BH Producers

BH Producer Dave Rupel explains the super-sized staff required to create the super-sized episode at Sur.

Jan 17, 20120

Hello, readers! Hope you enjoyed this week's super-sized episode!

What to say about the opening of the expanded version of Lisa and Ken's West Hollywood restaurant Sur? All that last minute effort Lisa's workers were putting in? All too real. Between Hawaii and Pandora's upcoming wedding, Lisa and Ken were stretched thin. I'm quite in awe of Lisa's decorating talent. I'm a really good storyteller, but I've never been the type of person who can see a building as is and totally imagine it reinvented. Lisa absolutely has that kind of eye. If she wanted to, she'd make an awesome interior designer.

As for the party itself, these big end-of-the-season parties are all-hands-on-deck for our crews. We had seven camera people at the event, so logistically this is a very different shoot for us. Normally, we shoot with a very "small footprint," meaning a five person crew shoots average days. Most people are shocked by how small our crew is. The big party is totally the opposite. This was a huge shoot with about sixty crew members, multiple trailers were dropped to create production offices and a we created a "video village," which is where the director calls the shots and the story team takes notes on the action. We also had a jib camera, which is a camera on a long arm, which allows for sweeping high to low shots, which is what you see on all the entrances.

However, as always, you can have as many bells and whistles on a shoot as you want, but if there's no action, there's no point. And man, did we wind up with a lot of action at this event. The run-in between Brandi and one of her ex-husband's girlfriends, who also happened to be a waitress at Lisa's restaurant, was completely unexpected. If we'd known she would be there, we would've put a microphone on the waitress, and would've gotten much better coverage.

89 comments
I cruise
I cruise

I hope Taylor doesn't return next season. I thought Taylor was mean last year and this year, well, she still is likeable or enjoyable to watch.

Please keep Camille. I hope Lisa stays with this show rather than branching out on her own. I like Bethanny with the RHNY...not BGM.

cheryllleee
cheryllleee

Oh, and Camille rocks. She was the voice of reason this season and if you remove one of the only people on the show that made sense to most viewers, you will lose viewers. I heard Lisa is leaving for her own show, so that would remove the last two reasons I would still watch.

cheryllleee
cheryllleee

I hope that you all consider removing Tyler and Kim from the show. I find their scenes depressing, hard to watch and exploitative, this isn't some depressing intervention show for people with mental, physical and substance abuse issues, it's the RHOBH, we want to see fabulously rich women living it up, not this miserable stuff. This show has a lot of potential and unfortunately this season focused on the less than entertaining aspects of the lives of these people.

Viewersomers
Viewersomers

Believe me when I say I understand why some women stay in Domestic violence situations, even those with jobs. Fear of being alone, threats from the husband about the loss of children, lack of self worth. But, I really have to say that Taylor is actually making people feel less compassion about people in the situation. When you go around telling everyone your story, you are trying to get everyone on your side, if a person feels such fear about protecting their child...they keep their mouth shut and plan their escape. When you look at Taylor you see someone who sold their soul to the devil for a lifestyle. She wants the expensive home, botox, blond hair, designer clothing. I think Taylor felt genuine sadness about Russell's suicide, but I do believe she enjoys the attention.

Chris with a K
Chris with a K

Dave, We know that the Housewifes have contracts but would you consider bringing in Jennifer Stallone for some new fresh energy ?

seasonedviewer
seasonedviewer

When I read that Lisa may get a spin off, I thought well done BRAVO. Then when I read you may let Camille go, I thought poor choice BRAVO. Camille is quirky but a straight shooter. She may have held back a little this season because of the legal issues. I am sure Kelsey will go to any length to win his case. But, I hope you decide to keep her. I suspect you will retain Kim and Taylor...thinking the viewer will want to see another season of Kyle and Kim banter and if she has remained on the wagon. Then, thinking, that we want to see how Taylor pulled through her ordeal of Russell's passing and domestic violence. We know how she pulled through. She wrote a book and is dating a new sugar daddy. I understand those who post here who have experienced domestic violence. But, I think she gives it a bad name. We, the viewer, will never know the whole truth. But, I suspect Taylor's neediness, excessive spending, and lies, also contributed to the demise and issues of her marriage. The therapist and Taylor should be called out because what they did at SUR was wrong. I won't watch if Kim and Taylor or Dana come back. I never understand why Dana was brought on the show. She blogs the most and is on the least. Brandi has become a likable person in all of this. I hope you listen to the fans. Don't worry about Taylor needing the money. She has found or will find someone with deep pockets to keep her in the lifestlye she enjoys!

Stellanola
Stellanola

Please, Keep Camille! Anyone watching will see that Dana is already being phased out. As far as Kim and Taylor go, I'm interested in seeing how their issues play out next season.

Caseling
Caseling

I liked Camille this season and it seemed the cast liked her as well. Leave her on the show. Brandi was a blast...definaely a keeper. Please cut Kim and Taylor they both need so much help without the cameras rolling. Dana...what a waste of camera time! And our time!!

Kona girl
Kona girl

I have a suggestion for next season. The gang should spend the day at the race track! I'd love to see them at the turf club betting on horses and watching the drama unfold.

Kona girl
Kona girl

If Bravo dumps Camille, I will be so upset!!! If Kim were well enough to return, It would be nice to see her journey, as I loved her last season, but this season, she was hard to watch. Taylor, oh lord, do us all a favor and keep her out of major story lines.

Upset
Upset

If you throw Camille off, but leave Taylor and Dana--you will lose viewers.

Ellie432
Ellie432

Thank you for airing the Hawaii episodes right now! Our city just got dumped on by a HUGE snow storm and my kids have had cabin fever the last 3 days because we can't go anywhere! I am vicariously vacationing on the island of Lanai sipping a Mai Tai so I won't go nuts on my family. Where can I see re-runs...quick?

Melissa M
Melissa M

Keep Camille! You should let Taylor and Kim go to work on healing themselves but Camille is great!

KatNC
KatNC

Please get rid of the drama queens, Kyle and taylor. Always starting some sort of alteraction and are getting more and more difficult to watch. Brandi, Camille, Adrienne and Lisa should stay. They are fun to watch.

Laura NYC
Laura NYC

The objective of the original "Real Housewives" series was so each week the viewer could escape into a fantasy land of extremely wealthy and/or semi-famous women living their "normal" fabulous lives, interacting with other fabulous people, while shopping/eating/vacationing/partying/etc. at fabulous places - i.e., a life that most of the viewers can only dream about and envy (in a good way). The individual franchises start to go downhill when you start casting women who aren't really wealthy or famous weren’t known by an “elite” social circle prior to being on Bravo), don’t really have fabulous lives, and didn't really do anything/go anywhere/interact with anyone fabulous (i.e., no one wants to be any of those women – see, the Housewives of D.C., O.C., and New York). Indeed, what you are left with are posers who suddenly think they are important, but realize that they are only "important" because of the show and, therefore, end up acting like idiots to maintain their relevance from season to season. In return, the show stops being about the "real" lives of fabulous people and more about the contrived lives of people that no one really likes or cares about/cares to watch anyway.

So, along those lines, I vote: (1) keep Adrianne, Kyle, Camille, and Brandi; (2) keep Kim if she wants to come back (despite her drama, she was a child star that most people know about and, for better or worse, remain interested in); (3) bring back Dana and give her more airtime (how do we know yet whether her life is actually fabulous or not - we only saw her for a total of 30 minutes); and (4) give Taylor the boot (no one wants to see her or, more importantly, be her - she embodies every negative quality listed above).

Thanks!

sharon 22
sharon 22

Please keep camille. Kim needs to continue to heal-without cameras. Dana

is a nice person but doesn't contribute anything to the storyline.

vallybutterfly
vallybutterfly

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE KEEP CAMILLE!!! LOSE BRANDI, DANA, AND TAYLOR!!!!I Love Camille. She's changed for the better. DO NOT LET HER GO!!!

Chris with a K
Chris with a K

Dave, The storyline between Kyle and Kim has become old . Taylor's storyline has always been dark, please get rid of her.

meme009
meme009

Please for the next season, Don't bring back Kim, or Taylor as well as Dana. They are boring and do not bring anything to the show. Don't need to see them anymore.

ginanabtl
ginanabtl

PLEASE KEEP CAMILLE!!! Bring back Brandi - she's quite refreshing! I'm on the fence with Taylor. Didn't like her first season, then second season just felt sorry for her. Maybe give her another season. This may not be a popular opinion, but I think taking her off the show at this point would do her more harm that good. It's seems this is a souce of stability for her. Kyle is kind of a mean girl, and I'd like to see how she holds up without Kim. Those two together can be vicious (game night at Dana's).

Goes without saying - LISA!!!!!! Keep that classy, funny lady.

While I'll admit I don't hate the drama, I do really love just seeing how they live, how they play, etc.

Love this franchise - can't wait for the OC to start back up. And I'll always secretly wish Bethanny and Jill could be back on NYC. I know I need to let that go - ha!

highway
highway

Pleeeease don't let Camille go - and boot Taylor/Shana, Dana and Kim asap!! Faye Resnick seems like a ready made addition since she's already seen regularly.

carol112245
carol112245

KEEP CAMILLE-----What is it with you people. IF a person is kind and non combative they are doomed to the drop zone. Shame on you BRAVO---get rid of the trouble makers and the drama queens.

Viewer
Viewer

I have watched all of the housewives shows for the past several years. The Housewives of Beverly Hills are my favorites because they offer a good incite on how to deal with wealth and personal issues. Many of their issues (domestic violence, substance abuse, infidelity and divorce and trying to fit in to a new group) are great lessons to the viewers no matter what age. These women have fought but in the end they all have shown so much class. They are truly unique compared to the other shows. Please, please, please keep Camille on the show. We first show the trauma she went through with Kyle and Kelsey. This year we've seen the quieter side of her. I would love to see the strength that I know she has come out next season. I love all the ladies. I feel you even need to keep Taylor if she chooses to stay. First, I think it would help her financially. Secondly, we'll get to see her go through her healing process and starting her life over as many have done. There is no need for new housewives. The ones you have are dynamic and keep me wanting to see more even after the season is over.

terri lynn
terri lynn

hi! please do not let Camille go! Have Taylor Kim and Dana leave instead.

Thank you! PS if Kim gets better, she could come back in a couple years.

PMCJersey
PMCJersey

I love Camille because, she has NO poker face, when someone does or says something off the wall, cut to her expression, PRICELESS

Lisen
Lisen

Keep Taylor please. Dana is fun and nice too. Keep her. Let Kim go, she is just too much!

Viewer0808
Viewer0808

I was professionally offended by the 'party therapy' that Dr. Sophy participated in - but the entire season of Taylor's reality breakdown and now Kim's revelation of abuse in many arenas exposed us to how even USA's "Royalty" of celebrity can deal with the downright ugly. I'm tempted to suggest a separate show with abuse issues and a therapist ( we had Celebrity Rehab why not?!) - so if we want serious issues and how they can be conquered - we can tune in but some of us just want an escape from our quiet -no drama lives - and cat fights and caddy remarks and competition are enough. I am one of the viewers who will say that I'm glad you went ahead and let us see the reality of the Armstrongs - feel for everyone directly affected and know that too many watching saw themselves as either a victim, bystander or frustrated professional in their own lives. If only one got help or helped more effectively - it was worth the pain of the exposure of Taylor's and Kim's truth.

Lynnek8
Lynnek8

I also must add that the fact that they haven't firmed anything up with Camille is probably just a red herring. They don't want to lay all their cards on the table. Keep people guessing. To NOT have Camille would be a mistake, and doesn't even make sense, frankly.

Bonz
Bonz

Hi Dave

There is a great deal of suggestion to you to marginalize or completely delete Taylor, Kim and Dana from RHBH. Hoping that happens myself, might I offer casting suggestions? .... Adrianne "AJ" Janic , Jacinda Barrett, Jamie Tisch, and Jenifer Gimenez to name a few.

I truly believe Taylor and wish the best for her and I grew up loving Kim but... Their drama dilutes the story lines on the other amazing women because of the attention they demand. They are the penthouse of drama = serves a purpose but not as good as playboy. I am sure Taylor offers a tempting story to cover but i as well as your audience seems tapped out on watching her. Better to have scenes that cause you to rewind than fast forward through.

Either way, you have the best franchise of Housewives ever! With the OC right behind. You have this reality thing down. Thank you for a great season i will be suffering from withdrawls ... No time to rest for you! When are you scheduled to air season 3?

audrey b.
audrey b.

CAMILLE!! please bring back CAMILLE! Brandi too! Adrienne!!!!Adrienne!!!! Lisa (if she doesn't get her own show) Kyle - I'm on the fence - she already has pitched a show based on her life as a reality tv "star" Kim - love her. Dana - double N no thank you Taylor - Triple, quadruple N no thank you. she doesn't belong on TV. As a mother, she should be spending time with her daughter, healing. I'd never watch a show that Taylor is on, as I'd never know what to believe. She desperately needs to get "REAL" without cameras around.

Jinxedtrixter
Jinxedtrixter

I should also say I would like to see Taylor back. I worry about her and need to know how she is doing.

Jinxedtrixter
Jinxedtrixter

Please, please, please add Brandi to the cast, and keep Lisa, Kyle,Camille and Adrienne!!! Brandi's honesty and straightforwardness is a breath of fresh air (and funny)! Lisa is my absolute favorite, she is perfection! Kyle is real and she is loyal! Camille's new "zen" and honesty is needed (and her and Brandi's commonalities are fun to watch- dating episodes and new love interests would be sooo entertaining)! Adrienne is "Beverly Hills royalty," she is always the voice of reason!

Bonz
Bonz

Hi Dave

There is a great deal of suggestion to you to marginalize or completely delete Taylor, Kim and Dana from RHBH. Hoping that happens myself, might I offer casting suggestions? .... Adrianne "AJ" Janic , Jacinda Barrett, Jamie Tisch, and Jenifer Gimenez to name a few.

I truly believe Taylor and wish the best for her and I grew up loving Kim but... Their drama dilutes the story lines on the other amazing women because of the attention they demand. They are the penthouse of drama = serves a purpose but not as good as playboy. I am sure Taylor offers a tempting story to cover but i as well as your audience seems tapped out on watching her. Better to have scenes that cause you to rewind than fast forward through.

Either way, you have the best franchise of Housewives ever! With the OC right behind. You have this reality thing down. Thank you for a great season i will be suffering from withdrawls ... No time to rest for you! When are you scheduled to air season 3?

yellow rose
yellow rose

Please keep Camille, Adrienne, Lisa and (even) Kyle. Bring in Brandi because she is different and knows who she is. Dana offers nothing because she tries to hard to be a clone of the other women.

Taylor and Kim need to go. They have too many personal problems to be filmed. It's detrimental to them and not enjoyable for the viewers.

The drama this season isn't the petty drama most shows have. It is drama that Jerry Springer wouldn't even touch. I feel like I need a drink after watching an episode.

This show doesn't need that heavy drama. I enjoyed watching the funny episodes more.

Sallie  j
Sallie j

I agree with the below comments- please keep everyone but Taylor, Kim, and Dana. I can tolerate Dana but I fast forward through the clips of Taylor and Kim.

Bonz
Bonz

Hi Dave

There is a great deal of suggestion to you to marginalize or completely delete Taylor, Kim and Dana from RHBH. Hoping that happens myself, might I offer casting suggestions? .... Adrianne "AJ" Janic , Jacinda Barrett, Jamie Tisch, and Jenifer Gimenez to name a few.

I truly believe Taylor and wish the best for her and I grew up loving Kim but... Their drama dilutes the story lines on the other amazing women because of the attention they demand. They are the penthouse of drama = serves a purpose but not as good as playboy. I am sure Taylor offers a tempting story to cover but i as well as your audience seems tapped out on watching her. Better to have scenes that cause you to rewind than fast forward through.

Either way, you have the best franchise of Housewives ever! With the OC right behind. You have this reality thing down. Thank you for a great season i will be suffering from withdrawls ... No time to rest for you! When are you scheduled to air season 3?

Pattie Langford
Pattie Langford

Love this show, but really...getting rid of Camille is an absurdity!!!! Get rid of Taylor and Dana.....The rest of the ladies are awesome. Canadians love this show and want to see more of it!

arciam
arciam

Please keep Camille love her!!! We do not need precious moments wasted on Taylor,Kim, Dana and Brandi... Sorry Brandi isn't even from Beverly HIlls... But

Love the show wish it was on longer!

ingalicious
ingalicious

I agree - Kim, Taylor and Brandi absolutely need to go. The rest are fantastic, pls keep them!

palmspringstroy
palmspringstroy

Nikki... I totally agree with you! KEEP Camille... didn't like her last season... wish we would have seen more of here this season... was totally wrong about her at first.

GianCarloAndreV
GianCarloAndreV

Keep Camille! She's the biggest name you've got. TEAM CAMILLE!

Blondie8180
Blondie8180

Oh and Dave? You guys don't have to post this, but love her or hate her, whoever says Brandi doesn't add anything to the show is simply "cray". Dana might as well be the carbon dioxide floating around the room but Brandi...a gay bull mastiff? That's just amazing.

VeeBee
VeeBee

The only two I care about returning are Lisa and Adrienne...altho, if you had a lot of new members, would completely ruin the pace IMO...but do what you will, and your changes will depend on what people stay to watch and what people find something else to watch. I would suggest that Taylor and Dana go--Dana was just too strange, not even a good party planner if her own party was any indication. Kim really needs to be put on the back burner too, she is just too strange.

MMKKCali
MMKKCali

Please let Taylor and Kim go from this show. Brandi is awesome and brings a really fun dynamic. The Hawaii episode was one of the most enjoyable of the season, mainly because Taylor was not featured prominently. I am at the point where I fast forward through scenes that involve Taylor. She is obviously pathological in her need for attention, and scenes that include her always become really irritating. Kim seems too fragile to handle the pressure of being part of the cast, and it seems like there is a risk of her relapsing if she comes back for another season. LOVE Camille! LOVE Brandi! LOVE Lisa and Adrienne! Not that crazy about Kyle, but you've got to keep her so we can still see some Mauricio!

divauta
divauta

Keep Camille and Brandi on the show and let Taylor and Dana go. Brandi brings a great deal of humor and approachability to the show and I love watching her hanging out with Camille. I especially loved watching Lisa and Brandi play off each other in the latest episodes--they are hysterical together. Perhaps Kim should not return as she appears to have issues to sort out that are more pressing than filming a reality television show.

Leodog
Leodog

We've got to see Kim and Klye next season! The silent passing of the lip gloss back and forth said more than an entire show could! Talk about sharing secrets!