Will RHoNY Season 6 be Re-Edited Again?

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With reports this morning that Ramona Singer has filed for divorce from her husband of 21 years, Mario Singer, producers; Shed Media US and Bravo Media are faced with going back to the editing suite for the second time since filming for RHoNY Season 6 concluded last year, to ensure that this upcoming season of The Real Housewives of new York City doesn’t appear too dated.

I have it on good authority that Bravo executives were livid when Countess LuAnn Delesseps announced, after filming concluded, her separation from boyfriend of three years Jacques Azoulay, as none of their relationship strife had been filmed. The subsequent re-edit process ended up reducing LuAnn’s camera time so much that she lost her Apple and was demoted to a role of ‘Friend of the Housewives“.

With Bravo TV already scheduling a 30 minute preview special of the upcoming sixth season of RHoNY for Wednesday February 12th at 10pm, they have little time to make changes for that but should be able to do so in time for the March 11th premiere. Shed Media will now have to film new talking head interviews with Ramona Singer to insert into existing footage, where Ramona can allude to marital strife and these can be inserted with footage that shows Ramona looking downcast. Irrespective of whether her downcast look was related to relationship issues, with audio mentioning problems within her marriage played simultaneously, the casual viewer will be none the wiser of this editing trick.

The fifth season of RHoNY which last aired in 2012, suffered major ratings declines (losing over 1/4 quarter of its audience aged 18 to 49 years) from its fourth season; the last which featured original cast members Jill Zarin and Alex McCord, and while on the one hand any news helps Bravo Public Relations market the show, any footage that appears dated doesn’t help the franchise overall.

With the news of yet another divorce from a Real Housewife, Bravo Media picked their day well to announce a new show pick-up; Friends to Lovers about the creation of new relationships, when surely they already have so much footage that centers on the demise of relationships.

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