By Lori Acken
Oh, those Real Housewives of Beverly Hills “sources.” They’ve become the trusty purveyors of RHoBH news (and thus, juicy upcoming plotlines) without Bravo having to break its grieving silence — or its stride on recreating a season fairly gutted by RHoBHusband Russell Armstrong’s shocking suicide.
According to the most reliable sources, the network has gathered Taylor Armstrong’s cast mates Lisa Vanderpump, Camille Grammer, Kim and Kyle Richards, and Adreienne Maloof to film a special that addresses the tragic death, the suffering of their friend (or frenemy) Taylor and other Armstrong family members, and the impact the death has had on their own lives and emotions.
Presumably the special will not feature footage from either of the two funeral services held for the 47-year-old venture capitalist — and it appears Taylor Armstrong will not participate either. There’s also no word as to whether Bravo will use the show to launch Season 2 and then attempt to put the tragedy behind them.
As for the Season’s mysterious premiere date, some are still insisting the show will indeed go on Sept. 5 as planned, though the network has neither confirmed or denied it.
We’ll let you know the minute we do.
*** Update: Looks this may entail more “special moments” than a special episode. In confirming the Season’s Sept. 5 premiere, Bravo president Frances Berwick said that the cast had filmed a brief interview segment with several cast members to address the tragedy and introduce the season.
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