'Housewives of Beverly Hills' will air next week -- and with suicide prevention alerts


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It’s official: The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills will premiere on schedule, with re-edited episodes. Bravo is also adding suicide prevention announcements to run during the program. The footage producers shot with the cast members addressing the suicide will be used for a brief introduction.

Frances Berwick, president of Bravo, issued this statement: “Bravo will proceed with the Monday, Sept. 5 premiere date of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Given that these episodes were filmed months ago, the producers of the show taped a brief interview this week with several of the cast members to introduce the premiere. Re-editing of the episodes is still underway.”

Cast member Russell Armstrong, who killed himself after taping episodes of the program, is not expected to appear in the first few episodes of the show. Ironically, the premiere date — which was originally announced before his death — is during National Suicide Prevention Week (Sept. 4-10). Continued Berwick:

“Bravo has partnered with the Entertainment Industries Council, Inc. (EIC) to raise awareness about suicide prevention. The network will air various PSA’s during the The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. We will also provide additional information and resources on Bravotv.com, including the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.”

Even with the tragedy (or perhaps because of it) there’s something rather surreal about airing anti-suicide PSAs during a reality TV show. One could say that Bravo is being responsible here by including the PSAs, though some media observers will likely contend the network is only trying to offset criticism of its plan to go forward with the show.

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  • FedUp

    Hope they include the statement-Beware of Taylor,she is a lethal fame seeking wh–e!

    • HA

      Oh for f*ck’s sake. I love when the Vapid Channel takes itself a little too seriously—what, are they going to air special announcements in between mascara commercials?

      • It’s a little late

        isn’t it? I mean, whose feelings are they trying to spare—the dead guy’s?

      • Judge judy

        I think it is even more disgusting that plastic surgeried ex-wife was seen on TV last night in “mourning” in a black bikini with her gut sucked in. Yay, more fake face time for me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Linda

      Let’s promote suicide.. Way to go Reality TV!

      • k

        I have a few people I’d like to introduce it to.

  • Steve

    “Reality” TV is a disease.

    • Irwan

      It is dreadful that annyoe would wish to take their own life and even more when it’s a very young person who hasn’t had a chance to experience much life. There is currently a place in Britain called Bridgend where there has been one suicide after another – all very young people, all around school age or just a little older. There apparently is no explanation for it that annyoe has been able to find. It is a complete and tragic mystery – truly chilling.Life is so very precious and we are all so lucky to have been given the chance to live it.

  • OTownSW

    It’s airing during National Suicide Prevention Week so it seems timely.

  • John

    After enduring watching the “Undead Housewifes” that my wife is addicted to watching. I felt like I need suicide intervention myself.

    • Judge judy

      I would agree if I watched it.

  • Shame On You

    All you gawking cows who graze at home and mindlessly watch this junk should be ashamed of yourselves. This is not “reality” TV – it’s heavily edited, scripted and when all of you start gossiping on online comment areas, the directors get ideas to keep the script going.

    Want some really good “reality TV”? GO OUTSIDE AND SOCIALIZE WITH YOUR NEIGHBORS

    • Tuan Pooru

      Well said, simple and profound, thx

    • Hype-o-critter

      Oh and you never watch huh? So what then … you just read articles about reality TV and comment about it? I doubt anyone who wasn’t truely interested in it would even go there!

      • Brad

        Then you would be wrong – I have not had a TV in 4 years. I watch a few shows on line, none of the “reality based” in any way.

      • Reality Bites

        The closest I’ve watched “reality” TV has been “Survivor” and “Shot at Love”, the reason why some people are here is the suicide is on the news sites and this page is linked, so don’t get all high an mighty on us. Reality TV is horrible, I scanned my TV channels last week for the first time in a decade and was shocked at all the reality junk that was on, it will literally eat your brain away. It’s like meth, very addictive for some people and after awhile damages your brain.

      • Shame On You

        It was on a “news” website so go back to chewing your cud, cow. MOOOOOO MOOO MOOO MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

      • Greg

        Hype-o-critter, I’ve taken it upon myself to inform the uneducated, the misguided, and the retarded that unreality television is but a distraction from making improvements in your own lives and enjoying the ACTUAL reality of the real world. Me, I’ve never watched a single episode of this Hoochie Housewives of Shallowland, or whatever it’s called. How do you like them apples, b!otch?

      • RealityBites

        Hey Shame On You – glad to see you’re expanding your mind with your intellectual news reading! Hype-o-critter says it all!

      • REALRealityBites

        Anyone got a light?

    • kb

      What if I hate my neighbors?

    • RecceR

      @Shame On You: shame on you for telling anyone what they like is “shameful” and that they are “cows.” I agree that reality TV is stupid, and I gave in and watched a few episodes of this particular show (because of the Kelsey Grammer rumors), and it’s horrible. However, people are allowed to like what they want to and not treated like trash, especially if it’s simply watching dumb TV. It’s ignorant to say or believe that if you hate it, everyone else should. And if they like what you hate, they are shameful cows. You should be ashamed of yourself, but I know you won’t be, because you are blinded by your feeble mentality.

      @Reality Bites: It’s actually been proven after a scientific study that all TV viewing lowers your life expectancy. I think it has something to do with the way the TV screens are made.

      • Greg

        Just as we would have a responsibility to stop a child from eating lead paint chips, so, too, do we have a responsibility to put an end to that which is making us stupid and socially apathetic.

      • RealityBites

        Watching TV lowers your life expectancy? Know what else does? Living. Drinking. Smoking. Additives. Cars. Sitting on your a$$ all day or even in the evening. Eating anything other than raw organic fruits and veggies. I guess living in America and the freedom to choose how we kill ourselves is quite a blessing. I saw something from the 40’s this past weekend – on TV – showing a father telling his kid that listening to that darn radio was making holes in his brain.

    • wakeforce

      Because we should let some anonymous a $ $ -hole dictate what we watch! You do realize this is still America. Mind your own f**king business~

    • indianwithoutacasino

      we know these shows are contrived and edited but you can’t deny that they are amusing. it’s escapism from our own dull uneventful lives…mine anyway!

    • RealityBites

      Really? My neighbor was just arrested for cutting down a neighbor’s tree because he was trimming hedges in the neighborhood park. Not looking forward to running into this homespun nut-job. SOME of us work – hard – every day and talk to people all day long. A little relaxation into a fantasy disguised as reality is very welcome. And your inital insinuation that we must all be COWS is very revealing Porky!

    • kc

      I enjoy watch the RH series and I’m quite aware that they aren’t *real*. I am a woman, independent, talk to my neighbors regularly and have a very active social life. In the last month, I’ve managed to go to a wine tasting, outdoor festival, sail boating, motor boating, kayaking, pool party, two concerts and manage several home improvements all while holding down a full time job. I also like watching history and education shows. How’s that for busting your stereotype?

      • Kelly

        Mr. Schinella, expenditures of pliubc funds will always be a matter of the pliubc interest.Someone taking his own life is a tragedy. But it being a pliubc figure does not entitle the fourth estate to pile on without specific facts.The doing out job excuse put forth by Dan and his colleagues is objectionable when they forget that what they do has consequence neglect to point out their roles in what has happened.Mr. Read’s armchair psychology seems to be unnecessary, unsupported, possibly defamatory speculation. He is right on one thing, however: the odds are also very good that his suicide will prevent any further examination and/or revelations . That too is a tragedy.

      • Romulo

        I believe this is the senocd time you’ve suggested you don’t have to worry about defamation because you’re not a journalist. Not sure where you got that idea. What you can take to the bank is that you don’t have to worry about defamation because Sheriff DiPaola’s dead. You can’t libel someone who is no longer living.

    • Your So Right

      OMG thats real business you are on point!

    • beckyinatl

      You must be kidding. My neighbors are a bunch of a-holes.

    • Marie

      Shame on You, get off the computer and go outside AND SOCIALIZE WITH YOUR NEIGHBORS! And if reality t.v. isn’t your cup of tea, why do you bother with reading articles about it?

    • cathy

      gosh you know way too much about a show you think we should all not be watching.

  • nitemar

    Probably will get more ratings than ever, human nature is predictable for morbo.

  • cindy

    This is so very TACKY! Proves once again , you cannot buy class.

    • justin

      (fade in)
      money can’t buy you class…..
      money can’t buy you class…..
      elegance is learned, my friends

      • Haley


      • emmy

        Ha!!!!!! Too funny!!!!!!!!!!

  • Robert

    If they want to stop suicide, they should stop destroying peoples’ lives just to get ratings.

    • Robert

      And no, I never watch any of those so called reality shows. I have no need to watch people screwing each other over. We have Washington, DC for that.

      • RealityBites

        At least they screw us with cameras rolling. DC is usually behind locked doors and emerging in the sunlight pointing fingers at those unfortunate beasts of ‘the OTHER side’. Can’t remember the last time one of the Real Housewives cost me money with one of their schemes.

      • Boetica

        Spot on, Robert!

    • Zo

      Bravo hardly destroyed this man’s life. He’d been previously convicted for battery, tax evasion and bankruptcy. At the time of his suicide, he was being sued for 1.5 million from being accused of spending the money he was supposed to invest. This wasn’t a stand-up citizen gone wrong when he met fame.

    • indianwithoutacasino

      if people didn’t watch these shows there wouldn’t have to be concerned about ratings

    • j

      except those people signed on to this show – even the guy who killed himself signed on or he would not be appearing. So if these women and men bellyache about what it did to them they can look at their bank accounts as they do. No sympathy for them. What the real problem is their lifestyles not the fact that they are on these show.

  • FedUp

    Face it people! The only thing Bravo cares about is ratings.They care nothing for the families they exploit and help destroy.Yes these people do it willingly,for their own reasons but Bravo is behind pushing and editing so the very worst is shown.Ratings!This was my first season watching and also my last.Do not enjoy watching people degrade themselves for whatever reason and then try and call it entertainment!What ever happened to “good” t.v.?

  • Luluie

    I won’t be watching any of the shows anymore. The housewive franchise now has a morbid/macabe stain on it. To try to push this show on the viewers at this point seems sick and creepy.

    • HA

      “Macabe” is something that goes with Mrs. Miller. “Macabre” is probably what you’re talking about.

      • Boetica

        Obviously some children HAVE been left behind……

  • Floyd

    i cant believe this!! me and my sister just got two i-pads for $42.77 each and a $50 amazon card for $9. the stores want to keep this a secret and they dont tell you. go here Bidsget . co m

    • Will

      Wow that wasn’t off topic at all!!

      • j

        and I’m sure everyone rushed to the website(not)! right after they went to the millionaire husband website and whatever other moronic website someone posted. Who are these people? Can we get a reality show about them?

  • Rob

    Too bad the scripted soaps are dying in favor of this dreck. Yes, you may call soaps dreck as well but at least no one committed suicide over their characters problems. Bravo used to be kinda classy but now they seem to be just as morally bankrupt as the topics they cover. Heck, maybe they always were. I live for the day when ABC’s The Chew fails miserably in the ratings.

    • indianwithoutacasino

      >b what is the Chew?<b

  • Wad Putz

    We love watching Bravo. We gather round the TV every Monday and Tuesday to watch MM and Flipping Out. I tell my children, if you ever grow up to act like these people I will have failed as a parent. It’s the perfect lesson on how not to treat other people, how not to turn into a b!tch, and all of the seven deadly sins (Gluttony is OK as long as you purge).

  • Dewsterling

    Cute. Film a TV show that tears a person apart for weeks on end and when they finally succeed in creating some real drama, they edit the person out. Why not show all the people on the show ripping the now-dead man apart leading up to his suicide? It’s infuriating an disingenuous for Bravo to change the story and pretend that they care about anyone. They care about MONEY!

    I lost everything to suicide and nothing is worse than people pretending that they didn’t torture the person for the duration of their lifetime.

    • Reality Bites

      I think they are worried about a liability lawsuit. The man said he had issues with how he would be treated this season and basically used it as a reason to commit suicide. If I was in legal at Bravo (which I’m not and I’m not a lawyer either) I’d say take the whole show off of the air, or at least edit out all traces of the dead man.

      • Dewsterling

        Perhaps Bravo producers shouldn’t have created an environment that lead to suicide in the first place, is my point. My understanding is that he begged his wife not to do the show. They vilified him to manufacture false drama and now they’re trying frantically to back-track. If Bravo did nothing wrong – if they are proud of their product, if they want to reap what they have sown – they should air the show as they intended before the suicide.

  • Shame On You

    Does anyone miss wholesome TV entertainment like Andy Griffin Show and Sanford & Son?

    • Meg

      No. Not really. Because you should have Disney Channel and Nickelodeon if you want to watch “scandal-free” television.

      • Heru

        Cui bono? Who benefits? Does DiPaola’s death mean that other, more slzaey schemes of his own or more slzaey people with their own schemes will not come to light, then I imagine you’ll have your reason right there.And don’t rule out that DiPaola is doing something to protect someone else important to him. It could be something as noble as his family , in that he doesn’t want to drag them through a public scandal. Or something less noble like his mistress that he never wants anyone to know about publicly. Or his his family because someone more slzaey and dangerous than him threatened them unless he did something . Who knows? I’m intentionally being somewhat lurid because the odds are very good that there’s more to this story than really meets the eye, but the odds are also very good that his suicide will prevent any further examination and/or revelations.

    • Greg

      Beavis & Butthead were more wholesome than most of this BS.

    • Bjs

      I agree with ‘Shame on you’. I just had to comment, found this story through Drudge (actual news) and you indeed are all gawking cows, but it’s even worse than that. You set your eyes on Evil and admire it because it teaches you to despise those you watch. Before you know it you are just like those you revile and it has you. So yes, you’re gawking cows… but you’re turning into shrill, shallow, life-sucking harpies. Turn. Away.

      • m

        ok Jim Jones. Anything you say since you know everything about everything.

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