Welcome fans! Tonight's episode took place during the fifth week of production, and it's just about that time that you first start hitting the wall in terms of endurance, where you're already exhausted, but the end (of shooting) isn't even within site!
This stretch of our production was particularly grueling because it involved a great deal of travel. Over eight days, I wound up on six flights. From Denver (after we finished the shoot at Camille’s Beaver Creek home) to Vegas (where a potential shoot wound up being canceled) back to Burbank (to touch base with the post-production team and re-group with the production team in lieu of the canceled Vegas shoot). And because the Vegas shoot was canceled, I wound up with a free weekend, so I retreated to my home in Sacramento for a few days. Then back to Burbank, with a quick boomerang trip right back to Sacramento for the shoot of the Sacramento Kings' last home game of the season.
And the very next day was Kyle's charity event! Sure, for the ladies, it's another fun party, but for the crew, it's another location to prep and light. I cannot thank my production team enough for all the long hours they worked, and for their grace under pressure. Because the reality is that our schedule -- trips included -- can often turn on a dime.
This was definitely an "all hands on deck" days, as two crews shot the party, while the third crew – which flew back from Sacramento that morning – wound up helping set up the lights. Long days for everyone!
Kyle's event was important for us because we were introducing two of our new friends of the Housewives, Brandi and Dana. It was a very organic way to bring them in, because Kyle told her friends to bring friends, which is exactly what they did. Adrienne brought Brandi and Taylor brought Dana.
Hi Adrienne, Just want let you know you've always been one my favorite castmates this season and last season. You always carry your self with dignity and grace. I can see why your so accomplished. Your a true inspiration and your kindness and heart always shine through. Thanks for always being the voice of reason on the show.
Mr. Rupel...I am confused about the casting. Sometimes I will see advertisements for open calls for the casting of Real Houswives franchise. I am starting to believe this is just a publicity stunt because everytime a new member comes on board the franchise she is a friend of one of the ladies in the show. For example Brandi +Adrienne, Dana + Taylor, Cynthia + Nene, Cindy Barshop + Ramona, Peggy + Alexis, and last but not least the infamous feuding relatives of Theresa. Does any housewife ever get cast by going to one of your open calls?
When editing how do you decide what stays in and what hits the cutting room floor? Do you piece scenes together?
Have you all started the search for the new NYC housewives?
Have you ever been filming and had a time that you felt it was appropriate to "stop" filming because a situation was out of control or too intense and beyond what is appropriate to be filmed?
Thank you for answering our questions. I disagree with Guess12 - I'm happy you brought Dana and Brandi into the mix. One question though - why were they not cast as official housewives? Just curious why/how you make the distinction between "housewife" and "friend of a housewife"...
I would like to commend you at Bravo for the fantastic job you have done in addressing the suicide issue head on. I really have mad respect for ya'll at Bravo. I think Andy does a great job of handling sticky situations with respect and you guys as producers seem to have a similar grace & style. I'm not a flatterer, it is what I notice from my stand point & when someone does a good job they should be told. Guess I'd better go write on Andy's blog now. Hats off! Standing ovation!
Did the ladies know Brandi and Dana were new cast members when they showed up at Kyle's party? Please explain how this is done so we see a natural reaction to the new ladies. Thank you
I think Brandi has what it takes to become an official "housewife". I hope you guys add her mid season like you added Sonja.