Cast Blog: #RHOBH

Casting the Net

Brandi: I Don't Enjoy Anger or Grudges

Eileen: I Could Feel the Tension at Kyle's

Lisa R Reflects on That Bittersweet Episode

Yolanda: These Are Teaching Moments

Kim: My Heart Felt So Big

Kyle: Kim and Monty's Relationship Is Unique

Lisa V.: I Needed an Uncomplicated Friendship

Brandi: Kim Is a Survivor

Eileen: Brooke Was a Gorgeous Bride

Lisa R.: I Couldn't Be More in My Element

Brandi: I Felt Like a Grown Up

Yolanda: I Was Doubting My Parenting Skills

Lisa V.: A Scare Can Be the Ultimate Lesson

Eileen: Yeah, Vincent and I Bicker Sometimes

Lisa R.: My Heart Ached for Yolanda

Kim: The Call No Parent Wants to Get

3 Clues to Next Week's Episode

Brandi: Not a Good Time for My Phone to Die

Lisa V.: Hindsight Is 20/20

Kim: The Words You Never Want to Hear

Yolanda: 50 Is the New 30

Eileen: A Long Career Is the True Award

Kyle: An Invite to a Party Isn't the Answer

Lisa R.: God Bless Michael Bolton!

Quiz: How Well Do You Remember Episode 3?

11 #RHOBH Reactions That Sum up Our Lives

Kyle: I Would Take A Road Trip Over a Plane

Lisa: When You Reach Out, You Are Rewarded

Kim: Brandi and I Always Seem to Have Fun

Yolanda: A Homemade Meal Goes a Long Way

Brandi: I Was Surprised Adrienne Was So Receptive

The Real Story Behind Lisa R.'s Depends Ad

3 Clues to Next Week's Episode

Quiz: How Well Do You Remember Episode 2?

3 Times the 'Wives Were Just Like Us

Quiz: How Well Do You Remember Episode 1?

Kyle: Brandi Was Looking for Trouble

Lisa's First Impression of the Ladies

Yolanda: Fasten Your Seat Belts

Q&A: How Are Camille, Adrienne, and Taylor Now?

Casting the Net

BH Producer Dave Rupel answers your questions about new cast members Dana Wilkey and Brandi Glanville.

I hope everyone enjoyed the latest episode. Most of the comments from last week asked about the new cast members, Brandi and Dana, so that's what I'm going to blog about this week.

As a reminder, Evolution Media produces only RHOC and RHOBH. All the other Housewife series are produced by other production companies, which may handle things differently -- so I can't speak for them.

Viewer Guess12 loved last year and wanted to know why we felt the need to add anyone? Actually, there were several reasons. Camille was in the middle of a custody battle that was taking up a lot of her time, so she couldn’t commit to shooting full time. Also, Lisa was covering the royal wedding for HLN, which you saw in tonight's episode, so she wasn't as available as we would’ve liked. With some of the ladies busy with other activities it felt natural to introduce a few new faces.

Caliviewer wants to know what the difference is between being a full Housewife and a "friend of a housewife?" Good question! The full Housewives are the central personalities we are following throughout the show, so the biggest difference is that the "friends of housewives" we feature alongside our Housewives are not followed individually. Meaning, you'll never see a scene of Brandi with her friends, or of Dana and her fiancée, without any of the Housewives present. They also are not in the main titles, and don't have graphic title cards.

Finally, so why Brandi and Dana? Whenever you are adding to a cast, you want to show personalities that are different than what we already have. Brandi, having recently gone through a high profile divorce to an actor might seem like a repeat of Camille's story, but the two have handled things completely. Brandi jumped back into the dating world with a flourish, while Camille has been slower to trust again. Brandi is also very outspoken, which is an excellent characteristic to have if you are going to be on reality TV. We want people who are not shy about expressing their opinions. As for Dana, she also wasn't afraid to express herself, and she's bubbly and a lot of fun.

Kathy Marie wants to know if the ladies knew Brandi and Dana were cast members when they arrived at Kyle's party? Yes and no. They knew new cast members would be attending that night, but they didn't know who they were until they arrived. We wanted their reaction to be honest and genuine. So what you saw at Kyle's party was their very real reaction.

Now, on to other questions not related to the cast.

ATL Fan wants to know how long it takes to film a season? We started shooting in mid-March and officially wrapped in early July. However, there are still interviews and other shoots that occasionally happen, such as at the end of August, we shot the day of Pandora's wedding, which will appear in our final episode of the season.

So that's it for this week! Hope you enjoyed the episode, and keep your comments and questions coming in!

Eileen: I Could Feel the Tension at Kyle's

Eileen weighs in on the tension at Kyle's and shares what she thought of the ladies right out of the gate.

Happy Holidays Everyone!

I really enjoyed seeing Lisa R at home with her girls. You gotta love teenagers, right? I totally related to her situation with her parents. My mom is 92 and was my best friend my entire life. It's been so hard to not have her as my parent anymore. I have become hers, as dementia has slowly crept into her mind. I never feel like I see her enough. Vincent and I would have her come live with us but our family decided the move away from her home 3 hours away would probably kill her. Thank God my brother is living with her. It helps to know that he's there but I still feel guilty and sad not to be able to see her more. It was nice to meet Lisa R's sister and parents. What an amazing artist her father was! I had no idea.

Yolanda is so down to earth and lovely. The real thing. I liked her immediately.

At Lisa V's, her swan attacked Ken. Hmmmmmmmm. I've been attacked by a swan before. I've got my eye on them! and their "feather diapered bottoms"! Hahaha.

It was so great to finally meet all the girls and their husbands. They are very interesting and dynamic people, right out of the gate. Kyle's home is beautiful and very warm and welcoming. I could tell that there was a lot of tension and lots of unresolved stuff going on. It was somewhat confusing because I didn't know all the backstory. Still, Vincent and I had fun sharing stories about "the business" with Kim, etc. And it was a great opportunity to have gotten to know the women better. Well, Brandi a little better than the others! LOL. I thought she was funny and definitely likes to lay it on the table. So to speak.

Merry Christmas and Joyous Holidays to you all!.

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