great addition! Thanks for doing this.

ma's 2 cents
ma's 2 cents

We like to hear what YOU think. All the behind-the-scenes drama told through your eyes - ostensibly objective - is fascinating. The beauty of the editing is that it leaves just enough unresolved tension that one must keep reading, watching, and watching again. Such utter guilt on the side of pleasure. Keep blogging...

bootyliciousfan123
bootyliciousfan123

when do the girls speak to the camera about the events that took place? like in between each clip each girl always gives their view points on different things that happened. do the producers ask them questions to get their opinions on certain things that were filmed? or do the girls just ramble about their thoughts of the day? do they give their thoughts about what has been filmed throughout the day of filming? how often?

boottylishesfan123
boottylishesfan123

when do the girls speak to the camera about the events that took place? like in between each clip each girl always gives their view points on different things that happened. do the producers ask them questions to get their opinions on certain things that were filmed? or do the girls just ramble about their thoughts of the day? do they give their thoughts about what has been filmed throughout the day of filming? how often?

RL414
RL414

Thanks for the behind-the-scenes look into the why and how of RHOBH. I love the show and I love how these women live! Most of them have some serious money, which sets them apart from all the other Housewives show. Yet, they are all about family-most of them anyway-and you can see they are real people. Not at all like how Beverly Hills is portrayed to outsiders. Kudos on a job well done! Long live Giggy the Pom! LOL!

Kewalo
Kewalo

Thanks so much for the backstory on this episode. It really adds to the show.

Bruvespu
Bruvespu

Thank you for your insight on the making of this show. The hectic nature that you describe makes it so surprising that the final product is so polished.

NYC Dominique
NYC Dominique

Wow, great great blog. I just LOVE hearing about what happens behind the scenes. This cast is so fun to watch and I'm obsessed with the show. Your insights just add to the fun. Keep them coming! Looking forward to next week.

DIGNIFIEDaddict;)
DIGNIFIEDaddict;)

Totally enjoyed this episode, and thank you for sharing the behind the scenes info with us. I find the most telling of points to be the one you mentioned about Kelsey granting access to the premier of his Broadway show FULLY KNOWING THE FIGHT BETWEEN KYLE AND CAMILLE. Interesting, yes??? I mean, if Kelsey were being ultimately protective of his wife, he might have called the whole thing off. Either he welcomed the publicity of his Broadway show being highlighted on RHOBH, or.....he didn't care how Camille was ultimately portrayed by the huge fiasco. Keep them coming!!! RHOBH is A SMASHING SUCCESS!!!

Obsessed Housewives Fan
Obsessed Housewives Fan

Dave, BH is by far the best, I have watched every show of every cycle, and the past two episodes of BH have been phenomenal, looking forward to the rest of the season!! Keep up the great work!

sharyng
sharyng

I don't understand why Camille would make something like that up. Is she that desprate? And, who would be the "Anybody" in that statement she made.

Sf Fan
Sf Fan

It is SO fun getting the "behind the scenes" from your blogs. It really adds a whole new dimension as a viewer. It makes the ladies seem even more real. I just want to stress to you that, as a DIE-HARD Real Housewives fan who is originally from Orange County and has been a fan since OC's first season, this is the most "real" cast I think you've had on the franchise. I'm not sure if it's the ladies, the fact that they have so freakin much money that they have nothing to prove, or the fact that they don't need the show, the show needs them so they are not trying so hard, but I was surprised to find that Beverly Hills is, to me, the most relatable cast thus far. We're only a few episodes in but I find the situations and scenes so far, leaving out the Kyle/Camille drama, but including Lisa being surprised by her son, Mauricio playing with his kids in the pool (yum btw), and Adrienne's conversatioin with Paul last night to be the most "real" and related of any of the other cities/women. Every week I can't wait to "watch what happens". Bravo for this one, no pun intended ;)

mama
mama

ur blog is fantastic. i love hearing about all the background info the viewer does not have access to. it is incredibly insightful and add such value! thx!!

bicoastalgirl
bicoastalgirl

Love the show!!! Being from a showbiz family in ny(broadway theater) just wanted to let you all know that it is NOT called a premiere, rather " Opening Night" is what all of the ladies attended!!!!!

Eye on Bravo
Eye on Bravo

My favorite RH so far. I have enjoyed watching all the Real Housewives, and Orange County WAS my favorite, until Beverly Hills came along. Now, for the record, this is what The Real Housewives should be. They are not pretending to be wealthy, they are wealthy, they are Classy, not trashy. I enjoy watching what they all spend on with their godly amount of money. They all have different personalities that I can appreciate, and they are not boring one bit. BRAVO, GREAT JOB ON THIS ONE!

BradleyRouge
BradleyRouge

This is by far the best series in the housewives franchise. I absolutely love the production and editing elements of it! The shots and music in between scenese are great--I especially loved the transition shot after Taylor's call to Adrienne that took us back to Beverly Hills. Love the luxurious feel..bravo production staff!

Attygirl1
Attygirl1

Great episode! So full of...STUFF! Can't wait to watch it again! Nice work!