Bravo pondering postponement after 'Real Housewives' death

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With the apparent suicide of Russell Armstrong on Monday, the date for the second-season premier of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, currently scheduled for Sept. 5, is now in doubt. A network source confirms to Entertainment Weekly that Bravo is contemplating a postponement, in light of the death of Taylor Armstrong’s estranged husband, who played a significant role in season 1. Though the Hollywood Reporter published that Bravo was waiting at least 24 hours to make a decision about the fate of the show, the network source insists, “No decisions have been made and there is no time frame on when they might.”

UPDATE: Andy Cohen also weighed in about the network’s indecision on his blog, writing: “We’re all still trying to process yesterday’s very sad news, and looking at how to proceed with the series, which has finished primary production and was set to premiere on Labor Day. We’ll let you know what we decide when we do. In the meantime, we’re sending our thoughts and prayers to Taylor and the rest of Russell’s family.”

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  • Justin

    I get it. As someone who’s a huge fan of this show, it would seem very strange to watch. Even past seasons will now seem tainted. Family drama and drama among friends is one thing, this is a whole new game, and I’m not really sure it’s something I’ll be comfortable watching.

    • AM

      Agreed. I love the show- but it will be strange to hear Taylor talk about her marraige imploding in light of what followed.

      • Stick it in your BUTT

        Sigh. If only he had gone on a shooting spree and killed the entire Housewives cast, THEN hanged himself, he would be a hero forever.

    • Michelle

      I totally agree.. It’s fine to watch “drama” but watching a man self destruct and a family implode is not right.

  • yoyomomma

    This is Ryan Jenkins all over again. Air the freaking show Bravo!

    • ‘Lish

      I think you mean Ryan Dunn.

      • Michele

        No, she means Ryan Jenkins, the man that murdered his wife in real life while they were airing the “Megan wants a millionaire” show that he was a contestant on. VH1 immediately cancelled the show and did not air the remaining episodes.

    • Eric827

      You’re really going to compare a murder/suicide with a regular old suicide?

  • Lacey

    I think it would be in poor taste to air him in a bad light without the opportunity to defend himself. I definitely think they will have to re-edit the show to carefully deal with the deterioration of Taylor and Russell’s marriage.

  • Angela

    I can’t blame them, especially if he was going to be portrayed as the abusive husand this season like the promos lead us to believe. It’s a tough spot to be in for Bravo, I guess we’ll see what happens.

    • diane

      I wonder what drives us to want to tune into such drama. It can’t be healthy. I am guilty of it myself and always feels anxious after tuning into this type of show. It is not a healthy escape. Can we please bring back the writers and t.v. that was creative. I know they say, “well we put shows out that people want to watch” and that these shows have high ratings etc, but I liken it to a car accident. We usually slow down to see, yet it’s probably best to turn away.

  • Manny

    The decent thing to do would be to say that this “reality TV” nonsense has really gotten out of hand. Way over the line. Enough is enough. But, I’m sure that the bosses will see $$$ and exploit this death to see if it can boost ratings. Sad.

    • Abe Froman

      I’m with you. Does the world really needs another season of Real Housewives of ____? Chasing fame and the spotlight on “reality” shows is destroying these people’s lives. Go away, and please take the Kardashians with you.

      • candacetx

        this franchise truly needs to be cancelled. Between ‘WH party crashing’, suicides, divorces, multiple bankruptcies trying to live a life they really don’t have, and the celebration of faux-celebrity – it is adding to the coarsening of our culture. I can only imagine how the children of these people will turn out. Being a child star has proven bad enough… what will being a child exploited by their parents for reality fame be?

      • Ahmed

        I agree entirely. It is crass to make money off of a family’s tragedy. It is ridiculous how BRAVO keeps exploiting these women, and will do anything for ratings. Enough already. BRAVO needs to pull back and seriously evaluate its programming choices. Aside from the TOP CHEF franchise, all other BRAVO shows are past their prime, and now over-staying their welcome.

  • nancy

    They should not air any of Russell and Taylor’s footage. He looked uncomfortable all season one, I can’t imagine the footage from season two would show him in a good light. The show should still go on with the other ladies.

  • William the Conqueror

    Real Houswives of Camden, NJ

    make this happen Bravo!

  • demented

    I can almost hear Bravo sputtering, “How ANNOYING! Reality TV being disrupted by… actual reality!”

  • Dgently

    “The apparent suicide”? You mean you’re really thinking there’s a possibility that someone broke into his house and hanged him?

    • AM

      No- but legally they can’t say one way or the other until the autopsy has been performed and cause of death has been established. Its a legal issue.

    • ‘Lish

      They have to say things like that for legal reasons.

  • Glowbug

    The so called “housewives” are at tiimes entertaining if you enjoy watching trainwrecks who spend money they apparently do not have or have gotten in questionable ways—several marriages have ended during the seasons—but this is a tragic death & that changes everything—does not seem as much fun now—–these ladies & their families are human beings —-

  • Coco

    These reality shows need to a better job screening potential cast members for these shows.They seem to be a magnet for the mentally unbalanced.

  • HoneyB

    This is the only Housewives show worth watching, and I hope they don’t postpone it. Yes, edit carefully the Russell-Taylor scenes, but to deny their relationship was falling apart and blame it on editing entirely is weak.

    • kate middleton

      I wish they’d just take Taylor out completely – can’t stand her.

      • nancy

        Yes, she tried way too hard last season to fit in. Plus she is so hard to look at.

  • J

    Can’t they just cut out Taylor’s scenes? I would still like to see the rest of the women!!

  • Jethro

    Just goes to show us that these shows can ruin the lives of those who participate. Almost every housewife has been exploited on this show and their fam members as well. They have a choice to get out of it, I doubt they HAVE TO STAY ON IT, like actors on real shows.

    Russell never came across as a nice and cooperative person/husband, so can’t imagine him being portrayed any different for seaon 2.

    Since those eps were already filmed and edited, it probably did him in and saw the final result. How tragic, but BRAVO could be liable if they had anything to do with his demise.

    Their poor little girl, no more than 5 or 6, and has no daddy she can hug, embrace and kiss good night to.

  • Olivia

    I had fun with this franchise in the beginning but can’t watch them anymore. The vile, vapid pettiness of the cast members left me wanting to take a hot scalding shower.

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